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

An Essay by Kassy Lynass

"Some people create with words or music or with a brush and paints. I like to make something beautiful when I run." - Steve Prefontaine

I became a runner when I moved to Oregon. I'm not sure whether my family's relocation to the Coos Bay/North Bend area, distance Mecca and hometown of Steve Prefontaine; or some other factor prompted this transformation. However, to my then fourth-grade brain, the two events were indistinguishable. In my first week of school at Hillcrest Elementary, we ran the mile in physical education and I took second; a boy running in cowboy boots beat me. I was hooked, and have been running ever since.

Running is not just a sport; it is a philosophy. It is a belief in the value of hard work, dedication, and goals. Although obstacles such as injuries or illness may hinder progress towards an individual goal, they tend to strengthen personal resolve and perspective in the long run. For example, during, my sophomore year of cross-country, I suffered from a severe case of what was later determined to be iron-deficiency anemia. Frustrated and depressed, I considered not finishing the season. However, loyalty to my teammates and coaches, as well as to the sport I loved, would not allow me to quit. When a physical explanation was determined after the season, it reaffirmed my dedication to the sport, and I was able to rediscover the joy of running the following season. Since then, I have placed at the state track meet three times and have been on the second-place state cross-country and track teams. However, these apparent successes are no more valuable to me than my sophomore year of cross country. The lessons I learned that season about individual resiliency, perspective, and the value of family, coaches, and teammates are more valuable than any state medal.

Now as a senior in high school, I look back on the sport that has been such an integral part of my existence for the last nine years. What was it that originally attracted my interest to the sport, and maintained it all the way through high school? Running is not as glamorous or as high-profile as many other sports. However, its inherent simplicity of an individual striving not necessarily for victory, but for a personal goal, renders it unique. For me, nothing is more beautiful than the passionate pursuit of something loved. It is the effort that is beautiful, not just the outcome.