My top 5 memories are:
Homecoming- Every start of the year, I get super excited for homecoming. It’s a great chance for all my friends and I to get dressed up, take cute pictures, and spend our night together dancing and having fun with everybody at our school. I have an amazing time every year and homecoming is a memory I love looking back at and also revisiting my pictures with all my close friends!
Friday Night Lights: There’s nothing I love more than going to football games every year. It’s so exciting to dress up for a certain theme and get to spend our night cheering on the football team. My friends and I always lose our voices by the end of the night and this is one way that really shows how amazing our student section is! I love seeing how much we support our team and how crazy loud we can get as well. One of my favorite nights was scoring a touchdown against Jesuit and how loud and hyped up we were after it. Cheering on our team was an amazing experience I’ll never forget.
Health Careers: My junior year of high school, I was accepted in to the health careers program and it’s been amazing ever since. I’ve done so many amazing things through this program such as volunteering with the community, shadowing doctors and nurses at hospitals and just spending time with the amazing teachers who help us get ready for our future. One of my absolute favorite memory from health careers was visiting St. Vincent’s and shadowing a post surgery nurse because this opportunity helped me decide what I wanted my future to look like.
Spending Time with my Class: Our school is so amazing at involving the entire community and I’m very thankful for that. One of my top favorite memory was junior year, going to Frenchman’s Bar with almost my entire junior class. We went during the last day of school and it was so great to see that we could all come together and have lots of fun outside of school. My favorite part was playing volleyball with all of my friends and also just spending time and relaxing with my class!
Putting up our Stars: Senior year finally arrived and it went by super quick. It was finally time for us to put up our stars and this moment was honestly so amazing for me and is one I’ll remember for a long time. This moment made me realize how quick we’ve come to finally graduating and I couldn’t be more excited. I put my star up with all of my close friends and I am so excited to see how our future will look like. Although I’ll miss everybody so much, this moment is one I’ll always remember and it showed me how close we are to our final step of high school.
What I really loved about BHS is the community and friendships that I made through my 4 years. The thing I will miss most is the Friday night football games. Coming out and playing in front of the Beaverton community is something that I’ll never forget. I will also miss the brotherhoods that sports have given me. My favorite teachers that I will miss will be Ms. Ped and Mr. Kenis. Some advice I will give to the incoming freshmen next year is to not be afraid to go outside your comfort zone. Also, don’t be afraid to be the most spirited student at events. Some Prom advice I would give to next year’s seniors is to go all out and just have fun; you normally only have one opportunity to go. One of the best experiences I had at Beaverton would be our win against sunset to clinch a playoff spot. I played football all 4 years and baseball for 3. My final year I switched to lacrosse during the spring. I plan on going to PCC in the fall, and I’m planning on doing the EMT program and hopefully become a firefighter.
Coming in as a freshman, I was welcomed by some quality seniors that showed me the ropes. They passed down the tradition and value of what it means to swim for beaverton high school and shaped me into the leader I am today. Now all of that being said, we were still a small program and one of the bottom feeders in the Metro League. Our best seniors were graduating and we needed our underclassmen to step up.
Fast forward two years, things really started to turn around during my junior year. We were starting to get pretty good. Our program was starting to come full circle for the first time in decades. We were sending a relay to state for the first time in ages, and our girls team was climbing. That year I took home first in the 100 backstroke and 100 butterfly, setting an OSAA 6A record in the 100 butterfly as well. However, I had unfinished business and came back my senior year, claiming two more individual titles in the 200 IM and 100 butterfly, along with two more state records. At the end of the season, I also came away with 6 out of 8 school records, 5 of which happened this year.
All of my accomplishments throughout my high school career could not have been possible without my wonderful coach Judy Rusaw and my amazing teammates. They were always pushing me to be the best I could be, as a swimmer and as a person. I am extremely lucky to have been part of this program, and very humbled to be able to share my success with THE Beaverton High School.
I am very excited to continue my swimming career at Indiana University in the fall and do big things in the future. GO HOOSIERS!
Football has always been my favorite sport. I love to watch, I love to analyze, and I absolutely love to play. One of my dreams that I’ve had ever since I was a kid was to play college football. I knew that that did not come easy, but I was willing to put in the work to fulfill my lifelong dream. My junior and senior seasons were spent in the weight room and on the field trying to get stronger and faster to increase my chances to play at the next level.
When the season started everything was going good and I was succeeding but then half way through the season I suffered from a season ending leg injury. In my mind I thought that I was done, I thought I would never play another down of football again, but, my teammates and coaches wouldn’t let me feel sorry for myself. Every single person on my team helped me keep my head high and focus on coaching the younger players.
After the season had ended and the all league awards were released I was surprised to see my name pop up not once, but twice winning 2nd-Team All-Metro Offensive Lineman and 3rd Team All-Metro Punter. A couple weeks after that a JUCO in Northern California named the College of the Siskiyous happened to like what they saw and told me that I would be a great addition to their defense. It is crazy for me to think that my childhood dream is about to come true but it definitely isn’t a surprise that this is happening, I put in the work, and it payed off.
