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 Alissa Miller

"To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the Gift"

Growing up, I participated in many different sports, but never running. The first month of my seventh grade year, I had a stroke. It occurred when I was at school, in my second period English class. My slurred speech, facial droop, and no movement of my left side, left me wondering if I would ever walk or speak normally again. I was life flighted up to OHSU Hospital and kept there for three days. After various scans and tests, I was diagnosed with ASD (Atrial Septal Defect), a bicuspid valve defect, and hemiplegic migraines. I received heart surgery two weeks later. I was devastated. Would this end my sports career? My Cardiologist told me to take the next three months off sports and we would take it from there. Thankfully, after two months, I was cleared to return to sports. I decided to go out for the track team. I quickly became fond of running. Having the stroke happen to me at such a young age really opened my eyes to the fact that life-threatening events can happen at any time. It taught me to make the most of every day and value everything I have, because one day, it might not be there. I came out of this experience driven to succeed. I made a promise to myself that I would try my best at everything I do.

I've done track every year since the seventh grade. Over the last year and a half, I have enjoyed long distance running. At times when I run, I think about my stroke, and how I could've never discovered my gift of running if I was permanently paralyzed. It makes me appreciate my life and what God has given me. It drives me to run with inner strength and dedication.

When agony doubles over in pain, when everything hurts, when I've reached the point of exhaustion, I keep pushing to the end; for I know, the reward is worth the suffering. I'm content with not always winning a race as long as I know that I put forth my capital effort. Running is a release for me. It's something I look forward to every day. I often sit in class and think to myself, "I can't wait to run after school today". I have really grown to appreciate my gift of running and all its benefits. I don't just run to stay in shape. I run because it makes me at ease. Once I am finished running, my day feels complete. When I run, I feel that I have made a positive choice that will impel me to make other positive choices. Running keeps my heart and mind healthy and cleansed.

I think that this is a great quote by Pre and very well spoken. When I feel like throwing in the towel, I will think of this quote, and it will help me to push to the end. I believe that we were all born with a certain set of abilities, or in Pre's words, "a Gift". This gift is different for every person, everyone should embrace the gift that they are given and the rest will follow.