The Bobcat Bolt 5K, 10K & Kids Fun Run was established in 2009 in an effort to bring together our community in honor of Josh & Nate Hardy and help support the youth of the Oyster River School District.
In 2012, with the support of the our generous community, the almost 400 runners who came out for the 4th Annual Bobcat Bolt and the Oyster River Alumni Association (501(c)(3) NonProfit), the event donated $3,500 to the 2013 scholarships fund.
Robyn and Andrew Gault, owners of Gault Builders (our founding sponsor) delivered the donation to Stephen and Donna Hardy in front of Oyster River High School in March 2012.
“We are very excited to honor the winners of the 2012 scholarships. Both Josh and Nate taught us that, no matter how hard things get, life is for living. The winners of these awards embody that spirit.”
-Dr Stephen Hardy
Josh Hardy Art Scholarship
Josh Hardy died of a brain tumor in 1993, his senior year of high school. The Josh Hardy Art Scholarship is given to a graduating senior who has found the ORHS Art Program to be a special place for growth and development.
This year’s winner, Harry Slepian, is described by the art teachers as “intensely creative” and “quirky.” His excellent work crosses dimensions from a life-like clay bison to the sketch of a winsome Cinderella dressed as a pin-up. Harry, now a freshman at UNH, has brought his talent to their Fine Arts program.
Nate Hardy Athletic Scholarship
Nate Hardy, the youngest of three, died in 2008 while assaulting an al Qaeda suicide bomber compound as a member of SEAL Team 6. That year, Don Maynard (ORHS Athletic Director) and the ORHS coaches established an award for a male and female varsity athlete who “best exemplifies what Nate stood for on and off the playing field: physical and mental toughness, leadership, and determination.”
This year’s male winner, Alex Johnson, played 3 years of varsity soccer and 4 years of indoor/outdoor track, while earning a 3.05 GPA. His soccer coach wrote that he “prepared for the season, practices, and games, better than anyone else.” He will be attending the University of Colorado at Boulder.
This year’s female winner, Isabel Gorham, played three years of varsity soccer and four years of both varsity basketball and tennis, all while earning a 3.52 GPA. Her soccer coach wrote that she was “Highly respected by her teammates and coaches, “ and that she “earned her place as a senior captain on our team this year because the players wanted to follow her. Under her guidance, our soccer team learned not only to play with each other, but to play for each other. Just as Nate would have liked it.” She will attend Wheaton College where she plans to play either soccer or basketball.