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Update II: Finishing the Work

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Westside Community,

We hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas with your families.

In recent days, we have been asking for your support with helping us complete our “exterior campus” and build a soccer field. We have talked about the great benefit this would be to our community, as well as some good tax reasons to make a gift prior to year-end.

But I wanted to take a brief moment and remind us all about the “bigger picture”.

A recent Barna Research Group survey revealed only 9% of the American population holds to a biblical worldview. Even more alarming: only one half of one percent of the Mosaic generation (those 18-23 years old) has a biblical worldview.

Westside Christian exists to be a light on a hill for God’s work in the world. We exist to provide training for future generations so that they are able to learn to think and live biblically within their chosen spheres of influence.

Westside’s goal is to be excellent in every area in which we engage student growth and development. We aspire to be an extraordinary high school in the greater Portland area with the heart and mind of Christ.

As the year-end quickly approaches, we are now over half way toward our goal of $1.2 million! We praise the Lord for His provision, and thank all of you who have given and/or pledged to make our soccer field and facility improvements a reality!

If you are considering alternatives for year-end gifting, we would be honored if you considered Westside.

To give a gift online, go to: wchsonline.org/giving

You are a generous community! We are so thankful for your support for Westside, and for some of you, that faithfulness has been for many, many years!

Let us say again how grateful we are for our Westside family. Together, we are “Finishing the Work.”

Dan Davis, Board Chair
David Henry,  Director of Development
Debi Miller, Head of School


Dear Westside Community,

We hope that all your preparations for Christmas and the holidays are nearly done, and that you will enjoy a rich time with family and friends celebrating our Savior’s birth.

As the year-end quickly approaches, we wanted to follow up on our end-of-year giving request with a quick update. We are now over half way toward our goal of $1.2 million! We praise the Lord for His provision, and thank all of you who have given and/or pledged to make our soccer field and facility improvements a reality!

Also, for those of you who are able to take advantage of the tax benefits of charitable giving, we wanted to make you aware of some possible tax changes that may make giving in 2016 a better stewardship value than waiting. Here is a link that provides some information about these anticipated changes:  http://www.cbsnews.com/news/charitable-givers-trumps-tax-plan-means-move-fast/

In brief, possible future caps on itemized deductions as well as reduced marginal tax rates may lower the tax benefit of giving in future years. Of course, you should seek advice from your tax counsel to see how this affects your own situation, but if you are considering increasing your year-end giving, we would be honored if you considered Westside’s soccer field project!

To give a gift online, go to: wchsonline.org/giving

You are a generous community! We are so thankful for your support for Westside, and for some of you, that faithfulness has been for many, many years!

Let us say again how grateful we are for our Westside family. Together, we are “Finishing the Work.”

Merry Christmas!

David Henry,  Director of Development

Debi Miller, Head of School


Dear Friends,

You recently received a letter asking you to consider a year-end gift to help with the turf field we are going to build on site at the school, hopefully by next fall.  If you haven’t made a decision about whether to contribute before year’s end, please give the field another thought.  I can’t tell you how many of the students see me and earnestly ask: “Do you think we’ll have a field in time for next season?!” You may recall that we were given a $50,000 match grant. We have raised over $33,000 toward that match, so we have made some good progress but have some room to go.

Whether or not you can give, thank you for being part of the fantastic community at Westside Christian High School.

Mike Staropoli

WCHS Girls; Head Soccer Coach, Soccer Field Campaign Committee Chair

*** If you have some stock that has appreciated in value; rather than sell and take the tax hit, you might want to gift the stock to the school for this project. If so, please contact Cassandra Jenks at the school (jenks@wchsonline.org or 503.697.4711)


Strong 6-0 Start for Girls Soccer

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The Eagles girls’ soccer team stands at 6 wins 0 defeats after their 4-1 victory last night.

