Bucky’s Family: Natalee Vu

Meet Bucky’s Family member, Natalee Vu!

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Natalee Vu is a Senior at Beaverton High School, who is heavily involved in choir and singing for assemblies, and even The National Anthem at a couple football games. Natalee is also a friendly member of the Multicultural Student Union and attends their meetings every Monday.

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Natalee’s background revolves around the Vietnamese culture. Her parents both immigrated from Vietnam when they were young and met in the United States in San Diego. A few years later, they had Natalee. What most people might not know about her is that she is not fully Vietnamese because her dad is half-French. However, she is fluent in the Vietnamese language as well as English.

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When Natalee was younger, her parents would teach her Vietnamese songs that she loved to sing around the house. Without the help of a personal trainer to help her with her vocals, Natalee used her surroundings by listening to other singers and trying to match her own voice, in order to improve. That’s where her love for singing bloomed. Since her younger years, the songs she sings have altered to a variety of popular English ones that other teens her age would know. During her junior and senior year of high school, she captured the hearts and ears of the whole football stadium when she sang the National Anthem before two home football games! Although her talent for singing is still growing, her love for kids keeps her motivated to become a kindergarten teacher once she’s out of college.

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Bucky’s Family: Luis Gerardo Palacios Ramirez

Meet Bucky’s Family member, Luis Gerardo Palacios Ramirez!
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Luis Gerardo Palacios Ramirez is a junior at Beaverton High School. He was born on April 4, 2000. He was raised with Christian principles and lived in Guatemala for 13 years without his mother because she lived here in the US. Obviously, it was very difficult for Luis to live without his mother, but with the help of God, and the hard work from his mother, Luis was finally able to move here. He now lives with his brother and mother.
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Luis loves to play soccer so much so that he plans to play club soccer after he graduates. He played on the JV soccer team this past season for Beaverton High School. During his free time, he goes out for runs, works out, and practices soccer to perfect his craft. He plans on being a major contributor to next year’s varsity team.
A fun fact about Luis is that his favorite school subject is math because he likes a challenge, but at the same time, it’s easy to him. Something that most people don’t know about him is that he likes to get what he wants.

All I want for Christmas is for people to leave me alone

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By Mercedes Gray-Davis

There’s many that cringe at the thought of the constant calls from Beaverton school district at five in the morning telling you that you still have school. The idea of Christmas shopping with angry soccer moms that rage over her 1% off coupon not working and the ample discussion of all of Starbucks holiday drinks. This year, the Hummer staff compiled a list of reasons we don’t enjoy the holiday season.

  • Retail

As someone who works in retail, this makes my life a bit stressful. Many complain about lines at the store but they’re also just part of the problem. Yes, I know you had to wait 10 minutes in line, but you have three items and it would’ve been easier to go to self-checkout. The person in front of you bought $300 worth of Christmas decorations so please don’t get mad at me for taking a long…

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Bucky’s Family: Tyson Dougall

Meet Buckys Family member, Tyson Dougall!

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Tyson is a 17-year-old senior at BHS who is very involved with fencing, his local church and the Boy Scouts of America.

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Inside of school, he is not a part of any clubs. He has four siblings, one older who is in college in Utah and 3 younger who are attending Mountain View, Sexton Mountain, and Highland Park.

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Tyson was born in Texas and lived there until he was 6 when he moved to Beaverton and has lived here ever since.  Something that people might not know about him is that he has been fencing for over 4 years! At one point in his life, he was pretty depressed but quickly overcame it by doing the things he loves on a constant basis such as fencing. His absolute favorite class is Biology, and he wants to pursue a career in the biomedical field.

One of Pixar’s best movies yet

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By Tatiana García

Coco is visually stunning, culturally immersive and one of Pixar’s best movies yet. Coco has domestically made a whopping 89.6 million U.S. dollars at the box office and has been rated fresh (97%) on Rotten Tomatoes.

coco.pngMiguel strumming Ernesto De La Cruz guitar and ignitingthe Land of the Dead. (Photo courtesy of Disney/Pixar).

Coco takes place on the Day of the Dead, a Mexican holiday in which one celebrates loved ones who’ve passed on. Miguel, a boy from a family of shoemakers, embarks on a coming-of-age journey as an aspiring musician. But he finds himself held back to pursue that dream, as his family has held a generation old ban on music ever since his great great great grandmother was left by a musician. In Miguel’s determination to follow his goals and be as great of a musician as his idol Ernesto De La Cruz, he finds…

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Bucky’s Family: Karrar Al-Sawaedi

Meet Bucky’s Family member, Karrar Al-Sawaedi!

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Karrar Al-Sawaedi is an 18 year old senior at Beaverton! In 2014,  Karrar and his family moved from Iraq to Oregon because his parents wanted him and his brother to have a “safer” life and a better education. When he first moved here, it was very difficult because he didn’t know any English. Because of his great teachers, he has been able to learn the language and can now speak pretty well. Karrar’s favorite class is math, and his favorite teacher is Ms. Fleischman.

