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!

ALUMNA SPOTLIGHT: Anna Lorati

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Anna Lorati is a recent graduate from the BHS Class of 2018. She played varsity tennis and racquetball all four years was a member of the Social Media Team and completed the Marketing Pathway while in high school. She also worked at a coffee shop called the Human Bean for over two years.

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Her favorite moments at BHS were when she was playing sports and getting to know all of her teammates, and her favorite thing about Beaverton was the caring and supportive teachers and staff that work there.

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Now, Anna is currently a freshman at Chapman University in Orange, California! She is majoring in Strategic and Corporate Communication and is hoping to double major in PR and Advertising as well. She would love to intern at an agency within the next four years to gain experience in the communications industry. In her spare time, she likes to study with her friends at coffee shops and go to the beach. Her advice to students is to, “Establish good habits; they make you happier and a lot more successful in the long run! Take it from someone who used to be the queen of procrastination. Being productive with your time is so much more rewarding and beneficial than putting things off.” Thank you, Anna!

ALUMNA SPOTLIGHT: Linda Rains

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Linda Rains graduated Beaverton High School with the Class of 1966. Since then, she has attended three class reunions! After high school, she attended Portland State University to earn a Bachelor’s Of Science and then attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham to earn a Master’s Of Arts and Education.

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Currently, she is an Administrative Assistant for the Grant Department for the City of Portland and retired as well. She has three other siblings who also graduated from Beaverton High School as well as three children who are all girls and one grandson. Linda’s favorite part of Beaverton was English classes because she loved and found reading and writing very fulfilling and easy. She was ALSO part of the Tennis team and Y-teens! She really enjoyed her group of friends and loved her teachers at BHS. One thing Linda is passionate about is her children. Thanks for being part of our amazing community, Linda! COMMUNITY CONNECTS US.

ALUMNUS SPOTLIGHT: Rob Grover

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Meet Rob Grover. He graduated from Beaverton High School with the Class of 1979. Now, he is a NASA engineer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. A few days ago, Rob led EDL (Entry Descent Landing) team to land the Mars InSight Rover.

Here is Rob Grover, EDL Phase Lead, NASA JPL, holding a jar of good-luck peanuts as he and other Mars InSight team members monitor the status of the lander prior to it touching down on Mars, Monday, Nov. 26, 2018 inside the Mission Support Area at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. InSight, short for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport, is a Mars lander designed to study the “inner space” of Mars: its crust, mantle, and core.

Information courtesy of http://www.mars.NASA.gov.

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Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls)

Watch the NASA team land Insight… so great!

Rob recently was interviewed about the landing by NBC. To listen to the interview, or learn more go to https://www.nbcnews.com/mach/science/mars-insight-s-landing-team-leader-all-nerves-excitement-ahead-ncna939076

COMMUNITY CONNECTS US.

ALUMNUS SPOTLIGHT: Anthony Loy

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Anthony graduated last year as part of the Class of 2018. He enjoys reading poetry and novels, learning new languages, playing the piano, and photography.

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At Beaverton, he was part of Multicultural Student Union and Health Careers. Anthony loved Multicultural Student Union because he was able to learn about different cultures and advocate for diversity.

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His favorite part of high school was the Health Careers program because he got to explore one of his biggest passions and learn new ideas. He is very thankful for this program because it opened new doors into the future for him and many others! Now, Anthony is doing prerequisites for a nursing program and plans to transfer to either Oregon Health and Science University, Linfield, or Pacific University to join their nursing program. In college, he became more passionate about global warming, helping the community, preservation of history, and blood donations.

ALUMNA SPOTLIGHT: Sally Mallaer- Erickson

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Sally Mallaer- Erickson is a graduate from the BHS Class of 1959. Sally was part of the first original team of Ryhthm B’s. The team consisted of 20 or so girls, and they had the opportunity of performing at the State Championship basketball game that year. Her favorite part of high school included performing at football and basketball games, a tradition that still stands today. Her favorite subject was art, and she was involved with a lot of different business classes. Her hobbies today include spending time with her family, hiking and golfing.

A fun fact about Mrs. Erickson is that the property used to build new housing complexes and Mountainside High School used to be owned by her family. It was obviously sold and is now part of the Beaverton community. Thanks for being part of our amazing traditions here at BHS, Sally!

ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: Dillon and Alli Schrader

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Dillon and Alli both graduated from Beaverton High in 2008 and are now married. Alli played basketball and ran track but her fondest memory came from her time on the soccer team when they made the state semifinals. She now teaches in the Beaverton School District. Dillon was in marching band, jazz band, and wind ensemble. He loved how passionate the student section was (and still is!) at football and basketball games. He currently manages a gym in Sherwood. Their advice for high school students is to make smart choices, be kind to your friends, and eat a healthy lunch.

ALUMNA SPOTLIGHT: Malena Udani

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Malena Udani is a member of the BHS Class of 2014 and a recent grad of the University of Oregon. Thinking back to her time at BHS, what she remembers most about BHS is the community spirit, especially at the football and basketball games. She enjoyed selling spirit gear so that everyone was geared up for the games, and her favorite classes were Sports Marketing and running The Pond. When asked about her one favorite moment, Malena said, “When we went to Florida for our business trip, we were on a ride, 2 students Mrs. Robinson and Mrs. Mapstone or Ramberg, and my friend got so scared the whole time she was cursing not realizing we were on the ride with our teachers. I think I cried I was laughing so hard.”

After she graduated from Beaverton, she went to University of Oregon to study Public Relations with a focus on sports. Now, she works for Octagon, one of the country’s biggest marketing agencies. She travels the country managing sponsorship activations at college football games. She says that the hardest part of her job is the traveling, being in a new city every few days, and always needing to adapt to changes. The best part is traveling to football games and meeting fans and people from all over. Her advice for students is to, “Find your passion, and stick to it. Try to gain as much experience during summer, weekends, and breaks even during school. Don’t be afraid to reach out to people about their jobs, ask what they do, and how they got there. Everyone started where you are now, it’s the next steps you take that will determine your path.”

Some job advice she gives is, “Don’t post something on social media you wouldn’t want an employer or someone you look up to seeing.” For a professional social media presence, she says to use the 80/20 rule: 80% professional, 20% personal. Thank you, Malena!