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Former Baldwin gridder Zandier lands Waterkotte scholarship award

| Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, 9:01 p.m.

The Zandier family of Baldwin lives for football.

Todd Sr. and Lisa Zandier have spent more than a decade running back and forth to football practices for their three sons.

Todd Jr., age 18, was the starting center and a co-captain on the 2012 Baldwin varsity football team.

Cameron, 17, is a junior cornerback on the current team, while Ian, 14, is a receiver/safety on Harrison Middle School's eighth-grade team.

The Zandier's daughter, Maggie, who is 12, wanted in on the action and now is a cheerleader for the middle school team.

“For the boys, football is their passion,” Lisa said.

But, it was Todd Jr.'s submitted essay, and work in the classroom, that recently landed him a $1,000 scholarship.

He was the 2013 recipient of the William R. Waterkotte Scholarship, a four-year renewable award granted to eligible family members of local unions affiliated with the Greater Pennsylvania Regional Council of Carpenters who will be pursuing degrees in engineering, architecture or labor studies.

Todd Zandier Sr. is a member of Local 142, working for Giffin Interiors. Todd Jr. currently is a freshman at Penn State Erie, where he is studying engineering.

Todd Jr. applied for the scholarship last February, submitting an essay and evidence of his outstanding academic record at Baldwin High School. He graduated with a 4.1 grade-point average.

“My essay was focused on football and how it taught me a lot of life lessons,” he said. “It taught me about adversity, and I compared that to how I was going to face challenges in the future.”

Pete Wagner, Baldwin's first-year head football coach who formerly was an assistant, believes Zandier is a worthy scholarship recipient.

“Todd was a pleasure to coach,” Wagner said. “Todd always put maximum effort in all aspects of preparation, and was successful due to his hard work and determination.

“Todd will be successful in any endeavor he pursues because he is an individual that cares about others and has a lot of character.”

While at Baldwin, Todd Jr. also participated in track and field, throwing both the shot put and discus.

He was notified by mail that he was the 2013 scholarship recipient.

“There were a lot of other applicants, so I was really surprised when I won it,” he said.

His parents, Todd Sr., a 1985 graduate of Carrick High School, and Lisa (Johnston), a 1986 graduate of Brentwood High School, were happy with the news as well.

“We were thrilled and so proud of his accomplishments,” Lisa said.

Jennifer Goga is a freelance writer.

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