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Senior Bible Leadership Projects: Andrew McCormick

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Andrew McCormick – 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.

“The mission of my project was simple, community. I sought to provide an open ear to those that are so unjustly neglected, the elderly. Through Bonaventure, an assisted living facility in Tigard, I found 120 senior citizens clamoring for the attention they never received, and I had the privilege to provide. I sat down with individual senior citizens for an hour at a time and spoke to them, and got to hear their stories. That was as invaluable to me as it was to them.”

Senior Bible Leadership Projects: Jonathan Saks

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Jonathan Saks – 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.

The purpose of Jonathan’s Leadership Project was to provide support to our veterans/soldiers overseas. Jonathan wrote around 34-35 letters and sent them to Adopt a US Soldier; their mission is to send care packages – but also letters – to veterans that just might need a little pick-me-up. “The main reason why I chose to do this for my project is because there are around 21 veterans that commit suicide each day. These men and women usually do this because of their lonely mental state; a state where they think that nobody truly cares about them. It’s a thankless job and I felt it necessary to send letters to help encourage these men and women to keep going.”

Senior Bible Leadership Projects: Anna Heye

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Anna Heye – 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.

Anna Heye worked with the Emotional Growth Center at Conestoga Middle School where she arranged fun trips, art projects and crafts for students struggling with emotional disturbances. The most significant aspect of the project “was organizing a birthday party for all the students and raising over $1,500 in donations for them. I developed great friendships with many of the students and greatly enjoyed the privilege of providing enjoyable activities for them while showing them how valued and loved they were.”

Senior Bible Leadership Projects: Kate Pitcher

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Kate Pitcher – Senior Bible 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 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.

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!

 

Senior Bible Leadership Projects: Riley Gintz

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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.

For additional Senior Project info, click here.

By utilizing her talents in photography, Riley served with Door To Grace. Door To Grace is an organization that helps young girls in the sex trafficking industry. They provide a day home center and loving family for the girls to stay with.

Riley helped this organization by first familiarizing herself with the ministry. Most of her project centered around photographing 8 different kinds of flowers, photoshopping and printing them, and then framing them with matts. She was able to donate them to the organization’s yearly auction “Key 2 Free” and also served as a “Runner” at the auction, making sure all purchased items found made it to their new home. All 8 of her photos were sold, and she was especially pleased that one of her pieces was bought by the director to put in her own home. The project was a great experience getting acquainted with a mission that serves an important area, trying to save young girls from abuse.

 

Senior Bible Leadership Projects: Walter Denson

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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.

For additional Senior Project info, click here.

Walter Denson focused his project on alleviating bullying at school in his community. He worked with a local middle school to plan and facilitate a lunch seminar to help students stop social isolation at school. Walter also traveled to northern Idaho to work with teenage boys at a therapeutic home, talking to the boys about their common struggles. Both experiences allowed Walter to make a difference in the lives of adolescent teens with regard to the struggles teens go through everyday.

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Walter Denson & his boys.

Senior Bible Leadership Projects: Abby Gillingham

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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.

For additional Senior Project info, click here.

Abby Gillingham used her love of music, teaching and working with young children to set up music classes for kids age 6 through 8 at Pilgrim Lutheran School in Beaverton. For four weeks between February 22nd and March 16th, you would have found Abby in a classroom from 3:30-4:30 pm, teaching her students about instruments that can sound like animals. After her four weeks, Abby made a connection with the students and got to do several crafts and games that helped them learn and grow in their music skills.

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Abby’s attentive audience.

Senior Bible Leadership Projects: Hannah Dugan

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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.

For additional Senior Project info, click here.

Using her passion for design and creative works, Hannah filmed a video for the nonprofit Adorned in Grace. The organization is a bridal shop run by volunteers and receives donations of gently used or new dresses. Adorned in Grace is dedicated to providing solutions for and raising awareness of the problem of human trafficking in the Portland area. Hannah’s promotional video was aimed at gaining exposure for the organization and the problem it combats, with the purpose of attracting new volunteers for Adorned in Grace.

Take a look at Hannah’s video below (https://youtu.be/_IptK_Rye7c)

Senior Bible Leadership Projects: Charlotte Falconer

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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.

For additional Senior Project info, click here.

Using her love for compassionate and relational connections, Charlotte volunteered through Newburg Faith in Action to serve the elderly. She spent time participating in an outreach called “friendly visits” in which she visited the elderly and assisted them in yard work, daily chores, and provided a consistent source of friendship.

One woman in particular that Charlotte served was named Bobbi. She helped her leaf blow her yard, clean out gutters, baked, and assisted in any way she needed. Charlotte claims that, “After the first few visits with Bobbi, I knew that our friendship would grow. My project quickly became much less of a project and much more of a genuine friendship.” Although Charlotte’s project has come to an end, she says that she plans on meeting and continuing her friendship with Bobbi.

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Gutter cleaning!

 

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Bobbi ‘puzzling’