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Karrar went back to visit friends and family in Iraq last summer, and he wants to keep going back to visit but plans on staying here in Portland. If his country became safer, he would think about moving back more permanently.

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At Beaverton, Something Karrar would like others to know about him is that he is a friendly guy and treats people like he wants to be treated. On the weekends and sometimes after school, Karrar works in construction. It’s hard work but he likes it. Outside of school, Karrar likes to play soccer, and it’s his favorite sport. He also loves Iraqi food and his favorite place to visit is Los Angeles. After high school, he plans to stay in Oregon and go to college to continue his education.

Bucky’s Family: Reyna Ayala

Meet Bucky’s family member, Reyna Ayala!

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Reyna is a freshman at Beaverton. She lives with her mom, Jenny, and dad, Joel. Also, she has a sister, who is a junior and attends ISB. Both of Reyna’s parents came from lower-income families, using food stamps as their only way to have food. However, they worked really hard in school which has inspired Reyna to push herself so she can be as successful as her parents. Mr. and Mrs. Ayala met at UC Davis through academic scholarships. Reyna’s dad went to grad school at Columbia and is now an engineer. Reyna’s mom went to UC-San Francisco for Medical School and is now a Rehab doctor. Her parents made a full turn around from their poor childhood and through hard work and determination were able to get scholarships and become very successful. After realizing how her parents were raised, she learned how to be hard-working and independent with a lot of support from her family. Reyna’s mom likes the philosophy of ‘Just trusting your kids instead of putting a bunch of restrictions on them’.

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Reyna was originally supposed to go to Sunset High School, however, due to the new district boundaries, she was transferred to Beaverton. Reyna knew it would be hard to say goodbye to her middle school friends that went to Sunset, but could not imagine going anywhere but Beaverton. Reyna loves high school not only for academics but also because she has been able to meet so many new people. In fact, when Reyna was a toddler she had selective mutism which meant she didn’t want to talk to anyone except for her family. She was able to overcome that obstacle and is a lot more social now. She was able to break out of her shell and is now involved with many things in and outside of school.

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Reyna is on the Robotics team and is going to join the tennis team this year. Also, Reyna volunteers at OMSI every weekend to teach families complex topics. Reyna loves to hang out with her friends from Sunset and her new friends at Beaverton. She enjoys school, especially Social Studies and Lit and comp. Moreover, Reyna is following in her father’s footsteps because she likes engineering.

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Although Reyna is only a freshman, she knows that she wants to do something with science in her future and possibly be a geologist. Reyna considers herself a perfectionist and definitely studies more than is necessary. With that, Reyna has already thought of what college she wants to attend. She would love to go to UC Berkeley or South Dakota School of Mines for the geology program. Reyna loves to brag about her dad going to Columbia because it shows how her parents were able to preserve through a childhood of little money.

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Reyna values her family and is very proud of her family members for all of their accomplishments. One of her cousins, Katherine attends college at St Andrews in Scotland which is the third best university in the UK. Reyna is inspired by her cousin because she breaks the stereotype of being ‘nerdy’, as well as scoring a 35 on the ACT. Reyna loves to travel with her family, especially because her parents didn’t have the opportunity when they were young. The Ayala’s have traveled to London and Mexico, as well as Hood River every Fourth of July and California for Thanksgiving. Reyna hopes to someday travel to Iceland because she is really interested in geology and it is very pretty there. Reyna and her family have been able to overcome many obstacles throughout their life, and now are very successful. Reyna is very proud of her parent’s accomplishments and hopes to accomplish many great things in the future.

Bucky’s Family: Ainsley Adams

Meet Bucky’s Family member, Ainsley Adams!

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Junior Ainsley Adams was born and raised in the same house her whole life in Beaverton, Oregon. Ainsley lives with her mom, Teresa, and dad, Brit and has no siblings. She used to hate being an only child but now realizes that it has taught her to be more independent and allowed her parents to give her more freedom and trust. Ainsley has a dog and a cat, that is like her sibling.

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Ainsley is very family oriented and considers her cousins her best friends. Also, her dad’s parents live only 5 minutes away which makes it very easy to hang out with them all the time! Every summer, she goes camping at Fishermen’s Bend with her grandparents, uncle, aunt, and cousins. Also, Ainsley and her family have traveled to Maui, New York, and California. She loves Disneyland because it’s such a fun and happy place to go, and matches her bubbly and positive personality. One day, Ainsley hopes to go to Paris because it has always been on her bucket list.

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Ainsley is very involved within the Beaverton community and has dedicated a lot of her time to school. In fact, Ainsley’s biggest accomplishment was getting through pre-calc with an A both semesters! She has been on leadership every semester and is currently the ASB VP of Student Relations. She is the Key Club secretary and part of the National Honor Society and LINK Crew.