Last Tuesday the girls won at Portland Adventist 3-0 with goals from Lilie de la Motte and Laura Staropoli (2). They followed that with another tough match in warm temps on an artificial surface, this time at #8 Dayton last Friday. That game was a physical match where the Eagles had opportunities but just could not break through early. Finally, just 3 minutes from full time, Hollyn Dugan played a wonderful through ball to Staropoli who held off a defender and beat the keeper low right to grab the game winner. Goalkeeper Mckenzie Turner and her defenders Mary Nordlund, Emily Curtis, Lydia Polvony, Lexi Rodriguez and holding mid Lauren Demaris kept the Pirates at bay and did not concede many chances. Hard work by Selah Joyce, Lilie de la Motte, Grace Biggs, Kelsey Moore, Brooklyn Rodriguez and Blythe Wolverton helped secure the win.  Last night the girls won their first league contest with a 4-1 win at home against Rainer.  Senior Lilie de la Motte led the way with two goals.


Mckenzie Turner shutting the door on another opponent’s attempt.



Lilie de la Motte holding off her defender.

Westside Wins Season Opener 5-1

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On August 30th the Westside Christian HS Girls’ soccer team officially opened their season with a 5-1 win on the road against Amity. Selah Joyce got the team off to a quick start with an early upper far post screamer that found the back of the net. Selah and Laura Staropoli each netted two goals, with Lilie de la Motte adding the fifth when she tucked it inside the near post. Seniors Mackenzie Turner, Lydia Polvony and Emily Curtis anchored the defense, with Mary Nordlund, Megan Larson, and Lexi Rodriguez rounding out a strong back line effort. Freshman Lauren Demaris provided quality play in the middle, while Grace Biggs, Angie Rivet, Gabrielle Lau, Kelsey Moore, Hollyn Dugan, and senior Kate Pitcher all contributing significantly.  The team’s next game is Sept. 6th at Portland Christian.


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Mckenzie Turner



Emily Curtis



Kate Pitcher



Lilie de la Motte

Southern Oregon Summer Soccer: Part II

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The WHCS girls soccer team just returned home from a three day trip to play a couple preseason friendlies.  On Tuesday the team left early and traveled to Medford where they played a match against Cascade Christian HS.  After an extremely competitive contest the two teams sat down together and consumed copious amounts of pizza provided by our gracious hosts and new friends at Cascade.  Many thanks to Coach Mick Power and all the great folks at CCHS.

From there the girls headed to Lost Creek Reservoir for a swim at sunset and a night of camping, with S’mores and time around the campfire.

On Wednesday the team broke camp and headed to Crater Lake on an absolutely stunning day.  The girls hiked to the lookout tower for a commanding view of the lake from the top of the rim.  Then, a short drive later the girls arrived at the trailhead leading down to the lake where they swam and cliff-jumped into the incredibly clear blue hued water.  A spectacular day at Crater Lake concluded and the team climbed in the vehicles to head to Eugene, but not before stopping for dinner in Oakridge.

After a night in the hotel across the street from the University of Oregon, the girls headed just down the road to Pleasant Hill.  We again received a first class welcome by our hosts at Pleasant Hill and participated in another hard fought match with another quality opponent.  We can’t say thanks enough to Coach Kris Dunne and PHHS for the arrangements and extra efforts to make us feel welcome.

A quick stop at Panera for nourishment in Springfield followed by lots of sleeping and reading in mostly quiet cars and the team completed the last leg of the journey to arrive safely back at Westside Christian.  What an amazing adventure and great start to the upcoming season.  We are truly blessed.


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Outdoor and ‘off the pitch’ adventures



Atop crater Lake



Coach Staropoli entering Crater Lake


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Pleasant Hill & WCHS

Summer Soccer in Southern Oregon

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The Westside Christian High School girls soccer team is enjoying a preseason trip to southern Oregon. Yesterday Cascade Christian rolled out the welcome mat and the teams played a hard fought friendly at the US Cellular fields. Afterward the teams grabbed a group photo and then sat down for pizza (generously provided by Cascade Christian!) and enjoyed making new friends. The Westside girls then headed to Lost Creek Reservoir for swimming and camping.

Today’s plans are for a visit to and a hike at Crater Lake. Then off to Eugene for another friendly on Thursday.

Go Eagles!


Posting up in the park!


Swimming at sunset.


Loving Lost Creek!


The Westside & Cascade Christian soccer teams.

2016 Summer Soccer!

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A pic below from Coach Staropoli after an optional summer soccer training session. The lady Eagles are getting ready for what will undoubtedly be another strong 2016 campaign!


