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Art, Poetry, WSA Music Energize & Inspire Over 300 students at Kitsap Youth Rally for Human Rights

March 27, 2016
By Susan Trower

Cornelia Thane '16, Audrey Jordan '18, Angie Mead '16, and Liam Near '16 performing at the Youth Rally - Espen Swanson photoOlympic College was the meeting place on Friday, March 25 for the 22nd annual Kitsap Youth Rally for Human Rights.  Sponsored by Kitsap Safe Schools Network, Kitsap County Council for Human Rights , Olympic College (OC) and Kitsap Peninsula schools, the event is an opportunity for junior and senior high students to gather and inform one another on a variety of issues of human rights.'s a chance to celebrate and have a lot of fun!

Area school districts rotate the annual responsibility of being the 'host school' - in charge of planning the theme, the Rally logo for the t-shirts, and the opening and closing ceremonies in the OC gym at the Bremer Student Center.  This year was West Sound Academy's turn to host, and the QSA @ WSA club took charge. 

QSA @ WSA and Listen to Your Art organizers Ben Taylor '16, Aidan Moore '16, and Megan Hall '16 serving as MC's at the Welcoming Ceremonies at the Youth Rally - Espen Swanson photoAs students arrived at OC for the Rally, teachers and club advisors handed out t-shirts to all.  This year's Rally theme - Listen to Your Art - was an extension of last summer's Listen to Your Art festival, and Ben Taylor, '16 designed the logo that was happily worn by students and adults at the Rally.

In the time leading up to the opening ceremonies, students had plenty to do - create art for the WSA Art Wall, view the exhibit of paintings from WSA's Jan Term class, and visit information tables from a number of non-profits that serve youth in the area.   Ben Taylor, Aidan Moore, and Megan Hall staffed the Listen to Your Art 2 booth, encouraging everyone to come to the music festival in Port Gamble on August 6

These same three WSA seniors shared MC duties for the Welcoming Ceremonies, and the WSA Music Ensemble class, Paul Burback directing, amazed the crowd with their performance.  Everyone knew they were part of something special when the stands in the OC gym emptied out as students rushed to the floor to start dancing to the music! 

WSA Music Ensemble in the OC gym at the Youth Rally - Espen Swanson photoRally participants then left the gym and attended their choice of two breakout sessions, planned and presented by student clubs.  The Central Kitsap High Drama Department staged two performances of The Laramie Project.  Audience members were moved by this play about the reaction of Laramie town residents to the murder of University of Wyoming gay student Matthew Shepard.

And then it was time to go back to the Bremer Center for the sack lunches provided by Rally organizers.  WSA seniors Joey Schmitt and Liam Near served as the MCs for the open mic time, helping to boost the courage of students to get up and read their poems or sing their songs.

2016 Kitsap Youth Rally for Human Rights - Listen to Your ArtThe closing ceremonies were a time for poetry, thank-you's to volunteers and Olympic College, and more music from WSA's Music Ensemble class.  Students left the gym, newly energized and inspired to live up to the day's theme.

Listen to...Pay attention to your own unique character, and to the humanity and fundamental rights of others.

Your Art...Use creative means to communicate what's important to you.

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WSA's Knowledge Bowl Team Takes 5th in State to Finish the Season

March 20, 2016
By Susan Trower
WA State Knowledge Bowl Tournament XXXIV - March 19, 2016West Sound Academy's varsity squad took 5th place in Division 1B at the Washington State Knowledge Bowl Tournament XXXIV at Arlington High School on March 19.  WSA's team joined over 600 students from 102 teams from public, parochial and private schools from all over the state who came to Arlington for a day of academic competition.  Judges posed questions on topics ranging from geography to geology, literature to law, biography to biology.  Anything that can be considered as part of a high school curriculum is fair game in Knowledge Bowl.
The WSA team members's brains got a real workout: 50 multiple-choice questions in the beginning written round, 350 short-answer questions in six oral rounds, and a naill-biting 10-question tie-breaker with Almira-Coulee-Hartline that decided the 4th- and 5th-place finishers.
WSA KB team, 5th in State at the 2016 TournamentCongratulations goes to the entire squad for a hard-fought competition:  
  • Peter Silvernale, '16, Captain
  • Karsten Hald, '17
  • Ben Silvernale, '17
  • Eleanor Uyyek, '17
  • Alex Welch, '17
  • Delaney Agodon, '18

Division 1B, 5th in Stateand to WSA staff members and Knowledge Bowl coaches Susan Trower, Catherine Freeman, and Lionel Pummell.  Thanks also goes to WSA parents and KB Boosters Jeff and Kim Uyyek and Rose and Kelli Agodon for their help with transportation and care and feeding of brain-weary teenagers!  Jonah Uyyek, WSA '15, home on break from UC Santa Cruz was also in Arlington to lend his support to the team.

