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

The Legend Inspires Us all

An Essay by Allison Cook

He ran faster, but my feet are quick. He ran farther, but I have the strength to achieve great distances. I grunt and I yell, not to draw a crowd but to reach my goal. I am an athlete. I am a thrower; a gift to not be taken lightly.

Passionate and dedicated to victory, Steve Prefontaine said, "to give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift". My running consists of short sprints up and down the basketball court, conditioning laps, and an occasional leg of the 4 X 100 throwers relay race. Like Prefontaine, I have the guts to achieve my glory, both on and off the field. I practice, I train, and I study with Pre's mantra chanting softly in my mind.

The gift of throwing doesn't end with personal achievement. It has been said that with great power comes great responsibility. My responsibility is to my team, my school, and my community. In every practice, in every meet, I am responsible for not only performing to the best of my ability, but also for the display of positive encouragement to my teammates and fellow competitors. I elevate spirits that are down, and pat them on the back for a job well-done. I am a strong competitor, a record holder, and a medal contender but most of all, I am a representative, and I fulfill my duties in a sportsman-like manner.

It would be hard to grow up in Coos County and not at least recognize the name Steve Prefontaine. In life we are all given gifts, and it is our choice as to how they are used. Prefontaine understood the importance of always giving your best effort, no matter the outcome. Not only did he leave the legacy of his success, but also an inspiring message to do your best to succeed in whatever you do because by doing so, you will live a life free from regret.