Scholarship Awardees

2016
Gabby Hobson
  North Bend High School
    Concordia University
2015
McKenzie Gauntz
  North Bend High School
    Western Oregon University
Nick Hossley
  North Bend High School
    Oregon State University
2014
Wyatt Cunningham
  North Bend High School
    Southern Oregon Univ.
Lindsay Devereux
  Marshfield High School
    Oregon Institute of Tech.
Noah Langlie
  North Bend High School
     Oregon State University
Mikena Shay
  North Bend High School
    Southwestern Oregon CC
2013
Levi Graber
  North Bend High School
     Oregon State University
Lauren McGowne
  Marshfield High School
    Southern Oregon Univ.
Tyler Wiprud
  Bandon High School
    Pacific Univ.
2012
Courtney Greif
  North Bend High School
    Southwestern Oregon CC
Eduardo (Eddie) Rodriguez
  Marshfield High School
    Oregon State University
2011
Allison Cook
  Coquille High School
    Western Oregon St. Univ.
Jake Lucero
  North Bend High School
    Southwestern Oregon CC
Alissa Miller
  Bandon High School
    Oregon State University
Allison Reis
  Marshfield High School
    Southwestern Oregon CC
Katelyn Romanko
  North Bend High School
    Univ. of Nevada, Reno
Samantha Sutherland
  Bandon High School
    Eastern Oregon St. Univ
2010
Andrew Davidson
  Marshfield High School
Rachel Ledig
  Bandon High School
Jana Sadler
  Marshfield High School
2009
Shelby Paulson
  Marshfield High School
    Oregon State University
Cole Scherer
  Bandon High School
2008
Jared Bassett
  Marshfield High School
    University of Portland
Jessianne Heley
  North Bend High School
    Eastern Oregon
Garren Hitner
  Myrtle Point High School
    Oregon State University
Spenser Lynass
  North Bend High School
    Colorado State University
Alison Worthen
  Marshfield High School
    Seattle Pacific University
2007
Hollie Lemerande
  Bandon High School
    Linfield College
Amber Wiley
  Marshfield High School
    Jacksonville State
2006
Annyika Corbett
  Myrtle Point High School
    Swarthmore College
Megan Hibner
  North Bend High School
    Oregon State University
Kassy Lynass
  North Bend High School
    Montana State University
Chris Platano
  Myrtle Point High School
    Willamette University
2005
Andrew Greif
  North Bend High School
    University of Oregon
Shawn Miller
  Marshfield High School
    Oregon Institute of Technology

An Essay by Rachel Ledig

Before the summer of 2003 I had never dreamed my future would include the sport of running. As a child I grew up on the Big Island of Hawaii, which meant that 90 degree days with 99% humidity was the norm. Any sport that didn't involve more than half of your body immersed in cool saltwater was completely out of the question. However, on the 4th of July in 6th grade I moved to Bandon, Oregon, just south of where the great Steve Prefontaine grew up. My first day at school that September was difficult, I knew no one, and barely said a word. That afternoon my mother was late to pick me up, an event which unknowingly altered my life forever. While waiting on the bench outside of my classroom a couple girls in my grade ran by, carrying muddy, running shoes and grinning from ear to ear. I asked them where they were going and they replied that they were going on a Puddle Run. Confused, I asked them to clarify. They stared at me for a couple seconds then replied, "If you come with us you'll find out!!!" I called my mother and asked her to me to bring me some shorts and a pair of sneakers; I was going to cross country practice.

From that day forward I was hooked, running was like a drug, and I could never get enough. I realized that I wasn't half bad and decided that I wanted to pursue the sport as I got older. But with age came pressure. The pressure to get better, to get faster, to get stronger, tougher and smarter. Injury, stress, social conflicts, and plateaus have almost driven me to the edge many times. But, just before I decide to throw in the towel I remind myself that I love what I do, and just because things seem like they can't get any worse, I have a gift that I wouldn't trade for the world.

The legend Steve Prefontaine knew what he was talking about when he said, "To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift." So some days when I am frustrated with my results or my knee is bugging me I think to myself that eventually things will improve and because of this I will grow as a person, as long as I stick it out and try my best.