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 Beauty of the Run

An Essay by Megan Hibner

Steve Prefontaine once said, "Some people create with words or with music or with a brush and paints. I like to make something beautiful when I run." Although I never had the opportunity of seeing Pre run when he was alive, I have seen many films, read many books, and heard many first-hand accounts of his awe inspiring presence on the track. The beauty that he strove to portray through running will forever be a masterpiece hanging in the hearts of those who have witnessed his extraordinary talent.

Beauty is one aspect of the sport that often gets buried in piles of expectations, splits, form, training, and pressures that are heaped upon talented runners. It is so wonderful to take a step back from all the technicalities and enjoy the pure, unadulterated beauty of watching a fine-tuned human being put one foot in front of the other with the raw persistence and elegance of the ancient Greeks. From the determined six year old persevering through the home stretch of his first race to the chiseled Olympian fiercely competing for a gold medal, the grace and power of a well-run race is as impacting to me as my first glance at the Mona Lisa or the passionate notes spilling from a renowned symphony orchestra.

Running is a spicy tango with the road, a soft watercolor of sweat and strain, a chorus of strength, endurance, and vision, and a joyful love story that a gifted athlete tells the world with every step they take. It displays the splendor of a body in perfect rhythm with the music of the soul. At its core, a beautiful run is nothing less than the perfect blend of athleticism, discipline, and dreams coming together to proclaim the triumph of the human spirit over perceived limitations.

Pre was able to exemplify this unmatchable beauty in its purest form every time he set foot on the track. In some small way, I joyfully follow in his footsteps as I explore all of the wonderful aspects of running. Whether I am out for a slow Sunday jog or flying through the last lap of a mile race, my soul longs to free the masterpiece within me.