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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.
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!
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
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!
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.
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!
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.
The Science Project is a year long project in Physical Science. It begins with a Background Paper, where the students research a topic of their own choice. Students then write an Investigation Plan. The Investigation Plan is based on an experiment the students design based on their Question (or Problem) and their Hypothesis.
Following the actual experiment, with clearly defined variables and an experimental group, students complete an Investigation Follow-up Report. In this report, they analyze their data, document trends, discuss their hypothesis, and tie what they learned back to their Background Paper. The last piece is to create a display to show off their work. This year, the senior Bible class served as judges.