About 2018 Honorary Mayor Candidate Eric Jacobson
My name is Eric P. Jacobson, the son of Annemarie E. Jacobson and David B.Jacobson of, 152 Rivers Edge Drive Middleboro. I’ve lived here my entire life. I have two little sisters, one is 16 and the other is 14. The five of us still live on Rivers Edge.
I’m 18 years old and I’m currently a senior at Middleboro High School and expected to graduate on June 2 2018. During my time at MHS, I have took part in Honors and Advanced placement classes. I’ve played for the soccer team and Tennis team. As well also being a part of the track team. For four years I’ve been apart of student government at MHS and this year I’m the student council’s president. During my senior year I was able to be an intern at the Town Manager's office for school credit. It was a great experience where I learned a lot about our town as well as local government. I was able to work on the towns Green Communities application with Evan Melillo and Andrew Sukeforth, which was an amazing process to be apart of. I’ve had a high school experience like no other and my time there has shaped me into the young man I am today.
I intend to go to a four year college where I will study public administration. My hope is to work in state government after school.
I have fond memories of living at Middleborough. Playing at Pierce Playground and going to the herring run are fond memories from my childhood.
Candidates much choose an “Honorary Deputy Mayor” running-mate, a deceased person from Middleborough’s past, and campaign with this person. Eric chose Wayne Maurice Caron (1946-1968), and submitted this biography:
Wayne Maurice Caron, 22, was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Aime Caron of 48 East Main Street, Middleboro, MA. He was the husband of Teresa Caron and father of Scott Wayne Caron. He was born November 2, 1946 and graduated from Middleboro High School with the Class of 1966. He enlisted in the Navy on July 12, 1966 and was killed on July 28,1968.
In addition to the Medal of Honor, Wayne Maurice Caron also was awarded the Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnamese Military Merit Medal, the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Palm.
A United States Navy destroyer the USS Caron (DD970) was named after Wayne Maurice Caron. It was the eighth Spruance class destroyer commissioned. The USS Caron was built at the Ingalls Shipbuilding yard in Pascagoula, Miss. and commissioned on October 1, 1977. She served the country for over 20 years saw action in Grenada, the Gulf of Sidra, the Black Sea and the Gulf War. She was decommissioned on October 10, 2001.
At Middleborough High School, the auditorium is named after Wayne Caron. This is where I first heard his name and learned about him. The auditorium is a great dedication because its where are town meetings are held and it gives students the opportunity to learn about a Middleboro hero.
Wayne died at the age of 21 on July 28th 1968 and is buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.
Candidates must also choose a “Supported Cause or Organization”, an entity which improves Middleborough’s future, and campaign with this entity as well. Eric chose to promote the "Special Olympics Massachusetts”, & he explains why:
I choose the special as my supporting because its an organization that means a lot to me. Ever since I was l0 Ive been involved with the organization, by playing soccer with disabled kids. Today, Middleboro High School works with this organization to attend bocce tournaments which are very fun to be apart of. This is an organization that I truly love.