By now, you’ve probably heard that Marathon was chosen to be in this year’s Willamette Week Give!Guide? This is HUGE news! We are so excited and even more thrilled to share that we have a super duper partner in the endeavor: PLYWERK. Thanks to our friends at PLYWERK, we have a beautiful new photo display for our office. If you are unfamiliar with PLYWERK you need check out their site! They make beautiful, hand crafted bamboo photo mounts and lots of other photo display products that are sure to wow anyone. Just look what they did for us!
In addition to helping us make our office really stand out, PLYWERK has generously partnered with Marathon to promote our presence in the Willamette Week Give!Guide. The Give!Guide is a way to help non-profits in our area shine a light on their work and raise much needed funds. And here’s the fun part: in addition to all the awesome incentives that Willamette Week provides to donors, PLYWERK is offering a very special incentive just for Marathon donors. If you donate to Marathon through the Give!Guide PLYWERK has generously offered to gift you a 20% off coupon to their online store. Every little bit helps and even a $10 donation can mean a lot to our Scholars. Plus PLYWERK will be giving the first 15 people to donate at the $100+ level a small Stanley Photo Display (valued at $19.50) in addition to their 20% off coupon! Check out the Stanley here. Stanley is so cute! You definitely want one.
We LOVE how the pictures look in our office! They add so much color and make a wonderful first impression for visitors. And did you notice the awesome bamboo edges? Beautiful! If you are in need of any unique holiday gifts think about using your 20% coupon from the Give!Guide to save on a one of a kind PLYWERK photo or photo display. You support our Scholars and a wonderful local business. It’s a win-win!
Let’s recap! If you donate $10 or more to Marathon Scholars during the Give!Guide fundraising period from November 5th-December 31st you will get lots of goodies from Willamette Week, AND a 20% coupon to use at plywerk.com. If you happen to donate on a Big Give day (listed here) you will also be entered into a raffle for large scale awesome prizes. Finally, if you happen to be one of the lucky first 15 to donate $100 or more to Marathon, Plywerk will also give you the free gift of a small Stanley photo display. Bam! Give!Guide is going to be awesome this year, so get ready for it and tell your friends!
photos by: Cassie Kebler
On Sunday Marathon staff, volunteers, Scholars, and Partners all came together for our Annual Summer Celebration for the third year at the Nike Campus. Over 275 people! Thanks to everyone who came out to help us celebrate our amazing community. Thank you Nike for allowing us to gather at such a special place!
A highlight of the day was honoring our graduates. We were thrilled to honor the accomplishments of these students! In addition to honoring our very 1st college graduate, Anna Likhatskaya, we also honored our five high school graduates: Anastasyia Ananenka, Dana Cosovan, Kathy Conrad, Andrew Ng and Tommy Su. Each of these students has tremendous plans for their future. An extra huge thank you goes out to Anna and Anastasiya for serving as student speakers and sharing their inspiring stories with all of us.
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF OUR ACCOMPLISHED GRADUATES!
It is truly wonderful to see how far our program has come in the last twelve years. Those gathered on Sunday also heard exciting news about the future of Marathon. In addition to our new name and logo we’ve rolled out some changes to the program that will help us serve Scholars even better. You can read all about these changes on our brand new website! Check it out at www.marathonscholars.org. The biggest change you will notice is that we will begin to phase out the term ‘Partner’ and begin to use the terms ‘Coach’ and ‘Sponsor’ to describe the ways that caring adults can directly impact our Scholars. Coaches are mentors who make a 4-year minimum commitment to forging a relationship with a Scholar and a Sponsor dramatically impacts the lives of our Scholars by funding a scholarship. There will still be those individuals that choose to fulfill both roles – we hope they will – but no matter how you can contribute we want to support you! Marathon is clearly in a transition phase. Things may feel awkward for a time. We know this is the normal process of growth and evolution. We have a tremendous and wonderful history of committed ‘Marathon Partners,’ that has gotten us to the point we are now. We will continue to honor that role and we are excited that moving forward we will be able to build on that history and have even more ways for people to get involved. Check out the website for all the details and feel free to contact us with any questions. We are excited to share all the new plans with you!
After the awards ceremony, Scholars and their Partners enjoyed ice cream sundaes, popcorn, carnival games, face painting and more! All in all, the summer celebration was a huge success. We hope you enjoy these fun photos from the event and a few inspiring thoughts from our Scholars.
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!