Posts Tagged ‘Scholarships’

   Sarah Wright (left) and Ema Smith clamp down on defense, much to the horror of their rival. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

   Bob Barker (left), longtime coach and teacher, and Jeff Stone, who still holds the school’s scoring records 48 years later, returned for the 101st anniversary of Wolf basketball.

Caleb Meyer powers through the tall trees.

Tucker Hall gets caught hanging around. (Maddie Vondrak photo)

Time to put your money where your mouth is.

If everyone who said they loved the photos John Fisken shot put a few bucks out to support his camera-clicking, we’d be 983% more likely to frequently snatch him away from Oak Harbor.

With high school hoops all but done (All-League picks and team awards are still ahead), now is a perfect time to go back through everything the shutter bug shot, and maybe pluck some pics out for your mantelpiece.

To see everything Fisken shot in Cow Town this winter (high school girls and boys hoops plus middle school boys hardwood action) pop over to:


PS — Along with all the normal hoops activity, that landing site also includes photos from the 101st anniversary of CHS boys basketball and pics shot by multi-talented frosh phenom Maddie Vondrak.

PPS — Buy pics Maddie Marvelous shot, and the money bypasses Fisken and goes directly into the pocket of one of Coupeville’s brightest young shooting stars.

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Sebastian Davis celebrates a goal during his junior soccer season. (John Fisken photos)

   Sebastian Davis celebrates a goal during his junior soccer season. (John Fisken photos)

Jared Helmstadter goes strong to the hoop.

Jared Helmstadter goes strong to the hoop.

Davis and teammate Loren Nelson enjoy the fruits of their labors at a tennis banquet. (Wendy McCormick photo)

   Davis and teammate Loren Nelson enjoy the fruits of their labors at a tennis banquet. (Wendy McCormick photo)

Helmstadter leads the cheers for his teammates.

Helmstadter leads the cheers for his teammates. (Fisken photo)

The circle is complete.

All school year John Fisken snapped photos, he was nice enough to send a ton my way, I directed readers to where he sold his pics and, when they bought some, a portion of the money was stashed away.

Tuesday night, as Coupeville High School held its senior awards night, that money came back out, with Fisken handing $250 apiece in scholarship money to two Wolves who appeared in a fair amount of photos.

Walking off with the cold, hard cash, winners of the Olympicleague.com Scholar Athlete Award were CHS seniors Jared Helmstadter and Sebastian Davis.

They join previous honorees Breeanna Messner, Brandon Kelley, Aaron Trumbull and Julia Myers.

The award honors student/athletes who played at least two sports for all four years of high school, while maintaining a 3.0 or better GPA.

To be eligible, athletes couldn’t receive an athletic scholarship from a college, and they needed to submit a 500-word essay, “How Sports Made Me A Better Person,” and take part in 1-on-1 interviews with the prolific camera clicker.

The duo emerged from an especially strong final five this year, making the decision the hardest he’s faced in the three years he’s bestowed money to Coupeville athletes, Fisken said.

Helmstadter, who plans to be an electrician, is the lone member of the CHS Class of 2016 to play a sport in all 12 of his high school seasons.

He was a four-year participant in tennis, basketball and track and capped his final moments as a high school athlete by competing in the 4 x 400 relay at the state track meet.

During his time on the tennis court, Helmstadter often had the chance to play as a doubles team with younger brother Grey Rische.

Davis was also a four-year tennis player, finishing as the Olympic League singles champion as a senior.

Having inherited the mantle from graduated teammate Aaron Curtin, he also put in a considerable amount of time as an unpaid assistant coach, working with younger players on their games.

A veteran of the theatrical stage and a gold medalist in Science Olympiad, Davis split time between track and soccer as well.

During their sophomore track season, Helmstadter and Davis ran on 4 x 100 and 4 x 400 relay teams together.

Another teammate on those relay units? Fellow award winner Brandon Kelley, then a senior.

Davis will attend the University of Washington in the fall.

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(John Fisken photos)

In 2014, Brandon Kelley and Breeanna Messner took home scholarship money. In 2015 it was Aaron Trumbull and Julia Myers. This year it could be you.

Every time the camera clicks, you could get richer.

If everyone does their part.

The way it works is this:

John Fisken, in between shotgunning cases of Diet Coke to keep his trigger finger jittery, can be frequently seen at CHS and CMS athletic contests, various cameras whirring away.

He shoots a variety of action and behind-the-scenes photos, then sends a selection my way to use here on Coupeville Sports.

In return, I post links to where parents and grandparents and aunts and uncles and coaches and the athletes themselves and whomever can buy high-quality copies of Fisken’s images.

Now, anything that appears here on this blog is fair game. That’s how we’ve set it up.

Right click to your heart’s desire and snatch the glossy images up.

