Princesses + Luxury Cars + Football Game = Homecoming!

By Sley Vega-Guerra, junior

TRADITION UNITES US.

Growing up around Beaverton High School and coming to the Homecoming game was always one of my favorite things to do. Once I started high school, I was actually able to experience it as a high schooler, and it was a blast! Everything that leads up to the football game excites the student body. From starting the week off with Spirit Week and seeing everyone dress up according to the theme, especially the princesses who always go all out, to ending the week with the amazing Homecoming assembly our student leadership puts on Friday morning. You notice the excitement in the students while everyone is cheering on as the princesses are escorted out by whoever they chose to do so. Then comes the Friday night football game. It’s not just any other home football game, it’s OUR Homecoming game and everyone is dressed head to toe in whatever the theme for the game is.

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Throughout the game, the tension is high as the student body waits for halftime to reveal this year’s Homecoming Queen. The thing I love best about Beaverton is the tradition of having the Homecoming princesses come out in luxury sports cars. It’s something so unique that Beaverton High School does because no other school in Metro does that for their homecoming games. The clock hits zero and everyone begins to cheer loud and proud as our Homecoming princesses begin to slowly ride out in incredibly nice looking cars.

img_3282 Watching as my friends got to the middle of the track all dolled up in their long and beautiful dresses and were escorted onto the field by either their dad or mom was a priceless moments. It made me feel good that the princesses looked more cheerful and happy than ever. Another awesome tradition from the Homecoming game that BHS does is that we have the Homecoming queen from last year come out to the game and crown the new queen. I think it’s an awesome way for them to stay involved be able to experience the feeling and excitement of crowning the new queen.

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We then all waited anxiously as the crowning ceremony began. The students continued to cheer as she moved the crown over the princess’s head and after about a minute crowned the new queen. Cheers of excitement burst through the student section when we found out who our new queen was. It’s an overall amazing experience and always a fun game to attend. Not only are the students involved in the game and crowning of the princesses but the parents are always cheering and applauding as loud as the student section is. It’s an incredible environment, and I encourage everyone to come out and experience one of these games. Does any other school do homecoming games like Beaverton High School does? I don’t think so.

 

Key Words: Beaverton High School, Football game, Homecoming, Princesses

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By Joe Johnson, senior

TRADITION UNITES US.

Once a year every fall, Beaverton High School has a Homecoming Dance. For most people, it’s one of the most stressful but fun weeks of the year. Boys are expected to ask girls, which some do. Girls are always worried about what to wear and how they look. The Homecoming Dance is on Saturday the 22nd, but the week before at Beaverton is a “Spirit Week,” during which three princesses from each grade level are chosen by students voting. Once they are all selected, they have to dress up to a different theme everyday during the week of homecoming. As for the other students, there are different themes to dress as that aren’t as embarrassing. Having these themes really connects our community and brings us together.

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The Friday night football game is the best one that happens during Football Season. This year was against Westview High School. There is also a theme for the student section at the football game. This year was BLACK OUT. It is set up to be a very fun and exciting game. At halftime of the game, all of the princesses were escorted to the field on Corvettes and sports cars. They all lined up and waited for one of them to be crowned Homecoming Queen.

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The day of Homecoming is a very long day. Most of the boys I know get there there Amazon package of their tie the day of the dance. As for the girls, they have had multiple dresses already delivered and just need to pick their favorite. Before the dance, people get together to hangout and take pictures. This is the girls favorite part because all they like to do is take pictures. Once all that is done, people carpool to the dance. The dance itself is very fun and exciting. There is a DJ and everybody dances and enjoys the night. The theme for the dance was Cinderella, and everything was decorated.

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Personally, I love Homecoming. The week of Homecoming was awesome, and the game was thrilling. I enjoyed seeing everyone all dressed up together and capturing moments with my friends. As it being senior year, it was my last High School Homecoming so I’m glad I made it the best one yet.

You can do it!

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EXCELLENCE INSPIRES US.

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By Rocio Avalos

Running in a rainy gloomy day on a 62 degree Fahrenheit weather, junior Santos Roquel was trying his hardest to qualify for the Boston Marathon on October 9, 2016. He has been dreaming of completing this dream since he was eight years old and with the help of the Beaverton Becky Fit coach he was able to run on the Portland marathon that would let him qualify for the Boston marathon if he completed the requested requirements.

