Union grad Bunkers receives MacTarnahan Scholarship

By Observer staff November 28, 2012 02:56 pm

Brie Bunkers, a 2012 Union High School graduate, earned one of six of Oregonís Sports Hall of Fame and Museum MacTarnahan Scholarships.
Brie Bunkers, a 2012 Union High School graduate, earned one of six of Oregonís Sports Hall of Fame and Museum MacTarnahan Scholarships.

Brie Bunkers is in rare company.

Bunkers, a 2012 graduate of Union High School, was recently presented with the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame and Museum’s MacTarnahan Scholarship, which is awarded to six Oregon students who plan to attend Oregon universities.

The recipients are typically A-students with multiple all-league and all-state designations. 

Bunkers exceeded a 4.0 grade-point average with honors from UHS, where she received varsity letters in golf, track, basketball, softball and volleyball. She was elected as student body secretary and also the senior class president. 

She is the youngest of seven children born to her parents Anita Bunkers, R.N. and Dr. Willard Bertrand, D.C., both of Union. 

Bunkers is currently attending the University of Oregon where she is studying communication disorders and sciences with the hopes of becoming a speech therapist.

“I think this is a big accomplishment because I come from a small town. Most of the other recipients were from 3A and 4A schools. So I think it’s pretty cool,” Bunkers said.

Bunkers was awarded $3,000 to use toward her tuition. She found out she was a finalist in July but didn’t receive the recognition until the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony held at the Multnomah Athletic Club Nov. 13.

The night saw the induction of former University of Oregon quarterback Joey Harrington, former Portland State coach Mouse Davis, Olympian and World Cup equestrian Rich Fellers, former Oregonian sports columnist Leo Davis and the 1962 Oregon State football team led by coach Tommy Prothro and Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Terry Baker. 

Bunkers was joined by Devin Wyckoff of Banks, Cheyenne Hahn of Tillamook, Kain Garcia-Sandoval of Hermiston, Drew Dinwoodie of Newport and Josie Stickel of Bonanza.

Recipients of the MacTarnahan Scholarship are chosen from nearly 400 applicants for having best met the governing criteria of the selection process, which includes academic achievement, athletic accomplishments and final need, according to the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame’s website.