Rhythm B’s: Behind the “Poms”

By Lindsey Smith, senior & Rhythm B Line Captain

TRADITION UNITES US.

The BHS Rhythm B’s are one of Beaverton High School’s longest traditions, having been around since 1958. Characterized as a dance/drill team, the Rhythm B’s perform at all home football and basketball games, as well as at several school assemblies throughout the year. Students count on the Rhythm B’s to be the final performance of each assembly and lead the  school in singing the “Fight Song.” But what most students don’t know about the Rhythm B’s, is what exactly goes on behind the scenes of an assembly performance. So today, as a three year Rhythm B line member/ team captain, I am going to bring you along behind the scenes of a typical assembly performance morning.
5:00 am: It all begins when the dreaded alarm goes off. Instantly a wave of anxiety, excitement, and stress rush over me all at the same time. First up is hair and makeup. Thankfully, I have had plenty of time over the years to master the traditional Rhythm B half-up, half-down hairstyle. After almost an hour of curling, combing, pinning, hair spraying and doing my dance makeup, I am finally performance ready! The last step is to put on the assigned team uniform, usually consisting of our performance skirt, dance leotard, fishnets, briefs, black slippers, and our “bling bow” as we like to call it. [Fun fact: The Rhythm B’s each have almost 40 different uniform pieces that are worn throughout the dance season].
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6:00 am: After frantically running around my house trying to gather my car keys, phone, and lunch, it’s time to head to Dutch Bros to order our team’s signature drink (Blended Pixie Stick Rebel). Now that we are fully caffeinated, it’s time for morning practice to begin. One by one, all of the girls on the team arrive and we run through our dance several times looking for any last minute adjustments to be made.
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8:30 am: After being excused from first period, it’s time to head to the main gym. It is usually absolute pandemonium in there. Assembly props are still being set up, the various performers are practicing, the band is running through their music, students are beginning to file in, and Sarm is directing over the microphone. While we wait for our run-through, I stretch with the team to make sure we are all limbered up for our splits and high kicks.
10:00 am: After all of the performers have finished, it is finally the end of the assembly and time for the Rhythm B’s. As we begin to line up, my adrenaline begins to kick in and for a moment I feel as though I have forgotten the entire dance. Then all of a sudden I hear Sarm say “…since 1958, please welcome your BHS Rhythm B’s” and I know it’s showtime! As I begin to march out with the team, I feel my stress simply melt away. A smile on my face grows as I see all of my friends and classmates cheering us on.
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Although performance days are usually rather stressful and chaotic, performing in the BHS assemblies and getting to share a tradition that is so rich at my school is one of the most amazing feelings. As a senior, I will truly miss being able to perform with my fellow teammates in front of the school.
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As always, life’s short, kick high!

Beginning of the End

By Peter Vos, senior

TRADITION UNITES US.

“A grand adventure is about to begin” – Winnie The Pooh.

This is our 2016 senior class quote, and even though we got all of our graduation attire and announcement flyers a month ago, after the Prom festivities coming to an end this weekend, this quote is seeming to skip over the fact that a grand adventure is about to end as well.

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Prom this weekend was great and it was everything that I had imagined my senior Prom being. This year, we had one of the first proms out of all the metro area schools, and for us as a class, it’s the beginning of the end for all other senior activities. Every year, the seniors that are about to graduate, or who already have, will tell the underclassmen, “make the most out of the time you have left in high school”, but the end of the year sneaks up on you faster than you expect. This year’s senior class is the 100th graduating class, and we’ve done a lot to commemorate that, and we still have more to go.

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I think that after Prom it’s all becoming a lot more real that after four years in this great community it will soon all be over. There’s a lot to reflect and learn from over our time here as seniors, and we will be sure to use all that we’ve experienced into our next adventure in life. Although it’s important to reflect, I do think it’s more positive to use your experiences and catapult into the next step in our lives with a positive attitude. For that reason, our senior quote embodies us well, and I’m sure I can speak for most seniors when I say because I’ve gone to the best high school in the state, I know I’m ready for my Grand Adventure to begin.

Preparation = Success

By Karley Hecht, junior

LEARNING TRANSFORMS US.

I’ve been told that =junior year is the hardest year in your high school career. I must have it easy because this is probably the easiest year that I have ever encountered. Not many people have the ability to stay organized and on top of things. But me? I have the gift of exactly that. I think that is what has made it so easy.
Of course, we have gigantic tests that can either make or break the rest of your life…but that’s only part of it. If you study and get prepared early on, you’ll be golden! Everyone makes it seem like you have to be worried all the time and stressed out, but it’s actually how you handle it. If you’re the type of person that stresses out about every little thing, then yes, junior year WILL be hard. But if you handle things well, it makes it a lot easier for you to control.
Then comes the fact that you’re not a senior. You’re still very much stuck one year behind the seniors. Seniors are lucky, they have things to look forward to… like PRROOOMMM! Prom is one of the only dances that I will actually be excited to go to. (I went to one dance, only one; that’s it). Seeing all of the pictures of people dressed up and looking soooo nice, just makes me wish I was experiencing it with them!
But hey, at least I’m not an underclassman anymore:)
Moral of the story, my dad always tells me to never wish time away because you never know what could happen. I think of that quote everyday when I’m having a rough day. Time is on our side and we only have control over what we decide to do with it. So my advice to everyone reading this, is to live life to the fullest and live in the moment.

