Prom Dress CRISIS

By Sley Vega, Senior

The countdown to Prom has begun for us seniors! It’s crazy how fast time is passing by, especially now that we are officially second semester seniors. The past few weeks, prom has been a recurring topic in conversations among us girls, and it is still two months away. “Send me a picture of your dress!”, “Who is hosting?” and “Oh my gosh, it’s approaching so soon and I haven’t even started looking for a dress…” are constantly talked about at the lunch table.

The funny thing is, I can definitely relate to everyone who hasn’t started looking for dresses. Dress shopping is already hard enough, and this is a huge night, so finding the perfect dress is a must. Not to mention, finding a unique and different dress so you don’t show up wearing the same dress as someone else is important. It’s so important to some girls that they have created a group message where everyone is sending in pictures of their dress to make sure no one buys the same one.

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Here are some of my recommendations that I’ve come up with to all the girls still looking for a dress:

If you are going to order dresses online, I would start looking now or in the next few weeks and order soon, just because you don’t want to stress about your dress not coming in on time, or not liking the way it fits. If you don’t want to buy a new dress or don’t have the money to spend on a dress, ask around and see if anyone has one you can borrow! Or… in the next few weeks, check in with Becca’s Closet to see if they have any dresses you like.

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But my biggest recommendation that I have got from some friends of mine that have graduated is to have patience! Dress shopping is certainly not easy, and you may not find the dress you like after the first one you try on. You will know when you know, and that may be the last dress you try on after a month of looking for one, so take a step back, breathe and have fun because when you think about it, this will probably be the last time we will be looking for a dress to wear to a high school dance.

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LEARNING TRANSFORMS US: In Practice.

Beavers are Learners.

Every day, when you walk the halls at BHS, you experience learning first hand. Whether it’s in the math hall where teachers teach students on whiteboards, or in MD where students use technology to learn how to use Microsoft Office in Computer Apps or how to create websites in Web Design, students are hard at work learning valuable skills to be prepared for life after High School.

Students learn using a variety of resources, including teachers who dedicate their time to help students prepare for their future. Teachers are key role models to students and help influence what happens for the rest of their life. Teachers use what they have previously learned and pass that knowledge along to students in many forms, in all classrooms around our school. After school, student athletes can be found in the gym or on the field with their coaches, learning or improving their sport. You learn through practice.

“You miss one hundred percent of the shots you don’t take.”-Wayne Gretzky

If you don’t throw the football tons of times, you will never be good at football, if you don’t shoot free throws at practice, you won’t ever make free throws during the game, and if you don’t do math homework, you will never be good at math. It takes practice to learn, and you have to learn to try.

EXCELLENCE INSPIRES US: Gaby Lee

Excellence is truly all around us at Beaverton High and the best place to see it is in out students. A person who embodies the core value “Excellence Inspires Us” is junior Gabriella Lee.

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Gaby is an example of excellence in our school community because of her dedication to her activities both in and out of school. Something many people do not know about her is that she is a competitive figure skater. She has been skating since the time she learned to walk, and she hopes to continue on someday to perform in shows all over the world. Gaby hopes to go out of state for college to study political science and history, and her dream school is Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Her dream job is to be a lawyer and live in Atlanta, or somewhere on the East Coast.

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Outside of school and skating, Gaby loves going to the gym, watching The Office, hanging out with friends and watching sports. Gaby loves the Blazers and a dream of hers is to marry an NBA player. Gaby Lee has bettered our school community by finding a need and completing it. Along with joining LINK Crew this year, she has started the Beaverton High School Black Student Union, a group that plans to improve the opportunities and success for black students at Beaverton, along with creating awareness about social justice issues in our community. She also hopes to create more representation for minorities in school activities and leadership.

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Thanks to Gaby and her excellence, our school is a more inclusive and well rounded place.

Beavers battle against first in state, rival school Southridge

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Beaverton girls basketball faced their fiercest competitors this Tuesday at home during a varsity doubleheader against Southridge High School. Southridge was ranked first in the state and Beaverton was ranked third, so this particular game has been the most awaited match throughout the whole season. In past seasons, our girls team hasn’t been considered much of an opponent in the eyes of the talented Skyhawks, after losing to them all four games in the past two seasons.

However, this year our team gained a few crucial players and a new coach, Kathy Naro, that have turned the program around. The girls were determined to beat Southridge and freshman Alexa Borter said, “We watched a lot of film on them and practiced making sure we knew how to defend their plays and knew what we should run against them.”

It was one of the most intense games of…

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New coach scores big for girls basketball team

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The girls’ basketball team scored big this year with their new coach Kathy Adelman Naro. With over twenty years of coaching experience, Naro is qualified and has put her skills to good use with our girls’ varsity team. With all of the competitive teams in Beaverton’s Metro League, it was time for us to have a coach with the work ethic to bring the girls to victory.

Naro grew up playing basketball and during her time at Tigard High School she was the starting point guard and helped her team win the 1988 Class 3A championship. After that, Naro played at the University of Portland and had a great four-year career that made her very eager to keep playing. So, she took her skill from the court to the coach’s seat.

With inspiration from her father, Rick Adelman, who coached the Trail Blazers from 1988 to 1994, she…

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Hope-ful new club arises

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At Beaverton, the numbers of homeless students are growing – and we aren’t the only ones. Across the district and across the state, the number of homeless students have grown to an all-time high of 22,541 – 5.6 percent increase from last year. Beaverton High School alone has around 90 reported homeless students. Social studies teacher Rita Morgan has decided to help support these students by forming Club Hope, “a new club to promote homeless awareness and support programs and projects to address our school’s homeless population.”

Ms. Morgan says that it was ‘kinda funny’ the way the club started. Founded by her and juniors Cameron Monfared and Ayden Fox, they say they all came up with similar ideas at separate times in separate ways. All united with the same passion, they worked together to combine their ideas and Club Hope was born.

The biggest topic that Club…

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Stuck in eternal cycle of student loan payments: college kids’ struggle

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At eighteen years of age, high school students are expected to determine the rest of their lives. We are expected to choose one of the many overpriced colleges or universities our nation offers while inheriting the debt that comes along with it. And does the education we’re paying so much money for even get us a good enough job to help us pay off these loans?

Senior Nina Hambleton stated, “I think it’s ironic that they’re going to make me pay for a school that’s not even going to pay off my student debt.” Many of the acclaimed academic schools in our nation are overwhelmingly overpriced, which makes sense because they better your education and job opportunities. But what job could ever help us pay off $200,000, while also being a homeowner and supporting our families? It’s virtually impossible unless you win the lottery or suddenly inherit…

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Bucky’s Family: Zainulabdeen Alsada

Meet Bucky’s Family member, Zainulabdeen Alsada!

COMMUNITY CONNECTS US.

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!

COMMUNITY CONNECTS US.

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.
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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!

COMMUNITY CONNECTS US.

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.

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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.

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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.

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“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.

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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.