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Spring Art Show & Concert

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Westside Christian High School’s Performing and Fine Arts students will be having their Spring Concert and Art Show tonight, May 21st, at Westside. The Art Show begins at 6:00 p.m. in the Commons, followed by the Concert in the Gym at 7:00 p.m.

The concert will feature four award-winning ensembles:

  • The Concert Choir (for the 12th consecutive year) won the 2018 OSAA 3A State Choir Championship on May 3rd!
  • The Concert Band (in its second year of existence) captured the 2018 OSAA 3A State Band Championship on May 9th!
  • Soli Deo Gloria had another great year and finished second at the Pleasant Hill Jazz Festival! on April 21st!
  • Adult Supervision, a barbershop quartet made up of three Westside students and Mr. Fox, finished second at the Oregon State Barbershop Quartet Contest on April 7th!

This will be the final time this school year to see and hear these ensembles perform a full concert, including the numbers that won them their awards. Make every effort to join us for the celebration. Cookies and drinks will follow as we lift up a toast to the students for an incredible year of music-making!

Westside Band: State Champions

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The Westside Christian High School Concert Band assembled at 6:30am Wednesday, March 9th, for a trip to the Oregon State Band Championships and a chance to compete with nine of the top 3A bands in the state. Qualifying for the state championships in April was astounding enough for a band program that was established just one year ago, with a shoestring budget, a few donated / very used instruments, and a lot of heart. Six boys playing horns (no percussion) worked steadily that first year. Ten students (nine boys and one special girl) comprise this year’s band, with two of the boys adding percussion to the band for the first time!

WCHS band in action

WCHS band in action

Upon arriving at Oregon State University, the band got a feel for the LaSells Stewart Center Auditorium by listening to one of the other competing bands. The group then assembled together with instruments in hand and entered the warm-up room at 9:55am. In the warm-up room, the band tuned to one another so that unison notes and chords would create a pleasant experience for our audience. Ten minutes before the band’s 10:20am performance, our two percussion players were escorted to the stage to set up their percussion instruments. The rest of the band was then invited to the stage and introduced.

The band played well through its 5-piece song set, which included the St. Petersburg March, Clarinet Rag, Black Forest Overture, Three Ayres of Gloucester, and Moscow, 1941. The band played with crispness, good intonation and a very pleasant sound to the ear. The audience couldn’t believe this band of ten students (who are only freshmen and sophomores) could sound so full and wonderful. Students and directors alike kept stopping band members all day with kind compliments.

Following the stage performance, the band was escorted to the sight reading room, where they were given seven minutes for Mr. Fox to talk through and prepare them to play through an entire piece of music for the very first time. The anxiety of the sight reading room is palpable. Fortunately, our band was able to navigate the selection in reasonable fashion, scoring 43 out of 60 points.

WCHS 2018 Band State Champions!

WCHS 2018 Band State Champions!

Following the sight reading experience, the band was finally able to relax, listening to the other competing bands, taking pictures outside in the sunshine, and grabbing a light snack before the awards assembly. At 1:20pm, all of the bands and their directors were honored before the announcement of the finalists. Sitting and listening to the finalists being announced is nerve-wracking. 5th Place, 4th Place, 3rd place, 2nd place. Mr. Fox leaned over to Ethan Chung and said, “We’ve either placed 6th through 10th, or our band just won the state championship!” Then the announcement: “Your 2018 3A State Championship band is Westside Christian High School!”

Shock, elation, and a sense of achievement combined to create a surreal moment as the band slowly made its way to the stage to receive the state championship trophy. Moms, dads, and grandparents were yelling, applauding, and crying happy tears as the band formed on stage for a picture with the trophy to the cheers of all in attendance. After the pictures were taken, our band broke into applause toward the entire assembled audience filled with other schools’ bands and their supporters as a gesture of appreciation. After more pictures outside with the championship trophy, the band and many family members shared a meal together and gave thanks for an unbelievable and historic day. The band scored 86, 87 and 91 from the three performance judges.

The little band that could!

Pig Heart Dissection

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Gabrielle Reed, Megan Larson, Azul Pereyra

Gabrielle Reed, Megan Larson, Azul Pereyra

Anatomy & Physiology students were (gloved) hands on in a recent dissection lab. Students were dissecting pig hearts, and during the process, were instructed how and then proceeded to, inflate the lung.

Take a look at the short video of our school scientists below!

 

 

Westside Choir: State Champions

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Westside Christian High School’s Concert Choir won the OSAA 3A Choir State Championship on Thursday, May 3rd, at George Fox University. Under the direction of Will Fox, the Concert Choir engaged the audience and adjudicators with a program featuring six songs: Hark, I Hear the Harps Eternal, Light Everlasting, Abendlied (Luke 4:29), Emerald Stream, Good Night, Dear Heart, and Nda Wana.

Westside Christian High School, twelve consecutive state championships!

Westside Christian High School, twelve consecutive state championships!

The adjudicators were very appreciative of the young choir’s intonation, beautiful tone, and commitment to excellence. The choir’s program was judged by four distinguished choral educators and conductors, including the choir’s sight reading ability, which was tested after their stage performance.

This is the twelfth consecutive OSAA 3A State Choir Championship for Westside Christian, the longest standing streak in the history of the State Choir Championships, which began in 1987. Bob Crews developed the fine choral tradition of excellence at Westside and won four state championships. Kristy Moore and Miriam Gibby each won a state championship in 2008 and in 2009. In 2010, Mr. Fox was hired and has carried on the tradition of strong musical arts, winning eight consecutive state championships in his eight years of teaching.

