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US Government Survey Project

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Survey topic review and selection.

US Government is starting a survey (public polling) project where students create background questions about the respondents and issue questions on their topic. Examples are raising minimum wage, gov’t health care, euthanasia, Native American names for sports teams, should hospitals have to publish their fees?, etc.  The students go door-to-door to get 20 responses, tally them, analyze for similarities and differences and speculate as to why people might respond differently.

Serious research!

AP World Egypt Projects

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Luke Jun, Jonah Adams, Evan McReynolds, Noah Lammers

Luke Jun, Jonah Adams, Evan McReynolds, Noah Lammers

AP World History students did a project concentrating on a different aspect of Egyptian culture.  These included the pyramids, hieroglyphics, Rosetta stone, the geography of Egypt, the construction of a model shadoof (an ancient Egyptian irrigation tool) and the Egyptian Shadow Clock.

 

Some impressive Egyptian mini-models!

Some impressive Egyptian mini-models!

Senior Bible Leadership Project: Yejin Han

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Yejin Han - Senior Leadership Project

Yejin Han – 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.

“I worked with the organization CHAP (Children’s Healing Art Project) after looking into the purpose and meaning behind art therapy. They serve kids with disabilities and those with parents who are undergoing medical treatments, both who often have a hard time feeling in control of themselves and being a part of society. When kids come into CHAP, they are not judged by their disease or disability, they are acknowledged for their creativity. I helped prepare for the hospital program, outreach program and art clubs. I came up with art activity ideas for kids, where I focused on being interactive and creative with the program participants.”

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

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!!!”

Senior Bible Leadership Projects: Annalise Lau

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Annalise Lau – 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 leadership project, I conducted a nutrition education class for teen moms. It was a two-hour event where we did many activities, talked about food labels, “MyPlate”, cooking/baking substitutions and conversions, grocery shopping, meal planning, healthy snacks for kids, and even made kids snacks! I created recipe books for the moms and baskets full of cooking and baking supplies for each of them. At the end of the event, many of the moms commented that they almost didn’t come to the event out of nervousness, but they were glad they did. The information I provided them was all new information and they were so excited to take it and use it. Most people know the saying, “Give a man a fish, feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, feed him for a lifetime.” This was exactly my purpose for my project. I wanted to equip them with the skills and knowledge in the area of cooking and baking, and I believe the moms walked away with those newly formed gifts.”