Hard Core Runners Club 2009-2010 Scholarship Recipients

Each year, the club awards two $500 scholarships to high school seniors and/or college students that have attended our schools. Schools included are Cle Elum, Ellensburg, Kittitas, the Greater Yakima area, the Lower Yakima Valley through Prosser and Goldendale.

Criteria involves Academic/Athletic Career Goals, Academic/Athletic Career Accomplishments, Financial Needs, What the Recipient Will Return to the Club and an essay on 'What Running Means To Me'.

"Our Best Wishes and Success To Shawna and Kevin!"

from all of us of The Hard Core Runners Club

Shawna Schooley

The following are some excerpts from Ms. Schooley's application:

"I have been running since I was eight years old.....Running is my passion...It allows me to get away from the world and realize my dreams...My dream of running has made me see my future clearly and has made me a stronger person in many ways."

"I have challenged myself to become the best I can be and I have been an important role model for my family and friends." "I have to pay for school on my own and will not let anything, like finances, get in the way of pursuing my dreams."

Ms. Schooley graduated from A.C. Davis High School on June 4, 2009. Not only did her academics include high school requirements, she also completed 66 college credits through YVCC in her pursuit of becoming a registered Nurse with a specialized field of surgery.

She will be continuing her education and athletic career at Everett Community College.

800 Meters: 2:21, 1600 Meters: 5:09, 1st at the Richland Invitational Cross Country Meet and 1st at SunFair.

HCR's Club President Gregg Broyles presents the clubs 2009-2010 scholarship award to Shawna Schooley

(photo by Pat Miller)

Kevin Aubol

from Mr. Aubol's application;

"At least six days a week, 52 weeks a year, I go for a run." These runs can be the one part of my day that I look forward to, or just one more thing that I must do before the day is over. But they all have one thing in common: when I return from these runs I always feel better, and I am alwasy excited to go on my next run. ..... To me, running is a simple pursuit. It is both the pursuit of self improvement, and the measuring stick that one uses to measure that improvement."

Mr. Aubol graduated from Ellensburg High School on June 4, 2009. His academics have included Physics, AP Calculus, AP Junior and Senior English, AP Government and Wind Ensemble. He has been a four year scholar athlete. This years cross country season included course records on his home course, Apple Ridge Challenge and winning the CWAC district championship. Mr. Aubol was named CWAC runner of the year. The 2009 track and field season concluded for him with a 2nd place 1600 meter and 1st place 3200 meter at the state track and field meet.

Next fall, Mr. Aubol will be attending Willamette University. He has interest in renewable energy, wind and/or solar energy and how to work on increasing sustainability and durability of existing materials.

He plans to continue running competitively throughout college and beyond..with goals of marathons, at least one 100 mile race, triathlons including an ironman distance and eventurally coach cross country and or track at the high school or college levels.