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Student wins anti-bullying scholarship

(MASSLIVE) — James Villalobos, a Springfield Central High School senior and member of the Mayor’s City-Wide Violence Prevention TaskForce, has been awarded the first Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover/Phoebe Prince scholarship by the Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover Foundation.

Villalobos, who plans a career in broadcast journalism, was named the winner of the $1,500 scholarship, funded by The Republican’s Newspaper-in-Education program in memory of two area students who took their own lives after repeated bullying, at the foundation’s third annual anti-bullying scholarship gala on April 14 at the Log Cabin in Holyoke.

“The foundation rewards students for bringing more awareness to the issue of bullying. It also helps the victims and the bullies,” said Villalobos, who plans to attend the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in the fall and major in broadcast journalism.