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

Fight for your Gift

An Essay by Wyatt Cunningham

"To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

Growing up in the home of two All-American high jumpers planted the seed of my passion for track and field. The stories they told me of their track experiences taught me competitiveness, work ethic, and respect for the sport and its history. During my freshman year I immersed myself in the history of track and field. I was inspired by the brilliant athletes who came before me: Jesse Owens for breaking down racial barriers by winning four gold medals at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, Dick Fosberry for defying social norms to achieve his dreams, and Steve Prefontaine for becoming a hometown legend through his intense work ethic. His inspiration touched my life as a ten year old running the memorial kid's Pre, and as a high school athlete competing at the prestigious high school meet held annually in May. One of Pre's quotes sums up how he lived and competed each day, "To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift." I've based my academic and athletic endeavors upon this belief and the older I've become the more Pre's quote has shown true to my life.

As I've gained wisdom throughout high school, I've experienced first hand the importance of hard work. In school it has become a point of emphasis to take advantage of dual credit courses offered by my high school through SWOCC. With the work I've put into those classes I will graduate high school with 60 college credits. On the track my greatest trial was when I experienced a "Sophomore Slump". Freshman year was very successful, but my sophomore year was plagued with injuries and unsatisfying marks. I had a decision to make; I could give up and let the negativity take over or I could fight through the tough season and work even harder to get back to the success I strived for. I knew that I had to step up and put forth my best effort to get back on my feet. I got healthy in time for districts and qualified for state; where I eventually went on to win my first state title. Pre's influence that taught me that if you give less than your best, the potential to be great will never be realized. Pre set the bar high for athletes in our area; he showed this small community that hard work and dedication can make anyone's dreams come true no matter what their background is.