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Wilsonville High student receives second place in state for scholarship contest

COURTESY PHOTO - Incoming Wilsonville High School senior Aylenna Busse received a $1,500 scholarship and 15 bleeding control kits for WHS.In case of a school emergency — whether that be a shooting, stabbing or an accident that caused significant bleeding — there are tools available to school staff so they can help control the blood loss until medical professionals arrive. But not every school is equipped with the training and resources.

This year, in honor of National Stop the Bleed Month in May, SAM Medical — a bioscience and technology hub in Tualatin — partnered with the national Stop the Bleed Coalition — a charitable organization that provides resources to help train and equip people to reduce the loss of life due to traumatic bleeding — to provide three scholarships in each state for students residing in Oregon, Washington, California and Texas. Students had to submit an essay or film that explained what Stop the Bleed means to them and winners were awarded a college scholarship and bleeding control kits for their high schools.

The first place winner in each state received a $3,000 scholarship and 30 bleeding control kits with essential tools to help stop bleeding for their school; the second place winner received $1,500 and 15 kits and the third place winner receives $500 and 5 kits.

Incoming Wilsonville High School senior Aylenna Busse received second place for her short film "Stop the Bleed: No Regrets."

"I talked about how life is short and you don't want to have regrets and how Stop the Bleed can save many lives," Busse said. "I think Stop the Bleed also helps give students and teachers the safety feeling that if something does happen that's bad, they have the opportunity to fix it instead of waiting for someone else."

Busse initially found out about this scholarship opportunity a week before the due date and her excursion to Africa to do conservation and humanitarian work for three weeks.

But she said she believed in the training and resources Stop the Bleed gives out and wanted to put together a short film and give the scholarship opportunity a shot.

"It means a lot because I have a big family so I have to pay for college by myself," Busse said, adding that this was the first scholarship she applied for and was pleasantly surprised to find out she received second place.

Busse decided to create a film for the scholarship contest because it's a hobby that she wants to learn more about in college.

And it wasn't her first time putting together a clip.

She first created a movie using her iPhone for the seniors on WHS's dance team.

"I made a video of the whole team and I had the girls talking about what they loved about the whole team," she said. She then used iMovie to add voice overs, pictures and videos of the team dancing.

"I fell in love with iMovie," she added.

Busse plans to study film and journalism in college and is looking at attending University of Oregon, New York University or University of California, Davis.

To continue to hone her film skills, Busse wants to make a video about the Class of 2020 seniors that focuses on how they feel about attending college. She wants to eventually submit that video to a film festival in New York.

"It gives me a great opportunity," she said. "I love the fact that I can put my ideas out there. The great part about film is that they (the audience) can see stuff through your perspective."

To view Busse's Stop the Bleed clip, visit

Reporter Clara Howell can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 503-479-2384.

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