The memory of Parkersburg South High School athlete Todd Anthony Daggett will live on at his alma mater through an annual scholarship.
The scholarship was established in July of 1999. It is a memorial to Todd who died when he was riding in the bed of a pick-up truck that crashed June 11, 1999, several days after his high school graduation. An anonymous donor, whose own children had been student athletes, felt moved to establish the scholarship after learning of Todd's tragic death. The only condition he placed on the fund is that the scholarship be awarded annually to a PSHS wrestler.
Todd was born in Parkersburg, and grew up in Mineral Wells, attending Rockport and Mineral Wells Elementary schools. He was involved with football and wrestling at an early age, and enjoyed drawing and art. Todd was a very caring boy, always watching out for his younger brothers at school and active in 4-H, enjoying biking and bow hunting. At Edison Junior High School, he was active with Yearbook, excelled at match and won the triple sports award - Edison MVP for wrestling, football and track involvement. At Parkersburg South High School during his sophomore year, he won the Region I Wrestling Championship, and also played football. He lettered in all three years in football, and made All Conference, First Team. Todd served as co-captain of both the wrestling and football teams during his senior year.
According to Mrs. Daggett, "Todd was getting ready to go to college to wrestle at Lockhaven University, which is close to Philadelphia. He was going on a partial scholarship, and the school was going to help him and we were going to do the rest. Maybe this scholarship will help a student go to college."
The family said the outpouring of care and concern from the community and around the state at the time of Todd's death was overwhelming. Mrs. Daggett said she did not realize how much the loss affected others when her family felt so alone. It made her believe that "people really do care."