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

To Give Anything Less Than Your Best Is To Sacrifice The Gift

An Essay by McKenzie Gauntz

Freshman year, late in my season, amongst the various preparations for the State Track & Field meet, my relay team and I were in the locker room puffy -painting our t-shirts. The senior captain gave us the quote "To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift," by the legendary Steve Prefontaine, to put on our shirts. This was my first encounter with this quote, and initially, I did not think much of it; however, in the two years since, I have developed a deep understanding of these words.

During the majority of my junior year pole vault season, I was the team's leader. Every day at practice, I would jump run and do drills for hours, making sure to give my all; ironically this was my problem. My teammate ended up surpassing me and beating me at the district and state meet, and I knew exactly why. Unlike myself, she worked exceptionally hard, not only in practice, but in the off-season as well. Indeed, this defeat was very difficult for me, but it was the most motivating moment of my athletic career. From then on I was determined to give my best and not sacrifice the gift that God gave me, in both my athletics and academics.

This year, I have taught myself -- through practice -- what it means to give my best. It means that, in every endeavor, I will give my all and have no regrets or dissatisfaction with my work. I have put these ideas into practice in my schooling and my career as a pole vaulter. This year, three of my toughest classes are Anatomy and Physiology, Trigonometry, and Writing 121. Doing well in these classes provides me, with a great foundation for college as I begin and complete my nursing degree. And year in pole vault, I began practice, weight training, and cardio training months before the season. I have also changed my mentality toward my goals. I no longer set a specific height as a goal; to give my best and work my hardest each and every day is what I focus on. This, in turn, has led to drastic improvements and a very positive outlook on this current season. The wise words of Steve Prefontaine have evolved from some glitter paint on a t-shirt to the way that I choose to live my life and tackle obstacles.