Senior Top 5: Anaya Sergeant

At Beaverton High School, I’ve learned so much about myself and who I want to be. Throughout these past four years I’ve met so many different types of people and learned so many new things, and I know I’ll always look back on my high school years fondly.

CHEERLEADING.

As a freshman, I remember trying out for the Cheerleading team and being so nervous my stomach was in knots. Learning the routines and getting better at stunts and tumbling was so rewarding, and competitions always made the team feel that all our hard work had paid off. Cheerleading was the first thing that got me involved in BHS and made me see how connected everyone is and how strongly we want each other to succeed.

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SPORTING GAMES.

Whether it be football or basketball or baseball or soccer, I always love huddling on the bleachers with my classmates and watching athletes work their hardest. The way BHS students come together and show their love for our teams is unforgettable, and the players all appreciate the support.

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SOCIAL MEDIA WEEK LA AND NYC.

Once I had gone through some marketing classes and learned how interested in business I am, I was eager to be a part of the Social Media Team. I had seen the class of seniors ahead of me on the team be enthusiastic and involved, and I admired how well they all worked together to make the content. Now that I am on the team and a group leader, I’ve made by far the best memories at business and marketing conferences in Los Angeles and New York City. We were able to listen to so many experienced speakers, and we also got to explore the cities. Every time I look back on photos from these trips, I can’t help missing them.

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ACCEPTED TO COLLEGES.

As a senior, I know that all of these four years of high school have been preparing me for the “real world.” Like most people, I had no real idea of what I would do after I graduated and what my future would look like. However, now that I’ve grown and have gained more experiences I was able to apply to colleges that seemed like a good fit for me. I applied to Arizona State University, University of Oregon, and Portland State University. After being accepted to all three, (and having my mini celebrations in my head) I toured them all and decided that PSU was the home for me.

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PROM.

This was the night that everyone looks forward to from such a young age, and it definitely did not disappoint. The planning and preparation was stressful, such as the dress, dinner reservations, the perfect location for pictures, and the plans for the night after. But all of the planning and frantics to try and set a plan led to a night I’ll never forget. Dancing the night away with the people I’m grateful to end high school with was irreplaceable.

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Senior Top 5: Natalie Oleson

I can’t believe it’s coming to an end….. Thinking back to freshman year to now when we are almost graduating! It’s crazy! So many stressful and emotional yet amazing memories were made throughout my time at BHS. Selecting a few of my favorite moments is extremely difficult, but I’d love to share a student’s inside experience of high school.

One of my favorite experiences over the past four years is getting dressed up for football games. While it can be stressful trying to figure out the “perfect” outfit for the theme of the game it’s also a fun time doing it with friends. From buying the tutu’s and leggings to taking fun picture with our boys after the game, these are all moments I will ever forget.

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Another memory is going through the Marketing Pathway with amazing teachers and peers. I’ve learned a lot about myself and my passions since I started this pathway my sophomore year. Traveling to places such as; Chicago, Santa Monica, Los Angeles, Orlando, New York all while learning important aspects of marketing. These lessons have lead me to choose my major for my years to come at Grand Canyon University.

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Throughout the four years another magical time during high school was the dances. I loooooved getting dressed up all fancy with my friends. Whether you had a date or not 😉  they are always a blast. Personally, my favorite part is the before part of the dances because although I remember each dance clearly the pictures are what I continue to look at til this day.

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Specifically a dance to remember is Prom. This dance is different than any homecoming or sadies. It’s special. I am incredibly happy I saved Prom for my senior year because it is an experience I will never forget. Each step was perfect, and the World Trade Center has an amazing, wide open area for all of us to be together and dance the night away. Great way to finish off my collection of high school dances.

