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

Guts

An Essay by Jake Lucero

Competition and the determination to improve has been a major part of my life since I was a young child. As a kindergartener I wanted to be the greatest artist in the world. When Mr. Davenport, a professional artist came to my class and sketched a few drawings, I decided I needed to practice every single day during recess. As I grew up, I lost my love for art and became a sports fanatic.

As an eight year old, I wanted to be the best second grade basketball player in the world. When I went to a tournament and met a kid that could dribble better than me, I came home and practiced the between the legs move for hours until I mastered it. Now that I am eighteen, I have come to the realization that what my Dad always told me was true; before I could be a real winner I had to learn how to lose.

This year when I had to give up football forever due to multiple concussions I finally understood what he has been talking about for all those years. A quote by Steve Prefontaine that my Dad has told me for years finally made sense when I went through this hardship: "A lot of people run a race to see who is the fastest. I run to see who has the most guts..." Steve Prefontaine said this when talking about competing ferociously without fear of losing. Although it wasn't easy, choosing to end my football career was the right decision and that took more guts than choosing to continue playing. I am thankful that I can now put all of my love and passion for football towards bettering myself as a Track and Field athlete. Every time I compete I want to leave everything on the track and know that I gave it my all. Steve Prefontaine knew that he was going to push himself harder than anyone else; he took his racing to a level most people can't fathom. This gave him the confidence and ability to put everything else aside and truly run, not to see who was the most athletically gifted, but to see who was willing to endure the most pain.

I think about the kind of competitor Steve Prefontaine was when I train or when I race. Pushing myself past my limits to beat someone who is more naturally gifted than I am is the inspiration I have taken from Steve Prefontaine and this quote.