A surprise 11 years in the making finally reveal

“It’s been an amazing secret. I’m surprised he didn’t have a clue”
Updated: Jun. 11, 2021 at 12:52 PM CDT
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FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) - A secret, years in the making, was revealed June 10 to an unsuspecting high school graduate.

Eleven years ago, Jack Seabold lost his father, Jay Seabold.

Jay’s friends said he was a devoted dad, who loved hockey, hunting, fishing and riding motorcycles.

One year after Jay passed away, his friend Matt Fowler and several other bikers organized a memorial motorcycle run to raise money for Jack to go to college.

Now that Jack has walked the stage to get his high school diploma over fifty bikers surprised him with $6,000 they had raised from the memorial runs.

“It’s been an amazing secret. I’m surprised he didn’t have a clue,” said Jack’s mother, Laura Sokolfsky.

The surprise didn’t stop there, not only did he get he got something he never expected...his dad’s old motorcycle.

“It’s my dad’s bike… they rebuilt from when he passed to now, and it’s mine now…it’s crazy,” said Jack.

Matt Fowler said it was important to him to show Jack his dad’s passions.

“When our friend passed away, it’s kind of up to his friends to expose him to his interests which are hockey, hunting, fishing, and motorcycling,” said Fowler

Jack said all he has to do now is past his driving test, but for now he is speechless.

“We had a whole crusade come in… It’s just unreal… I don’t even know how to articulate words for it. It’s just unreal,” said Jack.

Jack plans to attend NDSCS Wahpeton to become an electrician.

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