STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Val Bottaro

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Val Bottaro is an 11th grader here at BHS, and her favorite subject is science because she is looking forward to being a marine biologist when she is older. She loves visiting Mexico and snorkeling in the sea.

Val is on the volleyball team and has been playing since the 6th grade! She loves the family aspect of her team and being able to have everybody’s back. Her favorite thing about BHS is the traditions that we hold here. She grew up watching her brothers get to experience these traditions and could not wait to be part of it.

Her favorite memory this far in high school is being able to go to the Boys’ Basketball State Championship her freshman year. Outside of school, she is part of the Reser Family Foundation and did an internship there last summer. She had an amazing time helping out her family with their business. Val is an awesome addition to BHS!

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STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Elvin Choi

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Elvin is a sophomore at THE Beaverton High School. Elvin attended West Tualatin View for elementary school and Cedar Park for middle school. He has lived his whole life in Beaverton and has one younger brother named Derek. Elvin takes pride in his schoolwork and suggests that everyone at Beaverton studies hard and uses their time well. Elvin is an example of this as he earned a PERFECT score on the ACT last June!

Elvin’s favorite subjects in school are history and math because he is good at them, and he finds them interesting. He loves going to Beaverton High School because he has a very strong group of friends. During his free time, Elvin enjoys playing the piano and the cello.

Elvin is an accomplished cellist and was selected for All-State Orchestra and sat First Chair, Principal Cellist. He was also selected to play in the All-National Orchestra and will join students from around the USA to play in Florida this fall.

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Audrey Johnson

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Meet freshman Audrey Johnson! Audrey previously attended Raleigh Hills Elementary School and Whitford Middle School. Her favorite subject in school is math, and her favorite teacher is Mr. Zaworski. Audrey is a part of BHS Girls’ Soccer, and she plans on joining the BHS Snowboarding Team and BHS Track & Field Team later this year! Outside of school, she enjoys hiking and biking with her family, and she also loves to binge watch Marvel movies. In her future at BHS, she is most excited about playing soccer and the AP classes the school provides. Her favorite things that makes BHS unique are the accepting community, along with helpful teachers and students. We are so happy to have you here, Audrey! #ExperienceBHS

FUTURE BEAVER SPOTLIGHT: Sophie Woolfrey

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Sophie is an 8th grader at Whitford Middle School! She loves to play basketball and soccer, and she also runs track! She is planning on continuing these sports into high school. Her favorite subject is math because she has awesome teachers to help her out with it. She is really looking forward to high school because she loves the Beaverton community and is super excited to meet new people. She is also very interested in the Health Careers pathway because she wants to be a nurse when she grows up! We can’t wait to have you here at BHS, Sophie! #THEBeavertonHighSchool

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Payton Major

Senior Payton Major is your ASB President!

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Get to know her better through a small piece she wrote about herself: “I’m so excited to see what we can accomplish this semester because we truly have the greatest leadership group ever!! My favorite school activity is writing, but I run cross country every Fall. Leadership is my favorite class:) After high school, I want to attend the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communication at Arizona State University to double major in Broadcasting and Meteorology. Then, hopefully become a News Anchor and/or Meteorologist! Outside of school, I’m a supervisor at Jamba Juice, I love to sing, and hang out with my friends, family and dogs. I also love going to rodeos and country music concerts during the summer! My advice to underclassmen is to make your own path! If BHS doesn’t offer what you want to pursue after high school, make an independent study! I’m currently in my own “broadcasting” class, and I made my own pathway! You’re in charge of your future, so do what’s best for YOU!”

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Garrett Taylor

Meet senior Garrett Taylor!

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Garrett is the LINK Crew Coordinator at BHS and he is heavily involved in Student Leadership. He is planning on starting a Ping Pong Club this winter before continuing as a varsity track athlete in the spring. After high school, he intends to major in biomedical engineering at a school in California or another sunny state! Garrett’s piece of advice for underclassmen is to cheer as much as they can at football games.

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Brandon Hamilton

Brandon Hamilton is a junior here at BHS!

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Brandon is involved in Cross Country, Track and Basketball. As well as this, Brandon is also the Event Manager for the Black Student Union. His biggest role model is his mom, and something he loves most about the Beaverton community is how strong the bond is. BHS wouldn’t be the same without you Brandon!

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: Ayaka Takeuchi

Coming to Beaverton as a freshman, it was hard for me to make friends. I had just moved to this country and was still learning English. Four years passed and I am surrounded by amazing friends and I am so glad I stuck around instead of giving up and moving back to Japan. My favorite memory here at BHS was my junior year, when I was kidnapped to be a Homecoming Princess. I remember I was tying up my last paragraph for an essay which was due in 10 minutes when screaming teenagers rushed into my room. It was such an memorable night and a week and I am so honored I got to be a part of the tradition.

Another great memory at BHS was Student Leadership. This class brought so many great memories and friends to me and joining this class was probably one of the best decisions I’ve made throughout my high school careers. We have retreats where students get to bond somewhere far from the school and I won’t even call this an exaggeration, it is the best weekend of your life. Okay maybe I exaggerated a little bit, but it’s still a phenomenal weekend. I am grateful that I was given the opportunity to work with my classmates to better the school and those helped me grow into the individual I am today.

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Following up to one of the best decisions being made throughout the four years, I would like to mention my decision of joining the drama department my junior year. Without a doubt I can say that performing is my passion. I have been a fan of theatre for as long as I can remember, but I was hesitant to be a part of a production here since I was not confident with my language skills yet. Last year, I auditioned for the musical “Catch me if you can”, and even though 6 weeks of rehearsals was sometimes painful, the adrenaline rush I get being on stage, I had to do more shows! This years I was Eulalie Shinn for the musical “The Music Man” and Ms. Fleming for the musical “Heathers”. I met people that I can call my other family here in the department and I’m going to miss sharing the stage with such talented geniuses.

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Following up to performing arts, concert choir also brought great challenges and joy to me. I love music and sometimes learning songs can be a pain. But there’s this moment when everything comes together and our voices sound indescribable and it makes it all worth it. I was a piano accompanist for the last two years and it gave me an opportunity to perform in different settings.

Final great memory at BHS has to be Prom. Seeing my friends all dressed up made me realize that the last big event of senior year is now only graduation and it made me feel nostalgic. We danced the night away… like literally. The night consisted of great and odd memories and I will cherish them for so long!

Thanks, Beaverton High School, for all the memories!!