Westside's five seniors

Westside’s five seniors

Mr. Fox says, “I inherited a fine tradition of choral music at Westside. While my first year was certainly a challenge in trying to develop my own program and winning over the students to my way of creating music, these last eight years have really been about the students! I’ve had the thrill of working with great young people who have trusted me to help them become engaged high school musicians. I’ve also had the great privilege of being the choir director for my own two children! I have the best job!”

2017 - 2018 WCHS Choir

2017 – 2018 WCHS Choir

Goal to Goal: Ben Smucker

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Goal to Goal is a video series with our Athletic Director Rob Casteel, where he intends to show the human side of the athletic program. Video interviews will highlight different contributors (coaches, student athletes and parents) to the athletic program.

In Goal to Goal we hope to convey the passion and enthusiasm these people have for Westside and its athletics.

Rob is with Varsity Golf Coach Ben Smucker below.

Go Eagles!

Westside Barbershop Quartet: Adult Supervision

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Adult Supervision: Andrew Gillett, William Golsan, Henry Golsan, Will Fox

Adult Supervision: Andrew Gillett, William Golsan, Henry Golsan, Will Fox

Westside freshmen, William Golsan and Andrew Gillett, sophomore, Henry Golsan, and Will Fox, Westside’s music teacher, have been singing as a Barbershop Quartet called Adult Supervision this spring. Initially formed last year as Brothers and Others, they entered an unofficial contest, to rave crowd reviews. In January, the foursome decided to again put a few songs together and return to the Forest Grove contest. After finishing in the finals to a standing ovation, and repeating as the crowd favorite, the group decided to compete in an official Barbershop Harmony Society (BHS) contest in Eugene April 7th. Registering with the BHS, the quartet needed a new name. The boys chose “Adult Supervision,” with their idea being that they supervise the adult in their quartet.

The quartet received a standing ovation, and a surprising 2nd place finish, six points from winning the Oregon state regional division contest and qualifying for the October District Championship (five states and two provinces of Canada). You can watch (and listen!) to their performance here: Adult Supervision. The judges were astounded with the quartet, with it being so new and the boys so young in age and barbershop experience. Their score of 74.8 is an incredible mark, only 1.2 percentage points away from qualifying to compete at the BHS International Quartet Competition. Next year the group may look to qualify for the BHS International Quartet Competition, held in Salt Lake City, Utah.

You can hear Adult Supervision at the Spring Concert at Westside Christian on Monday, May 21st, at 7:00 p.m. in the Gym.

The Ash Girl

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This spring’s drama production is the retelling of the classic Brothers Grimm tale of Cinderella, The Ash Girl, April 27-29 at Alpenrose Opera House, presented by students of Westside Christian High School.

The Ash Girl is a comedic drama telling the story of a girl who must not only endure the torment of her sisters, but also the self-doubt while under the thumb of her stepmother. This darker take of the traditional Cinderella story, with its animalized versions of the Seven Deadly Sins, is a familiar fairytale but some content may not be suitable for younger audience members. Dates and show times are: Friday, April 27 at 7 pm; Saturday, April 28 at 2 pm and 7 pm; and Sunday, April 29 at 2 pm.

Admission per person is $7 for students and seniors, $9 for adults. Thespian members get a $1 off with member identification at the door. Tickets sold at the door.

Alpenrose Opera House is located at 6149 SW Shattuck Rd, Portland.

Battle of the Beaks

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Bird beaks

Bird beaks

In a Battle of the Beaks exercise sophomore Biology students recently learned how animals better adapted to take advantage of available foods fare better than the less adapted, and thus live to pass on their genes to the next generation.

Bird beaks were represented by chopsticks, a spoon, tweezers, and a staple remover. Students needed to use their beak implement to pickup various items representing different foods. Thirty seconds were given to collect as much of one food type as possible, before repeating the activity with different types of food.

At the conclusion of the exercise, students were asked to answer what they noticed about their feeding abilities, and reflect on what would happen if a natural disaster caused a certain food type to disappear.

A beak battle in action!

A beak battle in action!

Soli 2nd at Pleasant Hill Jazz Festival

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Soli Deo Gloria

Soli Deo Gloria

Soli Deo Gloria prepared a package of jazz music to perform at the Pleasant Hill Jazz Festival this past weekend, and there captured 2nd place. The group received high praise from the judges, and were lauded from many in the audience as well. You can take a look and listen to their performance here: Soli at Pleasant Hill Jazz Festival

Soli has been participating in this festival for five years, and Choir Director Will Fox is the most proud not of the outstanding finishes Soli always seems to secure, but rather the service-heart of Westside’s students. Again, as they have in the past, students stayed long after finals songs had been sung to break down the staging, sound system, chairs, etc.

It was a great weekend of fun, great singing, and service. Congrats Soli!

Drama Production: Ash Girl

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This spring’s drama production is the retelling of the classic Brothers Grimm tale of Cinderella, The Ash Girl, April 27-29 at Alpenrose Opera House, presented by students of Westside Christian High School.

The Ash Girl is a comedic drama telling the story of a girl who must not only endure the torment of her sisters, but also the self-doubt while under the thumb of her stepmother. This darker take of the traditional Cinderella story, with its animalized versions of the Seven Deadly Sins, is a familiar fairytale but some content may not be suitable for younger audience members.

Dates and show times are: Friday, April 27 at 7 pm; Saturday, April 28 at 2 pm and 7 pm; and Sunday, April 29 at 2 pm.

Admission per person is $7 for students and seniors, $9 for adults. Thespian members get a $1 off with member identification at the door. Tickets sold at the door.

Alpenrose Opera House is located at 6149 SW Shattuck Rd, Portland.