Meet Bucky’s Family member Sley Vega!
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Sley Vega is a senior at Beaverton High School who was born and raised in Beaverton, Oregon. Sley lives with her mom and her younger sister Camila, who is currently an 8th grader at Meadow Park and will be attending Beaverton next year. She also has an older brother Michael, who graduated from BHS with the Class of 2014 and goes to school in Arizona.
Sley is highly involved in different activities at BHS. She is a part of LINK Crew, National Honor Society, Welcome to the Dam, and Social Media Team. A big part of her time at BHS has been being a part of the Marketing Pathway. Through the classes she has taken, she has found that she is interested in pursuing some sort of business degree in college. She has loved being able to create meaningful memories with her fellow social media team members, and the opportunity to network and learn how to improve our schools social platforms through the trips she has been lucky to go on.
Outside of school Sley works two jobs. She is a nanny for an 8-year-old girl Monday-Wednesday and has been working at Sunset Lanes for the past two years as a birthday host and game room attendant on the weekends! When she has the time, she also volunteers at Play.Fit.Fun, an after school program where she helps kids stay active while playing games with them and teaches them the roles of leadership.
One of the coolest things Sley has done in her life was when she traveled to Cancun, Mexico with her siblings to visit her dad and they went swimming with a whale shark. Although it was scary in the moment to think she was swimming with a shark, it’s an awesome feeling to be able to say that she swam with the world’s largest species of fish.
Sley is looking forward to graduation and her top two schools right now are University of Oregon and Portland State. As much as she is looking forward to leaving BHS behind, she is also soaking up every last minute of what she will miss most which is the spirit at sporting events, her marketing classes, her teachers, and her awesome Beaver Lodge class. Some advice Sley would give to underclassmen is to make sure to always stay on top of things, step out of your comfort zone, and get involved! You will enjoy your time in high school so much more if you are able to find a club or activity you feel best fits you and create long lasting memories within these clubs.
Meet Bucky’s Family member, Colby Mills!
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“I have no regrets. I’ve never lived a moment that I wish I could take back.” There isn’t a better way to summarize Colby Mills, a junior at Beaverton High. Colby is equally as easygoing as he is charismatic and tends to live his life in the moment. The self-described “Redneck” enjoys his time adventuring and exploring in the great outdoors.
Colby is incredibly versed in the ways of the backwoods-folk. If he could, he’d spend any spare moments hunting, fishing, or four-wheeling. He is especially fond of hunting, which is an important tradition in his family. “There’s not a lot in this world that compares to the excitement of tracking down an animal, and waiting for the perfect time to shoot.” Colby wants it to be known that his family eats everything that they shoot. One of his favorite memories is shooting his first buck, whose antlers he proudly displays on his bedroom wall. Besides hunting and fishing, Colby is also an incredible snowboarder; making it to State during his first season on the team.
Colby’s all-time favorite memory, however, is the time he was bit by an otter. About two years back, Colby was spending the weekend at his cabin on Lake Merwin, just outside of Battle Ground, Washington. He and his best friend Chandler were inner tubing on his boat, when they decided to put the tubes near shore so they could wake surf. Colby and Chandler swam the tubes to a nearby log and began to secure the ropes around it. He remembers feeling a gentle tug on his leg, then a throbbing pain. Colby touched his leg and pulled a blood-stained hand out of the water. “I’ve never screamed so loud in my life. I swear to God I was basically walking on water trying to get to the tubes.” Chandler, unaware of the situation, thought Colby was trying to scare him until he saw an otter pop its head out of the water. He also joined in on the screaming, and got to the raft as quick as he could. Colby’s dad pulled the boat to them and immediately rushed him to the ER. Colby was given many rabies shots over the next few months, and still has a massive scar on his leg as proof. “I’m now immune to all otter attacks,” he says. “It was by far the scariest, yet funniest moment of my life. It was definitely the raddest thing anyone has ever encountered.” Surprisingly enough, Colby plans on one day owning a pet Otter. He is also now known as “Otterboy,” and gladly accepts it.
Colby is also involved in the Automotive Tech program at Aloha High, which teaches him how to repair cars and motorcycles. He says he and his “fellow Rednecks” work on their trucks and show off their new modifications, such as the LED lights that Colby just recently installed himself. Colby is very fond of his 2002 Chevy S10 pickup truck, and brags that he is the only one in the Junior class with a flatbed. Betsy, which he named her because “every Redneck needs to name their car,” boasts both a Blue Lives Matter flag and an American flag on the back windshield. Colby’s next project is mounting a massive Blue Lives Matter flag on the back of his truck. Betsy is well-known for her impressive drifting abilities, and ear-shattering subwoofer that he installed.
Colby accredits his adventurous spirit to his father, who taught him everything he knows about being a Redneck. “I love my dad more than anything, he’s my best friend.” Together, the two frequently work in their garage fixing up old dirt bikes and quads, then selling them on Craigslist. When Colby graduates high school, he plans on immediately following his father’s footsteps and becoming an elevator technician. “I know it’s specific, but it’s a great job and I love repairing machines. I don’t plan on going to college because my dad has been in the business for about 30 years, and he can teach me everything there is to know.” Above all, his biggest inspiration is Larry Enticer, an internet-famous Redneck known for his crazy backyard stunts and signature catchphrase “Send It.” “What isn’t there to love about him? He just sends it, and that’s it. Larry Enticer is my spirit animal.”
Meet Bucky’s Family member, Malia Roll!
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Malia is a very active senior at Beaverton who is involved with Key Club, Lacrosse, Band and Health Careers. Malia is a stellar student who aspires to be a nurse one day and says that Health Careers is helping her on her path to nursing school. Malia lives with her mom, dad and brother and describes her upbringing as loving, saying that her parents have raised them to be ready for an independent future.
One thing people might not know about Malia is that she has been to Hawaii 14 times! She says she loves it for the weather and scenery. Malia has lived in Oregon her whole life and says she couldn’t imagine her childhood anywhere else. Outside of school, Malia loves to spend time with her family and friends. Malia is graduating this spring and will miss the community feel that BHS provides.
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