Unfortunately, Roquel got a cramp 6 miles before he finished the marathon causing him to take longer than the expected, but he is still insecure of why the cramp started, “maybe I just didn’t warm up enough or the unexpected weather threw me off,” quoted Roquel. With seven months of training, four times a week he was able to end in the 247th place out of 14,000 people.

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Dear Senior Year, Please Slow Down.

By Angelica Bautista Coleote, senior & first-generation high school graduate

LEARNING INSPIRES US.

As senior from first generation that will be graduating, I feel excited about what the future holds for me. My family and I we are all new to all these systems: filling out FAFSA, college applications, etc., and I am truly thankful to my school for helping us with all these process. They give us multiple choices of opportunities to get through the whole process.

If there is anything I could change about my time at BHS it would be to have been more involved. My senior year was my first attending Beaver Nation Migration, and I really liked it. I wish I could of done it since my freshman year. Also, I have been attending some football games. It is important to be involved at school.

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This year, I have made new friends that I wish I could have meet them at  an earlier time. Don’t be afraid to break the stereotypes from keeping you away from being involved. Enjoy a club, a sport, participate in school activities. Be involved the most possible you can because at the end of your senior year, you can say. “I did that” and ,“I did that, too!”

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I never thought my last year of high school was going to be too soon.  I still don’t how I feel that next year all my friends are going to be in different paths. Most of them have been my friends since elementary all the way through to now. I am making memories with them while it last because it will bee too soon where we all be crossing stage and receiving our desired DIPLOMA. After 13 years of my life of hard work and dedication, I will finally be graduating!

Senior year can be stressful – GPA, FAFSA, senior dues, scholarships, applications, deadlines, responsibilities – but don’t let it get in your way plan ahead and be organized to be able to accomplish your tasks. Now that I am senior I am doing my best to be involved in what I can. Senior year is going by fast and when I least feel it I will already be crossing the stage. I am super excited for Prom and all of the senior traditions but everything is just happening too soon and too fast. Time needs to slow down because I really want to enjoy every moment that I can at BHS.

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Some advice I have for incoming freshmen is to get out of their shells and to build friendships.  Go out there and be part of BHS community; be involved, and enjoy every moment at high school because will fly by fast. Also, don’t save everything for your last year; start during your freshman year, and you will have an amazing experience at high school.

 

Mental illness awareness

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LEARNING TRANSFORMS US.

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By Alona Arneson

Mental illness is an aspect of human nature, both ignored and normalized, especially in the entertainment industry. Split is an upcoming thriller that centers around a man with 23 different personalities who takes three young girls hostage. Some may find this plot intriguing, cheesy, or creepy, but the whole concept is encased in a film of ignorance about the real issue here: Why are we entertaining human beings with mental health issues who we don’t give adequate treatment to, outside of our enjoyment?

There are common misconceptions that mask the very real effects of mental illnesses. Sadness is not just depression. Stress is not anxiety. Mood swings are not depression. Bad days and feelings of sadness are still uncomfortable, yet that doesn’t equate to having a mental illness. Not only that, but the frequency of the issue at hand is underestimated on the whole. According to the…

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Soccer senior night versus Southridge

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TRADITION UNITES US.

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By Kimaia Gassner

In a high stake game against rival school Southridge, Beaverton denied their own death in a 1-1 tie on October 17th.  With the tie, the beavers are 6-5-3, more importantly, 3-3-2 in Metro.

Beaverton started off slow, warming up to the weather conditions and the wet pitch. Southridge managed to score minutes after the initial whistle blew, a weak side kick in the lower left corner.

In the last 8 minutes of the first half, junior, Jose Rodriguez took a shot from outside the 18, which was ricocheted off the goalie, and then knocked in opposite side by junior, Antonio Rivera.

The score remained 1-1 for the rest of the game.  The beavers remained on the offensive for majority of both halves, though couldn’t convert in the second half.

For the past couple years, the boys’ soccer team has stood mid pack in Metro league.  New to metro…

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BSAC: It’s Not Just Boundaries!

By Jennifer Caplan, junior

COMMUNITY CONNECTS US.

In the spring, when I was selected to be on Leadership as a School Board Representative, I wasn’t really sure what that meant, but I knew there was a great opportunity ahead of me. This year, I have been lucky enough to have to the opportunity of being on the BSAC (Beaverton Schools Advisory Committee).

