Memorial Scholarship Formed After Student’s Tragic Passing
At least one student from Lavaca High School’s graduating Class of 2019 will receive a scholarship in honor of a fellow student. Last November 11-year-old Seth Caraccia passed away following a horse-riding accident. Now, teachers from Lavaca Middle School are raising funds for a scholarship in his memory with his grandmother, Billie Bolin’s blessing.
“It [the scholarship] just gave me a good feeling because he is a special person. He always liked to help other kids, even when he was in grade school. That showed me what kind of good person he was going to grow into,” Mrs. Bolin said.
The Peter Seth Caraccia Memorial Scholarship will be a one-time award given at what would have been his high school graduation. It will go to a deserving fellow classmate.
“It makes me feel good that a lot of his friends have approached me, and I want to let them know that we haven’t forgotten about them either,” Seth’s grandmother explained.
The scholarship savings account has been set up through First National Bank of Fort Smith. The public may donate to account #4261889 at any location. The account will remain open through December 31st of this year. On January 1st, 2014, the funds will be turned over to the school to manage until the scholarship is given in May of 2019. So far the scholarship committee has raised nearly $2,400.00.
“Seth was a good student and we want to honor that memory by giving a scholarship or scholarships to one or more of his classmates that would help them achieve their education goals,” Seth’s former teacher and LMS librarian Joanna Bartlett said. “The money will be used toward college tuition or books. We would like to give out scholarships of $500 to $1,000 to as many of his classmates as we can.”
Seth was born February 2, 2001 in Fort Smith, to Laura Bolin Caraccia and Jimmy Caraccia. He was a 6th grade honor student at Lavaca Middle School and played trombone in the band. Seth loved to read and he loved his dogs, Sam and Roxie, and his horse Cactus.