Break Out the Brooms!

To some people’s surprise, the Portland Trail Blazers just got swept out of the NBA Playoffs by the New Orleans Pelicans. The Pelicans were just built to beat the Blazers, they were outmatched in almost every position. The Pelicans have one of the best defensive guards in the league in Jrue Holiday and Rajon Rondo, and they did a great job of shutting down CJ and Dame. The Pelicans also have a top 5 player in the league in Anthony Davis. It just seemed like the Pelicans wanted it more.

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“Now what should the Blazers do in the off-season?” you might ask. I personally believe that the Blazers should blow up their whole team. They have been mediocre for almost a decade now. Dame and CJ aren’t going to carry the Blazers to the Finals anytime soon. I say trade them for draft picks, and draft the next Lebron. But the Blazers are also known for screwing up in the draft in the past, passing up Michael Jordan and Kevin Durant just to name a few.

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A few moves the Blazers absolutely need to make as soon as possible is get rid of Evan Turner and Meyers Leonard. Evan Turner is eating up nearly $40 million over the next two years and Leonard is taking up about $22 million over the next two years as well. That’s a lot of money that the Blazers can give to someone who actually deserves it and are better players.

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TRADITION: Senior Prom

Prom is a tradition like no other. It brings all the seniors together in celebration of graduating and moving on from their high school lives. One of the most special things about Prom is the Prom Court. If you are a selected member of the Prom Court, you’ll remember it for the rest of your life. Beaverton High has excelled at including everybody in the prom court in attempts to make everyone’s night, the night of their lives.

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I haven’t attended Prom but I have heard from many that the other dances don’t compare to it. Even without having been to prom, I know it is fantastic because of the buzz that leads up to it. The Beavers have been known to hold the most extravagant assemblies in the Metro League but the Student Leadership makes sure that the prom assembly is the most important and best assembly that is put on. “The Prom Assembly is my favorite and by far the best one (assembly) that BHS puts on!” said junior Jacob Wargo.

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Beaverton has been known to express every single one of its student’s passions, beliefs, and culture and the Prom Court exceeds those expectations. There are 13 different categories for a prince and a princess to get voted on for a total of 26 in the Court. The 13 different categories are suited to a variety of personalities and characters expressed at BHS. The categories are ambition. Charm, dedication, humor, imagination, intellect, kindness, physique, spirit, style, talent, verbosity and renaissance. My personal favorite category is humor because humor is just a great way to relieve your stress. BHS has many traditions but one of them is having all the people in the prom court participate goofy activities during both lunches. One of the most memorable performances at lunch is when the princes and princesses have to serenade a person of their choice by lip-syncing a song. The audience of students at lunch always get involved by chanting the singer’s name or by singing along with the song.

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Sam Regali is part of the Prom Court and was voted Princess of Ambition, and she says, “My favorite part would probably be having the opportunity to be apart of a great group of people and seeing all the costumes!”

COMMUNITY: Cleanin’ It Up

The Beaverton Community is more than just a group of kids. Here at Beaverton, we are a family, and that family includes more than a few students and teachers, it includes parents and siblings and more.

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A great way to get the community together is through community cleanups hosted at BHS. These cleanups bring many different groups of kids together and help them connect through community service.

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Community Cleanups are held on Saturdays from the morning into the afternoon. They are student managed, and a whole lot of fun. It is so important to keep our school clean and show kids all the hard work that they can accomplish if they work together. Beaverton is committed to creating strong relationships and through service like this, we can make that happen.

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Personally, I love attending these cleanups because it is a great way to get community service hours, and I get introduced to students that I have never met. Attending one of these cleanups is worth it. You will be making a change. No matter how small the change is, it is important. Community is all around us and that is because here at BHS, we work hard to create a family that includes all.


LEARNING: Happy Sun, Happy People, & Happy Alligators

We will be taking a trip across the state from the unbearable cold and rain to the blazing sun. After a 56hour flight, Beaverton High School marketing students have arrived to “the happiest place on earth,” 3,040.2 mi from home. This five day trip will be long and tiring, but that won’t stop Disney from putting a smile on our faces.


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Our first stop, the Disney Movie Resort! When we first walked into the resort it was not as exciting and Disney fanatic as you would expect, but it was beautiful and clean inside. Right once we walked out to the back, we had entered the beginning of our Disney magical experience! There were people hanging out by the shack, families in the pool bonding, and adults and children jamming out to the Disney music. On our way to our hotel room, there were huge structures that correlated with a specific movie.

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Somehow, we had to drag ourselves out of bed every morning before 7:20 am to meet the bus that took us to a land called, Epcot, in Disney World. Here, we met up with the happy outgoing cast members that took us on an adventurous ride throughout the land where we did little workshops in two small groups. On the first day, our workshop was about technology.



