Willamette High School

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Band Festival Spans The Grades

UO Director of bands Dr. Rodney Dorsey works with the Willamette High School band during the annual Bethel Band Festival.

350 students, five Bethel schools, and a continuing tradition in the district.

The Bethel Band Festival is an annual event bringing together all of Bethel’s middle and high school musicians under the direction of a guest conductor.

Dr. Rodney Dorsey, Director of Bands at the University of Oregon, was the guest clinician. He worked with each school band individually before bringing all the schools together for a massive performance.

The Willamette High School students showed off their skills, while the younger musicians heard for themselves what they could sound like with more experience.

Wil-Hi Celebrates Student Athletes

WHS seniors Ashley Guldager, Katlyn Martinez, Griffin Jeskey, Bryce Goggin and Bradley Mondo signed letters of intent to continue their athletic careers in college.

Five Willamette senior student-athletes have signed letters of intent to continue competing in college.

Ashley Guldager signed to play soccer at Linfield, while Katlyn Martinez agreed to play for George Fox. The two longtime friends and soccer teammates will be opponents next season.

Griffin Jeskey’s senior season is still to come in track and field, but he’s signed to run at Oregon Tech.

And football players Bryce Goggin and Bradley Mondo have signed to play at perennial national contender Southern Oregon.

A large crowd of supporters gathered in the WHS gym to witness to signings and wish the athletes well at the next level.

Recycling Round Up Returns To Willamette

Students from Willamette’s National Honor Society will help load up a St. Vincent de Paul truck with reusable items at the school’s annual Recycling Round-up.

The annual free Willamette Recycling Round-up will again accept the community’s electronics and household items.

Here’s a long list of items.

Just drop them off at Willamette High School on Saturday, February 10th, from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 

NextStep Recycling and St. Vincent de Paul will give new life to your old recyclables.  

This event is one reason why Willamette was named a national Green Ribbon School Award winner in 2014.

The Sound Of Joy

Students from Irving, Cascade, Shasta and Willamette gather on stage for a group performance at the annual Bethel Choir Festival.

250 students joined in one combined voice at the annual Bethel Choir Festival.

Under the direction of Dr. Melissa Brunkan from the University of Oregon, choirs from Irving, Shasta, Cascade, and Willamette had the opportunity to learn from a different perspective.

Brunkan has sung and conducted professionally with choirs, opera and theater companies all around the country, and she’s taught children from kindergarten through high school so her credibility earned some respect from students.

They worked on expression, harmonics, diction and simply communicating the joy of what they are singing.

One of the highlights of the Festival was the mass choir performance, which allowed all the students to express their joy together.

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