He told them Spence's enduring message would be to "work your butts off in everything you do."
And to his fellow educators, Hampt said Spence's message would be more specific: "If we want students to want to reach their potential, make sure they know someone cares."
That attribute seemed to rub off. Ryan Day, another junior at the school, said that when talking with Spence, "you knew he believed in you."
In her comments, junior Kristin Wigand offered a somber perspective, describing a "cloud of sorrow that hung over the school" this week, and admitting she had "gotten mad when I've seen people laugh or smile."
"I know it'll be OK," she said, "(but) it's too soon to say it'll be OK."
One speaker noted a math lesson from Spence — that between the numbers zero and one live infinite other numbers. Wigand seemed to acknowledge that while Spence's days at the school numbered far too small, they had countless moments that would endure.
"It didn't take him a lifetime to affect our lives forever," she said.
Spence's father touched on a similar theme when he told the crowd how this past week he had discovered a journal his son started in 2007, shortly after his graduation from Winters Mill. It included subjects fresh in the minds of a high school student — graduation, that lacrosse championship, a cruise he would be taking, his experience on a mission in the Dominican Republic with the group, Young Life, and a direct word of thanks to God he wrote for his family, "his awesome friends and a beautiful life."
The journal also contained a note that included words of inspiration, including one comment that seemed to speak of the quality of time spent on earth, not the quantity:
"There are plenty of people who love you for who you are," Spence had written, "not for how many minutes you play."
Devin Spence is survived by parents Michael and Marjorie Spence, brothers Travis and Chase Spence and sister Aubrey Spence, and numerous aunts and uncles.
Private interment was held at St. Benjamin's (Kriders) Lutheran Church Cemetery, and arrangements were by Pritts Funeral Home & Chapel, Westminster. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested contributions be made to the Special Olympics, at http://www.specialolympics.org