When Marathon recruited it’s very first Scholars in 2003 we were excited to watch the program work and we anticipated the graduation of our first college Scholar. And then we waited. For twelve years! This year the process came full circle and we were able to watch as Anna Likhatskaya graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Concordia University. We proudly presented her with a crystal star award engraved with the words, “Per aspera ad astra,” which translates from the Latin as “To the stars through difficulty.” Our Scholars are always reaching for the stars and making their dreams come through no matter the obstacles.
We not only celebrated Anna but also the high school graduation of five Scholars! We could not be more excited or proud of these awesome young adults.
- Anastasiya Ananenka graduated this year from Heritage High School as an AP Scholar and received an Academic Achievement Award for 3.5 or higher GPA, the Washington State Honors Award, and the Outstanding Senior Award in French. A huge thank you goes out to Anastasiya for speaking at our annual summer celebration about her time in the Marathon program and for her especially poignant memories honoring her Partners Jim Lilienthal who passed away earlier this year and his wife Frani who both have made such a difference in her life. We wish Anastastyia much luck and blessings as she heads to Concordia University this fall.
- Dana Cosovan graduated this year 1st in her class with a weighted GPA of 4.36. She distinguished herself in her AP courses and as an active member of an award–winning DECA team and a participant in the Imagination Tomorrow program. Dana will be attending WSU Vancouver on a full-ride scholarship.
- Kathy Conrad graduated from Clackamas HS with honors and will be attending Clackamas Community College in the fall.
- Andrew Ng distinguished himself this year graduating from Franklin High School as not only co-captain of his tennis team but also valedictorian and 1st in his class! He will be going to Oregon State to study Computer Engineering in the fall.
- Tommy Su graduated from Franklin high school with plans to enlist in the U.S. Navy.
Next year we are expecting to celebrate another four college grads! And nine more High School grads!
Duy with his Marathon Coaches Reed and Scooter
My husband and I became Marathon Coaches and Sponsors because we believe a solid education is every child’s right, and every person’s ticket to a better life. We met our Scholar, Duy, when he was just 10 years old, a shy, small, whip-smart little boy with a family who loves and believes in him. Over the past three years we have watched that little boy sprout not only in stature, but in his classrooms. His love for knowledge, drive to do well, and dedication to making the most of his life and his future reinforce our decision to start this journey.
We are so impressed with Marathon and its solid mission to provide not only the financial means for its scholars to make their college dreams come true, but also the invaluable life lessons that come from the Coach/Scholar relationship. Scooter and I are honored to call Duy and his family our friends, and we look forward to extending our relationship well beyond Duy’s college career.
Reed Coleman & Scooter Sutterer
On Saturday, April 26, 2014, Anna Likhatskaya, graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Concordia University. Anna entered the Marathon Program in 2003 as part of the inaugural Scholar class and has reached this incredible milestone through a great deal of hard work and perseverance. Anna, is the ideal embodiment of the Marathon Scholar; smart, dynamic, persistent and incredibly giving to her community. We could not be more proud of this fantastic young woman and her accomplishments. She is a shining star!
On the occasion of her graduation Anna shared some thoughts on her participation as a Marathon Scholar.
“I am humbled to receive a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree because no one else in my family has graduated college. I’m so grateful for the scholarship I have received from Marathon and the continued support they provide. I cannot wait until the day when I can pay it forward by sponsoring a student myself”
As Anna walked the stage at Concordia University to receive her diploma and begin her nursing career, Marathon also welcomed 10 brand new 4th graders as Marathon Scholars. They are bright, ambitious students with limitless potential. Twelve years from now, with the help of Marathon’s mentoring program, enrichment opportunities and college scholarship, there is little doubt that these Scholars can follow in Anna’s footsteps as college graduates supported by the Marathon Program.
Each and every Marathon Scholar has the potential to achieve their dreams. Thank you to everyone who is helping our kids reach for the stars!