Honoring the legacies: 2013 3 C’s scholarship winners announced

BREMEN — It’s been almost 10 years since the tragic accident that took the lives of Carey Jones, Casey Miller and Chad Beeson.
They were volunteers for the Bremen High School football team and were killed by a drunk driver coming home from a playoff game on Oct. 24, 2003.
A scholarship was established for the three gentlemen called the “3 C’s Memorial Scholarship.”
There have now been 30 winners from 14 different schools honored with scholarships.
The 2013 winners are Taylor Lashbrook and Jacob Box from Bremen, as well as Rebecca Lira from Penn.
All three were part of a pool of over 170 applicants.
The 3 C’s board tries to select students who would fit the mold of Carey, Casey and Chad.
They were volunteers and they were also very active in their community.
This year’s group certainly falls into that category.
Rebecca Lira will attend the University of Indianapolis 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.”
UIndy is the same college that Carey Jones attended.
Taylor Lashbrook was captain of the Bremen volleyball team and sectional champion softball team.
She will attend St. Mary’s College with a goal of graduating with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry.
She said, “Thinking of how one wants to be remembered is one of the toughest, most important things to understand during life.
“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,” Lashbrook said.
“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,” she continued. “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.”
Jacob Box was the president of the Bremen senior class, was captain of the basketball team and played soccer.
After graduating from Manchester University, he would like to work for the New York Knicks.
He said, “I can remember the rainy Saturday morning that I heard the terrifying news of the accident. 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.”
The three scholarship winners were awarded certificates at a gathering with their families in Bremen at Wooden Peel restaurant. They will be awarded $1,000 scholarships to put toward their college educations.
For more information about the scholarship, including videos and pictures, you can go to the Facebook page, “3 C’s Memorial Scholarship.”
To make a donation, you can contact the Marshall County Community Foundation, 2701 N. Michigan St., Plymouth IN 46563 or call (574) 935-5159.
MCCF is a 501(c)(3) public charity.