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 Gabby Hobson

The name Prefontaine is well known around the running community, around the country and even around the world. While many have simply heard of his accomplishments, I'm lucky enough to have grown up in the same town that he did, running the same roads, the same track, and even the same meets as him. Being from Coos Bay, the whole town invests time into understanding his life and making sure that his legacy lives on, and I am proud to be a part of that.


While his legacy lives on, so do his quotes. Possibly the most repeated running quote, and my personal favorite, is "To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the Gift." Not only does this apply to running itself, but it can relate to practically anything anyone does, and I think that's what makes this quote exceptionally unique.


The quote itself is seen everywhere. From posters and billboards to the fortune cookie following a delicious meal, Steve Prefontaine is a constant reminder in life of how lucky we are -- how lucky I am -- that I get the opportunity to enjoy the art of running every day; it's a constant reminder to not take running for granted.


Whether it be the most popular quote in the world of running, I believe it can be misunderstood. To me, putting forth your best effort can mean several different things, and your best can vary from day to day. A day filled with a hard workout compared to a rest day both require your best effort. A hard day may mean you have to push yourself past your limits in order to get the most out of the workout, while an easy day may require you to practice the patience to not over exert yourself. Recovery days are important, so the best you can do is relax and enjoy yourself. When you put your best effort forth, you are utilizing the gift you've been given, and that is a beautiful thing; if not, you sacrifice that gift.


Prefontaine gave his best in not only running itself, but in the advancement of running throughout the world. The plaques on the streets and the statue downtown serve as a constant reminder to how important he was to the entire running culture and how he never sacrificed the gift.