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Mom offers scholarship in son’s memory

A Canandaigua mom is investing in one Canandaigua senior’s education.

Each year, Carol Houle gives a $500 scholarship in honor of her son Jeremy, who died in 2004 in a motorcycle accident.

“He was this really cool 13-year-old,” Houle said.

His friendship with the mayor lent him his nickname, “The Mayor.”

And his upbeat sense of humor lives on in Houle’s memories.

He would reach out in random acts of kindness and goodwill, and those memories have moved Carol Houle to help inspire other kids to live in the same light. But Houle said, like many students, Jeremy experienced bullying.  

“Bullies come in all shapes and sizes,” said Houle. “We can’t take the pain away. We can only help (victims) function in a world of bullies.”

Messenger Post is helping to honor Jeremy Houle’s memory by assisting with the judging for the scholarship. The essay contest is open to all Canandaigua Academy students pursuing higher education.

This year, the Jeremy Houle Scholarship is centered on the impacts of bullying.

Please tell us, in no more than 500 words, how you help keep Jeremy’s spirit of positive energy and love of community alive. How have you reached out to or stood up for victims of bullies in the past? What challenges does standing up for others pose? Bullying doesn’t just exist in school — how do you plan to set a good example in the future? Jeremy touched lives and made the world a better place in his short lifetime. If we all try to embodythe spirit that Jeremy was known for, the world will truly be a better place.

Send entries via e-mail to rrepard@messengerpostmedia.com or to 73 Buffalo St. Canandaigua, NY 14424, Attn: Rachel Repard. Include your name, address, contact phone number, age, and plans for higher education along with your 500 word essay. For more information, call (585) 394-0770, ext. 264.

The deadline is 5 p.m. June 1.

Courtesy www.MPNNow.com

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