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Bobby Petrocelli Shares Life-Changing Experience with Students

Bobby Petrocelli’s (center) presentation was made possible in Marshall County because of the generosity of State Farm Agents (from left) Taylor Shepherd and Mike McCoy.

One night, like any other, Bobby Petrocelli slept in his bed next to his loving wife in their suburban home. He was startled awake and found himself in his kitchen. A drunk driver had crashed through Bobby’s home, killing his wife and changing his life forever.

Rather than choosing anger, Bobby chose to move forward, embrace forgiveness and created the “10 Seconds” organization. He now shares the You Matter message with audiences across the nation.  With his background in teaching and coaching high school students, Bobby loves interacting with students and empowering them to make safe, positive choices.

During presentations at Moundsville Middle School and John Marshall High School Friday morning, Bobby shared his story and encouraged students to build strong foundations for successful lives.

He made sure the students understood they are living one moment at a time, not one day at a time. “No one can make a good and bad decision at the same moment,” Bobby pointed out. “The choices you make impact you and others, every moment. You control your now. One moment can change your life and other lives forever.”

Bobby revealed that hurt is the reason why people make bad decisions. He also explained how a bad experience and hurt can take over a person’s positive growth leading to a bad outcome.

“No one is perfect, including me. Don’t be defined by the mistakes you’ve made,” Bobby exclaimed. “Forgiveness helps heal. Forgive yourself and others for a better life.”

Thanks to a State Farm grant, Bobby was able to deliver his presentation to hundreds of Marshall County students.

Local State Farm Agent Mike McCoy shared, “We are proud to bring Bobby Petrocelli to Marshall County. State Farm is strongly committed to doing everything we can to reduce teen driver crashes. Bobby delivered a powerful message I hope the students follow – people impaired by alcohol or drugs should not be driving.”

This sentiment was echoed by local Agent Taylor Shepherd, “In addition to keeping our roadways safe, State Farm wants to save lives.  We want students to make positive safe choices so they don’t experience the tragic loss that Bobby did.”

Bobby is a renowned speaker, educator, author and coach who has spoken at more than 5,000 schools and universities in all 50 states.