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Saving the best for last, even though this event hasn’t happened yet, I can tell graduation is going to be special. We have all made it this far together and now we are all going our separate ways. Although this moment is supposed to be celebrating us making it this far it is going to be hard leaving the people who have been side by side with for the past four years. So many amazing memories made with these people have been made, so while it may be an emotional roller coaster we need to smile and not say good-bye but see you later! (sounds cheesy but true)

Senior Top 5: Alyssa Grimes

A girl can never forget her very first high school Homecoming. It’s all we thought about for the first few months of freshman year. Spending all night wondering what dress to wear, who to get ready with, and where to take pictures at rather than focusing on the actual dance itself. As plans started to fall into place and the hair started to curl, it feels like we were living in a fairy tale. All we could think about was it being the very first dance of high school, and it’s about to be amazing.

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The second memory I enjoyed from Beaverton High School was getting the experience of planning Jam the Dam. I got the chance to communicate with potential sponsors for the joined event with the Make-A-Wish® Foundation. We got to spend months as a class planning how to raise money for the event, cause, and what would go on throughout the Week of Wishes.

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The game we all thought would never approach, the last Friday night football game. We had been growing up watching these boys play youth ball, and now to their very last game as high school students. Cheering from the stands and chanting the Beaverton High School Fight Song would no longer continue for this group of 2017 boys. This was the game where we knew there was no other school we would have rather been at in the Beaverton School District, BHS was the place we were all meant to be.

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Prom. The night we all hoped for since we were little kids. The night we were told would be the best night of our lives. The one night we would remember and tell our kids when we reminisce high school. Throughout the four years of multiples dances I attended, prom was the night I will never forget. Watching the class of 2017 get together for a final hurrah in celebration was a night that I will cherish forever because of the people I got to spend it with.

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And finally, Star Day. It was time to commit and let everyone know where the future will take up. As we all stared at the wall, full of different schools all around the country, the emotions started kicking in. The people we have grown up with and gotten to know the past four years are splitting away from us. But we have to hold our heads strong and high and make the best out of it because it is time to finally move on.

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Senior Top 5: Angelica Bautista

My top 5 memories from BHS are…

I attended the annual Cesar E. Leadership Conference two years in a row and I truly loved it. 70 high schools in Oregon are invited to attend it to learn about Cesar. E Chavez and his impact in the agriculture fields and his Chicano influence. Almost 2,000 students and staff attended to this event to learn leadership skills and to motivate latino students to continue their education and Cesar E. Chavez legacy.

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The Cinco de Mayo Dance my freshman year was definitely a memory to remember. It is a celebration where we celebrate that the Mexican Army defeated the french force of Napoleon III in May 5, 1862 at the Battle of Puebla. It made me so happy that a lot of people attended the dance to celebrate because I was born in the State of Puebla in Mexico. It is a memory to remember because this was my first high school dance.

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The trip to California with my Marketing class, was my first time traveling out of state. I appreciate Mrs. Robinson and Mrs. Ramberg for taking us to Anaheim.  This was also my first time visiting Disneyland, Hollywood, and Universal Studios! The Youth Educational Series workshop helped me gain more knowledge on how to improve my leadership skills. It also taught me to persuade my dreams when the odds come against me. I got to learn more about the history and struggles of Walt Disney to become a cartoonist. Something I took home from the trip was to always brainstorm to be more successful in a project.

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As a Junior I participated in the Diversity Assembly. At the beginning of practices, latino club had its own dancing group but we were later informed that another group was doing similar dances as us so we decided to join them as one. It was a decision taken at the last minute but my group manage to learn the dance in five days. We all work and motivated each other to to do a great performance. It was a pleasure to perform at the 2016 diversity assembly and represent my culture to the BHS students and staff.

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Prom is one of the most desired dance to attend as a senior. Is more than just a dance, is a celebration of your accomplishments and a fun time to spend with your generation classmates. Before Prom, we were all late to the schedule we pre-arranged but we still managed to take pictures and eat out. I did not want the night to end because every time I closed my eyes, my whole life would flash back to the first time I learned to spell my name and solve my multiplications.