As we all may know, the 21st century is expanding their research and knowledge in technology. During our workshop, we learned that products in technology need to be carefully looked at by four main groups: government, economics, society and technology safety. These all determine whether a product or service will be sold or not. Without these four areas we would not have safe technology that meets our needs and wants. We traveled back in time to learn how we started from rocks and dirt that turned into space travel and flying cars. Inventions and ideas did not start from just one person, rather it grew from one person to another.



“You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world.

But it takes people to make the dream a reality”

-Walt Disney

On the second day, we took a magical ride into the land of leadership. Having strong self-esteem, integrity and being a risk-taker are just a few keys into what it takes to be a leader. The hardest, but most influential piece of this workshop is when we were separated into groups of four and had to brainstorm ideas for a new business. The leaders were only given a small piece of information that we had to work off of and figure out what the need of the company was. My group leader was not able to talk to us, rather we had to ask “yes” or “no” questions. This made us have to really put our trust and ideas together to try and come up with an end result. In the end, we learned that one of the most important parts of leadership is cooperation. If there is no cooperation then the task cannot be completed to the best of its ability.

Team Building

The day that really stood out to me as being the most influential was when we had to work on team building. We had to collaborate, use our resources and trust one another in order to succeed. My group had no problem in doing so. From what we have practiced in school, sports and our daily lives we listened to everyone’s ideas and cooperated with one another. This led our team to be the most successful.



We not only had to work on technology, leadership and team building in the three hour long workshops. These also took place within our groups that traveled together throughout Disney World. Our phones helped us keep track of time, communicate to our teachers and friends, as well as help direct us around the parks. As we were traveling around the parks, we had to have a leader that helped guide us to where we needed to go and what we should do next. We wouldn’t have arrived to the parks and rides we wanted to explore if it weren’t for all of us sharing our ideas, cooperating, and trusting one another.


At Beaverton, one of our core values is “Excellence Inspires Us.” Every day at BHS students, staff, and members of our community demonstrate excellence. On some days, members of our community demonstrate overwhelming excellence benefiting the greater Beaverton Community. One example of this is the BHS Holiday food drive. Every year students, staff, and community members collect food to feed over 100 families in need of holiday meals. Families come to BHS and are given a food bag to help them make meals during the holiday time. Everyone knows what it is like to have a meal with family or friends during the holiday’s and the food bags make this time of the year much less stressful for those families in need of a little help.

Another special example of excellence in our community is the annual Week of Wishes fundraiser. Sports and Event Marketing students spend six months preparing for this week and it is a week of wonder when all said and done. The students set up a silent auction, raise sponsorship funds, etc. Every year, BHS donates $10,000 or more to the Make-A-Wish Foundation at the end of this week! At the end of Week of Wishes, the community comes together for a fun double-header basketball game where most of the people involved including that years wish kid attend the event. It is a fantastic example of how EXCELLENT the BHS COMMUNITY is.

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A third example of the excellence at BHS is how hard students and staff work each and every day. Teachers spend their days and nights hard at work making the best possible lessons for students. Students show up each day and work hard in classes to make themselves better students. Each nigh,t people go to sports or extracurricular activities, and then go home and repeat the process over and over again. These are all every-day examples of how excellence exists in the BHS community.

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Hoopin’ It Up @ BHS

By Zack Danner, senior

At Beaverton High School, basketball is a big deal!

Our basketball programs have just finished the post season and both teams did great. Senior Star Jake Estep (Metro League Player of the Year) was honored to get the opportunity to play in the Northwest Shootout game. In this game the best high school players from both Oregon and Washington team up in a high intensity game against each other. The winner takes home the trophy for the year. This year Oregon took the game over Washington and Jake along with Kyle Greely (West Salem High) co-won the MVP award.

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BHS Girls Basketball had a great season! The team lost only five games under the direction of Head Coach Kathy Adelman Naro. All season long this team out played other teams, and in games were the opposing team was more likely to win, the girls varsity team didn’t go down without a fight. After a long season, the team won two playoff games at home sending them to the Chiles Center to play in the state tournament. The team took home the fifth place trophy and enjoyed playing at the tourney. It was a great opportunity for the student section to travel to the games and watch our girls ball against the top teams in the state.

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Around the school, students walk around talking about the Portland Trail Blazers and their first round matchup; the New Orleans Pelicans. In the first game, the Blazers (3 seed) lost by 2 points to the Pelicans (6 Seed). In a game where the teams stars Dame and CJ only scored a combined 37 points on 40 percent shooting, the team was unable to surpass the Pelican team that played well together. Students, staff, and families alike are talking about the Blazers and the playoff run that could come assuming the blazers play better. Gameday is a big deal in Rip City and at The Beaverton High School.

