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Special Olympics

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Twenty six Westside student volunteers up bright and early this weekend to head to Liberty High School for the BB Skills Competition for SOOR — our 27th year of involvement as a school with Special Olympics.

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AP Biology Bacteria Plates

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AP Biology students successfully inserted a jellyfish gene (green fluorescent protein) into E. coli bacteria, which caused the colonies to glow in the dark. Students below gather around the dark bacteria plates glowing in the dark!

 

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Green fluorescent protein injected into E. coli bacteria

 

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Glow in the dark; sweet!

Advanced Art Ceramics

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Students in the Advanced Art class have been working on some ceramics in recent weeks. Take a look at some impressive pencil holders, bowls, and watering troughs below!

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Alyssa Molony & Gabriela Sears

 

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Polar Bear & pink bowl

 

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Kaley Cross & Eva Lammers

Oregon Robotics Champions

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Christian Hahn has been competing with the Lake Oswego Robotics FTC (First Tech Challenge) team this year. Recently, the team advanced from the Oregon State Championship to the West Super Regionals (US Championship), where they will be competing for the chance to be one of the twelve teams representing the U.S. in international competition.

What an honor it would be for Westside to have a representative at the World Championships!

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Lake Oswego Robotics Team

 

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Building cool stuff!

Stock Market Challenge

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Thirteen Westside seniors from all three Economics classes competed in Junior Achievement’s Stock Market Challenge on Thursday 3/9.  Westside students were one of 67 teams, with a total of 375 other Oregon and SW Washington high school participants.

Junior Achievement’s website describes the event as:

An exciting, hands-on simulation that puts participants into the fast-paced world of the stock market….teams start with $ 500,000 in fictitious funds to buy stock in 26 mock companies. Once the opening bell rings on the stock market trading floor, the market opens and every 90 seconds represents a complete trading day. Over the course of two hours, participants must think on their feet and compete for the attention of floor traders as they make trades in real time. The team with the highest net worth portfolio at the end of 60 trading days will be crowned the Stock Market Challenge Champion.

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Nat Gurnee, Mckenzie Turner, Yejin Han

 

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Alannah Carr, Ruben Vila, Zachary Bishop, Laura Madison

Soli Qualifies for State

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Westside’s Soli Deo Gloria qualified for the Oregon State Small Ensemble Championships last weekend. Soli is embarking on a busy spring! The group performed at the Solo and Ensemble contest and received a 97/100 score and qualified for the Oregon State Small Ensemble Championships on Friday, April 28th, at Pacific University!

Soli will also be featured on the 71st Annual All Northwest Barbershop Quartet Contest Finals shows at 2:00pm and 7:00pm on Saturday, March 25th. For tickets visit: www.balladtownusa.com.

Congratulations Soli!

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Pre-performance warm up

Officer Rinnell at WCHS

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Officer Rinnell is the School Resource Officer for all Tigard and Tualatin schools (public and private) and this week is speaking with Westside students about her experience as an SRO for the last 10 years. She is presenting in all of the Health classes about how teens can avoid using substances, and why they should. During her time with our Westside students she will share from her experience in teen substance abuse and addiction, how to tell if a friend is using substances and/or under the influence, and who to talk to if you are concerned about a friend and need more information.

 

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Westside’s Student Resource Officer

 

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First period Health

 

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Spanish 1

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In Ms. Tosti’s Spanish 1 class, learning vocabulary terms (up, above, under, next to, behind, etc.) turned into a fun kinesthetic class activity. When reviewing vocabulary on a Monday morning, movement is a must!

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Up…

 

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Behind…

 

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To support…

 

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On top of…

Handbell Ensemble

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Janet Vreugdenhil kicked off the Handbell Ensemble’s second semester by bringing two new members, Dylan Maguire and Garrett Stevens, up to speed. Although neither have any previous handbell experience, they were sounding terrific halfway through their first practice!

The team is always looking to add new members to their musical group. Come join them on Wednesdays after school at 3pm!

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Janet Vreugdenhil helping Dylan Maguire and Garrett Stevens learn the ropes with the handbells.

 

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Music reading.

 

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Music making.


 

BBB10K Scholarship

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Two Westside Christian High School Seniors, Jon Gillespie and Chris Cervetto, are finalists for a $ 10,000 scholarship from the Better Business Bureau. According to the BBB’s website: BBB Foundation offers the Students of Integrity Scholarship to recognize high school juniors and seniors who personify and communicate ethics in the real world…A scholarship of $10,000 will be awarded to the winning application…High school juniors and seniors from across the Northwest are encouraged to apply by creating a 90-second video that demonstrates how BBB helps people become smart consumers. 

Take a look at the funny short video Jon and Chris produced about Identity Fraud Prevention. They’re closing in on first place, and need more views!

Take a watch here: Identity Theft Video

If so inclined, share with your friends in a collective attempt to help them with this scholarship. Go Westside!

 

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