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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!

What We’re Reading: English 12

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Westside seniors are exploring Hamlet, Shakespeare’s psychological thriller highlighting the young Prince Hamlet’s search for justice and revenge. Students write literary analysis papers and perform original soliloquies.

Moses Ndagijimana, Catalina Gillis, Alexis Rodriguez, & Alessandro di Sabato

Moses Ndagijimana, Catalina Gillis, Alexis Rodriguez, & Alessandro di Sabato

Polyhedron Design

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Westside’s Digital Design class put multiple skills to great use in a recent project designing multi-sided polyhedron 3D shapes. These creative creations were displayed in the hall by the Art room.

Take a look!

BB-8 inspired? Perhaps!

BB-8 inspired? Perhaps!

A long line of polyhedrons.

A long line of polyhedrons.

Biology: Cell Organelles Functions

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Biology students were recently tasked with creatively describing the functions of at least 10 different organelles in a cell. Take a look at the project put together by Ethan Chung, Gabe Askew, Peter Nordlund, and Harry Tang below!

Fiesta Fundraiser

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Profe Cook & husband Ben

Profe Cook & husband Ben

On Friday, March 9, a fundraiser was held to support Profe Cook and her husband with the expenses of their process of adopting a newborn. This fun event was planned and well-run by 11 Westside students and included food from the Tamale House, piñatas, games, bachata dancing, and more. Those students responsible for both planning and executing the event were Laura Staropoli, Moriah Reid, Hollyn Dugan, Catalina Gillis, Hannah Gouge, Jillian Griffin, Eva Lammers, Gabrielle Lau, Brittney Martin, Ali Mills, Kelsey Moore, and Gabriela Sears.

About $1000 was raised in entrance fees and tickets, and an additional $9000 was donated by Westside families and staff. In reflecting on the experience Stefanie Cook said “I am deeply touched by the outpouring of love and support from the Westside community.  This event is a testament to what wonderful students and families we have here. I cannot thank you all enough for supporting my husband and I in this process.”

Pinning the donkey's tail

Pinning the donkey’s tail

Westside’s mission is to equip servant leaders in God’s kingdom for the next generation by educating and developing the whole person for the glory of God. We are so proud to observe, through the support our students are providing Profe Cook and her husband, the ways in which our students are already tremendous servant leaders!