ALUMNUS SPOTLIGHT: Bryan Smith

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Bryan graduated in the Class of 1980 and loved his time here at Beaverton! After graduating from Beaverton, he attended Oregon State University and majored in Business. He now works for a money management firm and loves his job. He used to play basketball a lot, coached for his kids, and now he is involved in the community through work and through volunteering. What he remembers most about Beaverton are the students. He still talks to many of his former classmates through social media, as they are spread across the country and world. What he still sees at Beaverton is the atmosphere is still very accepting of everyone, and he thinks that is super cool that the atmosphere is very similar to when he attended Beaverton.

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ALUMNA SPOTLIGHT: Megan Talalemotu

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Megan Talalemotu graduated in 1986 from BHS. Since she has graduated, she has become a realtor and has been in this business for almost 22 years. She primarily works in land acquisition and residential new construction. Megan still leaves here in Beaverton, about a mile from where she grew up! Her favorite memory from BHS is being part of the track team and going down to Eugene for the state track meet, which they won! She was involved in track, soccer and cross country! She loved all her teammates and amazing coaches. Her two eldest kids are Beaverton grads, and she currently has a sophomore here at BHS. Her favorite hobbies include Sunday night dinners and traveling with her family to Bend during the summer. She is still very much part of the Beaverton community and enjoys it very much!

ALUMNA SPOTLIGHT: Sophie Gourlay

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Sophie graduated from Beaverton High as part of the Class of 2018. Currently, she is a music and psychology double major at Willamette University. Sophie has an older sister, Maddy Gourlay, who also went to Beaverton! She graduated in 2014 and now helps out in the drama and choir departments at BHS. Her favorite part of Beaverton was the friends she made and the unique experiences she had.

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At Beaverton, Maddie was part of the theatre department, concert choir, and was one of the founding members of the acapella group Castoro (now DeSeptAVE). Also, she spent one year on the Rhythm B’s! Sophie is passionate about music and performing, and hopes to one day turn that passion into a career. She would like to thank her high school teachers who encouraged her to follow her dreams and pursue happiness, and who were understanding and supportive even during difficult times. Sophie would also like to shout out her best friend, Chloe Shankland, who is an incredible, outstanding, wonderful person and without her, she would not be as happy and successful as she is today!

ALUMNUS SPOTLIGHT: Alvin Bautista

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Alvin Bautista is a former Beaverton High School student. He graduated in 2005 and pursued a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Physiology at the University of Oregon. While studying at U of O, Dr. Bautista took Complementary and Alternative Medicine class where it opened up the door to alternative medicine, especially chiropractic. The class explored various subjects from yoga, meditation, acupuncture, naturopathy, traditional Chinese Medicine all the way to Ayurvedic medicine and homeopathy. After he graduated from U of O, he attended the University of Western States in Portland, Oregon to study chiropractic medicine.

At Beaverton, he played football in the fall, swam in the winter, played rugby as well dragon boat paddling in the spring and summer. With his interest in sports medicine, neurology, and functional movement, Dr. Bautista finished his Doctorate in Chiropractic along with a Masters Degree in Exercise Sports Science in December of 2014.

ALUMNUS SPOTLIGHT: Paul Durant

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Paul Durant is a Beaverton High alumnus and currently runs his family’s farming operation in Yamhill County, which specializes in wine grapes and olive oil. After graduating from Beaverton, Paul attended Portland State and UT-Austin. He received his undergraduate degree from Portland State and his master’s degree from UT-Austin, both in mechanical engineering. His favorite classes were English and Physics, and his favorite teachers were Teresa Brandon and Mr. Madison. When asked to describe them, he said, “Brandon was the most caustic adult I had met who also appreciated hard work”. He also said, “Mr. Madison inspired my interest in science and later in engineering”. Nowadays, Paul enjoys pursuing his passion for farming and living in the country as well as skiing and trail running.

ALUMNA SPOTLIGHT: Shoshana Bean

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Shoshana Bean is a BHS alumna from the Class of 1995. Today, she is an incredibly talented musician, and she has released four albums. Her latest album is called Spectrum.

Shoshana really enjoyed her time at BHS, especially her senior year. Her favorite memories at BHS were game days and the assemblies. She was a Rhythm B, and she loved performing. The part of BHS she remembers most is all of her friends.

