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 Katelyn Romanko

Coming from Coos Bay, Oregon, it's very difficult not to know who Steve Prefontaine was. A legend, inspiring, admirable. These are just a few words to describe the late Prefontaine. He is one of the people to whom I attribute much of my passion for not just running, but racing. "To give anything lass than your best is to sacrifice the gift" is one of his famous, brilliant quotes by which I live not just my running life, but my academic life as well.

When it comes to running, it is so unfortunate to me when I know that someone, including myself, didn't run as well as he or she could. Whether it was in practice or in a race, what Steve Prefontaine says is so true. If you do not put forth all your energy and run as well as you possibly can, then you have wasted and squandered your God-given gift. That energy is lost, gone forever, and it can never be taken back. This quote can pertain to both academics and athletics. You can either utilize your gift with as much effort and heart as possible, see the maximum results in grades and race times, or you can give a half-hearted effort and see the satisfactory results. The choice is yours. Stepping up to that starting line or beginning an exam, you better have your oughest and most determined attitude ready in order to succeed, and give NOTHING less than your best. If the race or test doesn' go as planned, then you shrug it off and prepare yourself for the next, but at least you'll know that on that day, you used your gift and you crossed that finish line no faster than what the ending results showed or you received the grade you deserved. That is a justified reason to be proud of a race or score no matter if you placed first or last, or received the highest or lowest grade in the class.

Steve Prefontaine seems like he was a man of few words, but when he spoke, all should have listened because what he had to say was extremely wise and to the point, "To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift". So simple, but a quote to which all athletes and students can relate. Most importantly, if they truly use their gift, it is impossible to fail.