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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

Congratulations to Bella Anglin, Recipient of the Gates Millennium Scholarship!

Bella Anglin is one of 1000 recipients out of a pool of 52,000 applicants for the Gates Millennium Scholarship. Bella keeps the CHS tradition going; we have had 6 recipients in the last 5 years – the most of any school in Eugene-Springfield and perhaps the state. The scholarship, sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, will pay for all of Bella’s undergraduate and graduate education. Bella will be attending Seattle University next fall. Congratultions to her and to all who helped her on the journey!

Gilma Greenhoot Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations out to Imani Beasley and Jasmeane Perez, recipients of the Gilma Greenhoot scholarship. The scholarship is for $3500, renewable for up to 4 years.

Congratulations to the Churchill equestrian Team!

With only two scoring riders on the Churchill Equestrian team, the pair was still one of the top “teams” in the “small schools” division. Freshman Kendall Nickerson excelled in being named a First Alternate to the state championships in both dressage and hunt seat equitation! Junior Erin Dose closed out the season with her new horse Dusty, doing especially well in showmanship. Team manager/groom Madaya Stoker didn’t have a horse available this season, but was a terrific help in braiding tails and manes, saddling horses, feeding, and giving support to her teammates. Many thanks to Adviser Jill Dose and Coach Kelly Carroll.

Note:  Any CHS students interested in participating on the Equestrian Team next year should give their name and email to Counselor Katy McAuliffe to be notified of summer acitivities.

Churchill Artists Score Big In Art Show

Five Churchill artists submitted work in the 10th annual LCC High School Art Show. The show included more than 60 pieces and was juried by a panel of LCC art department faculty and local artists. Sophomore Josie Christon’s mixed media piece entitled “The Falling In Dancing” took home the 3rd place award and $100 cash. Junior Sophia Van Sell’s self portrait earned the “Titan Award” and junior Cameron Cummings’ public awareness campaign entitled “Mental Breakdown” earned honorable mention accolades.  Also participating were seniors Cullen O’Grady and Jenny Broich who’s graphic design public awareness campaign designs were selected to display. The show runs through April 22nd in the LCC Art Gallery in building 11. 

LCC art show 2015

West End students backstage at Eugene Opera’s Sweeney Todd

West End at Opera Academy

Highlights from AVID-ize

AVID: Advancement via Individual Determination AVID is a regularly scheduled elective class that prepares students with academic potential for success in advanced high school classes and in college. AVID is designed to accelerate  learning, develop reading, writing and critical thinking skills for higher-­‐level inquiry, and provides support so that students can meet the expectations of rigorous courses. In addition, students get to know a group of like-­‐minded and dedicated classmates who share the same vision: to graduate from high school with honors, prepared to go on to college. The AVID Family supports students’ hopes and dreams for their future education.

Churchill High School hosted an AVID event called “AVID-ize” on Tuesday, February 24. This year, there were 600+ people coming to our school from across the district to learn more about AVID. We had guests from out of our district and school board members attending. Our motivational presenter, Roy Juarez Jr. talked to students about “Be the Change and Mold the Future.” This was the Second Annual AVID-ize event for 4J, and we are incredibly proud of our students who ran this event by having a handful of MCs speaking from start to finish.

Here are a few pictures of the event.

Kudos to Our Outstanding Students

Downing Street Singers:

Saturday, the Downing Street Singers participated in A cappella in Albany an event with 15 high school choirs from around the state.  The festival judges select four groups as Judges Choice to perform in an evening concert and DSS was chosen! They did so well and in particular, a piece by Sara Bareilles “Once Upon Another Time” was arranged by senior Carly Walker with solos by Haley Pace and Amber Giles was mentioned by directors as the most moving piece of the day. Way to go Al and the DDS!!!! Please give them kudos when you see them.

Hannah Tam:

Hannah won best of the fair award at Central Western Oregon Science Expo Satruday at UO.  She will be representing Oregon again as an international finalist to the 2015 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Pittsburgh in May! She will take four IB tests in Pittsburgh, during the competition, so send her your support.

Boys’ Basketball Team:

Has exceeded expectations by winning their game Friday night with Liberty. Liberty was ranked 5th while our Lancers were ranked 12th! AND by all accounts, if there had been a sportsmanship award, our students would have won it…by a long shot. Our team and our fans were all GREAT! Please congratulate them.

CHS Equestrian Team March 6-8

This Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (March 6-8) the Churchill Equestrian Team will have its second horse show at the Oregon Equestrian Center’s indoor arena. Come watch Erin Dose, Kendall Nickerson, groom Madaya Stoker put the horses through their paces. Admission is free, the seating is comfortable, and the on-site cafe serves good grub. If you have younger children, this is a good opportunity for them to see horses up close, and the CHS girls are always willing to introduce folks to their steeds face to… uh… muzzle. (See photos below.) Though this year’s team is small in number, they have been dedicated to hauling their horses to practice and riding all winter to prepare for the season’s competitions.

The meet runs 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. all three days, with most of the Churchill events on Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. To get to the Oregon Horse Center, take the Northwest Expressway off Beltline, head north 2+ miles as the expressway becomes Prairie Rd. The Horse Center is a large, light yellow, metal building on the right.  See you there!