Currently, her favorite TV show is New Girl. She enjoys doing yoga, cooking, baking, sewing, and going out to dinner and going to the beach. She loves to eat chocolate-covered gummy bears. Her favorite song of all time is “My Funny Valentine” by Frank Sinatra, and the album she enjoyed making the most was her second album, “O’Farrell Street.” Her all time favorite singer is Aretha Franklin.

When asked about her advice for students, she said, “Enjoy this time in your life because you’re never gonna get it back! And if you’re NOT enjoying this time in your life. . .don’t worry, it’s just a moment. It passes quickly, and you never have to do it again.”

And, GUESS WHAT?! For the second row, Shoshana will hold a concert at BHS on Thursday, April 25, the proceeds from which benefit BHS performing arts. Buy your tickets here. Trust us, this is a show you do not want to miss!

STAFF SPOTLIGHT: Mary Blanton

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Ms. Blanton is an English teacher here at Beaverton High School. She started working here in 2009 after working at Westview for six years. When asked what she liked most about Beaverton High, she responded with the kids. One thing that she thinks is unique about Beaverton High School is the diversity and the sense of tradition. She added that there is a strong legacy surrounding Beaverton and that we are completely unique to that.

Ms. Blanton attended Simsbury High School in Connecticut and Dunlap High School in Illinois. Ms. Blanton grew up in Connecticut until she was 15 years old, and then in Illinois until she was 22. Ms. Blanton comes from a large family and is very lucky to have the support system she has.

When asked about what her biggest pet peeve ia, Ms. Blanton responded with, “Students who have not yet figured out how lucky they are to attend school and get an education.” She also added that gum chewing is one of her pet peeves as she thinks it is disgusting. When asked if she could travel anywhere in the world, Ms. Blanton replied with “I’m not picky when it comes to travel. I’ll go anywhere and experience anything. Learning and exploring are what makes this human experience worthwhile.” One thing that Ms. Blanton is interested in that most people are not is her fascination for maps. Ms. Blanton also added she loves the snow. “The more, the better.”

ALUMNUS SPOTLIGHT: Austin Potter

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Austin graduated from Beaverton High School in 2007.  He participated in football, baseball, student council, and the DECA marketing club.  Some of Austin’s favorite traditions include going to Round Table after football games and Jam the Dam.
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After high school, Austin attended Lewis-Clark State College in Idaho to continue his baseball career before also going to Skagit Valley Community College and Western Oregon University.  After graduating with a degree in Public Relations Communications, he played baseball overseas in Perth, Australia. Now, Austin is a Market Development Manager for Coca-Cola.
Austin’s advice for high schoolers is to enjoy the experience, to build as many friendships as you can, and to follow your passions.

ALUMNA SPOTLIGHT: Corinne Murray

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Corinne graduated in 2013. She was involved in LINK, DECA, and Speech and Debate. As well as the clubs she participated in, Corinne played a few sports at Beaverton, such as racquetball, cross country, soccer, and track. She did the Marketing Pathway as well as one year of Health Careers. Her favorite memories while at Beaverton was the trip she took to Saint Louis for racquetball nationals, cheering on her brother’s lacrosse team, and planning for Jam the Dam. Her favorite quality about Beaverton was how welcoming the community is to everyone.

After high school, Corrine went to Gonzaga where she majored international marketing and minored in German. She also ran track and cross country! Corinne is now the RFP/Proposal Manager at Moovel, a tech company that makes urban mobility apps.

In the future, Corinne plans to work abroad possibly in the Moovel offices in Germany. Her advice: Don’t be afraid to explore different hobbies and interests. High school is a great time to take risks to figure out what your future might look like. You might figure out you hate something you thought you liked or you might develop a new passion!

ALUMNA SPOTLIGHT: Kassie Savage

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Kassie Savage is an alumna from the Class of 2018! She is currently studying acting in Los Angles at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. Her goals as of right now include to get into the movie business in LA after she graduates and possibly start making some of her own! Kassie loved being part of the Thespian Club at BHS. Her favorite memory is making waffles for all the incoming thespians in the Pepsi room. Her favorite teacher was Mr. Dery. Kassie’s biggest role model is her dad because he works so hard to support her and her siblings. Kassie has many talents including acting and drawing! Lastly, her favorite tradition that she was part of from high school was being at the last play of the year and exiting through the auditorium. BHS was lucky to have you, Kassie!