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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.

Catalina Gillis: Letter of Intent

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Senior Catalina Gillis will play Women’s Water Polo for Division I San Diego State University this fall, after signing her Letter of Intent to suit up for the Aztecs last week.

 On Thursday, April 11th Catalina signed her National Letter of Intent with San Diego State. Catalina inks with SDSU after finishing three years as a varsity starter with Sunset High School. Cat started playing  water polo as a sophomore for Sunset High School, following four years as a synchronized swimmer who competed nationally as a soloist, part of a duet, and with her team. She ended her synchronized swimming career after being invited to compete internationally in Canada’s National Synchronized Swimming Championships. When her brother Hunter’s water polo coach invited her to try water polo as a sophomore, she decided to jump into something new and loved it from the start.

Catalina Gillis signing with the San Diego State Aztecs

Catalina Gillis signing with the San Diego State Aztecs

Cat began playing water polo for Sunset High School, and played as a starter on the varsity team from day 1, earning 2nd team All Metro her first year. During her off-season, Catalina played club water polo for Tualatin Hills as a sprinter and attacker. In the summer of 2015, Catalina attended Pepperdine’s Malibu water polo camp, there training under Olympians Terry Schroeder and Merrill Moses. She earned a position on the Olympic Development Team (2016-17) where she played against the top national high school teams in women’s water polo. As a Junior, Catalina earned 1st Team All Metro and played at the Junior Olympics in the summer of 2017.

 Gillis competing at the State Championships

Gillis competing at the State Championships

During her senior year Catalina was selected as the Metro League MVP, First Team All Metro, and Second Team All State. Additionally, this year she joined the Sunset Swim Team following the water polo season. In her first year Cat earned a varsity letter in swimming, and placed 15th in the state at the 100 Meter freestyle, contributing to a team that placed 1st overall in the 6A state championship.

Catalina continues to play club water polo for Tualatin Hills and will again play at the National Junior Olympics this summer.

Catalina is excited to start at SDSU in the fall, where she will major in Marine Biology. As a Certified Lifeguard, and accomplished scuba diver, Cat has always been the happiest in the water, and might invite some to ask whether Mermaids really do exist.

Congratulations Catalina!

St. Johns Bridge

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Intro Art students recently completed 2 group paintings: St. Johns Bridge Westbound and Eastbound. Take a look at their impressive (collective) pieces below!

Nain Emery & St. Johns bound west

Nain Emery & St. Johns bound west

Lang Kanyer & St. Johns eastbound

Lang Kanyer & St. Johns eastbound

Cultural Gala

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WCHS Cultural Gala

WCHS Cultural Gala

Westside’s 2nd annual Cultural Gala is this week! Friday night, April 6, from 7:00 to 9:00pm, you can travel the world, eat traditional dishes, and hear some compelling stories. As you walk in you will be transported to the larger world of Westside where your international friends from eight different countries will be waiting to share. Some will be hosting a table in the Commons with a personal perspective on their own country. Some will be hosting an entire classroom to give a unique window into their culture. A few will be interviewed on stage in the auditorium to give a brief slice of their own story, and how Westside has become a part of it.  And it’s all free!

We hope to see you there!