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Senior Top 5: Celia Boyer

Throughout my four years at Beaverton High I have had some of the best (and the worst) memories. Hands down, my #1 memory has been football season.

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My dad being the football coach, I have been growing up going to the games since I was born…literally. This spirit our school has brought every year is the best part about the games. Watching the boys win on the field, and lose, and singing the fight song will never disappear in my memory.

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I think my #2 memory was Prom. It was everything I had hoped it would be. The most amazing part of the night was at the last song we all stood there in a circle holding hands and sang “Don’t Stop Believing”, looking around at everyone in the circle it hit me that it was coming to an end.

My #3 memory was being on Prom and Homecoming Court. The week of Prom and Homecoming (freshman year) was the most stressful, but most exciting time.

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My #4 memory of high school was putting up our stars on National College Decision Day. It was so bittersweet being able to put our stars up with our school (GO DUCKS!), and watch all our friends put theirs up. It was something I had watched everyone in grades ahead do, so being able to actually put the star up there was such a crazy feeling.

My #5 memory was when Damian Lillard came to speak here at BHS. We wanted him here to speak about bullying and after 6 months of hard work, he finally could come.

The list of memories could go on and on, I will never forget BHS!

Senior Top 5: Paola Hidalgo Cruz

Throughout high school I’ve gone through many challenges, experiences, met different people and enjoyed every moment. Before starting high school, I was afraid I wouldn’t graduate. I was also afraid of not making any friend and being lonely for the next 4 years. Luckily, I am on track to graduate, and I’ve met many different people and made friends. I also got to participate in different sports such as swimming, track and field, and rugby.

  1. One of my favorite memories in my four years of high school would be joining Rugby. It’s one of the last sport I imagined myself joining because it’s an aggressive sport and due to my size I was afraid to play. This will be my favorite memory because I tried something that was completely out of my comfort zone. I remember saying that I would join Rugby but I didn’t think I was saying it seriously. It wasn’t until I showed up to practice that I thought to myself “wow, I’m actually going through with this.”

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  2. I also enjoyed being part of the swimming team. It was my first competitive sport I  joined my freshman year and I was super excited because I always wanted to be part of a swim team. I remember waking up at 5 in the morning to go to my first practice, although it was super early I was excited. I enjoyed getting to meet my team members and watching everyone compete. I only did swimming for two years because I didn’t like getting on the blocks to dive. It freaked me out and gave me anxiety. Although it was my least favorite part of swimming I always felt proud that I would face my fear. That’s when I realized that facing your fear is probably one of the most terrifying and liberating feelings in the world.

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  3. Another sport I participated was Track and Field. It’s one of the sports I most enjoyed being part of because it’s pretty exciting to watch everyone race. I liked to see everyone working hard to beat their own PR and each other. What I enjoyed the most was when the weather would get nice because it meant not running in the cold rain with only a tank top and small shorts.

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  4. Going to prom was probably the most exciting events I have attended in high school. In all of my four years at BHS, I never attend any of the dances because I thought it was too much work to look for a dress, do the makeup, find the perfect shoes and jewelry. I was simply too lazy to go through the hustle so I never attempt to join. Since prom was such a big deal I decided that I would go. I enjoyed spending time with my friends and my prom date.

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  5. Beaver Nation Migration was also another activity to wait for my senior year. I didn’t purposely wait until senior year to participate I simply wasn’t interested in doing this activity because my friends didn’t do it. It wasn’t until senior year that they decided to join and so did I. Participating in this event was pretty fun. I liked walking and spending time with my friends.5A93E2A2-AB3E-4563-A729-CAFCF3A5C698

Senior Top 5: Gabi Peoples

Being able to have been a part of Beaverton High School has been a bitter sweet journey for me. I’ve made so many incredible, unforgettable memories since the first time I stepped on campus. I thought that transferring as a senior, and coming back to the place that I only knew as a little girl was going to be difficult for me, but I can truly say that even though I have only had the honor of being Beaverton Beaver for a year… it’s felt  like I’ve been walking through those doors since I was a little awkward freshman.