During my time at Beaverton, I can recall countless memories that have made my high school experience unforgettable. From watching the amazing student section at football games to enjoying the well-thought variety of assemblies our school offers, I will certainly never forget Beaverton High School. The one suggestion I have to incoming freshman is to be involved in the school. I was lucky enough to be a 3-year varsity soccer player and that is something that I’ll never forget. I met the majority of my friends through soccer at Beaverton and made bonds that will last a lifetime. Soccer not only made me a better player, but it made me a better person as well. It taught me how to overcome adversity and importantly how to be a good loser.
My favorite memory at Beaverton was in the 2015 OSAA state playoffs. We had just won a play-in game and found ourselves barely making the playoffs. We were matched up against David Douglas, who was ranked #8 while we were ranked the lowest possible at #25. We knew it would be a tough game but we also knew we had the passion and desire to pull off an upset. We battled for the whole 90 minutes and eventually pulled off the upset. It was an amazing feeling because we came together as a team and showed that rankings mean nothing. This was a memory that I’ll never forget.
Beaverton High School has taught me so much. I can’t even begin to think about who I’d be if it weren’t for the staff and students here. They do so much for not only me but for the entirety of the school in making sure students are prepared for whatever path they decide to take on. My favorite part of BHS is the tradition it holds. The tradition is trickled in through almost every aspect of the school and attending a high school like this one has made me so grateful as I step into a new chapter of my life.
Seniors– the next chapter in your life is about to begin. Yes! Be willing to change your flight plan mid-course. I was pretty sure I knew what I wanted to be when I “grew up” as I headed off to college, but it took me two years to reach the realization that a career in medicine wasn’t in the cards. Fortunately I had pretty wide-ranging interests, and social studies topics were always fascinating to me. I didn’t feel like I was going with a Plan B, but rather a second Plan A when I changed majors and eventually put myself on a path to teaching. Be grateful for your special station of life as young adults. The weight of the world’s responsibilities is not on your shoulders just yet, even though at times it may feel that way, so branch out, take risks, and do some exploring. Harness the unique potential energy you have to utilize your gifts—and yes, you do all have at least one—to improve the lives of others & the world around you, and have fun doing it. And for those among you who may not be so academically inclined, you don’t have to let school get in the way of your education! There’s no shortage of life lessons to be had outside the classroom. Be kind to others, be in the moment (put away your device!) and be a good listener, smile & nurture a genuine curiosity about the world around you, and doors will open up for you as you make your way. I’m excited for your future! Good luck, & take care— LEYDEN
Top 5 Favorite Memories at Beaverton
By Noelani Lambert
My favorite memory here at BHS was my junior year when my softball team took the 5th place title in state. It was a great memory because it was my favorite group of girls and we had so much fun that year. We had been working so hard all season to make a statement and play our hardest and we did that by leaving everything on the field.
Another great memory I have was Jam the Dam my junior year because it was the only year I was able to attend. It was a great game and a great way to experience our community!
Another one of my favorite experiences was my freshman year, traveling to Portland State with my Beaver Lodge class. We are really good friends, and that day was the beginning of our friendship. We got to spend the day together and explore the campus. Another memory I have at Beaverton that I will never forget is the sleepovers that I would have with my softball team last year and the year before. We were a really tight knit group and were really bonded. We spent lots of time together and created friendships that will last forever!
My last favorite memory at Beaverton was College Commitment Day, because it was a perfect opportunity to reflect on my high school experiences and accomplishments. I never would have expected that high school would fly by so fast and I would be headed off to college soon. It was strange to thinking back and contemplate the last 18 years of my life.
Jack LaPerle: The People Person
Seniors have experienced many challenges over the past four years when it comes to certain classes and certain units. In this blog, the focus is senior Jack LaPerle. Jack is a hard working senior who is in classes such as FST, Marketing Seminar, Marketing Seminar, AP Human Geography, AP English Language, and AP Biology. Jack is a hard working senior who is going to University of Oregon next year.
When asked what class he’s fallen behind in and struggles with, Jack exclaimed AP Biology. He’s struggling with the hard concepts, and as he put it, a lack of effort. “I don’t try anymore”. Senioritis hit Jack, and he seems to be well aware.
Jack feels he’s better at Marketing. This is his interest, and he likes the ways of marketing. Jack went through the entire Marketing program with teachers Mrs. Ramberg and Mrs. Robinson. He is now about to graduate, and he can’t wait! With a loaded class schedule, Jack is working hard, in most of his classes, to wrap up the year. Jack is a prime example of a senior. Thank you, Jack.
My last four years playing lacrosse for Beaverton have been a very memorable experience. Every year brings a new set of faces and a new team. As a senior, I am able to help lead the team and get to know all of the girls better. It is a very rewarding and fun as well. I get to see the team grow and mature throughout the season, all while becoming stronger and closer together. I am sad to be leaving the team, however, I will always cherish the memories that I made with them.
My favorite lacrosse experience is when our lacrosse team went on our team retreat. Every year, we begin the season at Twin Rocks Friends Camp. During the trip, we stay at the beach in cabins with our future teammates. It is my favorite part of the season because it is a good bonding experience and we can get to know each other. It is also enjoyable because we play a lot of games and activities.
My favorite activity was a stick building competition; we had to make a functional lacrosse stick out of miscellaneous items. It was challenging, but it helped us work to together and show our creative side. After that, we walked along the beach, which was a welcome break from the cabins. The trip is always a refreshing escape from school and an exciting thing to look forward to.