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Alumni Profile: Ryan Smith

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Alumni Ryan Smith holds a $10,000 check from his organization Spirit of Blue to the Philadelphia Police Department.Seven years as a Reserve Police Officer in Beaverton, Oregon led Ryan Smith to care deeply about the needs of those in law enforcement. His experience serving in the Beaverton Police Department eventually led him to transition away from for-profit work into his current role as Executive Director of the Spirit of Blue Foundation (www.spiritofblue.org), a national law enforcement public charity that protects police officers by granting safety equipment and training.

In addition to his work with the Spirit of Blue Foundation, Ryan is also the President and Board Chairman of Flower City Outreach (www.flowercityoutreach.org), a non-profit in Rochester, NY. Flower City Outreach operates Flower City Work Camp, which deploys middle and high school students into the city. This year 765 middle and high school students and 640 adult volunteers will perform work on 53 homes, hold two basketball camps, one soccer camp, and host 32 Sidewalk Clubs, a mini-VBS, for younger neighborhood children. Collectively Flower City Work Camp will deliver over 25,000 hours of service in one week. See more at (https://vimeo.com/193626100) Ryan is also an elder at Browncroft Community Church, where he and his wife lead a weekly ministry for young families focused on marriage building and parenting skills.

Ryan graduated from Westside Christian High School in 1994. While at Westside, Ryan was the Student Body Vice President, but more importantly, met his wife Kimberly McReynolds ‘96. Ryan and Kimberly have two children, Lauren (13) and Nolan (9) who attend a private Christian school where they live in Western, New York.

Alumni Profile: Sarah Staropoli

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Sarah Staropoli attended Westside Christian High School for four years and graduated in 2009.

Sarah was primarily a goalkeeper in club soccer. But her lack of height prevented college coaches from showing much interest. At Westside she was a 1st team all league mid-fielder on the Eagles soccer team. As a result of her play in high school, she was offered an athletic scholarship to play mid-field for Northwest Nazarene University, a member of the highly competitive Greater Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC).

As a freshman at NNU Sarah fought her way into a starting position, and in her sophomore year was named a team Captain and led the team in scoring. Her senior year she was named first team all conference and was placed on the all region team.

Sarah had the additional privileging of earning a bachelor’s degree in biology from NNU’s top notch science department. She used the same work ethic she developed playing soccer to earn the highest GPA in the school of science’s graduating class with a 3.97.

Upon graduation, Sarah was accepted into Pacific University’s physical therapy program. She received her doctorate, graduating with distinction, this past spring (May ’16) and is now employed as a Physical Therapist at OHSU.

Sarah has fond memories of playing for the WCHS Eagles and counts a number of soccer teammates among her closest friends.


Graduation day from Pacific University’s physical therapy doctoral program.



On the pitch for NNU.

Alumni Profile: Emily Eastburn

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Emily Eastburn, Westside Alum Class of 2013, recently finished an epic cross country adventure. Along with 13 recent Azusa Pacific graduates, Emily embarked on a 50-day cross country trek in pursuit of justice regarding the global water crisis. They are partnering with the organization Charity: Water, which builds self-sustaining water projects in undeveloped countries. The 10 cyclists and 4 support team members have currently raised over $52,000 toward their $80,000 goal. It only takes $30 for someone to receive clean water for the rest of their life. If you would like to join their journey and/or donate, find more info at RideForWater.com or follow the journey on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) @RideForWater

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Alumni Profile: Laura Jauch

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Laura Jauch graduated from Westside Christian High School in 2013 and then attended Wheaton College, where she graduated a full year early this spring. Laura majored in computer science and is currently interning at Chick-fil-A’s corporate offices this summer. We asked Laura to share a few words about her internship, and she composed the below:

This summer I have the privilege of interning with Chick-fil-A, one of the most beloved fast-food brands in the country. As an intern in the information technology department, I’ve had the opportunity to assist in the development of enterprise-facing cloud infrastructure and applications. Beyond technical engagement, they have provided many chances to interact with the business and learn from company leaders, developing interns both in their specific fields and as people.

For further information on Laura’s Chick-fil-A internship, see the following blog post written up for her college alma mater Wheaton: My Internship at Chick-fil-A

Congratulations Laura!


Laura Jauch at Chick-fil-A headquarters