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They want to help you keep your child active.

Island County Public Health, in conjunction with other local organizations, is offering “Healthy Island Youth Initiative Physical Activity Scholarships” to Whidbey student/athletes in need.

The scholarships, which can be requested to cover things such as registration fees and equipment vouchers, are intended to provide confidential support to youth who might otherwise be unable to participate in physical activities.

They are available to students eligible for free or reduced lunch.

Funds have been donated by the Goosefoot Foundation, Island Thrift, the South Whidbey Parks and Aquatic Foundation, and Whidbey Telecom.

There is a limit of one scholarship per quarter per individual ($200), with a maximum amount of $500 per year.

Individuals may apply for consecutive quarters, but priority is given to new applicants.

To be eligible, a student must be a primary resident of Island County and commit to attend a minimum of 80% of scheduled practices and games/lessons.

No double-dipping, as those already being served by an existing scholarship or fee waiver program that covers the full cost of participation are not eligible.

If you are eligible for free school lunch, you can receive 100% towards registration/equipment fees.

Those who receive reduced school lunch are eligible to receive 50% towards their fees.


For more info, to apply, or to donate to the scholarship fund, pop over to:


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Charles Clark: The Man, The Myth, The Legend

His legacy lives on.

Charles Clark, or “Uncle Chuck” as he was known to just about everyone he met, was a great football coach, and a better man.

His passing late last year hit hard, especially in Coupeville, where he was a vital part of Wolf Nation.

Here’s a remembrance I wrote at the time about the larger-than-life Uncle Chuck, and what he meant to me:

Goodnight, Uncle Chuck, and thank you

Now, his sister, Gwendolyn Oest, is setting up an education scholarship to honor her brother’s impact on young football players in Coupeville and Oak Harbor.

The scholarship details are still being worked out, but you can get in on the ground floor and join the friends of Uncle Chuck by donating to the cause.

To do so, pop over to:


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There’s money to be made.

The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association has opened the application process for its 2021 Smart Choices Scholarship Program.

Working together with the Dairy Farmers of Washington and Gesa Credit Union, the WIAA will award two $5,000 scholarships, and eight $1,000 scholarships to graduating seniors.

Deadline for applications is April 1.

The scholarships honor excellence in athletics/activities, academics, leadership and community service throughout the students high school careers.

Judging is based on:

Athletic/Activity Excellence (30%)
Academic Achievement (30%)
Leadership (20%)
Citizenship/Community Service (10%)
Originality/Creativity of the Essay (5%)
Financial Need (5%)

To apply, pop over to:

WIAA | Washington Interscholastic Activities Association

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Coupeville’s Danny Conlisk signed a letter of intent Friday afternoon to run track for an NCAA D-II school. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Conlisk and his family celebrate his signing day. (Eileen Stone photo)

One of Coupeville’s finest is on his way to a bigger stage.

Danny Conlisk, who has had a meteoric rise, both in the classroom and the athletic arena, signed a college letter of intent Friday to run track for the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.

The school competes at the NCAA D-II level and its sports programs stretch back to 1895.

Originally known as the Longhairs, its athletic teams now operate as the Hardrockers, paying tribute to the school’s mining background.

Originally an NAIA school, SDSM&T joined the NCAA in 2013 and currently competes in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

And, in case you were wondering, the Hardrocker mascot is named Grubby the Miner.

The more you know.

Conlisk, a captain in cross country and track for Coupeville, received an athletic scholarship from SDSM&T, and will also get financial help from the GI Bill.

He will compete just in track in college, both during indoor and outdoor seasons.

During his time at CHS, Conlisk served a term as the student body rep on the school board, and plans to pursue a degree in Mechanical Engineering.

After making huge strides with both the high school track team, and the Kitsap Fliers club running team, the speedy Wolf was tracked by SDSM&T coaches, who made sure he knew they were interested.

After a trip to see the school, it was an easy choice.

“They grabbed his interest and Danny didn’t want to be just a number at a school,” mom Dawnelle said. “He wanted a smaller school that was engineering-focused.”

Currently one of the fastest 1A runners in the state in the 100, 200, and 400, the Coupeville senior is making his final run at prep track glory.

Conlisk already has three state meet medals to his credit, with his best finish 2nd in the 400 as a junior.

He also claimed 5th in the same event as a sophomore, and was part of a 4 x 400 relay unit which took 5th during his junior season.

While running for the Fliers, Conlisk advanced to the USATF Hershey National Junior Olympics Championships in the 400.

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Coupeville senior athletes — the WIAA is just waiting to give you money.

This is our year.

The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association is teaming once again with Les Schwab Tires and the Dairy Farmers of Washington to offer scholarship money to high school athletes.

This marks the seventh go-around for The Smart Choices Scholarship Program, and while no one from Coupeville has won in the first six years, that can, and should, change now.

So, basically, if you’re a Wolf senior, get crackin’! Jump over to the WIAA site (link below) and do what needs to be done to get in the mix.

Two athletes, one male and one female, will walk away with a $5,000 college scholarship, while eight other finalists (four males, four females) will get $1,000 towards their education.

The scholarships recognizes students for their work in athletics/activities, academics, leadership and community service throughout their high school career.

Students need to fill out an online application and write a short essay or provide a personal statement video on the subject “How you plan to use your education to benefit others.”

Judging is broken down into five categories.

It’s 35% athletic/activity excellence, 35% academic achievement, 15% leadership, 10% citizenship/community service, and 5% originality/creativity of the essay or video.

Applications can be submitted between Nov. 1, 2018 and April 1, 2019.

For more info and to start your application, pop over to:


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