CPC Alum Included in London’s National Portrait Gallery

Becky Orcutt (CPC Graduate class of 2011) was one of 55 artists chosen to be included in the 2015 BP portrait award exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery In London. A total of 2,748 portraits from a record 92 countries were submitted.


Becky Orcutt’s “What Now?”

The Portrait Award, now in its thirty-sixth year at the National Portrait Gallery and twenty-sixth year of sponsorship by BP, is the most prestigious portrait painting competition in the world. With a first prize of £30,000, and a total prize fund of £61,000, the Award is aimed at encouraging artists to focus upon and develop portraiture in their work. The competition is open to everyone aged 18 and over. The BP Portrait Award has been called the Oscars of portrait painting.

An exhibition of 55 portraits will go on display at the National Portrait Gallery in London between 18 June and 20 September. The exhibition will then go on tour to the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh (10 October – 28 February, 2016) and the Ulster Museum, Belfast (March – June, 2016).

The Tough Road to World Championships Pays off For Team Captain


Kayla Boller, a senior at Cedar Park Christian, just got back from the FIRST Robotics World Championship in St. Louis, Missouri. The team won Finalist Award (Silver Medal) in the Curie Division, which was the highest achievement by all of the 152 PNW teams at this year’s championship. The team is ranked in the top 16 teams among nearly 3000 robotics teams worldwide.

Kayla Boller senior picture

Kayla Boller, CPR Team Captain

The road to get to Worlds was not a walk in the park. Cedar Park Robotics (CPR) had their minds focused on the World Championship many months ago. It all started when the Washington First Robotics League announced this seasons “game.” Once CPR received the instructions for the game, the team worked tirelessly over a 6 week time period to design and build a robot capable of winning the competitions. Once the robot was fully designed and built, CPR competed in tournaments around the state. At these tournaments, CPR’s hard work and intricate robotic design paid off, winning matches time and time again. The top 64 percent of the Washington and Oregon teams competed in the PNW District Championship. With this quickly approaching, CPR was even more determined on being the best, all while displaying God’s love. Kayla Boller, one of the team’s captains, commented, “It felt nice to see our hard work and dedication come together come match time.”

While Robotics is a fun, social activity, it can also greatly help with college. “Over $113,000 in scholarship money has been given out in the field of Robotics,” says Kayla, “Not only does Robotics help a person get into college, but it also helps college graduates get the job of their dreams.” In St. Louis, CPR went head-to-head against some of the best Robotics teams in the world, and all the while, the team knew that no matter what the outcome, giving glory to God is still the most important.

International Potluck Out of this World!


The World Language Department had their second annual International Potluck on October 21st, 2014. It was a smashing success! More than ninety-five families showed up, creating a crowd of over two hundred and an incredible number of international dishes. The dishes included Italian pasta, Japanese vegetarian sushi, Chinese fried rice and noodles, Norwegian cakes, Spanish […]

Bothell Art Students Create Auction Treasures


Over the summer, several high school students were challenged to take an art concept learned in class and apply it to an object instead of paper. Several white porcelain piggy banks were donated to the art department and given to Alli Hishikawa (10th), Ellie Hitchcock (10th), Rachel Kudlacz (10th), and Nikki Baker (12th) to Zentangle […]