Bucky’s Family: Zainulabdeen Alsada

Meet Bucky’s Family member, Zainulabdeen Alsada!


Zainulabdeen Alsada is a sophomore at BHS. Zainulabdeen, or Zain for short, recently moved to from Istanbul, Turkey to Oregon with his family, where his grandparents lived.

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Zain has lived in the U.S. for over a year now, and he is already fitting right in. Zain plays soccer with his friends during the week and enjoys burgers and action movies on the weekend. Unfortunately, it has not always been this easy for Zain. He moved between Iraq, Iran, and Turkey as a child and had to deal with dangerous environments.

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From explosions in the streets to mafias at school, these are just some of the rough patches he had to get through to become who he is today. Zain embodies a person who had to overcome many struggles in his life, and he has used those experiences to become a positive, outgoing,  and funny student that he is today.


Bucky’s Family: Eli Serrao

Meet Bucky’s Family member, Eli Serrao!


Eli Serrao is a senior at Beaverton High School. He has attended BHS for all four years and enjoys every minute of it. He’s part of the Marketing Pathway, National Honors Society, and LINK Crew. At school, you can catch Eli working the Pond (Beaverton’s student store) or posting content on the school’s social media.
His home life is very average; Eli lives with his Mom, Dad, and brother Zach. His mom is a third-grade teacher at Fir Grove Elementary school, and his brother is a freshman at Mountainside High School. The border change caused a lot of chaos in the Serrao household; they didn’t know where Zach was going to end up.
Something that people don’t know about Eli is he is an avid snowboarder. Eli goes up to the mountain at least once a week with his family and friends. He loves riding down the mountain because of how peaceful and stress-free it is.
Next year, Eli plans to attend the University of Oregon. He’s not sure what he wants to study but has an interest in economics and business. Eli hopes to find his passions in college as well as the optimal career for him. What he’s most excited about college is playing intramural basketball with his friends.

Bucky’s Family: Jacob Hunt

Meet Bucky’s Family member, Jacob Hunt!


Jacob Hunt, a junior at Beaverton High, is much better known by his nickname Gnar Gnar.

“I was at the skate park one day and I did a trick and some kid jokingly yelled GNAR GNAR, but it stuck. Everyone calls me Gnar, even some of my teachers.” Jacob is a very sociable person with a passion for music and art. His bedroom walls are plastered with posters of metal bands and artwork.


Jacob has been playing guitar since the 3rd grade, and enjoys playing either metal or rock music. At one point, Jacob even started a band. “Me and a few buddies started playing together in 7th or 8th grade. We’d go over to my friends house and just jam out. He had a drum set that supposedly cost him about 10 grand, and some absolutely massive speakers. We’d play Metallica, Iron Maiden, Misfit, just kinda anything metal.” He now plays bass as well as guitar.


Gnar Gnar has been a member of the Beaverton Snowboard Alliance since his freshman year. He had been snowboarding a few times before that, but got heavily involved once he joined the club. “There’s nothing better than being up on the mountain on a clear spring day. I remember my first time being up there and looking out at the view, and being able to see all the way to Multnomah.” Jacob is known for being an incredibly talented snowboarder, but says he loves easy days where he can cruise down the mountain. The first time Jacob went snowboarding, he broke his wrist, but wasn’t deterred by that. In fact, Jacob has broken 16 bones while skating or snowboarding.


“Jacob has been skating since the second he could walk,” joked his close friend’s dad. Gnar is well known around the local skating scene, and has participated in several competitions, in which a few he has ranked top 3. He has fond memories of competing in Racine, Wisconsin, where his mother lives. “It was a pretty fun little park, with wooden ramps and rough cement. It wasn’t anything big, but I love it.” Jacob tends to skate everyday, but has to take a hiatus during the unfortunately frequent rainy seasons of Oregon.


