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Welcome Hannah Koh

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Hannah Koh

Hannah Koh

Hannah will be joining the WCHS team and teaching Intro to Art, Advanced Art, AP Studio Art, Digital Design, and Yearbook.

I have been teaching high school for 7 years, and love it! I have my BA in Bible and Theology from Biola, my teaching license for Art from UCLA, and am currently working on my MA in Bible and Theology at Western Seminary in Portland. I love teaching at a Christian school because it allows the unique freedom to teach and create art with joy, purpose and meaning as artists ourselves created in God’s image.

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Welcome Michael Wenger

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Mr. Wenger & wife Cindy

Mr. Wenger & wife Cindy

Mr. Wenger is joining Westside as our new Head of School, a bit about him below!

I met my wife Cindy while attending Biola University. My graduate study was completed at Talbot School of Theology, Oregon State University, and Trinity Theological Seminary. We have three children and they are all married. We have three granddaughters and two grandsons. I enjoy praying and walking with my wife. I also enjoy fishing, hiking, running, reading and gardening. I was born in Corvallis, Oregon and graduated from West Albany High School.

Welcome Carrie Adams

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Below a bit about Carrie Adams, our new Bible 9 & 12 teacher. Welcome Carrie!

Carrie Adams is a local girl whose explorations led her back to the place that she started from: she grew up in Beaverton, Oregon and graduated from Hope Christian in Aloha. Dr. Debbie Miller was her English teacher and profoundly influenced Carrie, remaining in her memory as the first teacher who really spoke into her life.

Carrie’s mother, Gwyn Pitts, works at West Hills as an Educational Tutor. Carrie’s younger sisters, Aimee and Shauna Pitts, graduated from Westside in ‘98 and ‘01. Carrie is married to Jeff Adams and they have two children: Gabriel, 8, Isabelle, 5. Gabriel loves soccer; Isabelle loves gymnastics; Jeff loves the Oregon Ducks. Carrie and Jeff met after Carrie attended the Youth With A Mission (YWAM) School of Biblical Studies in Lakeside, MT where she inductively studied the entire Bible for nine months.

Together Jeff and Carrie traveled to English L’Abri in 2008, living in Hampshire for six months before joining the ministry of L’Abri Fellowship on Bowen Island, Canada. L’Abri is a ministry of hospitality which offers spiritual prodigals a place to come and stay and learn. It functions as a study center, offering lectures, tutoring, film discussions, and engagement on all matters of faith and culture in a context of apologetics. Upon returning home from this mission field with two young children, Carrie returned to teaching, taking a position in Newberg, Oregon. She loves the Word of God, loves teaching, loves high schoolers, and loves learning. She plans to have completed her Masters of Christian Leadership (MACL) from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 2021.

Isabelle, Jeff, Carrie, and Gabriel

Isabelle, Jeff, Carrie, and Gabriel

Senior Bible Leadership Project: Lilie de la Motte

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Lilie de la Motte - Senior Leadership Project

Lilie de la Motte – 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 helped improve the music ministry within my youth group at church. My goal was to help volunteering student musicians grow in relationships (with each other and the Father), grow technically (regarding their specific instrument), and grow theologically (asking the questions of ‘what is worship?’). All three of these things were accomplished through a bi-monthly group called Youth Worship Community, where I held meetings, musical workshops, and meals together for those involved within the music ministry!

Senior Bible Leadership Project: Mia Cywinski

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Mia Cywinski - Senior Leadership Project

Mia Cywinski – 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 sought to alleviate elderly loneliness by meeting weekly with an elderly lady named Antoinette. During our visits, I would help her with household chores like vacuuming and mopping, and then we would chat. Antoinette doesn’t have many visitors because she lives alone in a small mobile home, and her family is very busy. The purpose of my project was to create a genuine friendship with her so that she would feel important and valued, instead of feeling forgotten.”

Senior Bible Leadership Project: Kylee Wiseman

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Kylee Wiseman - Senior Leadership Project

Kylee Wiseman – 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 belief in the comforting power of beauty was the foundation for my senior project. I created a few series of artworks which were framed or printed and given to Meridian Park Hospital, where they can be displayed with the hope of giving patients ‘moments of comfort.’ I created watercolor paintings of birds which are colorful and whimsical, to help distract patients from their pain and let their imaginations carry them to better times, if only for a moment.”

 

Birds of Oregon

Birds of Oregon

WCHS in Belize!

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Kylee Wiseman, Mrs. Little, Hayley Sprague, Jack Stevens, Susannah Fischer, and Brittney Martin

Mrs. Little and five Westside students (Kylee Wiseman, Jack Stevens, Hayley Sprague, Susannah Fischer, and Brittney Martin) had the opportunity to join students from various states across the US on an 8 day nature field study trip in Belize with a program called “Save the Rainforest”.

Students went on several hikes through the rainforests (including a couple of night hikes) to learn about the diversity of the Belizean flora and fauna. They visited Mayan ruins, went tubing through mangroves, and discovered many bizarre and beautiful creatures. Students also learned about deforestation, habitat destruction, and displacement of animals in Belize. They learned about conservation efforts and sustainable logging practices that a few programs are trying to implement in Belize. Students had a first hand experience with what it means to be good stewards of nature and what results from unsustainable timber and animal trafficking activities.

New little green friends!

WCHS Temple Guards!

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.”

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!!!”