Astoria's Julia Norris and Jacob Slifka of Banks were the two recipients of the annual $500 Jerry Westerholm Scholar-Athlete scholarship award, announced Wednesday.

Chosen by athletic directors in the Cowapa League, the awards are given every April. The league also recognized the 2020 class of senior athletes nominated for the Westerholm award.

The scholarship is named after the late Jerry Westerholm, longtime coach and athletic director at Seaside High School. He graduated from Knappa High School in 1959, where he was student body president and excelled at football, basketball, baseball and track. Westerholm was later a three-sport athlete at Pacific University.

The student-athletes nominated for the annual scholarship are eligible for recognition by being a senior and having earned at least one season of all-league status, and by maintaining a minimum 3.5 grade point average throughout their high school career.

Norris played volleyball and basketball, and was entering her fourth year of softball this spring. Slifka played football and basketball, and finished second in the discus at last year's state track meet.

This year's list of nominees for the scholarship included 10 athletes from Astoria, and two athletes apiece from Banks, Seaside, Tillamook and Valley Catholic.

2020 Westerholm Scholarship

(list of nominees)


Dylan Altheide-Nielson

Riley Cameron

Taileigh Cole

Erin Grauff

Kayla Helligso

Ebin Hillard

Baylee McSwain

*Julia Norris

Hailey O'Brien

Shrey Sharma


Morgan Belden

*Jacob Slifka


Emma Meyer

Luke Nelson


Whitney Averill

Kellen Shelley

Valley Catholic

Elizabeth Barkhurst

Daniel Pruitt

*Scholarship winners

Gary Henley is a sports reporter for The Astorian. Contact him at 503-861-8493 or

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