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Senior Bible Leadership Project: Lydia Povolny

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Lydia Povolny – Senior Leadership Project

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.

For additional Senior Project info, click here.

“My project was with Grace Ministries Foundation Thailand, a place I am very passionate about. I have been twice before, but because it is so expensive, I could not return for my project. Instead, I got to set up a Facebook page to find sponsors for the new kids at the home, type up informational letters about those same new kids, run a beginners English book drive, and make a video of WCHS for them so that they feel loved and remembered.

My purpose was to give these kids three things: opportunity, remembrance and through both of these, love. Having a sponsor is a huge deal because it is a second chance at life for many who came off the streets or out of orphanages. Being literate in English is also a huge opportunity for them to get jobs and carry out their dreams, such as being teachers or tour guides. Through the video, I hoped that they would feel remembered and cared for. The message was, “we get to come visit you and see pictures and videos, but you never get to see us, so welcome to Westside!” I inserted videos of students that have been to Grace Ministries recently so that the Thai kids would know that we are thinking of them. Through it all, I loved them and the service I got to provide and I hoped this carried over to them. I really love them and it was a wonderful opportunity to care and serve them.”

Alumni Profile: Jessica Monroe

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Jessica Monroe graduated Summa Cum Laude from Gonzaga University with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in 2012. She was then awarded a full-ride graduate fellowship to Stanford University to pursue a master’s degree in Structural Engineering. JESSICA

She learned the value of being well rounded while at Westside:
“I definitely felt that I received a rigorous academic experience at Westside. We had to work hard in our classes, and it paid off when I got to college. I seemed to have a leg up on my peers. Westside also encouraged students to get involved and find other interests outside of books. I certainly did that…leadership, sports, you name it! I’m so glad I did; it taught me solid time management skills.”

These are skills that Jessica carried with her when she headed to Gonzaga. Every semester she played on two or three intramural sports teams, took full advantage of recreational activities in the Spokane area, taught Sunday School, served as an officer in a Civil Engineering Society, participated in a national honor society, was a Gonzaga Ambassador, and ran her first marathon during her senior year…among other things.

 

Senior Bible Leadership Projects: Jonathan Palau

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Jonathan Palau – Senior Leadership Project

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.

For additional Senior Project info, click here.

“My senior leadership project was something that I had to discover along the way. I did not start the year with a clear vision. I began by going to a Blazer game with a class of emotional needs students. At the game I met a kid named Gabriel. Gabriel had some mental issues and a difficult home situation which made it very hard on him. I decided that for my senior project I would spend time with him and do a big brother type thing. So I went in and had lunch with him many times throughout the course of the school year and hung out with him whenever else possible. This was a really awesome experience and was good for both Gabriel and me. “

Senior Bible Leadership Projects: Rachel Nordlund

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Rachel Nordlund – Senior Leadership Project

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.

For additional Senior Project info, click here.

“My Senior Leadership Project was focused on loneliness and the elderly. Loneliness is a big problem in America and especially in the elderly. Many of them go for a month without seeing another human being! This really saddened me and I knew I wanted to do something to help. I found Evlyn Turner, a 99 year old woman living in Sherwood. I visited her once every week and helped her make a picture book for her daughters of their family history. One week I knocked on the door of her home and found she wasn’t there. I was worried something had happened to her and so I checked with the neighbors and found she had fallen and broken her hip. I visited Evlyn in rehab for two weeks and then helped her move to her new home at Tualatin Marquis Assisted Living. She is doing well now and is learning how to live in a new environment. I truly love my relationship with her and have continued to visit her throughout this summer leading up to college. She is an amazing woman, and I feel honored and blessed by God to be able to be friends with her. God is so good!!!”

Senior Bible Leadership Projects: Annalise Lau

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Annalise Lau – Senior Leadership Project

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.

For additional Senior Project info, click here.

“For my senior leadership project, I conducted a nutrition education class for teen moms. It was a two-hour event where we did many activities, talked about food labels, “MyPlate”, cooking/baking substitutions and conversions, grocery shopping, meal planning, healthy snacks for kids, and even made kids snacks! I created recipe books for the moms and baskets full of cooking and baking supplies for each of them. At the end of the event, many of the moms commented that they almost didn’t come to the event out of nervousness, but they were glad they did. The information I provided them was all new information and they were so excited to take it and use it. Most people know the saying, “Give a man a fish, feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, feed him for a lifetime.” This was exactly my purpose for my project. I wanted to equip them with the skills and knowledge in the area of cooking and baking, and I believe the moms walked away with those newly formed gifts.”

Senior Bible Leadership Projects: Elisabeth Gouge

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Elisabeth Gouge – Senior Leadership Project

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.

For additional Senior Project info, click here.

“I co-led a youth worship team at Greater Portland Bible Church. This involved various tasks, all meant to make sure that the team was functioning and ready to lead worship every Wednesday night at youth group. I would facilitate practices, contact team members, make slideshows for the songs, and plan events with my mentor. My purpose was to create the space for our students to worship God, and I believe that we accomplished that. And more than that, we were able to lead the main congregation in worship one Sunday.”

Senior Bible Leadership Projects: Jessica Beighle

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Jessica Beighle – Senior Leadership Project

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.

For additional Senior Project info, click here.

“For my senior project, I went on a story collection trip to Lebanon with Medical Teams International where I interviewed and photographed Syrian refugees. My purpose was to put a face to the “refugee crisis” and help people connect with the individual stories of the people who have experienced so much trauma in the last couple of years. Medical Teams International and the Portland Business Journal used some of the stories and photos I collected, and my goal is that someone will see these stories and have a change of heart towards refugees.”

Alumni Profile: Karen Osborn

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Karen Osborn has been working in the Entertainment Industry since moving to LA after college. She has been employed as a makeup artist, director’s assistant, publicist, worked in business affairs and is now an agent. She is presently the Director of Booking for Sports + Lifestyle Unlimited’s (sluagency.com) Los Angeles office, which she opened in 2006.

Untitled-1 copyWhile at Westside, Karen was a 3-sport athlete, and played a little basketball in college. During a trip to Malawi, Africa in 2008, she used her athletic experience to teach groups of youth new sports. She saw an immediate growth in the confidence of the kids throughout the week, and soon recognized she had a passion to continue encouraging kids through active play. As a result of this experience, Karen founded Kusewera (kusewera.org), an organization with the mission to “empower and educate children in impoverished countries through active and creative PLAY.”

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Karen’s goal is to reach kids all over the world, by giving them the support and encouragement to grow as positive individuals and leaders in their community. Kusewera means “to play” in Chichewa, the language of Malawi. While Kusewera’s main focus is in Malawi, the Philippines was added as a team trip location in 2014 and Karen is excited for the way an active lifestyle will impact children in that region as well.

 

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Karen and some Kusewera kids in Malawi.

 

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Senior Bible Project: Nathan Davis

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Nathan Davis – Senior Leadership Project

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.

For additional Senior Project info, click here.

“My Senior Project is a blog called Operation: Eyes Up. It describes the world of the Sheepdog Mentality and Lifestyle, something that law enforcement lives out. I talk about what it takes to be a Sheepdog and how an everyday person can be a Sheepdog through Situational Awareness and a willingness to take action.”