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This year, she joined Yearbook to try something new and continue to stay involved as much as she can. Ainsley’s favorite class was AP US History because she loves Ms. Kavan and believes that every student should take a class that teaches the history of our country. Mr. Meuwissen was also one of her favorite teachers because he made social studies super interesting and was very understanding and kind.

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Her hard work and persistence continue outside of school, as she is a Nordstrom Fashion Ambassador and a competitive tap dancer for Beaverton Dance Center. She has dance competitions throughout the year and the summer of her sophomore year she had a national competition in Seaside. The day before, when she was walking out of her bathroom, a nail got stuck in her foot for a total of 2 hours. She persevered through this accident and still danced that weekend because she didn’t want to let the team down. Something that other students might not know about her is that she has been a vegetarian for 5 years. Becoming a vegetarian was a struggle at first, but as time passed, it became easier for her to order at restaurants and compromise to meals.

Ainsley loves music, especially Elton John’s classic hits. She has been to many concerts and is going to Billy Joel this December which she is extremely excited about! Ainsley loves spending time with her cousin Madison and singing Bruno Mars songs. Her favorite holiday is Christmas because of the music, decorating the house and all of her families parties and traditions. Every Christmas morning, the Adams family has Chorizo on little rolls which they have to buy from a very special place that her great-grandparents used to order it from. Ainsley’s family loves to follow traditions, especially during the holiday season because they are very close and love each other dearly.

 

Ainsley plans to attend an out of state 4-year university for a fresh start and to meet new people. When Ainsley grows up, she either wants to be a sports reporter or an event planner. In fact, she did an internship last summer to see how people plan weddings and found it magical. Ainsley is always finding ways to help others and wants to spread awareness that every person should be treated with kindness. Her mom taught her that you don’t know what others have gone through or what they are currently going through which has allowed her to have such a positive outlook on life.

Bucky’s Family: Ian Rundle

Meet Bucky’s Family member, Ian Rundle!

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Ian was born and raised here in Oregon and lives with his two younger sisters, Helen and Roxanne, as well as his mom and dad, Laura and Jay He attended a private elementary school called the Montessori School of Beaverton, then moved on to attend middle school at Meadow Park. He was originally going to attend Sunset High School, but due to the recent boundary changes, he found himself a part of Bucky’s Family here at Beaverton High School as a freshman.

At Beaverton, Ian is involved in the robotics club, marching band, and is a member of the science bowl team. He has a very busy schedule but still hopes to possibly join the swim team and the tennis team next year. He loves to build things so he has really enjoyed the challenges thrown at him in robotics club

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Ian likes to spend his free time swimming, playing tennis, and building robots and drones, as well as flying them. Building is one thing that Ian really loves. He is also involved in another robotics team that isn’t run through the school. He has been working on multiple DIY projects at home with his family and friends. He and his dad have been building a drone from scratch. They are attaching a camera so they can see what the drone is seeing, therefore it can be flown behind objects, where it is out of sight, yet they can still navigate it. Ian and his friend have also been working on their own phone charger. It is powered by solar, and heat energy. They have built a prototype, and it does function but it hasn’t quite lived up to their expectations. If they can get it to where they want to be, they might look into releasing it on Kickstarter.

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Ian is involved in plenty of things here at Beaverton and plans to keep it that way throughout his time here. He is already taking two AP classes as a freshman and plans to take more during his next three years at Beaverton. Although college is still a ways away, he shows a lot of interest in engineering and business. He might look into studying one of those in college, so he can maybe one day be able to get his dream job. He one day hopes to become a CEO of an engineering business. He knows that will take a lot of work but he is willing to put in the time. Even though he is a freshman, you can tell he is gonna do big things, and we’re excited to see what he accomplishes here at Beaverton High School as  part of Bucky’s Family.

Bucky’s Family: Keaton Klym

Meet Bucky’s Family member, Keaton Klym!

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Keaton Klym is a freshman here at Beaverton High. He was born in Bend and moved to Portland when he was 4. He lives with his parents (Kirsten and Brian), and his brother (Joseph) who is a junior at BHS. He is loving the environment and community at Beaverton and is excited about his next three years here.

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Keaton’s favorite teachers at Beaverton are Mr. Webb, Mr. Emch, and Mr. Sarmiento. His favorite classes are STEM Chemistry and Leadership. He also enjoys playing soccer. He made the boys varsity soccer team this fall and loved playing under the lights. He started playing soccer when he was 4 and has been playing it since. One thing that he wants people to know about him is that he has recently played on a national soccer team, Global Premier Soccer (GPS), and played in regional tournaments. Before playing on GPS, he played for Beaverton Soccer Club (BSC) as a center defender.

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He isn’t sure what he wants to study in college but he is interested in engineering because he is curious about how things work and the mechanics behind them. His dream job would be to play for Arsenal FC, a professional soccer team in London. One of the obstacles he has faced was being placed on the “B team” for soccer. Keaton hopes to see you in the stands supporting boys soccer next year!

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