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.