Roseburg High School senior Dalton Rasmussen will start his college track and field career at Concordia University in the fall with the help of a $1,000 scholarship from The News-Review.
The javelin thrower was awarded the scholarship Monday at The News-Review’s annual Prep Athlete of the Week Awards Banquet, where he was named prep athlete of the year. Rasmussen also received a scholarship from Concordia University and will have a large portion of his school paid for thanks to his community service and dedication to athletics.
“I ended the year in a way I wasn’t expecting, but I’m super excited to start college and super excited that I got this award,” Rasmussen said. “I’m thankful I got the scholarship money.”
In his essay Rasmussen wrote about the influence his grandfather has had on his life and his own dedication toward promoting healthy living.
His grandfather died as a result of diabetes when Rasmussen was just weeks old, but stories of his grandfather’s passion and tenacity have guided him throughout his high school career.
“He’s always been in the back of my mind,” he said. “My dad has supported me through all of this, it’s really important to look up to him and my dad.”
But his father and grandfather aren’t the only ones who have supported Rasmussen, the senior brought a large contingency of his supporters — including his parents, grandparents and coaches — to the banquet at the Douglas County Fairgrounds.
Rasmussen co-founded Star Fleet Academy in 2015, which supports local organizations that raise funds to promote healthy habits and community awareness. “We do believe in the saying ‘live long and prosper.’ As a healthy individual I want to continue to grow and positively impact our community and give back,” he wrote.
At the banquet he elaborated, “We started that with some buddies sophomore year. When we first started we dressed up for school so we had uniforms and everything, it was really cool. And I had a backpack that was all decked out.”
Rasmussen has also been a member of the National Honor Society for three year, received three academic feathers and has been a member of the marching band. He will graduate Saturday with a 3.6 GPA and has worked with Special Olympics unified teams throughout his high school career.
“It makes me feel great when I can help my community out,” he said.
At Concordia University the javelin thrower will be working toward his goal of becoming a chiropractor.
Rasmussen noted that his dedication is what has helped him become a better athlete and student.
In the essay Rasmussen wrote, “Watching a YouTube video doesn’t mean that you have practiced and are ready for competition. Going to four out of the five practices doesn’t mean you are prepared. Being unfocused and a distraction at practice and in school does not set the example that can inspire the team. As an accomplished high school athlete I have been able to connect with other competitors and I like to share about the mindset that it takes to work through challenges on the field and beyond. I believe my character and mindset has been shaped by my training and competition in the javelin.”
Rasmussen will be at the New Balance Nationals Outdoors track and field meet from June 15-17 at Greensboro, North Carolina, where he will try once again to break the RHS school javelin record of 207-7.
“I’m in the top eight, so hopefully I’ll place and get All-American status again,” Rasmussen said.