Senior (Now Alumna) Blog: Jen Caplan

My top 5 memories at Beaverton High School…

Football Season: Dressing up on Friday nights and heading out to the football field is by far one of my favorite memories of high school. It was so amazing to feel all the school spirit and watch the team play, win or lose.

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March for Our Lives: On March 24th, 2018, there were marches across the world to support the student in Parkland and help make our schools safer. Being apart of the March for Our Lives at Beaverton was such an eye-opening experience. It was amazing hearing students share stories and seeing students come together.

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Star Day: After 4 years of hard work and preparing, May 1st finally came, where we got to wear our college gear to school and put up on our stars. It was such an exciting day with treats in the CCC! It was so awesome to see where all my classmates are going and everyone so excited for the future.

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Dances: Dressing up and getting together to take pictures for all the dances was always such a fun time. Getting ready with all my friends was always so exciting and I love looking back at all the pictures and memories.

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Marketing Trips: Having the opportunity to go to New York and Seattle with the Marketing Program was one of my favorite experiences. It really helped me get a feel for what I want to do in the future. We got to hear from amazing industry speakers, go to on-site visits, talk to people with very successful careers and explore the cities!

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Senior (Now Alumna) Blog: Anna Lorati

As my past four years at Beaverton High School come to an end, I can’t help but reflect on all of the memories that I have made here. I came into high school very nervous and shy, and have gained an immense amount of knowledge and confidence, and have built many relationships along the way. Beaverton has been like a second home to me, and I am so grateful for the time I have spent here.

Here are my top 5 memories!

Sporting Events

Getting dressed up for Friday Night Lights with my friends and losing our voices cheering for the Beavs were some of the best moments in these past four years. It truly was a special feeling rooting for BHS at all of the sporting events, and watching your friends compete against other schools.

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Marketing Pathway

I have been involved in the marketing pathway since freshman year. I am so fortunate to have been able to find a passion of mine that I will be pursuing as a career, and receive all of the amazing opportunities that the pathway has provided me with, such as trips to Seattle, New York, and Chicago!

AP Human Geo

Not everyone is a huge fan of AP Human Geography, but that was by far my favorite academic class (and the only one I ever actually enjoyed). If you are deciding between that class and another humanities one, take AP Human Geo. It’s really interesting and Ms. Morgan made my junior year a ton more bearable.

Racquetball and Tennis

Some of my favorite times of high school have been during tennis and racquetball season. Getting to know all of my teammates and support them was a highlight. It was also a special experience to be able to compete in Districts for tennis, and win multiple State and National titles for racquetball.

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Prom

Prom was by far one of the funnest nights of high school! Spending the night getting dressed up with your best friends, and dancing the night away with your class was a blast. Prom is definitely a night to remember.

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Senior Blog: Carmel Larson

Making A Change Through Faith

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My name is Carmel Larson, and I’m a senior at Beaverton High School! Next year, my cousin Sarvin and I will not be attending school but rather be doing a year of service! The year of service is an organized program that is run through the Baha’i Faith. This means that we will be committing full time to doing different community service activities throughout the area. There are options where people can travel around the state, the U.S., or even around the world. Although, my cousin and I have decided to stay in this cluster and serve.

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I have been involved in the service activities that the Baha’i Faith offers for almost my whole life. One program that is offered is the junior youth spiritual empowerment program. This serves as a kind of mentorship program for middle schoolers. Youth become “animators” of a junior youth group with usually about 5-10 middle schoolers. The purpose of the group is to develop the junior youth’s capacity to be able to read the reality of their community and carry out practical action and service to better the community. I was a part of this program when I was in middle school and am now an animator of my own group! The junior youth spiritual empowerment program is an example of one of the activities I would be involved in during my year of service.

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A couple of my very good friends, Saba and Sina, graduated a couple years ago and decided to commit some time to doing service as well. By watching them do this and seeing all the progress they’ve made, it inspired me to want to do the same thing. I hope for this year to help me to develop different life skills that I can use in my further education and my future profession. I also hope that my cousin and I will be able to provide sufficient service to the community.

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TRADITION: Our Alumni

By junior Max Johanson

Tradition at Beaverton High School has always been important to the school. One of Beaverton High’s core values is Tradition Unites Us. For as long as Beaverton High School has been around, tradition has really brought the community together and is a big reason why Beaverton is so unique and different from most other high schools.

