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Jr High Arts Showcase

Spring 2018 Edition

The Jr High Arts department came together for the 2018 Spring Jr High Arts Showcase to celebrate a semester of hard work in the visual and performing arts. Sixty-six students presented visual arts in the showcase, including ceramic food which looked real enough to eat! Another seventeen students from the yearbook staff provided examples of their photography for guests to view. Aside from the photos presented in the showcase, yearbook students can be seen at junior high events throughout the school year documenting the many activities of the students to be published in the yearbook.

The performances of the evening began with the choir. These students wowed the audience with beautiful and advanced multi part harmonies, including Alice’s Theme by Danny Elfman. The intermediate band performed several pieces as well. Their selections included “Mars” from The Planets by Gustav Holst. The full piece, The Planets, was recently played by the Vancouver Symphony. Not bad Jr High Band! Several band members were recognized for their participation with the high school band in the OSAA State Band Competition where they brought home a 4th place trophy.

The Jr High drama class took the stage to perform Farmageddon and the Undercover Crop by Victoria Sayeg. The actors made the audience literally laugh out loud with their physical comedy and well-timed puns! The drama department was honored to welcome the playwright, Victoria Sayeg, to the performance. Ms. Sayeg was very generous to talk with the actors after the play as well as pose for photos with the cast.

The evening included the first inductions of the National Junior Art Honor Society (NJAHS). Congratulations to Rachael Baird, Elijah Chapman, Jonathan Grigorchuk and Avery Heidebrecht, the 2018 inductees. NJAHS members are selected by faculty recommendation, scholarship, service and character.

The Jr High Arts Showcase represented over ninety students work, with several students participating in more than one arts discipline! Needless to say, this group of junior high students are talented artists, actors, singers and musicians. If you missed this spring’s showcase, watch for the fall showcase announcement. Seeing the work of these students is a treat not to be missed.

Be sure to check out the photo album for additional photos, including band and choir!

The Artys: Annual Awards and Arts Showcase

The Artys is an annual event to showcase the talent of the Portland Christian High School arts students. The evening includes a gallery display of student pieces, individual performances, group performances as well as a time of recognition for excellence in the arts. Guests browse the galleries amidst a backdrop of musical performers, partake of light refreshment, snap photos in the booth and enjoy a time of fellowship and celebration of student accomplishments.

The evening began with selections from our High School choir as well as a special appearance by the very talented Jr High choir. The choir delighted guests with pieces such as Alice based on the work of Lewis Carrol.

The High School band gave a stellar performance as well. They shared their selection of pieces that they recently performed at the Oregon State Band Completion in Corvallis, bringing home the 4th place trophy. Although they are small in numbers, they make a mighty sound!  To achieve this sound, many students play multiple instruments and some play parts not written for their instrument. 

The audience was given a special treat performance by an independent student group called "redline;". Yes, that is spelled correctly. There is a story to their name. You’d need to ask a band member for the story. Any high schooler can point you to a band member if you want to hear the tale!

As the evening continued, awards were given in each discipline, as well as recognition of the regional winners of the Scholastic Art Awards. This year, two Portland Christian students received top awards at the national level. Allison Brist received a Silver Key and Skylar Scott will be awarded a Gold Key at a ceremony at Carnegie Hall, New York, in June.

Academic Letters were given to qualified art students in each discipline: choir, band, visual art, and drama with 26 letters awarded this year!  Aside from department Artys Awards, three special awards are given by vote of the students and teachers in the entire art department. Abby Collopy was selected for Inspirational in the Arts; Lydia Mumford was awarded the Renaissance Award and arts newcomer Annie Bahr was given Rookie of the Year. Congratulations to all!

The evening was a clear indication that Portland Christian students are greatly blessed with talents given by a gracious Creator and excellent instruction.  Don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy the hard work of these extraordinary students when Artys roll around next Spring!

Fall Cast

A Good Laugh and a Good Message

Jr High Drama nails a comedy and touches our hearts in two Fall productions


The Portland Christian Jr. High Drama students performed two plays in the Fall Jr. High Art Showcase, which took place in November. The Arts Showcase is a biannual event which brings together students across all the arts at the Jr High to present their work in various modes and mediums. The first play of the evening, The Day the President Called… and Called… and Called, was a hilarious production directed by our own Portland Christian High School Senior, Abby Collopy, for her Senior Project.  The students did an excellent job under her direction displaying comedic timing as well as the physicality of humor. The second play of the evening was The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry, directed by Kristen Caldwell, Jr. High Drama Teacher. The Gift of the Magi, set the audience’s heart on the right track for the Christmas season and encouraged us to remember the sacrifice which was the purpose of Christ’s birth.