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COMMUNITY: BSD Track & Field

By Sley Vega, Senior

One of my favorite events that takes place here at Beaverton High School is the BSD Track and Field event that occurs every May. It is an amazing opportunity to be able to help out with because there are so many great things that happen. From giving kids temporary tattoos, to handing them their medal at the end of their race, the big smile on their face once you hand them their medal is indescribable.

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The BSD Track and Field event has been hosted at BHS for as long as I can remember. There are more than 200 student and staff volunteers from throughout the district that help make this special day happen for the kids. With over 20 stations for the kids to go through, we have around 4-5 volunteers at every station to make sure the kids that go through get a sticker on their card. It’s always exciting to see how that one sticker can help brighten the day for the child.

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I’ve spent the last two years volunteering at this event with my friends and it’s truly an eye opening experience. Spending time with kids and helping them go through the stations is so much fun because every kid is so different in their own way. You are able to interact with the most cheerful, happy and energetic kids of all ages ranging from elementary to high schoolers from all around the district. I’m looking forward to this years event and all the familiar and new faces I’ll be able to interact with! If you are looking for a fun and rewarding way to spend your morning look into helping out, because you definitely won’t regret it.

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From Seniors to Juniors: college applications

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As the school year begins to unwind, Seniors are well underway with college applications and are now making big decisions as to where they want to go next year. But as Senior begin a new chapter of their life, Juniors are just about to begin the whirlwind known as college applications and scholarships and all their deadlines.

After months in the eye of the storm, graduating Seniors have tips and tricks that’ll actually help you during these wild times:

  1. Make sure to meet ALL deadlines!—I know you’ve heard it before, but I truly mean it. You always think, “Oh yeah, I got this. This isn’t due ‘till the end of the month.” Then BAM, it’s two days past the deadline and you’re there lying in bed thinking about the what if’s while eating pizza rolls from a wine glass. Please just MEET deadlines, put a reminder on your…

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‘Love, Simon’: The movie everyone needs to see

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In the Spotlight

Love, Simon is a breath of fresh air for many LGBT youths, bringing light and a sense of normalcy to same-sex relationships. Based on the novel, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, the film stuns as a teen romantic comedy that just so happens to be about a gay teenager and it’s surprisingly normal and refreshing.

The Script

The film tells the story of Simon Spiers, a senior in high school, who’s been hiding a secret since the start of his love for Daniel Radcliffe. Being closeted, he hasn’t told anyone except Blue, a fellow anonymous closeted student at Creekwood High. The pair bond over a series of emails dedicated to sharing their feelings over Oreos and the struggles of being not being out yet. Throughout the film, Simon’s relationship with his friends and family suffer from his secretive life that comes…

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LEARNING: AP Bubbles Call for AP Struggles

By Hunter Franklin, junior

Students that love to challenge their capabilities when it comes to academics tend to take harder classes. In saying that, AP classes are how these students fill this void. AP classes have harder curricula and subjects to, ultimately, make sure the student is ready for the AP test in May. So, in essence, students go through the challenging curriculum to prepare for a test. Keep in mind that there is also a final each semester for all AP classes. Each student has a tough class that happens to have a tough final and also has a tough test in May that can have an end reward of college credits. This adds up to make for some stressful and sleepless nights. Speaking of my own personal challenges, I have found that playing three sports and taking three AP classes does not make for a great equation when it comes to sleep or happiness. All joking aside, I strongly recommend taking an AP class or two. It truly opens your eyes to the wonders of college and to a higher way of thinking.

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Getting to the specifics, I signed up for AP Biology, AP English Language, and AP Economics. The hardest of which being AP Economics. The challenge isn’t due to pure content, but the fact that my brain seemingly does not function with curves and basic economic ideologies well. To adapt to this weakness, I have started digging deeper when studying to truly make sure I understand the concepts fully. In AP Biology, it’s a different experience. First off, I love the class, second off, it has a great curriculum. With Mr. Buckingham using a flipped classroom concept, where students do notes at home and labs at school, it truly makes for a fun learning experience. I am hoping to one day become an ecologist, so this class definitely increases my love for all things science. My third and final AP class is AP English Language. This class has helped my skillset for the future. Adding to how I articulate sentences, write essays, and solve this ongoing issue of timing. My favorite part of AP English Language is the ever-so-fun FRQs (Free Response Question). In these FRQs, we walk in, get told a starting time and a finish time, get given a certain type of FRQ (Question 1, 2, or 3), and go for it. This helps me realize that I have to write a well-planned essay within a certain time, which, helps me with other classes when testing in general.

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These AP classes make for a busy schedule, but a happy brain. While all of that is happening, I also do basketball, football, and track for Beaverton.

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