One of the many perks of Beaverton is the alumni giving back to the school and the tradition passed down through family members. We do a good job here at really getting the community and alumni involved to help support the school. Also, a lot of times you see the kids of alumni who end up going to Beaverton which is really special. My dad, Doug Johanson, is an alumnus, who graduated in 1986. He is now part of the Beaverton Success Fund along with many other alumni. For me, it’s really cool to see that my Dad is still involved in the school 30 years after he graduated, and to have all 3 of his kids go to Beaverton like he did.

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At our school we also have Golden Grads. They often donate to programs and volunteer at our school. Every student and staff member is so grateful for all the work they do and thinks that they work shouldn’t go unnoticed. These Golden Grads. have been helping our school for years after years. It’s amazing to see that even after graduating from Beaverton High School, people still care about the community within it.

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Overall, alumni are an important tradition here at Beaverton. They help bring the community closer together along with helping raise money and giving back. It is something special and we should not take them for granted.

TRADITION: Our Rhythm Bs

Tradition Unites Us here at Beaverton High School; tradition is what brings our community together. We have many unique qualities about the school which makes us all feel connected. One of the biggest parts to that is tradition. One of the many traditions here at BHS are the Rhythm Bs.

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The Rhythm Bs perform at home football games and basketball games. The Rhythm Bs have been around for a very long time, and this is one of our earliest traditions. They have the same uniforms that they did when they first started and have the same dance routine.

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The Rhythm Bs perform at the end of every assembly and lead the fight song. Over the years, they have brought all of us closer at assemblies and sports events and are one shining example of what makes Beaverton feel connected.

Senior Top 5: Logan Holt

High school is a special time in our lives, and all we can do is make the most of it cherish the little time we have. Though high school you change in many ways, and now that I’m a senior I absolutely love looking at old pictures and sparking old memories. Time flies like you wouldn’t believe it, no matter what anyone tells you, you will still look back and wonder where the days went. Now I am going to share with you my top 5 memories from my time here at BHS.

5. The Student Leadership retreat this year. This retreat was a ton of fun, I got to work and spend time with the kids in leadership, and we just had a blast. We went to Waldport beach, and getting to be away with the incredible group of kids in that class, especially the great group seniors, made for a fun and very memorable time.

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4. Tennis. From playing tennis with my good friend Peter Vos freshman year, to being team captain this year, it has been one of the best parts of my high school career. Our tennis team might not win state every year, but we definitely are the cutest team. The community around Beaverton tennis is incredible, we BBQ at home matches and our team camaraderie is unbeatable. Shoutout to Hottmann for being the best coach of all time.

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3. Beaver Nation Migration. Making the trip to Southridge, cheering as loud as possible, and beating Southridge, was a day to remember. Beaverton High School this year has has one of the best students sections in state in both football and basketball, and getting to be a senior for that has been a ton of fun. Beaver Nation Migration was one of my favorite games because it always feels good beating southridge, I got to stand by the legendary Joe Johnson, and our student section was remarkably loud and came decked out in orange.

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2. Prom. Prom was so much fun, it is just as incredible as people say it is. Getting to dress up all nice and getting to share that special night with my date and my senior class was great. From getting ready with my buddies, to pictures with my class, to dinner, and to the dance, made for a night that I will never forget. The most memorable part of prom has to be the last song. Don’t Stop Believin’ came on and at first I just looked around and took in that special moment with my class. But then I, along with everyone else, start belting out the words and dancing our hearts out through the entire song. It was an incredible night that I will never forget.

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1. Rhythm Boys. Rhythm Boys was the best. Learning the dance over the course of 3 weeks, and going to practice with the boys was a lot of fun. Practice was goofy and fun because I got to be with my senior guys and we were attempting to learn a dance that was pretty hard. Then we got to dress up in our fish-nets, skirts, and cut up shirts and go perform our dance in front of our huge Jam the Dam student section and crowd, and got to see our basketball team beat Southridge.

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Senior Top 5: Alexis Smith

One of my top 5 memories of high school was Nationals in Orlando, Florida with the Southridge dance team my freshman year. The best part of this trip was having the opportunity to dance in front of so many schools and see so many different talents being showcased. It was also a fun experience to explore around the ESPN complex. I also enjoyed meeting kids from all the US and learning what their school experience is like. Overall, this was one of my favorite trips in high school.

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Being a transfer student from Southridge my freshman year to sophomorw year, I joined the volleyball team and made it on varsity. Trying out for the team was a good idea because I didn’t really know anyone at Beaverton. Being on the team introduced me to many girls I’m friends with now. Playing volleyball helped me achieve one of my high school goals of getting a varsity letter. Also, playing showed me that volleyball was a passion of mine. That following summer I played beach volleyball and continued to play the sport I love.

