Beginning in the first semester of their Senior year, students embark on the process of researching a topic for their Senior Bible Leadership Project. This summer we will be highlighting the great work from a number of our recently graduated seniors.
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For her Senior Project, Kate Pitcher started a girls youth program through A Jesus Youth at Westside: A Jesus Church. Kate planned and organized two different girls events, a breakfast and a prayer & worship night, where guest speakers talked about our identity and value in the Kingdom of God. Girls were empowered and had the chance to respond through activities, conversations, and prayer.
Lydia Povolny and Dani Hillenbrand came to Oahu, HI for their Senior Trip, and were fortunate enough to be on the island at the same time as Ms. T! The three of them spent the afternoon in Ms. Tagayuna’s home town of Waialua and Haleiwa, swimming and snorkeling at the infamous Waimea Bay, eating Ted’s Bakery’s chocolate haupia pie (chocolate and coconut custard), and having dinner with Dani’s family at sunset.
How cool for two of our recent graduates to be invited into a slice of Mr. T’s Hawaii paradise with them!
This semester’s creative writing class has been working tirelessly all term, writing beautiful poetry, captivating stories, and hilarious personal journals. Their hard work culminated in a beautiful literary magazine publication which they called “Inkwell.” In it, one can find poems and stories written by Creative Writing students and also contributions from Westside’s visual art students. Ms. Tagayuna hopes that more students contribute and submit their writing and art to future volumes! So keep writing during the summer! You may be published next year!
Westside’s Kylee Wiseman, an accomplished artist and avid birder, had her work featured on the blog of one of her favorite bird photographers. What an honor, congratulations Kylee!
Last Friday, June 9th, another class of distinguished Westside Christian High School students walked across graduation’s stage. Fifty one young men and women were honored, celebrated, and sent out with a charged as their high school chapter officially closed.
Dr. Luis Palau, who had a grandson in the class, gave the commencement address from Proverbs 12:1, exhorting the graduates to “Remember your creator in the days of your youth.” Congratulations to all of the graduates and their families on reaching this milestone!
Austin Prentice graduated from Southern Methodist University in 2012 with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Biology. While at SMU, Austin became involved with many aspects of campus life, student affairs and public service. He was elected Student Body President, appointed to the Board of Trustees – Student Affairs Committee, and awarded a grant to research health literacy in North Texas. Upon graduation, Austin was honored with the “M Award,” the most highly prized recognition bestowed upon students.
Following graduation, Austin moved to Boston, MA to work on the Mitt Romney for President campaign. After the campaign concluded, Austin accepted a job in Houston, TX with Citi as an investment banking analyst, where he advised on mergers and acquisitions, capital markets activities, and other strategic transactions across multiple verticals in the oil and gas industry. Austin then joined Blue Sage Capital, a middle market private equity fund in Austin, TX, as an associate assisting with the team’s investment efforts by evaluating new investment opportunities and managing existing portfolio companies.
Austin is currently a member at Providence Church, and actively involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas and the SMU Alumni Association.
Austin attributes much of his personal growth and development to the time he spent at Westside. The academic rigor and support system allowed Austin to develop the necessary fundamentals needed for continued educational, professional, and spiritual growth. While at Westside, Austin competed in multiple varsity sports, including cross country, basketball, and golf. He considers the time spent with teammates traveling around the state to be some of his fondest memories.
Rachael Hahn is OSAA’s 2017 4A/3A/2A/1A singles State Tennis Champion! The tournament was held at Oregon State University on May 19th and 20th. Hahn was the number one seed heading into the State Tournament after finishing 1st in her District Tournament.
In Round 1 Hahn played Meghan Beishe from Sherman and with minimal errors and superb play quickly defeated her 6-0, 6-0. Hahn then went on to defeat Erica Mitchell from Cascade 6-1, 6-0. Next she faced the tournament’s overall number 3 seed, freshmen Courtlyn Lam, from Klamath Union in the semifinals. Rachael eventually won a long and fought 3 set match 1-6, 6-3, 6-3. Rachael squared off against Kate Keeney from OES in the finals and defeated her 7-5, 6-0.
It was an amazing year of tennis for Rachael, finishing 18-1 on the way to securing a State Championship Title. The win earned Westside Christian a Third Place team finish in State for Girls’ 4A/3A/2A/1A.
Great job Rachael and way to go girls tennis for an amazing season!
Congratulations to our Spring Art Show winners! The evening was a fantastic collection of phenomenal artwork!
Spring Art Show Winners
Best Photography- Clara Adams, Children of Thailand
Best Traditional Media- Grace Biggs, Scratchboard Canyon
Best Mixed Media- Emma Jane Phillips, We All Have a Story
Best 3-Dimensional Artwork- Harry Tang, Donald Trump Mug
Best Artwork from Digital Design Class- Jessica Beighle, Chicago, Photoshop
Best Artwork from Introduction to Art- Anna Laporte, Afghan Girl Scratchboard
Best Artwork for Advanced Art- Jonathon Palau, Mixed Media Self Portrait
Best AP Portfolio- Jack Stevens
Best in Show- Kylee Wiseman, Bird Series
A career in higher education was not what Andrew Ledbetter originally planned to pursue after his Westside graduation. A love of technology had him pointed toward a degree, and career, in computer science. And while he did receive a college computer science degree, he paired it with another from Wheaton’s communication studies department. Andrew was a double major at Wheaton (computer science & communication) before earning his masters, and eventually Ph.D., from the University of Kansas.
Andrew is currently a Associate Professor at TCU’s College of Communication, and teachers the following courses: Communication Theory, Social Networking Sites, Interpersonal Communication, and Quantitative Research Methods. Since questions about human beings originally drew Andrew to explore communication classes at Wheaton, it is quite appropriate that he now specializes in understanding how people use communication technology to maintain their interpersonal relationships. He has received multiple top paper awards for contributions as an active member of the National Communication Association and Central States Communication Association, in addition to co-authoring a best-selling textbook, A First Look at Communication Theory.
Andrew met and married his wife, Jessica, while at Kansas, and they have two daughters Sydney and Kira.