When Jacob is out of college, he aspires to work at Mt. Hood Meadows. “I’d love to work on the Snow Cats, and getting paid to be up on the mountain would be awesome. Plus snowboarding would be free. I’d be getting paid to do what I love.” As for now, Jacob is really enjoying his time at Beaverton. He says that the teachers there genuinely want to help their students thrive, and the atmosphere is extremely welcoming. His favorite teacher was Ms. Helmke, who unfortunately moved to teach at Aloha High. “She was one of the best teachers I’ve ever had, followed by Mrs. Yost and everyone else who runs DAM Magazine.” Gnar is also involved in the magazine himself, and is both an advertiser and an editor. He spoke with a lot of passion about his work, crediting the students of BHS for being immensely talented. “Before I joined, I wouldn’t have expected it, but the kids here have crazy talent. I think everyone’s literature and art is amazing.” Jacob is thrilled about the success of the magazine, especially in its first year. The magazine’s reach has gone global, and Powell’s bookstore has even showed interest in carrying it in stores. Gnar encourages everyone to submit content to the DAM Magazine and is excited for more issues releasing soon.

Bucky’s Family: Hussein Alazzawi

Meet Bucky’s Family member Hussein Alazzawi!
Hussein is a 16-year-old junior at Beaverton who loves photography and nature. Hussein moved to the United States from Iraq only two years ago and he says that he loves that he is safe here and that the people are so friendly in Oregon. Hussein misses his home in Iraq because of the family he had to leave and his best friend. He says he still keeps in touch with everyone there and hopes to see them again soon.
Hussein is interested in learning to play soccer and right now he is learning to piano and guitar which he loves so far. Hussein says Ms. Hasan is his favorite teacher because she is very kind and knowledgeable. Right now, Hussein is taking AGS2 for math and says it is his favorite subject because even if it is hard, it is always interesting to him! Although he is not sure where yet, Hussein hopes to go to college after high school and further his education. We are so lucky to have Hussein in our family!

Bucky’s Family: Sley Vega

Meet Bucky’s Family member Sley Vega!


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Sley Vega is a senior at Beaverton High School who was born and raised in Beaverton, Oregon. Sley lives with her mom and her younger sister Camila, who is currently an 8th grader at Meadow Park and will be attending Beaverton next year. She also has an older brother Michael, who graduated from BHS with the Class of 2014 and goes to school in Arizona.

Sley is highly involved in different activities at BHS. She is a part of LINK Crew, National Honor Society, Welcome to the Dam, and Social Media Team. A big part of her time at BHS has been being a part of the Marketing Pathway. Through the classes she has taken, she has found that she is interested in pursuing some sort of business degree in college. She has loved being able to create meaningful memories with her fellow social media team members, and the opportunity to network and learn how to improve our schools social platforms through the trips she has been lucky to go on.

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Outside of school Sley works two jobs. She is a nanny for an 8-year-old girl Monday-Wednesday and has been working at Sunset Lanes for the past two years as a birthday host and game room attendant on the weekends! When she has the time, she also volunteers at Play.Fit.Fun, an after school program where she helps kids stay active while playing games with them and teaches them the roles of leadership.

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One of the coolest things Sley has done in her life was when she traveled to Cancun, Mexico with her siblings to visit her dad and they went swimming with a whale shark. Although it was scary in the moment to think she was swimming with a shark, it’s an awesome feeling to be able to say that she swam with the world’s largest species of fish.

Sley is looking forward to graduation and her top two schools right now are University of Oregon and Portland State. As much as she is looking forward to leaving BHS behind, she is also soaking up every last minute of what she will miss most which is the spirit at sporting events, her marketing classes, her teachers, and her awesome Beaver Lodge class. Some advice Sley would give to underclassmen is to make sure to always stay on top of things, step out of your comfort zone, and get involved! You will enjoy your time in high school so much more if you are able to find a club or activity you feel best fits you and create long lasting memories within these clubs.

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Bucky’s Family: Nilufar Ahmedova