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Football games is one of the best times of the year. If you’ll miss anything from high school it’ll be the loud screaming and chanting at the Friday night lights. It’s the best way to kick off the weekend and when Monday rolls around it gives you something to look forward to. But know your place. For the freshman your spots are in the back back of the stands. Sophomores your right below the freshmen, in the middle with the juniors. Then, of course, the seniors finally made it to the front of the bleachers. We lead our student section with chants and other activities based on the theme of the game.

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One of the top 2 favorite moments of my senior year would be Spring Break. For my Spring Break, I went to Palm Springs in California. I went with my best friend’s family, and they drove the 16 hour drive down but since I didn’t sleep the night before I slept the whole drive down. Once we arrived we stayed in house. The best thing about that house was that there was a nice big pool. After the long boring drive that pool was the best thing ever in the 80 degree heat. I spend 6 days, 5 nights down there. That week was filled with swimming, tanning, walking on the strip and eating at new places. It was definitely worth going and taking my mind off school.

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Another one of my favorite senior moments would be Prom. It’s one of the most fun dances but the most stressful. Shopping for your dress is a big part of the stress factor. You’re constantly looking for something better or near perfect. Not only do you have to find the perfect dress you have to find the perfect dress that no has yet. After you get your dress you gotta find the perfect pair of shoes to match. The best thing to do is get your dress and shoes before everyone else. Not only is it stressful but expensive. (Beauty isn’t cheap.) Then comes the anxiety of Prom day because on that day, you stress about getting your makeup done, looking perfect in your dress, being ready on time. The bittersweet part is that you go through all that stress just to take off all that make up and throw your dress in the back of your closet. But it is most definitely all worth it in the end. Prom was one of the most fun and memorable nights of senior year. Also, make sure you get yourself a rocking date!

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Senior Top 5: Oliver Brown

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1-Prom: I thought I would get the cliché answer out of the way first. If you have read any other of these senior blogs I am sure you have heard the evolution of Prom night: from picking up your date and exchanging boutonniere and corsages, to the endless number of pictures taken at Anna Ricci’s, dinner and then the dance. The sum of these events is fun. But the reason Prom is in my top 5 is because when I took a minute to stand still in all the commotion, I saw the people I had grown up with for the past 4, 7 or 13 years differently than I had seen them before. What did I see that was so revolutionary….? Well turns out, we are getting old. At Anna’s, it was seeing all of us dressed in a suit and tie. A suit makes 18-year old’s look surprisingly old. At dinner, it was humorously watching my friends attempted to use a knife and fork proficiently in front of their dates. And then when it came time to dance, it was seeing all my buddies find their dates, take them by the hand and dance. Slow dancing at prom may not seem crazy to you all but watching Lucas Radostitz (and the rest of the guys) endure 3 minutes of slow dancing is similar to watching a baby takes its first step. Once they take those steps a new chapter opens in a parent’s life, witnessing Lucas slow dance marks a new chapter in my life.

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2-Westview vs. Beaverton Football: I’m not going to beat around the bush about this one…. I don’t remember a whole lot from this game. You may ask “How is it one of your top memories at BHS if you don’t remember?”… Well, first let me give some back story and then I will get to the memorable part. Beaverton had a very good football team this year, so did Westview. At Beaverton, we have a quite focal student section at games, at Westview they also had a very focal student sectionl. Well, for those of you who don’t know the High School Football Excitement For Friday Nights Game algorithm it goes like this: Good Opponent + Strong Opposing Student Section = Very Rowdy Game. So yes, as a senior class we were extremely excited for the game against Westview. The game got off to a slow start. With Beaverton down by 4 points, time becoming scarce, and with the ball in Westviews possession we were all getting a tad bit nervous. Okay, enough with the back story. The reason it was so memorable was because my friend Mataio Talalemotu. Mataio and I have known each other since Kindergarten at Raleigh Park Elementary. I have grown up with him the last 13 years and have got to know the kid rather well. Turns out that not only is he a good friend but is also quite the football player. Losing by 4 or so and the clock winding down Mataio made a play I may never forget. As the Westview quarterback takes the snap and drops back to throw, Mataio made some sort of smart football read. To be honest, I don’t really understand what that was but in the end he intercepted the ball and took it the end zone to score and put our team on top to win the game. However, the result was not the most memorable part. Rather it was seeing one of my childhood friend’s hard work and dedication pay off and therefore being able to bring a stadium full of Beaverton community members a smile and good memory. Thanks for the memory, Mataio.

