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CHS Senior Earns OSU Presidential Award

Congratulations to Senior Sam Jensen! He was awarded OSU’s top honor and academic award for incoming freshman, the Presidential Award. He will be receiving $10,000 per year towards his tuition! He was presented this award and a bunch of OSU science swag in a surprise presentation in front of family and friends.

Sam Jensen receives OSU Presidential Award in the CHS library March 8, 2017.

Sam Jensen celebrates receiving the OSU Presidential Award in the CHS library March 8, 2017.

Congratulations OSAA District Solo Winners!

Congratulations to the following Churchill students for being district winners.  Congratulations also to Chris and Jacob for the support they give these students everyday.

State qualifying district winners:
Isabel Huey, oboe
Noah Polacek, mallet percussion
Jessica Searl, soprano voice

The following student was selected as an alternate, and is likely to be chosen to compete:
Martin Kaiser, flute

Eli Cleland is the district winner for baritone voice, but will not be competing at State contest.

The OSAA State Solo Contest is the last Saturday in April in the Portland area.


West End Thespians Shine at Regional Competition

On Saturday, February 4th West End Thespians went to the Thespian Regional Performing Arts competition. We competed in several events with about 25 different schools and over 300 competitors in several different theatrical events and did really well!

Jessica Searl received two Superiors for Solo Vocal

Isaac Gillard received Superiors for solo monologue which earned him a Special Ribbon and called upon the stage to be honored.

Ian Gregory, Tyson Tisdale and George Butterick V received Superior for Small Group Musical number and will be representing the Whole Southern Regional at State in April.

The Hamilton Group – Ryan Dallimore, Ian Gregory, Jessica Searl, Tyson Tisdale, Emily Helm, Emily Martini, Andrea Fadich, Milton Monroe, Tim Bouwhis, Cole Regan, Emma Rosenberg, Devin Bahr, Sara Blythe, Avery Bernardo, George Butterick V, and Matt Arscott, also received several Superiors and will also be going to State to compete.

A big congratulations to all the participated in going to Regional including Madison Yeash who competed for us in solo monologue and did very well.

We will be competing in several events at the State Thespian Competition representing Churchill High school and hopefully on to Nationals in Nebraska in June.


Health Services Pathway Students Learn the Ropes

Fun at the WISE Symposium, 2016

Churchill Teacher Receives MLK Community Leader Award

Leah Dunbar (Churchill Courageous Conversations and Language Arts teacher) was nominated by the City Eugene Human Rights Commission for an annual award to acknowledge her the time and talents she gives to our community and her contributions in the area of human rights and race relations in our community. During the City of Eugene MLK and Human Rights Celebration this weekend, Leah was awarded the “Martin Luther King Jr. Community Leader Award” for 2016.  This is what they wrote about her: Leah is a Eugene area teacher who has dedicated her career to serving children and advocating for educational equity. She developed and teaches a curriculum called Courageous Conversations to high school students to share stories that expose and challenge inequality, nurture the development of critical consciousness and create space for transformative narratives.  We are so lucky to have Leah as part of our family, knowing that she if a member of a much broader family making a powerful difference in the world.

Student Spaceflight Experiment Program (SSEP) Finalists

Student Spaceflight Experiment Program

Here are the finalists for the SSEP.  Very impressive! We will know which proposal will be chosen to fly on the International Space Shuttle by December 18th.

Salvica Hispanica in Microgravity

For our experiment we are proposing that we send Salvica Hispanica seeds into space to see if they can grow. If they work then that will mean that we can send the seeds into space so that astronauts can have a large source full of protein, fiber, calcium, and other vitamins and nutrients all in one plant. Salvica Hispanica is a great and healthy food that can be put into many different meals and can be prepared many different ways.

Students: Daniel Campos, Alex Kanning, Miranda Thiesmeyer, Kylie Miles, and Sophia Van Sell from Churchill, Jacob Roach Grade 7 from ATA

Sea Monkey Astronauts-The Life Cycle of Artemia nyos in Microgravity

Our group decided to focus our experiment around the topic of marine life in space. Brine Shrimp, which are a very sturdy animal that does not need any special accommodations, will be the subject of our experiment. On Earth everything is effected by gravity one way or another. Organisms have muscles in their body to lift and push themselves away from Earth’s gravitational pull. Aquatic life is no different. Organisms have muscles to push on the water around them in order to not sink from gravity trying to pull it down. Our experiment is intended to take that variable, gravity, and decrease its strength and record the effects. Since we are not able to send a camera, or other electronics, up to the ISS to watch every move, we plan on recording the data in a few other ways. One of which will be food consumption. We can hold a control down on Earth and track the difference in the amount of food that is consumed. By that we can make assumption as to which group of shrimp are burning more energy.