Post them on your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or a billion other obscure new apps my brain pan doesn’t want to know about.

Send them to relatives. Use them as screensavers. Print them out and fill the bird cage with them.

Whatever makes you happy.

But take notice. NONE of the pics here on Coupeville Sports have a big copyright “C” marring them. That’s intentional.

Now, when you pop over to where Fisken’s work is up for sale, the place where ALL the photos are, and where they will be available in a HIGHER quality, they do have that copyright “C” smack-dab in the middle.

You post those with the “C” on them, you just look like a cheapskate, frankly.

Either ask me if I have a pristine copy of said photo (if I do, I’ll shoot it to you) or spend the few bucks Fisken charges and get the high-quality stuff.

Either way, you look like less of a dork than you do if there’s a giant “C” marring your pic.

Plus, when you buy photos from Fisken (either straight from the site or by contacting him at johnfisken@comcast.net to set up a personalized order), part of the money goes to college scholarships he gives out at the end of the school year.

This will be the third time he’s graced CHS grads with his kick-back, and the successors to Brandon Kelley, Breeanna Messner, Julia Myers and Aaron Trumbull will see their dollar amount rise in direct correlation to photos sold.

It’s simple. You buy, you help. You don’t, you don’t.

With that being said, it’s also a great time to remind current seniors to get your rear to the counselors office at CHS and pick up the scholarship form, which needs to be back in before spring is done.

To be eligible for Fisken’s scholarship(s), you should have played at least two sports for all four years (consideration is given to students who moved to Coupeville during their high school career), have a 3.0 or better GPA and not be receiving any financial aid for playing sports from a college program.

If you will be getting that sweet, sweet college sports money, congrats, you already won.

For everyone else, you just need to fill out the form, write an essay (the particulars can be found on that form we just mentioned) and, eventually, have a one-on-one interview with the always-chatty Mr. Fisken at a later date.

If you bring a can of Diet Coke with you to that meeting, so much the better, but you didn’t hear that from me.


Wait! I want to buy photos now!! Remind me where to go!!!


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Breeanna Messner, back in the day, (Shelli Trumbull photo)

Breeanna Messner, back in the day, workin’ hard for that scholarship money. (Shelli Trumbull photo)

There’s money to be made. Scholarship money.

For the second year, rovin’ photo man John Fisken will be handing out a pair of $250 college scholarships to Coupeville High School student/athletes.

The scholarships are funded by sales of photos that he takes at CHS and CMS games. So, when you buy a photo, you are part of the solution.

Applications can be picked up in the counselor’s office at the high school. The deadline to apply comes in mid-April.

Breeanna Messner and Brandon Kelley took home the inaugural awards last year.

To be eligible, athletes should have played at least two sports for all four years (consideration is given to athletes who didn’t attend CHS all four years) and have a 3.0 or better GPA.

There is no requirement the winners be one boy and girl. Fisken can do that or go with two boys or two girls. Up to him.

Just off the top of my head, names like McKayla Bailey, Madeline Strasburg, Hailey Hammer, Monica Vidoni, Kacie Kiel, Joel Walstad, Matt Shank, Aaron Curtin and Aaron Trumbull jump to mind. And that’s just a start.

Go! Apply! Even if you don’t 100% fit the criteria, Fisken is flexible.

Wow him in the one-on-one interview (and maybe bring him a can of Diet Coke as a subtle bribe…). Knock him out with your essay.

Earn your spot just like you did on the athletic field. You’re all champs, whether I named you or not.

Don’t leave money on the table.

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   Priceless memories captured via the high-tech, soul-stealing magic of a camera. (John Fisken photos)

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“I’d buy that for $1!! How about you, Risen?!”

John Fisken wants your money.

Of course, he is willing to give you something back in return.

The rovin’ photo man spent much of the winter camped out in the Coupeville High School gym, fortified by just an endless stream of Diet Coke, snapping pics of all the basketball shenanigans, on and off the court.

Now, as the Wolves head into spring, he’s dropping a reminder that players, parents, grandmas and other folks can preserve their memories of the 2014-2015 basketball season by purchasing a few of said photos.

Photos can be found at the following sites:



Or, for the remainder of March, Fisken is offering a special deal. Contact him directly at johnfisken@comcast.net and he’ll pick photos for you.

Buy 10 or more and he’ll discount to $5 a pop ($7 normal).

You give him an idea of what you want (action, goofy, group, etc.) and he’ll give you his all-star version of your Wolf athlete’s journey through the season.

Digital images (higher grade than what you can copy off of Coupeville Sports) will be emailed directly to you and then you can make as many prints of each photo as desired.

As always, any purchases help fund college scholarships for CHS senior student/athletes.

Breeanna Messner and Brandon Kelley captured the inaugural scholarships last year.

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