When I was younger I used to always walk over to BHS and watch the football games with with my pal Celia Boyer when we were tiny elementary school kids. And looking over at that rowdy, supportive, crazy big student section I knew that Beaverton was the place for me when I got older. Now being able to have been in that sea of loud spirited kids has been a highlight of my high school career. The love and support that we all have for our fellow classmates really shines through in that vast expanse of orange and black bleachers.

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Finishing my senior volleyball season here at BHS was truly amazing. Regardless of the outcome of the season, I had never been on a team with such great people. People who chose to lift one another up and fight through the rough spots as a whole, we never gave up. It was always so much fun having dance parties in the team room before home games, laughing and making memories. I can honestly say that I have made friends for life just by spending one season with those crazy, wacky, hilarious girls.

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Spending my senior homecoming here was so much fun, I don’t think I have ever danced so hard in my entire life. Screaming and jumping up and down in a hot, humid circle of teenagers couldn’t have been more enjoyable! I wish I could go back to that night and press pause. Those are the moments that high school is all about. Sharing smiles and laughs with those who you will never forget. Being with the people you’ve spent each and every day of your high school journey walking the halls of Beaverton five days a week for the past four years of your life.

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One of my biggest moments within my high school career is being able to sign to play Division I college volleyball at San Diego State University. Being able to share that moment with all my fellow classmates and my family and friends was truly and honor. I know that I wouldn’t be where I am today without the love and support that Beaverton and the community has given me. And it was unforgettable to be able to celebrate this accomplishment with all of you and I am so thankful I get to carry on my athletic career and continue to get an incredible education for these next four years.

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Beaverton has provided me with so many friendships and experiences that I will cherish for the rest of my life. Being here has taught me a lot about myself. I’ve grown into the person I am today and I am forever grateful to this community of incredible people who have stood behind me through this journey. Thank you, Beaverton, for all you have done for me and for all the beautiful moments and remarkable people who I have had that privilege to meet.

 

 

 

Senior Top 5: Rianna Ayoub

Senioritis- a supposed affliction of students in their final year of high school or college, characterized by a decline in motivation or performance.

Yeah, you could say we’ve all reached this point. As I write this, there are 35 days until my last day of school, and 38 days until graduation. I know everyone says “time goes by fast”, but I never believed it until it happened. It’s like I blinked and we’re all adults.

I could be sappy and act like I’m “so sad to leave”, but I’m actually really happy to move on with my life. So instead of telling you how scared I am to go on to college, here are 5 of the best memories I’ve had at THE Beaverton High School.

  1. Football Games.

Who doesn’t love school spirit? Fans cheering until we lose our voices, fun themes to dress up to with friends, and most importantly, one amazing team. And we’re all there for one purpose- to support no matter what. I cheered varsity sophomore year which was fun and all, but I wanted to go to football and basketball games with friends. Let me tell you it was a good decision to quit, because watching football games was my favorite part about Friday nights in the fall. Win or lose, we would always sing the fight song with the team. Beaverton’s sense of community is really something else. Whether it be sports, clubs, or anything in between, we are always there for each other.

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2. Diversity Assemblies

We’ve always had the best assemblies of all time; I will miss them a lot. But my favorite one in particular is the diversity assembly. This assembly shows who we truly are. We start out the beginning with students carrying flags, where people from specific countries carry theirs. (I carried the Lebanon flag this year). Afterwards, multiple performances are put on by students of all different races and cultures- from hispanic partner dancing, to polynesian hula dancing, to accordion playing, this assembly reveals our true colors and brings us together as one. It shows us that no matter what race or culture you are apart of, you are you, and you are special in your own way. And that is what makes us Beaverton High School.

