Letter from the Editor: Alumnus Scott Fedor inspires others

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By TIMOTHY ZVONCHECK ‘18

Mr. Scott Fedor ‘94, photo taken from the Adversity 2 Advocacy

I am Tim Zvoncheck, a current junior and co-editor-in-chief of The EYE. I have always liked writing and English, which led to me becoming a writer for The EYE at the beginning of my sophomore year. Later, I learned how to edit and layout, which brought me to this point.

A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of hearing Saint Ignatius alum Scott Fedor speak. Scott was on the football team and won a state and national title. He then became a young, successful businessman as he traveled the world and went on wild adventures. One day, while at his parents’ lake house, he was sitting outside alone. After deciding to dive into the water, he hit his head on a rock at the bottom of the lake. He shattered his spine and became paralyzed from the neck down.

After sharing what happened to him, he explained that even to this day his injury does not stop him. His talk’s theme was “Keep the Faith,” which perfectly summarized his scenario. Despite his injury, he still serves God and makes the most of what he has.

“Rather than feeling bad for himself and doing nothing, [Fedor] made the most of his circumstances. He serves others so that their lives might be better.”

I learned many things from his talk, but most importantly and, relating to this school’s main idea, was that he was still able to commit himself to God, despite his disability. Rather than feeling bad for himself and doing nothing, he made the most of his circumstances. He serves others so that their lives might be better. He uses the position that he is in to teach and help others, rather than using his position to get help and pity from others. Scott provides a living example of what it means to put others first. No matter what you go through, offer it up to God. Scott did this, and he lives a truly happy, loving life.