Bucky’s Family: Milcah Tefera

Meet Bucky’s Family member, Milcah Tefera!


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“I don’t give up easily. When I set my mind to something, I don’t stop until I achieve it.”

That’s what Milcah Tefera, a Senior here at Beaverton, said when asked what she takes pride in about herself. Milcah has attended Beaverton High all four years, and in her time has gotten involved in Key Club, the Newspaper, and Peer-Tutoring. She enjoys volunteering with Key Club at places such as THPRD, the Salvation Army, and the Oregon Food Bank. Besides saving the world, Milcah likes to spend her time working on art and photography. She also dances Hip Hop, Jazz, and is a part of a Hyper Feminine Heels class, which she describes as, “being about getting in touch with your feminine side, just letting loose, and feeling empowered through it”

Milcah was born in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, and moved to Oregon when she was just 1 year old. Though she doesn’t remember living there, she says that the culture is still present in her family life. “There’s a good balance of our Ethiopian culture as well as our American Culture, having lived here so long, but we do try to keep some aspects.” Milcah visited Addis Ababa again when she was three, but does not remember much. She says that she contributes her background to making her who she is today.  I think it’s a big part of who I am. If I weren’t where I was, I think that a lot of things about me would be different. And the relationship I have with my family, everything that we’ve been through and that they’ve been through has shaped how I am with others.”

Milcah loves Beaverton High School because of how welcoming it is. She enjoys the sense of strong community at the school and says it helps her always feel accepted and comfortable throughout her four years here. Milcah plans on finishing the year strong and maintaining her good grades. She plans to go to college, but she isn’t sure where yet, though she says she’s looking into OSU, PSU, or the University of San Francisco.

When she grows up, Milcah is hoping to either continue on in journalism or become a Creative Director, so she can combine her love of marketing and design. She says that she’s greatly enjoyed her time at Beaverton and wants to let underclassmen know that they should make the most of their high school experience. “Do everything that you want to do, don’t take anything for granted in these four years, and don’t let anyone get in your way throughout it.”


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