Meet Bucky’s Family member, Nilufar Ahmedova!
Nilufar Ahmedova is 17 years old and a junior at BHS. She has two brothers, Ilham and Ali. Nilufar lives with her grandmother. Most people don’t know that Nilufar was born in Azerbaijan. Nilufar has wanted to come to America for quite a while and overcome that big obstacle and now she is here in America and she loves it. She has lived in Azerbaijan until 2 years ago when she moved here. Nilufar wants to go to college, but she isn’t choosing a school yet. She really loves PCC and PSU! She wants to study nursing in college.
Nilufar says three words to describe herself are funny, friendly, and caring. Nilufar’s favorite classes at BHS are ELD and Lit and Comp because she only understands Ms. Hurtley and Mr. Turner, her favorite teachers. Her favorite part of BHS is all the teachers because the teachers are so nice and were so welcoming when she moved here.
Nilufar loves to listen to music and she loves all animals. Although Nilufar doesn’t have any pets, she really wants to buy a little dog. Nilufar says she doesn’t have a role model, but she really looks up to Selena Gomez. Nilufar’s favorite movie genre is comedy and she says she doesn’t have a favorite book because she “doesn’t like books”. She says the best way to start the day is with a smile! The most interesting place Nilufar has ever been was Russia. One of the many things on Nilufar’s bucket list is to be a children’s teacher. The most amazing adventure Nilufar would want to go on would be to go to Paris. Her favorite drink is juice, and her favorite food is BBQ, and if she won the lottery she would want to go on tons of fun vacations. She says the best thing about getting older is just experiencing life, and the worst thing is aging.

Bucky’s Family: Colby Mills

Meet Bucky’s Family member, Colby Mills!


“I have no regrets. I’ve never lived a moment that I wish I could take back.” There isn’t a better way to summarize Colby Mills, a junior at Beaverton High. Colby is equally as easygoing as he is charismatic and tends to live his life in the moment. The self-described “Redneck” enjoys his time adventuring and exploring in the great outdoors.


Colby is incredibly versed in the ways of the backwoods-folk. If he could, he’d spend any spare moments hunting, fishing, or four-wheeling. He is especially fond of hunting, which is an important tradition in his family. “There’s not a lot in this world that compares to the excitement of tracking down an animal, and waiting for the perfect time to shoot.” Colby wants it to be known that his family eats everything that they shoot. One of his favorite memories is shooting his first buck, whose antlers he proudly displays on his bedroom wall. Besides hunting and fishing, Colby is also an incredible snowboarder; making it to State during his first season on the team.

Colby’s all-time favorite memory, however, is the time he was bit by an otter. About two years back, Colby was spending the weekend at his cabin on Lake Merwin, just outside of Battle Ground, Washington. He and his best friend Chandler were inner tubing on his boat, when they decided to put the tubes near shore so they could wake surf. Colby and Chandler swam the tubes to a nearby log and began to secure the ropes around it. He remembers feeling a gentle tug on his leg, then a throbbing pain. Colby touched his leg and pulled a blood-stained hand out of the water. “I’ve never screamed so loud in my life. I swear to God I was basically walking on water trying to get to the tubes.” Chandler, unaware of the situation, thought Colby was trying to scare him until he saw an otter pop its head out of the water. He also joined in on the screaming, and got to the raft as quick as he could. Colby’s dad pulled the boat to them and immediately rushed him to the ER. Colby was given many rabies shots over the next few months, and still has a massive scar on his leg as proof. “I’m now immune to all otter attacks,” he says. “It was by far the scariest, yet funniest moment of my life. It was definitely the raddest thing anyone has ever encountered.” Surprisingly enough, Colby plans on one day owning a pet Otter. He is also now known as “Otterboy,” and gladly accepts it.


Colby is also involved in the Automotive Tech program at Aloha High, which teaches him how to repair cars and motorcycles. He says he and his “fellow Rednecks” work on their trucks and show off their new modifications, such as the LED lights that Colby just recently installed himself. Colby is very fond of his 2002 Chevy S10 pickup truck, and brags that he is the only one in the Junior class with a flatbed. Betsy, which he named her because “every Redneck needs to name their car,” boasts both a Blue Lives Matter flag and an American flag on the back windshield. Colby’s next project is mounting a massive Blue Lives Matter flag on the back of his truck. Betsy is well-known for her impressive drifting abilities, and ear-shattering subwoofer that he installed.


Colby accredits his adventurous spirit to his father, who taught him everything he knows about being a Redneck. “I love my dad more than anything, he’s my best friend.” Together, the two frequently work in their garage fixing up old dirt bikes and quads, then selling them on Craigslist. When Colby graduates high school, he plans on immediately following his father’s footsteps and becoming an elevator technician. “I know it’s specific, but it’s a great job and I love repairing machines. I don’t plan on going to college because my dad has been in the business for about 30 years, and he can teach me everything there is to know.” Above all, his biggest inspiration is Larry Enticer, an internet-famous Redneck known for his crazy backyard stunts and signature catchphrase “Send It.” “What isn’t there to love about him? He just sends it, and that’s it. Larry Enticer is my spirit animal.”



