The Last Day of 5th Grade

By Peter Vos, Class of 2016

LEARNING TRANSFORMS US.

I went to Highland Park for middle school but before that I went to Montclair Elementary, home of the Red-Tailed Hawks. Montclair was a relatively small school with around 300 kids from pre-k to 5th grade. I had attended Montclair since Kindergarten and my brother had attended it as well. Montclair was a very close-knit community, a lot like Beaverton except smaller, I remember many harvest festivals filled with ice cream sandwiches and games and sock hops filled with music and prizes. My mom was very involved in the school, she volunteered about once or twice a week and was President of the PTA for a time. It’s safe to say I was interwoven in the Montclair community and had a very strong connection with it.

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I had a lot of great memories at Montclair, field day at the end of every year, when we got to keep eggs in an incubator and watch them hatch and the circus talent show where Nick Vazquez did some fancy dribbling and got on the SportsCenter Top 10. And I’m sure there are a few that I can’t recall but I have nothing but good memories from my time there. One of my stronger memories was the last day of 5th grade. My family had moved during my 3rd grade year so instead of going to Whitford for middle school I was to go to Highland Park. I was the only person from my Montclair class that was going to Highland and I only knew 3 other kids who were going there, so my last day of 5th grade was pretty emotional.

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I lived too far to take the bus so my mom always picked me up and I remember not wanting to leave on that final day. The 5th graders had some sort of class party and celebration of sorts but I don’t recall that very well, although I’m sure it was a good time. I do recall wandering off after all my friends had already got on their buses and saying goodbye to all my old teachers and hugging them. I also remember evading my mother and shooting hoops at the basketball courts for about an hour after school was over, I didn’t want to leave that amazing community with all the friends I had made their and all the time I spent trying to make a name for myself. I was very lucky to have found another amazing community in Beaverton that was always supportive and went above and beyond to be the best at everything. I feel very similarly now, graduating High School. I’ve spent four years meeting new people, forging new relationships, bonding with my class and more or less making a name for myself. Although graduation is bittersweet, if my life after Montclair is any indication of how my life will be after Beaverton then I know I will find a great community and surround myself with loving people.

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Senior Top 5: Kyle Durbin

By Kyle Durbin, Class of 2016

EXCELLENCE INSPIRES US.

One of the absolute greatest moments of my high school life was when I joined the Beaverton High School Tennis Team. I didn’t realize it at the time but I had joined a brotherhood and the season would become the highlight of my year for all 4 years of high school. It allowed me to get close to some chill guys and play in some intense matches.

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When I started, it was the first time I had picked up a racquet in about 3 years, which I barely played at the time. I watched myself progress each year and get on Varsity all years of high school. My next top moment was when my partner and I were in the quarterfinals of districts in tennis and we were down 0-6, 0-4. What happened was that we both had broken down throughout the match and just couldn’t hit anything. Hottmann, our coach, told us at this point that we need to just man up and focus because our season was on the line.

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From that point on we won 12 games to pull an amazing comeback and to win the match and continue into the semifinals. This is where we lost easily to another crazy good team, but the fact that we had the amazing comeback in the quarters was incredible. We drew a huge crowd and they were all going crazy as we made the insane comeback. The next best memory was when we played Southridge my freshman year and it was my first varsity match. The match was 6-4, 5-7, and then 6-4 with huge freak outs from the other team throughout the match that made the match be so dramatic that it had our coach saying it was easily one of the greatest matches he’s ever seen.

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My fourth greatest moment was the Beaverton High School Prom where I had the best time. The music could have been way better but having all the seniors there and it being the last dance made it special and unforgettable. This was also awesome because it made us realize how close we were to graduating, which brings me to the next greatest moment.

Although it hasn’t happened yet, it’s easily going to be the best accomplishment of high school and will be the best feeling. I feel as though I am done with high school already but that’s not the case since I have a little time left. I realize that I need to enjoy it while it lasts because it’ll be over before I know it. I wouldn’t want to spend my 4 years of high school anywhere other than Beaverton High School but I am certainly ready to move on and go to college at Oregon State University.

Senior Top 5: Cole Cooper

By Cole Cooper, Class of 2016

TRADITION UNITES US.

It’s amazing to think how far the Class of 2016 has come. Since coming to this school four years ago, I have met so many amazing people and made so many new memories I will hold with me for the rest of my life. Each and every day has been something new and I appreciate all the people who made these last four years, the best ones of my life so far.

My first memory was Homecoming freshman year. This dance was fun because I liked the seniors that I had met, and they made the dance more fun.

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The second memory I have was also my first year in high school. I remember the day when my football coach came up to me near the end of the season and told me that they wanted me to swing up for the playoffs. It was my first chance to be under the lights on Friday nights.

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That same year I also did something I will never forget. In the fourth quarter of our game against Jesuit, I kicked the game winning field goal to help our team stay undefeated. It was great to be able to contribute to such a great season.

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A few years later when I was a junior, our football team also made one of the best comebacks I’ve ever seen. We played at Southridge and came back from being down 26-0 at halftime. In the second half we did not allow them to score and we answered all of their points.

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My biggest, favorite memory was also during football… back up one year to my sophomore year. This time we were ranked around 26th in the state and we were going up against one of the top 5 teams in the state at the time. We were away against Sprague, and we won in an overtime thriller ending with a two-point conversion converted by QB Sam Noyer to WR Stephen Marcille. These were some of the best times of my life, and I’m so glad I spent it with the people that I did.

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Senior Top 5: Kendall Walters

By Kendall Walters, BHS Class of 2016

LEARNING TRANSFORMS US.

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Prom : One of my fondest memories of high school and specifically senior year would be Prom. Prom is an event that high schoolers look forward to from the day we walk through the doors our freshmen year. Everything about prom went off without a hitch and I have such fond memories of the night. The fact that the theme was Gatsby made me so happy because I love that story and era. I was also able to go with my friend Jacob Lamb who has been one of my closest guy friends throughout high school. Overall the experience was incredible, I danced the night away and was surrounded by my closest friends.

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Grease: Grease has always been one of my all time favorite movies so when I heard that it was the spring musical at Beaverton this year I had to audition. I had the time of my life performing as both ensemble and as Cha-Cha. The people who take part in the drama department at Beaverton are some of the nicest and most talented people I have ever met and I am so thankful for the experience.

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Chicago: I had the opportunity to attend Social Media Week in Chicago this winter. I was selected to go due to my participation in the Social Media Team here at Beaverton. It was an amazing experience and I am so thankful for the opportunity.

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Freshman year Homecoming: I have to say that homecoming freshmen year was one of my fondest memories from high school because of all of the excitement and anticipation that led up to it. There we barely any dances in middle school so that made our first dance even more exciting.

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Football games/ football season: Football season at Beaverton High School is always the best. The themes and crazy outfits people wear make it worth every second of standing on the bleachers in Portland’s fall weather. Cheering our school on as a community was always an amazing time.