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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

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!

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 Sammi Lopresti, Logan Washburn, Maggie Suter, and Davis Raz below!

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 Emma Phillips, Esther Nor-Ashkarian, and Kyra Hartigan below!

Lincoln-Douglas Debates

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Grant Gardner & Mason Lunz

Grant Gardner & Mason Lunz

Both the AP Language and Composition and English 11 class have worked hard this semester delivering Lincoln-Douglas debates in their argumentation unit. Lincoln-Douglas is a values debate where students debate the driving principles behind their positions – values such as “Justice” or “Equality” or “Quality of Life”. Students are graded on the quality of their arguments as well as their delivery. Their peers vote for the better debater and then give them feedback on how / what they might improve.

Anna Gillingham & Hannah Gouge

Anna Gillingham & Hannah Gouge

European Cereal Box Unifications

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Chloe Brattain & Madelyn Pringle

Chloe Brattain & Madelyn Pringle

The Unifications of Italy and Germany took place simultaneously during the mid-1800s. Each AP European History student designed either a cereal box about Italy or Germany, and then they got in pairs to share with a classmate. They created a catchy name for the cereal, pictures and drawings, an activity/game or puzzle on the outside, and the inside included cards with information about the Unification.

AP Euro Unification Cereals, they’re grrreat!

 

Claire Shearer, Alessandro di Sabato, and Lauren Demaris

Claire Shearer, Alessandro di Sabato, and Lauren Demaris

Kayla Wooten and Soteria Pecore

Kayla Wooten and Soteria Pecore

Advanced Art: Ceramic Vessels

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Juniors Dylan Maguire & Isaiah McMahan in the creative flow.

Juniors Dylan Maguire & Isaiah McMahan in the creative flow.

Combining applied arts with fine art, Advanced Art students are creatively integrating form and function to design an original ceramic vessel. After reviewing their sketches with the teacher, they proceed to make their bowls, cups, vases, planters, etc.

First, students are busy wedging their clay, which is a prerequisite to all ceramic projects in order to evenly distribute the clay’s consistency as well as eliminate air pockets. They then use hand building techniques such as slab building, draping, molding, and also have the option to throw on the wheel if they so choose to.

In process currently are a few future masterpieces!

Original ceramic vessel work in Advanced Art class.

Original ceramic vessel work in Advanced Art class.

Jane Eyre Art

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Ashlyn Carlisle

Ashlyn Carlisle

In a creative choice project, a handful of AP Lit students used art as their medium after reading Jane Eyre. As a culminating project, students chose to create a work of art, write character journals, write and perform original songs or poems, or ‘teach’ about a modern theme from the novel through a Ted Talk and presentation.

Take a look as some of the impressive artwork from our seniors below!

 

 

 

Bailey McKay

Bailey McKay

Kaley Cross

Kaley Cross

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sarah Moshofsky

Sarah Moshofsky

Abbie Nieuwstraten

Abbie Nieuwstraten

 

Christian Foundations

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In Apologetics and Evangelism the Juniors have been discussing foundational abstract concepts in Christianity. Why? Because Dallas Willard said that without a proper foundation in these core truths we won’t be good apologists. What are these core truths? Loving God Completely, Loving Self Accurately, and Loving Others Compassionately. These are also mere abstract ideas if we don’t act out on them. They are simply confessional statements that may sound good in theory but if not acted on remain an ethereal truth statement.

Our Juniors were challenged to think outside the ‘rubric’ box and do this assignment not simply for a grade. The projects that we submitted show that Westside students really do understand what it means to love God, self, and others in very unique ways.

Aly Larson

Zach Hendrix