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The BSAC is a group of 15 students who represent all of the High Schools in the BSD (Beaverton, Aloha, Westview, Sunset, Southridge, HS2, ACMA, ISB, Merlo, and Early College. Kylee Rench and I serve as the two Beaverton High School representatives.  We get together twice a month at the Beaverton School District office, with our supervisor Mike Chamberlain and the rest of the Committee,  to discuss a variety of topics that vary including community outreach, safety, boundary changes, and the design of the new high school. It has given me the opportunity to meet and work with a diverse group of teens who all want to make a difference in our community.
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At our second meeting earlier this month,  we came up with two concrete goals: Community Outreach and District Unity. For the first goal, Community Outreach, we are going to focus on school safety and awareness of the BSAC. Last year, the group made some awareness videos that were amazing but the outreach was not very successful. We are also hoping to create a bigger presence for the BSAC so we can be the connection between students and adults linked to the district. For District Unity, our goal is to make the transitions for the current freshmen and incoming freshmen easier.

One of the reasons that I really love being on the committee is that it gives me the chance, as  a student, to have a voice and input on many of the bigger issues and topics impacting our community. It gives me the knowledge to be able to bring back information and share it with my peers at Beaverton.  Hopefully from this, I will be able to be part of something will facilitate improvements for the district for our school.

I’m looking forward to the coming months and year on this committee, working with the teens and Mike and seeing what we’re able to accomplish and how we are going to be able to make a difference in our district, community and our schools. So how are you going to make a difference in your community?

The Process and the Unseen

By Mr. Matt Hottmann, English teacher, basketball & tennis coach

LEARNING TRANSFORMS US.

Lately my mind has been wrestling through two primary topics: the process and the unseen.  I think both relate to the Beaverton High School experience.

First, given that my wife is a Tennessee Volunteer, I happened upon a video by former Vol defensive back turned inspirational speaker, Inky Johnson.  His mantra is that “the process saved his life.”  I’ll steer clear of telling his story in far less eloquent terms than he, but his lesson is that the everyday habits and responsibilities we curate are what enable us to tackle adversity.  As I look at my classroom, I find the same to be true.  It might not be about learning the cross-price elasticity of two goods (though it certainly will be on the Unit 2 exam), but perhaps it is about developing the skills to learn that formula in the first place.  I had many students realize they didn’t quite understand and then came in for help during Beaver Lodge.  This process of learning and discovery and resiliency cannot be learned through the instruction of easy things.  So perhaps the process of education and pushing oneself and consistently doing the work is ultimately more important than being able to recall the definition of demand elasticity in a few years.  Perhaps.

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And perhaps the process is also how one accumulates knowledge.  Maybe it is the consistent process of thinking critically and being able to see nuance.  Maybe more important than being able to sit down and calculate a percentage is the ability to sense when it has been done incorrectly.  This inkling that something is amiss can only be developed through a process of inquiry and consistent thinking and experience.

The other concept that I have been wrestling with lately comes from my AP Economics curricula.  That course stresses the subtlety of the unseen playing an important role in our lives.  Both opportunity cost and Smith’s “Invisible Hand” hint at the idea that there are unseen elements that need to be accounted for.  I think this week is a primary example of the unseen benefits of being at Beaverton High School.  Yes, I sincerely believe that calculating marginal revenue is important, but so is putting on a homecoming assembly for a crowd of 2,000.  When our leadership class goes through that process, quite a bit of learning is occurring.  They are learning how to organize.  They are learning how to be aware of their audience.  They are learning how to connect and move a crowd and they are learning to be flexible if a microphone is accidentally turned off.  Far more learning can occur in the unseen than in the rote dictation by a teacher.

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The same type of learning is undeniably present on our fields and in our auditoriums.  Students are learning about how to connect with others, how to face adversity, and how to balance their time and expectations.  Our football players are learning how to recognize visual cues through extensive video research and then what their appropriate response should be to that formation, often demanding that response in a split second.  Our musicians are learning how to hear and coordinate with the musicians around them.  Our thespians are learning how to display authenticity with their voices and their body language.

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All of these things are occurring at Beaverton High School and none of it has to do with direct classroom instruction.  As I look back at those who have taught me in life, I can rarely articulate what exact thing was said to make me learn, but I can clearly identify what it is I learned.  Sometimes the best learning isn’t directly measurable, but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t occurred.  These unseen lessons are why I love the comprehensive high school, especially BHS.

My BHS Community

By Zach Danner, junior

COMMUNITY CONNECTS US.

Beaverton is not only school, it is home.