Bucky’s Family: Miles Hoekel

Meet Bucky’s Family member, Miles Hoekel!
Miles is a junior at Beaverton High School and has a sister at ISB (International School of Beaverton). Beaverton is lucky to have Miles because due to the boundary changes, he moved from Sunset to Beaverton. Miles is enjoying Beaverton High School but says Sunset will always be important to him. Miles is not like most students at Beaverton because he can say that he started a club at BHS. He is very involved inside and outside of school and loves to travel. It doesn’t matter to Miles where he goes because he just likes to see and experience new things!
Miles was born and raised in Portland and has never moved. He lives with his two parents and his sister. His dad was born in Germany, and his mom was raised by two Polish immigrants which makes him the first on his dad’s side to be born in America and second to be born in the U.S. on his mom’s side. Miles likes where his family came from because he loves to learn and this gives him a chance to learn new cultures and explore new places. Even though his mother is Polish and his father is German, they don’t eat German or Polish food that often. His mother loves to cook so Miles and his family get her a new cookbook from different regions of the world on her birthday or for holidays. That way they get to experience lots of different cultures food. Miles’ grandparents on his dad’s side live in Germany and his grandparents on his mom’s side live in New York so just about every summer they go visit one set of his grandparents. He says that this is one of his favorite things because there’s so much to do in Germany and New York. Speaking of Germany, Miles is fluent in German and could speak it better than he could speak English in preschool which is something most people don’t know about him. Miles also has dual citizenship in Germany and the United States.
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Miles also was part of the exchange student program which took him to Germany from August 2016 to June 2017. In Germany, he lived with three different host families that felt indifferent about him staying. The first and second host family’s kids didn’t want Miles to be living with them and the kids made that clear which was difficult for Miles, especially because he was in a foreign country away from his family. A positive was to come soon because his third host family was very welcoming and his last five months in Germany were the best out of the whole 10½ month program. His first town he stayed in was Aachen, Germany which is a 10-minute train ride from the borders of Belgium and The Netherlands. Aachen is a large city of about 240,000 people but the second town he lived in was home to about 2,000 people and the last town had a population of around 30,000 people.
After coming back from Germany, Miles came to Beaverton High School and started the JSA (Junior State of America) which is very similar to Model UN but instead of debating global policies and problems, you represent a U.S. congressman and debate national policies. He is registered as a JSA chapter but he just needs a supervisor and members so if politics is interesting or you want to join a club after school, JSA is for you and you should sign up. He is also the vice president of Key Club and is very involved in Beaverton.
If there was one thing in his life that Miles couldn’t give up, it would be travel. He loves to experience new cultures, foods, and places but no matter where he goes he’ll end up back in the United States.

Bucky’s Family: Alexis Herzig-Valencia

Meet Bucky’s Family member, Alexis Herzig-Valencia!
Alexis Herzig-Valencia is a sophomore at BHS. She is half-American and half-Mexican. Alexis was born and raised in Oregon but when she was younger she moved to Nebraska for a year. She describes Nebraska as a much different place than Oregon, with the weather being the biggest and most significant change. She loved living in Nebraska but is happy she moved back to Oregon as this is her home. Alexis says her personality varies between friend groups; she can often be outgoing but also describes herself as very shy depending on who she’s with. Growing up with two biological brothers and two god-brothers, Alexis says the most challenging obstacle she’s had to overcome is understanding how other people are raised and how to work with them. Growing up, Alexis played a variety of sports; she played soccer, swam, and danced, which she continues to do today.



At BHS, Alexis’ favorite subject is chemistry because of her love for science. Her favorite teacher is Ms. Davidson because she’s understanding but also has high expectations which pushes students and brings out the best in them. Alexis is very involved in the community at BHS. She participates in Color Guard, which she describes as very stressful but also fun at the same time. Color Guard is a mixture of dance and equipment. Its purpose is to tell a story through dancing and music. Color Guard takes up quite a bit of Alexis’ time as she practices Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and occasionally Fridays. When she isn’t participating in Color Guard, her other hobby persists of reading. Alexis reads often, with her favorite genre being non-fiction. Alexis is very much a part of the BHS community, without her BHS wouldn’t be complete and we’re so grateful to have such amazing students like her at BHS!