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State Champion: Rachael Hahn

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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!

Art Show Awards

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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

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

 

Best in Show- Kylee Wiseman, Bird Series

 

Principal’s Award Anna Laporte

 

Principal’s Award Clara Adams – Coffee Guy

 

Principal’s Award – Ethan Cupper

 

Principal’s Award – Fiona Wilson

 

Principal’s Award – Gabriela Sears – Graphite

 

Principal’s Award – Jenna Ellis

 

Principal’s Award – Julia Yusem

 

Principal’s Award – Max Murfitt

 

Principal’s Award – Ryan Lee

 

Principal’s Award – Weitong Shang

State Champion: Spencer Hopkins

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Senior Spencer Hopkins

Westside senior Spencer Hopkins captured the State Championship in the Pole Vault at Oregon’s historic Hayward Field last week. He posted a PR, and in the process set a new Westside school record by vaulting 14′ 3 1/4″.

 

Alumni Profile: Andrew Ledbetter

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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.

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Andrew, wife Jessica, and daughters Sydney and Kira

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.

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Spring Art Show 2017

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Weitong Shang – AP Art – Nikki Leighton portrait

Check out some of the wonderful examples of artistic expression displayed by our students at the Spring Art Show. Congratulations to Mrs. Witkowski and all of her students for a magnificent job exploring, learning, and creating in all of the Westside art classes this year!

Kylee Wiseman – AP Art – Bird in Flight

Weitong Shang – AP Art – Traditional Chinese Landscape

Elise Reinholtz – Intro to Art – Fierce Face (scratchpad)

Grace Biggs – Advanced Art – Suns Setting

Spring Choir Concert 2017

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2017 OSAA State Champions (again x10)

Westside’s state champion choir was just one of the showcased selections at the Spring Choir Concert this week. All in attendance were treated with a variety of performances over the course of the evening. What a year (yet again!) for the voices in the Westside choir. Also performing during the evening was Westside’s new band. What talented musicians walk these halls here at Westside!

Westside’s championship choir

 

WCHS Band

Creative Writing: Art & Poetry

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The Creative Writing Class has been exploring the intersection between visual art and poetry. As a capstone project for their poetry unit, students broke up into groups and created poems and art pieces that would exemplify those intersections. Their challenge was to integrate all group members’ poetic and artistic voice and use a BOOK as their medium.

 

 

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Flowering books

Rachael Hahn District Champ!

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Rachael Hahn dominated the singles draw of the District Tournament this week, beating the entire field to be crowned Special District 1 District Champion. After a 1st round bye, earned by being the tournament’s overall # 2 seed, she convincingly beat Haley Ou from Tillamook 6-0,6-0. Then in round number three she took down Vidisha Phalke from OES 6-2, 6-1 in the quarterfinals. The semifinals setup a match with # 3 seeded Mia Friedman from OES, where Rachael prevailed in straight sets over her long time friend and club playing partner.

In the District finals Rachael again played an OES foe, squaring off against the # 1 seed in the tournament Kate Keeney. Here Hahn again dispatched her in only two frames, winning 6-3, 6-3. Rachael won all three of her matches in straight sets, on her way to capturing her first ever District Tournament Championship. She will now await seeding for the State Tournament, where her eye will be on an even bigger crown.

Congratulations to Westside’s Rachael Hahn, Special District 1 Champ!

Biome Survival Challenge

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Biology students took part in a biome survival challenge this week. Each small group researched the plants,  animals, and habitat of a different biome of the world and earned survival days for their research. The top three groups then presented their findings to their peers in order to persuade them to vote for their biome. To kick the survival challenge up a notch, groups earned extra days (bonus points) for eating a dehydrated bug. A few students from AP biology also decided to take on the bug challenge just to test out their courage for diverse cuisine.

10 extra survival days for a quick bug bite!

Chaparral pleading their case as the world’s best biome.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Choir State Champs!

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Westside’s Concert Choir captured its 11th consecutive OSAA Oregon State Choir Championship on Thursday, May 4th. The choir received 339 out of a possible 360 points. Amazing! 

Hats off to a group of dedicated choir students and to Mr. Fox! You can see and celebrate with our state championship Concert Choir, the award-winning Soli Deo Gloria, and with our new Concert Band at our Spring Concert and Art Show on Monday, May 15th, at Westside!