BREMEN — It’s been almost 10 years since a tragic accident took the lives of Carey Jones, Casey Miller and Chad Beeson, volunteers for the Bremen High School football team who were killed by a drunk driver coming home from a playoff game on October 24, 2003. A scholarship was established for the three men called the 3 C’s Memorial Scholarship, and 10 years later, there have now been 30 winners from 14 different schools honored with the scholarships.
Bremen student-athletes Taylor Lashbrook and Jacob Box, as well as Penn’s Rebecca Lira were named the 2013 winners of the annual scholarship. The trio were selected from of a pool of over 170 applicants. The 3 C’s board tries to select students that fit the mold of Jones, Miller and Beeson as volunteers and active members of their community.
Lashbrook was captain of the Bremen volleyball and sectional champion softball team. She plans to major in chemistry at St. Mary’s College next year.
“Thinking of how one wants to be remembered is one of the toughest, most important things to understand during life,” she said in an essay applying for the scholarship. “While we live to accomplish life goals and purposes, it is also equally important to remember that someday we will want our names to be remembered. I look up to each of those three men who graciously volunteered for the children in the community; my community. They have directly impacted my life by helping me realize how important it is to live my life in a way that will be positively remembered. I hope that years after I am gone, at least one person will remember me for the impact I made on those who needed help”.
Box was the president of the Bremen senior class, captain of the basketball team and played soccer. He’ll play basketball for Manchester University next year, and after graduating he would like to work for the New York Knicks.
“I can remember the rainy Saturday morning that I heard the terrifying news of the accident,” wrote Box. “Chad, Casey and Carey were three incredible men that left a tremendous legacy in the town of Bremen. I don’t want to be measured in success by how rich I was in terms of gold. Rather I want to be remembered for having a heart of gold.”
Rebecca Lira will attend the University of Indianapolis — the same college that Jones attended — to study pre-occupational therapy and play volleyball. In her essay, the two-time volleyball state champ said, “I’d rather have someone remember me because I held the door open for them once, or for the sportsmanship lessons I taught them as their coach than for being back to back state champions. Being a great athlete will only take you so far in life, but being a great person will take you anywhere you dream.”
The three scholarship winners were awarded certificates at a gathering with their families in Bremen at Wooden Peel restaurant. They will receive $1,000 scholarships to put toward their college educations.
For more information about the scholarship, with videos and pictures you can go to the 3 C’s Memorial Scholarship Facebook page. To make a donation, you can contact the Marshall County Community Foundation at 574-935-5159 or at 2701 N. Michigan Street, Plymouth, IN 46563. MCCF is a 501(c)(3) public charity.