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Fall Fest

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2018 Seniors, Kellen Peterson and Eva Lammers were crowned Fall Fest King and Queen.

Students celebrated with spirit this week leading up to their annual Fall Fest at The Maize on Sauvie’s Island.

From dressing up in costumes to wearing all black to cheer on the volleyball team to their victorious win against Riverdale, and donning their flannel for the evening of line dancing, students were in the spirit of Fall.

On Wednesday night, Westside students enjoyed line dancing, walking through the corn maze, painting pumpkins, and enjoying a bonfire together. The Fall Fest King, Kellen Peterson, and Queen, Eva Lammers also received their pumpkin crowns.

 

International Teaching

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This summer, my wife and I, along with Leif, our 1-year-old baby boy, will be spending 40 days in Valencia, Spain. I’ve been given the opportunity to complete an international teaching practicum at an English language school located in the heart of this beautiful Mediterranean beach town.

We are so looking forward to our time together there, especially with our boy! In our free time, we will be exploring the old medieval parts of town and sampling the tapas and paellas the city is famous for. Of course, we will seek out the beach as often as possible and spend time swimming in the warm sea and relaxing in the sun.

My wife and I have held Spain as very special to both of us for many years. It’s where we fell in love and where we later honeymooned. It’s where I became fluent in Spanish and where I watched God grow a deep love for the Spaniards within me. We can’t wait to bring our boy into all of this with us.

A summer in Spain!

A summer in Spain!

This time in Spain with be a blessing for my family at home, but I’ve begun to pay attention to the many ways that it will also be a blessing for my Westside family. Among such, I anticipate that my students in the fall will benefit from my reinvigorated passion for Spanish-speaking peoples – a passion which will color our class time together and which may even be passed on to them. In addition, my own language skills will be sharpened and my fluency deepened, enhancing the collection of talents and abilities among the staff at Westside and so also enhancing our prestige as a school.

I look forward to sharing the stories and pictures from our European adventure with my classes in the fall. I’m sure there will also be others with travel stories to share. In sharing, I know that God will work on our hearts to grow them in our capacity for love toward people of other lands and languages – towards peoples that he loves as much as he does the folks in our own communities here at home.

Senior Trip 2018

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Last week Westside’s seniors traveled (far) east to Washington Family Ranch for a week of fellowship, fun, and reflection in advance of graduation. Senior Trip provides students with a unique opportunity to get away from normal, including cellphone reception, for time together to process all they’ve experienced in life up to this moment in time. Evening sessions provided the chance to consider their past, appreciate the present, and prepare for their future.

Seniors – go well, and please plan to return. The doors are always open.

Senior Trip 2018

Senior Recognition 2018

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Our Leadership students put together a video appreciating each and everyone of our seniors in advance of the last chapel of the year. Take a watch below!

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.

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!

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!

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!