The season is over for now, but West Sound Academy Knowledge Bowl practices will start up again in September, preparing the team for 2016-2017:  WSA's 9th season of competition.  


Listen to Your Art Year Two Set for August 6 in Port Gamble

March 09, 2016
By Aidan Moore

Listen to Your Art Two - August 6, 2016 in Port GambleAfter the success of Listen to Your Art 2015, this year’s team is excited to announce the official date of the second year of the arts and music festival. Listen to Your Art Year Two will take place on August 6th in Port Gamble from 12-9pm. The event will showcase eight local bands along with a showing from a variety of local artists and restaurants. Other events include a raffle and an interactive art wall--where everyone is invited to create and buy art.Angie and Gwynn at Listen to Your Art, August 22, 2015 - Espen Swanson photo

Listen to Your Art was founded in 2015 by Ben Taylor, Megan Hall, and Aidan Moore as a way to raise money and awareness for the Trevor Project. The Trevor Project is the nation’s leading organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ teens and young adults.Listen to Your Art, August 22, 2015 - Espen Swanson photo

Listen to Your Art has and will continue to be completely student-run and organized. Each member of the team is committed to eliminating the taboo that is associated with the topic of suicide. The purpose of Listen to Your Art is to foster the creation of a safe and open community that is willing to discuss and overcome the issue through a day of creative education and interaction.

The Listen to Your Art team, August 22, 2015 - Espen Swanson photoAfter shattering all expectations last year by donating $6,000 to the Trevor Project, the LTYA staff has high hopes for this year’s event.

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March, 2016: Coming Up at West Sound Academy

March 03, 2016
By Susan Trower

next March 3:

NO SCHOOL on Thursday, March 3:  Parent Teacher Conferences.

next March 4:

NO SCHOOL on Friday, March 4:  Parent Teacher Conferences.

next March 4 and 5:

West Sound Academy presents:
I Hate Hamlet
by Paul Rudnick

Friday, March 4:  7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 5  7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $10 Adults
               $7 Students
               $5 Senior Citizens
Reservations and Information
(360) 598-5954


Olympic College Theater
1264 15th Street (15th Street at Ohio Avenue)
Bremerton, WA
I Hate Hamlet

next March 14 - 18:


 Let our teachers know how important they are in the lives of our students!

Teacher Appreciation Week
March 14-18
WSA parents!

Sign up to bring in treatson Wednesday, March 16!
We Appreciate Our Teachers! - Britannica ImageQuest

next March 19:


Washington State
Knowledge Bowl Tournament XXXIV

Arlington High School

Good luck to our State-bound team!

Go Hawks!!!

Washington State Knowledge Bowl Tournament XXXIV

next March 22:

ExtendedResearch Project


Presentations for
6th and 7th Grades
The Commons
Baker Hall
Tuesday, March 22

6th & 7th Grade Extended Research Project (ERP) Presentations

next March 25:

End of 3rd Quarter is on Friday, March 25.

next March 25:

Kitsap Youth Rally
for Human Rights
On March 25, 2016 over 325 junior and senior high school students from the Kitsap Peninsula will gather at Olympic College to educate one another and celebrate the human rights of all students
2016 Host School:
   West Sound Academy
WSA delegation:
     41 students and staff!
Design by Ben Taylor, WSA '16


next March 26:

Jim and Tina Cachules, together with West Sound Academy's Board of Trustees and Visionary Collective, invite WSA parents to their home for the annual
Visionary Collective Social 
Cocktails and Appetizers
6 to 8 p.m.
Meet other WSA parents, socialize, and make connections! 
     To RSVP go here
Annual visionary Collective Social

next March 28:

On Monday, March 28, there will be special schedule

Special Schedule for March 28, 2016

next March 29 - 31:

Research Project


Presentations for
8th, 9th, and 10th Grades
The Commons
Baker Hall

Tuesday,  Wednesday, and Thursday
March 29-31

1:15 p.m. Dismissal on Thursday

Extended Research Project (ERP) Presentations

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