Beaverton is a community built around visions. The vision of Beaverton is that every student will graduate prepared for and excited about their future. In class every day, you see students working hard. Teachers, students, and faculty all work together to create an environment where every student has the ability and the resources to be successful. Every student has their goals, and their dreams. Some students go through school with no idea what they want their future to hold. I have a good Idea of what I want to do in my future. I have always wanted to be a CEO. Through school, I think that one of the most important things that I have learned is to be successful, you can not procrastinate. By no means do I have the best grades in schoolL in facts, they aren’t even close. When I come to school, I am motivated to do well, but when I go home, I no longer have the drive to do well.

Lots of students are like me, in that they come often, participate in class, but their drive is lost once the bell rings. Beaverton is a community full of tradition and filled with excellence. I am lucky enough to be a part of both the football and boys basketball programs at BHS. At every practice, students work hard to be better, to beat the team that they are up against that week, then at game time, they play their heart out while the band who practiced all week play’s their encouraging music loud and proud and at every score, the many fans in the student section cheer.

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Within the halls of Beaverton, students come from all different situations, many harder than others. It is fantastic that no matter what situation a student may come from, there is always a sport or a club or activity at BHS for them to be a part of. There is no club or sports team that I have heard of or been apart of here that does feel like a family. Someone once told me that you go to school to learn, but it is the whole experience that makes school fun. I completely agree.

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My goal is to go to college. The great thing about Beaverton, is that there is someone there to help you prepare for your future, no matter what your future goal may be. When you walk through the halls of Beaverton, it is not just going to class, it is an experience. There is always an athlete who wins big, a student who does better than anyone else in the state or the nation on a test. These are everyday examples of EXCELLENCE at Beaverton. Students, teachers, and community members alike are proud to be Beavers.

I have a lot to look forward to in my senior year: Prom, my final year as a part of the football and basket basketball programs, and eventually graduation. It is because of the people at this school, that my future is bright. For that, every student should be grateful. So what does your future hold for you?

My Wondrous World of Water Polo

By Gordon House, Senior & Water Polo Team Member

EXCELLENCE INSPIRES US.

Here at Beaverton High, we have a set of core values: excellence inspires us; tradition unites us; community connects us; learning Transforms us. As a senior here, I have been part of these values for a while now. I think about them and use them every day I’m at school. One of the most important things I’ve learned is to hold myself to a standard of excellence on every aspect of my life.

A very important part of my life right now is Water Polo, my last year playing the sport I love for the school I love. And it’s almost over. I am blessed to be a Captain of the team I know as family. But what makes this sport so special to me is what it taught me as a freshman on the Varsity squad. I need confidence in myself. My actions, my words etc… To hold myself to a standard of excellence is something my coaches taught me from the get go. I choose to believe that is the reason I am where I am as a player and as a captain of this team.

The excellence I hold to myself and my team is very high. And they proved that to me this last weekend, when we took home first place gold at the annual Dan Berry Tournament in Parkrose, Oregon. I do not believe many of the other teams or the parents would have thought us to win out of the 16 teams attending. But we played like we wanted it. Like we deserved it. Our game with Reynolds High Friday night determined our position playing the following day. Reynolds was the expected winner. We tied them, but lost in the coin flip. Because the tournament is both a girls’ and boys’ competition, there were three pools where games were played, the top two from each would play Saturday.

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Saturday morning, we played Sam Barlow. They placed 3rd in state last year, but we had beaten them before, and we did it again!

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We then battled it out with Parkrose and won in a low-scoring game for the championship game. Reynolds. The much expected victors. In a back and forth match of very fast and physical water-polo, it was tied 4-4 heading into the 4th quarter. A bad call gave them a 5-meter free shot. Not easy to block. We were down 4-5 with two minutes left, and I scored to tie it up. I was so excited but I knew we had to close. A stream of turnovers led to a tie. 5-meter shootout was the rules of the tournament. Five players from each team would shoot a 5-meter shot on the defending goalie. I hit the bar on my shot. But my goalie Hunter blocked 3 of the 5 shots Reynolds took. My co-captain skipped a shot top left corner to win the game. Both teams wanted it, I could see and hear and feel the excitement and energy of my team on the bench and in between quarters.

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Water Polo at Beaverton is something I hold dear to my heart and to finally win something not only for myself but with my team, for my coaches. Something we worked so hard for, performed so well for something we really wanted and had fun getting it. That’s what I love.

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