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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 acheive 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 Arty 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 new comer 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.