Best Decision Ever.

By Karley Hecht, junior

LEARNING TRANSFORMS US.

The summer before my junior year, I was so nervous. There are no words to explain the thoughts that would take over my brain all day, every day. The thoughts would be on repeat and wouldn’t stop until I went to sleep that night. Not everyone goes through the same thing that I went through, that’s for sure. It happens every summer. Not knowing who you’re going to sit with at lunch, who you’re going to be partners with in class (when you don’t have your one friend in that class), and silly things like that.

One thing changed all of this for me. It turned my whole outlook on junior year and even high school to happiness and not pure dread.What changed it, is a 3-word title: Social Media Team. My sophomore year at Beaverton High School wasn’t the greatest, until I applied to join the Social Media Team. That decision turned everything around. I actually wanted to go to school and interact with people because I knew what was to come next year.

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The Beaverton High School Social Media Team is the greatest thing that has ever happened to me. What we do (with the help of our fabulous teacher Mrs.Robinson) is to develop and implement strategy and create content for the BHS Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter feeds – along with the podcast and blog – with beautiful faces, pictures, videos,  announcements, stories, and campaigns that highlight what is meaningful and relevant to BHS and its community.

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One major event that I am so proud to be a part of is Social Media Week-Chicago. Mrs. Robinson took 10 students (including myself) to Social Media Week in Chicago. It was the best week of my life. I met so many new people, learned so many new things, and realized that high school is nothing compared to what the rest of my life could be.

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Our community is so strong and youthful, that we strive, everyday, to make everyone feel at home and like they have meaning here at BHS. I am so thankful for the members on the Social Media Team and most importantly, Mrs.Robinson, for teaching me the ways of the team, how to step out of my comfort zone, how to interact with people I may not have interacted with before, and grow up into a young adult.

To this day (it hasn’t even been a year yet), I have my “acceptance letter” that Celia Boyer and Cole Johanson handed to me in the library hanging up in my room. It reminds me that every day, I can be proud of myself for stepping out and trying something new. My advice to everyone reading this is to try something new, and to challenge yourself by stepping out of your comfort zone. You never know what can happen!

Dear Seniors, (Prom Advice from an Alum)

TRADITION UNITES US.

To seniors:

Prom can be the best night of your life, or the worst night ever. It’s all about how you prepare for it or what your intentions are. ALWAYS have a plan. Know who is driving you to photos, to dinner, to the dance, and the after parties. Know where you are going to get ready, who is doing your hair, who is doing your make-up, and what you are going to change into after Prom. Be SMART. It’s easy to get in trouble before, after or during Prom; don’t do it if you think it’s risky. DON’T stress yourself out. It’s really not worth the stress. If your dress isn’t perfect, your hair doesn’t turn out, or you’re stressed about where you are going to get your make-up done, you won’t be focused on the experience of Prom, and won’t have fun. DON’T say yes to someone just because you feel badly; they can find another date. Go with someone you know you can have fun with, without it being awkward or weird. You are going to have to take pictures with them, go to dinner, and be with them all evening, and possibly even after Prom; that’s a long time to be with someone you don’t know or don’t want to necessarily be around. . HAVE FUN! Don’t over think things nor be worried about other people; have fun on your own with your friends, and enjoy the experience. Things won’t be exactly how you envision them, but be okay with that and you’ll have a blast.

-Malena Udani, Class of 2014

 

What a Busy Month

By Marilyn Navarro, senior

TRADITION UNITES US.

Ah April, sweet SWEET April. The month that brings flowers blooming, heat rising, and important date countdowns also causes a ton of stress. The fact that seniors have to get their plans all sorted out about what college they are going to attend in the fall plus finish completing their Senior Projects AND – of course – pick out the perfect dress or suit for Prom Night. Too many events too handle in such a short period of time.
Let’s start off by talking about our Senior Project. I mean, for all those out there who are procrastinators, you guys might want to get on that; they are due TODAY…in one hour.
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College. Oh my! Honestly, in my case, it’s one of the hardest things to actually pick an option, but there might be more than a handful of you all who already know what their later years will look like. Others have to wait to see how much financial aid you will be allotted from colleges of their choice, or simply making the BEST choice for yourself and your career.
Prom shopping on the other hand involves patience, LOTS of it, as well as having appointments reserved for us ladies and time with creativity for all guys to think of a way to ask their special company for this unforgettable night.
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Beaverton’s Girls Lacrosse Isn’t a Team to Look Past

By Ceci Patten, senior & Lacrosse team member

LEARNING TRANSFORMS US.

