Skip to main content
Updated:
Original:

Scholarships given to honor Lakeville student killed in a game of Nerf wars

Jake Flynn was supposed to graduate this year – but instead, scholarships are being given in his honor.

Jake Flynn would be graduating from Lakeville South High School this year – but instead, scholarships are being given to other students in his honor.

Flynn, 17, got into a car crash while playing a game of Nerf wars – a game played with Nerf guns – in Dec. 2015. He and another student, John Price, died.

To honor the 17-year-old, there is now a scholarship in his name. According to the fund's Facebook page, Flynn was an "outstanding student athlete." And the annual scholarship is awarded to another outstanding athlete in Lakeville South and North high schools.

In addition to being involved with sports, applicants are judged based on their academic record, need for financial assistance, and overall character.

While the scholarship was first awarded in 2016, Tuesday night's award ceremony was special for a couple reasons. First, this is the year Flynn would have graduated. And second, the fund had enough money to give out multiple scholarships. So three students went home with $5,000, and three went home with $2,500.

You can read all about the annual scholarship here.

About Nerf wars

Nerf wars is a game where people rack up points by shooting each other with the rubber bullets.

So the game in and of itself isn’t bad. It’s when people take the game into motorized vehicles where things can get dangerous or even deadly.

Earlier this year, law enforcement agencies around the state issued warnings about the game because it tends to be more popular in the spring.

“In general, kids should just be smart when they are participating in a Nerf war,” Sgt. Kevin Rofidal of the Edina Police Department said. “Don’t put yourself or others in danger, especially while trying to have fun.

Next Up

Payton Willis / Gopher Basketball

Gophers improve to 5-0 with win over Jacksonville

The Gophers are establishing momentum early in the season.

Anthony Edwards

Ant's massive slam leads Timberwolves to fifth straight win

The dunk didn't count, but provided the highlight of the night.

Cam Talbot / Minnesota Wild

WIld arrive late, Cam Talbot stays on point to beat Devils

Despite a 30-minute delay, the Wild picked up a 3-2 victory.

Screen Shot 2021-11-24 at 4.10.54 PM

Appeal to find 35-year-old missing from Oak Grove home

Police say he's not believed to be in danger.

vote, election

7 MN Republicans urge states to audit 2020 election results

There has been no evidence of significant fraud in any single U.S. state.

child vaccine pexels

How many MN kids age 5-11 have received a COVID vaccine dose?

The governor says the state has one of the highest child vaccination rates in the U.S.

police lights

Seven juveniles arrested in connection with stolen vehicles in Woodbury

Woodbury authorities have issued a warning following a spate of auto thefts.

police lights squad car dark - Unsplash

1 dead after driver crashes into stalled vehicle on shoulder

The vehicle stopped on the side of the road was unoccupied at the time.

Everson Griffen Vikings dot com

Update: Vikings say Griffen is out of his home, 'getting the care he needs'

After hours in his residence, the 33-year-old exited "without incident," the team said.

The search involved several local public safety agencies, including a State Patrol helicopter unit and a K9 team.

Woman, 22, dies in crash just outside Brainerd

Another woman was injured in the collision.

Related

Flynn price

Driver in 2015 'Nerf Wars' tragedy in Lakeville dies unexpectedly

One of the two lawsuits against Lakeville schools has been dropped as a result.

Students to wear purple to honor classmate killed while crossing the street

A Minnetonka High School student was killed while crossing a highway Wednesday morning. Now his classmates are honoring him.

nerf wars

Eden Prairie police warn students to be safe in upcoming Nerf Wars game

The annual game has been to blame for at least one fatal crash in Minnesota.

After Waconia crash, Nerf wars are canceled for the rest of 2018

Waconia Superintendent Pat Devine says the game is very dangerous.