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3. Social Media Team/marketing

The social media team has been a fun, educational experience that has completely changed my outlook on school. When I joined digital marketing my junior year, I realized how many different job opportunities there are when it comes to marketing. I had no idea what I wanted to do when I was older, but this class opened doors and made me want more. I continued with digital marketing this year to be on Social Media Team, which is where we create all of the school’s social media content. I also took marketing 2 and marketing management this year, which have taught me a lot about general marketing, advertising, and what it takes to run a business. Marketing classes have brought me a lot of impressive experiences such as going to New York for social media week, visiting different advertising agencies, going to the Nike Lab, and more. Not to mention I have met many amazing people and have learned a lot of incredible stories from getting to reach out and interview people for social media team. I am excited to continue my education and major in marketing at Portland State University next year, and if it weren’t for these marketing classes and Social Media Team, I would have no idea where I am headed in the future.

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4. New York City- Social Media Week

As I said above, the students on social media team got the amazing opportunity of going to New York City this year. We went for 5 days to attend “Social Media Week”, which is a worldwide conference that curates and shares the best ideas, innovations and insights into how social media and technology are changing business, society and culture around the world. It was extremely fascinating to learn new ideas, because we were then able to talk as group with Mrs. Erwin when we got back to see how we could apply them to our school content. This was one of my favorite trips in my life so far, because not only did I learn more than I ever have in a week, but we did so many fun things! We had plenty of extra time to go off in groups and see the empire state building, go to central park, the 9/11 memorial, rockefeller center, and more. If you are ever offered an opportunity to go on a school trip, take it, because you will never get that same kind of experience out of a normal vacation.

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5. Prom!!

Of course prom had to be on here, right? It’s prom! Homecoming and sadies are fun and all, but prom is definitely the icing on the cake. Long dresses, getting your hair and makeup done, months of talking about it, the assembly, the prom court. It’s almost overwhelming at one point. Don’t get me wrong though, it is the perfect dance to end high school. The date of our prom, April 22nd, happened to be the date of my best friend Kendall’s 18th birthday. All of her friends were either out of town, busy with sports, or at their prom, so I thought what would be more fun than if she joined me? Kendall spent her birthday at prom with me and it was so much fun. Girls- DON’T think you need a date to have a good time at prom. I promise you, if you’re with a fun group you will have a great night either way. Don’t get super fixated on if you’re getting asked or not, because in the end it’s what you make it.

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Want advice? Have fun. Make friends, but not fake ones. Be yourself and don’t try so hard to fit in, because after 4 short years you won’t have to see most of these people again, unless you want to.


So make the best of it, and have fun at BHS! You’ve got this.