As a growing lacrosse program, Beaverton Girls’ Lacrosse has had to build the foundation before it could build the walls. In spring of 2014, Beaverton High school’s long-time lacrosse coach, Lacey Beaty, retired from being head coach after 6 years. Along with her, Caitlyn Henderson, the all-American honorable mention goalie, graduated as well as a key player and four-year First-Team All-Metro center, Lauren Jonnie. As the program seemed to be falling apart with most of the board retiring and players graduating, we needed to find an all new coaching staff and board quickly.

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Just before the 2015 lacrosse season began, Coach Kelly Stevens was announced as head coach, and an array of talented coaches came with her. Coach Kelly played college lacrosse at Pacific and continues to stay involved in coaching at Pacific as well as Beaverton. Along with Kelly, a new freshman emerged from youth with raw talent and  unbelievable skills.  Malia Roll was quick and knew how to get the ball into the back of the net.

As a freshman, she made the Oregon national team, and had over 20 goals her freshman year. With over 23 goals already this season, she is sure to bring success to this young Beaverton team.

It is important to remember with all of these changes, BHS girls’ lacrosse has been able to finish fourth in their league and hope to go father this year in playoffs. We are a team based on community and self-empowerment. It isn’t easy playing a sport where we are constantly shamed for wearing skirts and playing red light-green light, but even with these challenges ,we have been able to learn essential skills that will transfer into real life and help us develop leadership rolls early in life. As the varsity captain alongside junior  Julia Reed and Valley Catholic senior Sophia Cowell, we have been able to the process of building the walls with a strong season ahead.

Helicopter Ride? Why Not?

By Rianna Ayoub, junior

LEARNING TRANSFORMS US.

During Spring Break, I went to Seaside with my family and my friend, Jenny. Luckily, it was super nice outside, even though it was supposed to rain. My dad goes, “So what should we do today?” And I had the spontaneous last minute idea of going on a helicopter tour. To my surprise…. My dad actually said yes.

Now, technically, this wasn’t my first helicopter ride because I once rode on an Army chopper to escape from a war in Lebanon in 2006. But that’s a whole different story, so I’m just gonna try and stay on topic here.

This helicopter was pretty small. Only big enough for about 5 people. Not gonna lie, although it was my idea, I was pretty scared at first. But I figured because I was the one who got us in this situation I couldn’t exactly complain. It was pretty expensive too- $49/person for only 6 minutes! Is this guy crazy?

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Anyways, my dad, Jenny and I (my mom was too afraid to go) finally signed our waivers, got on the helicopter, put on our headphone speaker thingys, and we were ready for takeoff. The guy gave us a little overview and safety lesson, and before we knew it we were in the air.

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I have flown overseas many times, but wow… this was like something I’ve never seen before. I’ve gone to the Oregon coast my whole life, but never have I seen it from this point of view. It was absolutely breathtaking. It made me feel so happy, so different. I couldn’t stop smiling. Our world is just so beautiful. If you’ve never been, I highly suggest you go on a helicopter tour on the Oregon Coast. It could really change the way you look at things.

The Beauty of Boys’ Tennis

By Hunter Sweet, junior

EXCELLENCE INSPIRES US.

Four words: Beaverton Boys’ Tennis Team. This group of highly dedicated and devoted athletes work day-in and day-out crafting their skills for the sport they love. The students and staff are not just gifted with the ability to play tennis but are also blessed with good looks. Beaverton Tennis is by far the cutest team in the Metro League, so say the experts <see below>.


Beaverton beat Century at their first match of the game this year. The Beavers left Century baffled after a gruesome victory and went straight back to the court for more practice, preparing themselves for Westview.

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One of the things that Beaverton prides themselves on is school spirit. Personally, as a spectator of many Beaverton sports, tennis is one of my favorites to watch because of the electric atmosphere. If you haven’t gotten a chance to see these gorgeous stud athletes perform this year, you are truly missing out. Good news, Boy’s Tennis hosts Southridge TONIGHT.

Top 5 Things to Do In the Sun.

By Max Murai, senior

EXCELLENCE INSPIRES US

With all this nice weather here in the Northwest, I thought it would be fitting to make a list of things to do.

1. Go to the beach. With all of the wonderful beaches we have so close, the beach is a great destination for a sunny weekend day.oregon-coast-2-2554 (1)2. Explore Portland. There are so many things to do in this wonderful city. You have food carts, shopping, and unbelievable coffee at places like Stumptown; the city is yours to explore.portland-shot3. Play sports. Get together with some friends and play some pickup basketball or other sports. Playing sports is a great way to get exercise and have some fun.Go hiking. There are some great places to hike in the area. Take the family or some friends and explore the great outdoors. The Columbia River Gorge has a vast variety of trails to hike.

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4. Go hiking. There are some great places to hike in the area. Take the family or some friends and explore the great outdoors. The Columbia River Gorge has a vast variety of trails to hike.

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5. Go swimming.  There are many pools to visit in the area, as well as natural swimming holes, lakes, and streams to explore in the area.  Spend time in the sun, and cool off in the water.

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The weather forecast looks exquisite this weekend. From all of us here at BHS, we hope your weekend is relaxing and filled with sun.

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