Students: Alexander Cordova, Aileen Hernandez, Beau Scott, Sierra Squires Grade 11 and Brycen Spencer, Gabe Peterson-DeGroff Grade 12

SLIPS in Microgravity

Does Slippery Liquid-Infused Porous Surfaces (SLIPS) decrease the scale of an omniphobic surface in microgravity? An Omniphobic Surface scale is a measurement of how slippery something is. SLIPS is the world’s slipperiest substance, it has been out for half a year, and is based off the functionality of the pitcher plant. After it rains pitcher plants keep raindrops as a film on the edge of their mouth so that when ants walk on the rim, they slip into their stomach. SLIPS only does one thing, it makes a surface of a solid slippery so that no liquid can touch the face of the solid that’s coated. We are testing SLIPS in a microgravity environment to find out if it has the same properties as it does on Earth. If it does it could possibly solve frost-over for rockets at launch and in microgravity. We will be using a type 3 FME. Inside volume 1 we will have a cotton ball. Inside Volume 2, there is an aluminum strip 12.5mm x 35mm coated with SLIPS on one side. In volume 3 there will be 1.5ml of corn syrup. The tube will be coated on the inside with SLIPS in both volume 2 and 3. In this experiment we are hoping to solve frost-over on the ISS with SLIPS by finding if SLIPS can not only stay on the face of a solid but still make liquids slip off of the solid.

Students:  Kobe Skidmore, Ray Newell, Garrett Price Grade 8- ATA

Congratulations All-State and WIBC Students!

IMG_0897Churchill High School had 9 students who auditioned and were accepted to attend the Western International Band Clinic in Seattle.

These students will perform concerts with internationally renowned conductors as well as the world-famous Canadian Brass.

  •  Autumn Griffin
  • Nathan Nouzille
  • Jacob Gibbs
  • Isabel Huey
  • Victoria Kaiser
  • Aja Roundtree
  • William Todd
  • James Tong
  • Dylan Whitney

These students were also accepted by audition into the Oregon All State Band and Choir

  • All-State Choir: Emily Westlund
  • All-State Band: Victoria Kaiser

Churchill Student Wins Beatbox Tournament

Dakota "Shortstack Beatbox" Seven at the "Golden Gate Battles” beatbox championship in San Francisco, September 2015.

Dakota “Shortstack Beatbox” Seven. Dakota won the “Golden Gate Battles” beatbox championship in San Francisco, September 2015.

PRESS RELEASE 9/28/15: BREAKING NEWS—> 14-Year-Old Eugene High School Student WINS Golden Gate Battles in San Francisco, CA.

Madison Meadow Music is pleased to announce the crowning of our very good friend, Dakota “Shortstack Beatbox” Seven as the champion of this weekend’s “Golden Gate Battles” beatbox tournament in San Francisco, on the evening of Sunday, September 27, 2015.

Dakota Seven, 14 (a.k.a. “Shortstack Beatbox”) was winner out of 55 participants in the single elimination series of beatbox contests hosted by SYzYgY at the Honey Hive Gallery in San Francisco, California and sponsored by Beatbox Without Borders: Think Outside the Beatbox, Swissbeatbox, States Of Beatbox, and The Honey Hive Gallery. The event was organized by Austin “Wobbles Beatbox” O’Brien and American Beatbox Archive. The competition was judged by Beat Rhino, Francisco ‘Frisco’ Romero, and Luis Iturbide.

A freshman at Churchill High School in Eugene, Oregon, Shortstack has been in high school for less than a month. The winner of five awards at last April’s “Make A Band” Competition in
Eugene, Dakota has been a crowd favorite at the Hop Valley Tasting Room’s “Scotty’s Student Showcase” series, as well as the Ambience Crew at the Oregon Country Fair, and most recently, as a drummer for Bella Steel. He will be making a cameo appearance at The Sugar Beets’ 25-Year “Silver Anniversary Ball” at the MacDonald Theater in Eugene on Saturday, October 24.

Bandmate Scotty Perey (Bella Steel / The Sugar Beets / The Shedd Institute’s “Magical Moombah”) says of Dakota, “We can say, enthusiastically and without reservation, that not only is Dakota a walking, breathing, living embodiment of everything rhythmic and funky, his amazing musical talents are equalled by his character. He is one of *the* sweetest, kindest, and most humble people you will ever meet. He is in it for all the right reasons, a wonderful example and role model for the rest of us. He is the epitome of the expression ‘It couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy.'”

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Churchill Student Published in Canvas Literary Journal

Josephine Christon’s story was chosen for publication in the Canvas Literary Journal out of submissions from students around the nation. She wrote the story for an assignment in Mrs. Swartz’s class in our IHS program. Josephine will be a Junior at Churchill this year.

Mangiare by Josephine Christon