1. The start of my four years here always begins with the Redmond Water-Polo Jamboree. Being the first event of the year, it is always a great time to connect with my teammates and get a hot start to the season. A three hour drive, tent city and some 14 games in two days, the jamboree always took it out of me right before school starts the following Monday. All four years were great experiences for me and my teammates and I know that as a player and part of a team, a lot of growth can come in the two short days in Redmond.
2. The most important athletic moment for me was the end of my last Water-Polo season. November 2016, I took my team down to State Playoffs in Corvallis. Every season I had played before, we were not in the position to make a playoff run, we usually placed 5th in Metro, or worse. This season was different. We were blessed with a transfer club player who would prove to be the tipping point of success for our team. Winning the majority of our games throughout the regular season and tournaments, I had confidence in our abilities to make 4th in Metro, and a playoff run at state. Games against Barlow, Lake Oswego, and Reynolds would prove us the winners of our bracket and place 5th in state. The first time Beaverton High had placed at state since 2008. I was proud of myself and more proud of my teammates who had grown so much since we were all playing JV together.
3. Jam the Dam is always an amazing event here at BHS. Working in it and performing in it as a senior makes it so much more of an experience. Every year prior had been amazing waiting in line with my friends and cheering on the teams, but somehow, putting it all together in Sports/Event marketing class made the event so much more real and exciting. First semester had been spent putting the Star Wars theme together, trying to find sponsorship and putting the amazing event on. Behind the scenes, our Rhythm Boys routine was becoming more and more real, practice was a hell of a time. When February 17th came around, so did the adrenaline and Jam the Dam 2017 was on it’s way. Rhythm Boy’s halftime performance was “the best ever” some say, and was some of the most fun I’ve had in front of the whole crowd. The Star Wars theme worked amazingly well with the life size Chewbacca and all the basketball games were very intense. Varsity Boys won the game against rivals, the Southridge Skyhawks, and clinched Metro’s Best for the second consecutive season. Cheering these boys on would prove to be one of the most memorable times for me at BHS.
4. Only a week following Jam the Dam, I was able to capitalize on an opportunity in my Digital Marketing class. One six hour plane ride at five in the morning took us to Newark, New Jersey where our shuttle took us to our hotel in Times Square, New York City. We were all there for Social Media Week, an incredible conference of presentations and speakers focusing on the future of Social Media and how we can use it to positively impact the world and further connect us across all cultures. With presentations from some of the largest online forces in the world, it was hard not to take an impression and feel something. The week in NYC was amazing, great food with great friends and entertainment every day. One night, however, I suffered an injury to my right ankle. I assumed it was a bad sprain so I purchased a brace and iced it as often as I could. I wouldn’t let some silly injury hold me back from enjoying NYC. The delicious dinner at Carmine’s, walking in and out of boutiques in SoHo, exploring Niketown and NikeLab NYC and seeing “Kinky Boots” the Broadway play were all too much fun to miss because of some silly injury. We ended our stay in New York the following Friday, after five days, with a presentation from 24 Laundry, one of the largest Social media companies. They gave an incredible inside view at what a real social Media job looks and feels like.
5. I said earlier that cheering on our Beaverton Boy’s Varsity Basketball was some of the most fun I’ve had here. I wasn’t lying. We are the best student section in Oregon, self proclaimed and judged by the Valley Times, I can confirm, Beaverton High has the best student section in the Metro League. Whether it be our regular season games, home or away, or the amazing events Jam the Dam and state playoffs at the Chiles Center, we show up and show out Orange and Black to cheer on our boys. Many of the team being great friends of mine, it only made the games this year that much more emotional. Of the past four years, knowing when it’s your last is important, you have to make the most of every event, every football basketball water polo game you can. Every time you are with your friends and those you care about. Beaverton is so special because you can make so much of your experience here if you just go and make an effort to get as much as you can.