B4SQ Outreach Soccer Camp

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A number of Westside students volunteered as coaches at a Beaverton Foursquare community outreach soccer camp this week. Westside students served campers from a wide variety of ethnic and cultural backgrounds while teaching both the fundamentals and some of soccer’s finer points.

Thanks for sharing some of your summer space to serve Eagles!


Westside students at Beaverton Foursquare’s community outreach soccer camp.


WCHS & BSC Oregon Soccer Field Partnership

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Westside Christian High School and BSC Oregon officially announce a multi-year facility use agreement. Westside will renovate the campus including improvements to the entry road, parking lot, installation of field lights, and turf field, with expected completion date of Fall 2017. BSC Oregon is the primary tenant and will manage all after school hourly use. BSC Oregon will contribute financially to the project as well as provide equipment used by both parties.

In February 2013, Westside purchased the property at the intersection of Hwy. 99 and 217, just twenty minutes south of downtown Portland. They moved into their new campus in January, 2014. Westside enjoys a reputation of offering a top-quality education infused with a spiritual foundation. They host a number of

athletic soccer teams that compete in the Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA).

“I’m excited that the vision of our own soccer field is becoming a reality. It’s an honor to join forces with a quality club like BSC. In partnership, we will be able to provide an outstanding venue for school and community use,” said Debi Miller, Head of School at Westside Christian High School.

BSC Oregon, originally Bridlemile Soccer Club, began as a small recreational soccer program of 100 members in the South West hills of Portland. Over the last ten years, the club has grown to over 1,000 players that operate in multiple cities across the state. BSC Oregon is an IRS designated 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides a balanced athletic experience for student-athletes 4-19yrs old.

“Thank you to our members, staff, and board for their work to make this dream a reality. Your dedication, patience, and loyalty to the club is greatly appreciated and being able to partner with an amazing school like Westside Christian is a reward for that work. Having access to WCHS’ field will allow us to teach and expand our message in the community focusing on a healthy and balanced soccer experience,” says BSC Oregon Executive Director Scot Thompson.

Both Westside Christian and BSC Oregon are accepting donations to the project. For additional questions regarding donations please contact:

Debi Miller – miller@wchsonline.org

Scot Thompson – scot.bscoregon@gmail.com


Westside Head of School Dr. Debi Miller and BSC Oregon Executive Director Scot Thompson

Ali Graham: PLU Bound!

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This afternoon senior Ali Graham, Westside’s All State soccer keeper, signed her letter of intent to play at Pacific Lutheran University next year. Ali notched 11 shutouts and conceded just over .6 goals per match. In her junior year, Ali’s stellar net-play propelled Westside to the state championship game, and a second place finish. Another lock-down defensive effort resulted in a 3rd place ranking and finish in state this year.


An Ali Graham signature makes her PLU letter of intent official.

At Pacific Lutheran Ali will compete in the NCAA Div III Northwest Conference.


A Graham family silhouette is supported by teammates, classmates, faculty, and staff.


Into the State Soccer Semifinals!

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The Eagles are at it again. For the second time in school history, the team has made it into the State Championship’s semi-finals and they are looking to get a spot in the title contest for the second year in a row.

On Saturday, Westside hosted Creswell, the #6 ranked team in State. Creswell came in on the heels of a strong 3 nil defeat of #10 ranked Western Mennonite. With just over 12 minutes left in the match Lauren Dueker took a Laura Staropoli throw-in just inside the 18 yard box, pivoted and hit a world class bending ball that dipped just below the crossbar and found the upper far right side netting to give the Eagles a lead.


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Lauren Dueker breaks the 0-0 tie late in the second half.

Just six minutes later Staropoli stepped in front of a Creswell keeper punt, brought the ball down with a thigh trap on the run and hit a low driven ball into the left side of the Creswell goal to put the game out of reach.


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Laura Staropoli’s goal to put Westside up 2-0 was a late exclamation point in the win.

The girls will see league opponent Catlin Gable, ranked #2 in State, with a 5pm kickoff semi-final at Catlin Gable on Tuesday night November 10th.  Come cheer Westside on to victory!


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