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

Who Has The Most Guts

An Essay by Levi Graber

Many times I have heard coaches or friends say that a cross country race can be broken down into three parts. You run the first with your legs, the second with your mind and the third with your heart. I think they left out though that if you don't have enough guts you're not going to get anywhere. When your legs are over-worked and on fire, it's your guts that say, "C'mon, you can go faster than this." When your mind is telling you that maybe you should slow down a bit so your body can actually get enough oxygen, it's your guts that are yelling "Oxygen?" You'll get a break when the race is over."

When Steve Prefontaine said "A lot of people run a race to see who is the fastest. I run to see who has the most guts" he knew what it took to win a race. He knew that in order to beat his opponents he had to run faster than his body wanted him to. He had to run purely on his guts.

This quote is one that doesn't just apply to running, but rather has a much more universal context. Those who live life to see who has the most guts, give everything their best effort and never give up, just like runners pushing themselves during a race.

As a captain of the cross-country team I watched many of my teammates race and grow throughout the season. Some of the greatest moments for me, were watching when one of them realized that when they listened to their gut, they reached goals they never dreamed of. They may not have been the fastest that day, but they did have the most guts.

Although not many people's race times are near Prefontaine's, it is still important to run with determination, just like he did. You show that you have guts when you pick up your pace even when you're already in pain, when you listen to that voice of Prefontaine in your head that says "Just one more. Just one more mile."