Senior Top 5: Carla Martinez

It was in between finding out my first high school schedule and attending my last high school dance that some of the best moments flew by without me noticing. I became so caught up in the moment to realize that some of the most memorable years of my life were flying by. To be honest though, I would not want it any other way. I enjoy living in the moment and not worrying about what was next to come. Some of my favorite memories happened with my friends, others with my classmates and others with my teachers.
The first time I realized I had just had attended one of my favorite and last events was when myself and my Sports and Event classmates organized Jam the Dam working with Week of Wishes. It was everything from the 8’ft Chewbacca to our Wish kid handing out stickers to our big win against Southridge High. Jam the Dam is one of my favorite events because it is not only  students attending a basketball game, it is so much bigger than that. It is a community full of love working together to raise money to help a Wish Kids’ dream come true. Although attending every Jam the Dam game was amazing, actually planning it and being further involved was an extraordinary feeling.
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Another one of my favorite memories from my high school year was attending Prom with all my friends. Being on Prom Court pushed to be closer with people I would have most likely not gotten close to otherwise. Dress up days were so much fun because it made you step your creativeness up a notch. Prom itself was a night of joy and endless laughs. Watching my graduating class all come together to celebrate one of our mile stone marks was an overwhelming feeling of gleefulness, realization, success and every other good feeling you could experience around those you care for.
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I remember trying to get my permission slips turned in the last second and waiting outside the bookkeepers window after Beaver Lodge just to get my tickets for Beaver Nation Migration. I do not know if it is because we all dress in pink or because everyone comes together to make a stand in another territory that makes it so much fun but it is by far one of my most awaited times of the year for me. There is something about watching every grade from the freshmen to seniors walk the streets and having cars honk at us as an action of support that sets you up for an even better time at the football game.
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I have never felt a bond stronger between my classmates and my teachers than when our marketing class took a trip to Anaheim, California. It was the conversations that happened while waiting for flights, the laughs we shared during so many Disney rides and the questions that were brought up through our Disney Youth Education and Hurley Headquarters tour that made this trip one of the most magical times of my High School Experience. I can not put into words my gratitude for both my marketing teachers that made this trip possible. Being able to have gone to Anaheim with Mrs. Robinson and Mrs. Ramberg was perfect because of how much trust they had in their students and how much knowledge they had on the setting we were in. My favorite part was watching both my friends and my teachers have fun together.
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If I had to give advice to underclassmen it would be to be as involved with your school as you can and explore new friends out of your friend circle. Also I would recommend to do everything to the best of your abilities and enjoy the moment; don’t worry about the outcome because the stress from events that haven’t happened could affect the proficiency in your present work.

Senior Top 5: Carmen Shiflett

Hello fellow students and members at Beaverton High School! My name is Carmen Shifflett, and I am a senior finishing high school this next month in the class of 2017. These past 4 years at Beaverton have flew by faster than I would’ve ever imagined, but I am looking forward to concluding this phase in my life to pursue other things. I have learned and loved many things within my high school experience here at Beaverton High School.

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My advice to younger generations going into their last years of free education is to take advantage of all the resources and fun extracurricular activities that are offered at the edge of your fingertips. Some of my favorite high school experiences came from activities I did out of school such as attending football and basketball games. Beaverton has proven itself to be one of the best student sections in all of Metro, so showing up to sporting events to show spirit is a fun and productive way to get involved. Especially when there is special sporting events that only occur once in the year, such as Jam The Dam or senior nights, it should be some kind of priority to go because you may regret it if you don’t! Not only should you be active in going to other students sporting events, if you’re interested in doing any sports yourself, high school is the perfect opportunity to do so. My first two years as a freshman and sophomore I decided to switch over from playing softball to playing lacrosse to try something new. High School is the time to learn more about yourself and what you’re interested in. I learned how much I enjoyed playing in a team environment and how to dedicate myself to doing something new.

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Senior year has created many of the long-lasting memories that I will have the rest of my life. Although it can be stressful because everything is beginning to end, that’s what makes it fun. You now are starting to experience some of the responsibilities of being an adult by managing money and choosing what school you would like to attend in the future. All during that time, you’re also getting prepared to say goodbye to many things you may be leaving behind after high school, which can be scary. To make this phase a little less intimidating, Beaverton adds many fun activities to unite the senior community such as senior nights, assemblies and Prom. Prom was one of the best experiences I had throughout high school because it was spent with all my fellow classmates and friends nearing the end of the school year. One of the biggest things I will miss is getting ready with friends for school dances then going to take pictures with the rest of my class. Whether it’s a small Sadies dance or prom, take the opportunity to go because it makes memories for every year you attend!

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Lastly one thing that motivated me to do well is the classes that I chose to take. Unfortunately, I was late into joining the marketing pathway, but I found myself highly enjoying the marketing classes I took junior and senior year. We even were able to go on a few field trips such as to Pumpkin Ridge and TopGolf to learn about innovation and decision making.

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These types of fun experiences added into my high school days made them all the more enjoyable. Overall I won’t forget the lasting memories I made in showing spirit to sporting events, being involved in sports, attending the small and big school dances, and finding new things I’m interested in.