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Refugee Care Collective

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Megan Tragethon, Co-founder and Executive Director of Refugee Care Collective

In chapel this week we were challenged by Megan Tragethon, Co-founder and Executive Director of Refugee Care Collective, a locally-based non-profit that seeks to welcome refugees to the Portland area. Westside Senior David Xu, who partnered with RCC in his senior project, introduced his project mentor to the student body, as she highlighted what people of faith are doing to try to meet the needs of these families in crisis.

Take a look at one of their videos below!

 

WCHS Talent Show

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Westside students, faculty, and staff were the beneficiaries of some amazing acts at this weeks Spring Talent Show. From solo singing acts to our handbell choir, from tap and Irish dancing to the band playing snippets of John Williams classics, it was an impressive demonstration of student (and staff) skill!

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Soli girls singing ‘Cups’ around the campfire.

 

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Sammi Lopresti and Jessica Tosti doing a (super sweet) tap dance!

 

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Nat Gurnee had the whole school thinking they were at a concert with his solo guitar act.

 

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Dr. Miller, Dylan Maguire, Garrett Stevens, & Valerie Vreugdenhil on the handbells.

 

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The Westside band would’ve made John Williams proud with their Star Wars, Jurassic Park, and ET arrangement.

Veterans Day Chapel Speaker: Gary Stubbs

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Gary Stubbs, a highly decorated retired US Navy officer, spoke with Westside students in chapel day in honor of Veteran’s Day. He focused on humility, with Micah 6:8 (He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?) anchoring his message

Three weeks after graduating from Duke University in 1968, Gary reported to Pensacola to begin flight training with the US NAVY. During the ensuing 28 years, he deployed to every corner of the world, mostly involved in flying the A-6 Intruder carrier-based attack aircraft.  He was the Commanding Officer of Attack Squadron 176 and later Attack Squadron 128, the A-6 training squadron on the west coast. Later he received orders as Commanding Officer of the USS Guam, an amphibious assault ship and then was the Commander of Amphibious Squadron Five, commanding up to 10 ships during the evacuation of United Nations forces from Mogadishu, Somalia in 1995. After his retirement from the Navy, he and his wife Chris served with the English Language Institute/ China where they taught English in the University system of the Peoples’ Republic of China and then taught US History at Westside Christian High School here for 5 years.

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Shaking hand’s with WCHS’s President.

 

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Chuck & Officer Stubbs

 

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Post message gratitude from some Westside students.

WCHS Worship: Ignite

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Westside’s worship team Ignite led music for the first time this year with an engaged and appreciative student body at chapel on Wednesday. Mr. Fox is very proud of this year’s young and inexperienced team. The worship songs played included Good, Good Father, Jesus We Love You, and Holy Spirit. Ignite looks forward to inviting the Westside student body into their time of worship each week.

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Westside’s 2016 – 2017 Ignite Worship Team