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3-Westview vs Beaverton Basketball Chiles Center: The last two memories were long so I will keep this one sort… We made it to the Chiles Center for basketball. We played our arch rivals Westview the first game there. Close to 400 Beaverton students made the 40-minute commute to the game. We got the arena rocking. Boys went out there and won the game. We all went home with smiles on our faces. A PIECE OF ADVICE FROM ME TO YOU: Go to a Beaverton Basketball game. You will enjoy it.

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4-Social Media Trips: I had the pleasure to attended two Social Media Team trips over the past four years. My first one was in the fall of my junior year. Myself and nine girls from Social Media Team flew to Chicago and enjoyed Social Media Week Chicago. This trip was truly eye opening as a junior. I networked with some of the top proffesionals in their field and grew an understanding for how to get there. A CEO I met, Jason Peterson, continues to be a mentor and role model of mine to this day. Secondly, I had to fortune of attending New York Social Media Week this last winter. Once again, I met and established connections with people I would never have thought possible. I continued to learn industry trends and where it may be when I enter the workplace in 2021. Social Media Team and these conferences have given me a path and direction I am excited to explore as a career.

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5-The Vrodies: The Vrodies are my friends. The guys I have grown to call family here at BHS. I love my Vrodies with all my heart. These are the guys that I have made all my silly high school memories with. Those guys and all the people at BHS are the reason it is so special. If there wasn’t copy right in this world I would petition very hard to make BHS’ catchline, “The happiest place on earth” (besides pre-calc tests… those are not very happy).

Shout out Walt Disney, Mrs. Erwin and the Vrodies. Love you all and thank you for reading my horribly informal senior blog.

Senior Top 5: Nate Johnnie

During the last 4 years, I have spent here at Beaverton High School, a few memories have stuck out in my mind. My number 1 memory here is winning the state championship last year. Not only is lacrosse one of my favorite things to do, but it was hosted here at Beaverton, which made it that much more special.

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My second favorite memory at Beaverton High School was Senior Prom. I attended Prom as junior, but it truly isn’t the same as going with a group of kids you have known and become so close to. Easy the best school dance I have attended.

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Up next in my list of memories at BHS would have to be joining the lacrosse program. Being apart of a program bigger than myself is something truly amazing and has taught me so many life skills that I couldn’t learn anywhere else. A huge part of this learning process was taught to me by my coach, Bidnam. Not only do I look up to him as a leader and a mentor, but he is an extremely good and successful coach. My freshman year, our record was 5-8. My Junior season we won the state championship.

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My 4th favorite memory at BHS will have to be all of the sporting events. Every event is so special and all of the students that attend have an amazing time. My two favorite of all time would have to be football and basketball.

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My last, but not least favorite part of BHS would have to be the assemblies. Sarm does a tremendous job along with Student Council.

Peace out, BHS! It’s been a great four years here!

Senior Top 5: Joe Johnson

Throughout my high school career, I experienced and learned a lot at Beaverton High School. Being able to see myself and the people around me grow up made me realize how fast the four years went by. I remember Freshman year when I was walking around with my schedule trying to figure out where to go and now I’m getting ready for graduation. Within all that time, I’ve built relationships that can’t be forgotten and connected myself with Beaverton’s community that has guided me through the years. There have been many memorable moments from these past four years at Beaverton, but five of them stand out to me.

Being a Sadie’s Prince was a very fun experience. Having to dress up, do activities, and be in the assembly with all the other princes was a very memorable week of my high school career.

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My next memorable moment was going to state for track. It was a fun season of track with a lot of good moments and being invited to go to state ended the season perfectly. Although I did not compete, being able to experience the track meet and watch my teammates perform was very exciting.

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Another memorable moment was being in Sports and Event marketing and working with Week of Wishes. We raised money for the Make-A-Wish foundation and granted kids wishes. Working Jam the Dam and doing everything for a good cause is something I will never forget from High school.

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Another memorable moment was being in the student section at state watching our boy’s varsity basketball. We had the biggest student section there and being a part of it was very enjoyable. Watching those games were the most memorable, but being in the student section at Beaverton for any sports is always fun.

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My last memorable moment was going to prom. Taking pictures, going to dinner, and the dance made the night special and it was a good way to end my last high school dance.

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Overall, I made a lot of amazing memories at Beaverton High School, but those were my top five memories.