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Barn Bash – A Great “Friend-Raising” Event

The annual Barn Bash is sponsored by Portland Christian High School Student Council, with the help of an amazing team of staff and parent volunteers. The adult volunteers kept things running, which enabled the student body and our Japanese guests from Shukutoku Yono School to have a fun and safe time together at PCS family, the Helgerson’s barn.

Students, numbering more than 130, played carnival games, rode a mechanical bull, rode a real horse, ate hot dogs, popcorn, caramel apples, participated in line dancing, hung around a huge bonfire and just got to know each other.

Playing games

Line dancing

Junior Sam Asaya holds the record of staying on the mechanical bull for 36 seconds.

Riding the mechanical bull

StuCo executive council members, Kyle Wicklander and Dakota Guild expressed their satisfaction saying it was a “good success,” “lots of turnout, especially with the Yono girls joining us,” and “the line dancing was a big hit.”  Another executive member, Matthew Griffith observed that there were more students (including non StuCo members) helping out – the student teamwork impacted the success of the night.

At the Barn Bash

One of our seniors said “Probably the most fun I have had all of high school”.

Another of our international students told Rachel Humphrey the StuCo teacher advisor, “Mrs Humphrey, you were right: totally worth $20” (the cost for the entire night). One of the Yono girls said “We all enjoyed it. We liked riding the horses and our favorite part was the dancing.”

Yono girls line dancing

At the bonfire

The most special comment, a freshmen said, “The best school event I have ever been to!”

We are thankful for this event and pray it will have a lasting positive impact on friendships and the unity and community of our students.



By Rachel Humphrey and Grace Dugger