ALUMNA SPOTLIGHT: Natalie Oleson

Alumna SpotlightNatalie graduated from Beaverton High School in 2017! During her time at Beaverton, Kathryn Robinson and Emily Ramberg made the largest impact on her with “their sometimes strict yet helpful teaching styles.”

Her favorite memories were all the football games and the water balloon fight on the last day of her senior year. Natalie is currently attending Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, AZ, majoring in Justice Studies and minoring in Psychology. She is currently a part-time barista at her school, as well as working with Maricopa County Superior court Guardianship program.

Natalie’s goals for the future include attending law school or finding a career within the Guardianship Program. During Natalie’s free time, she says that she “enjoys relaxing because college is hard, and adventuring AZ when I have time.”

When asked for advice to all BHS students, Natalie says, “Sounds cheesy but work hard for good grades because that means more money scholarships-wise, which means less debt!”

STAFF SPOTLIGHT: Pamela Cottrell

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Hey Beavs, meet Mrs. Cottrell! This is her first year at Beaverton High School, and she is a 10th grade English, and 11th grade American Lit teacher. She is also the advisor for the Random Acts of Kindness Club.

Mrs. Cottrell says, “I love the kids and the community, they have been very welcoming to me.” Mrs. Cottrell is also a Beaverton High alumna and grew up in the surrounding area. Mrs. Cottrell has a daughter Lily who went to both Beaverton and Sunset. Something she says that is very unique about Beaverton is how old it is, “It has lots of character and charm. The history is very fascinating to me.”

Outside of school, Mrs. Cottrell enjoys reading, riding her motorcycle, being outside with her three dogs, and recently, focusing on mindfulness and meditation. One of her hobbies is traveling. “I loved London while I was there in college; I have traveled back many times since.” Another hobby for her, recently, has been writing her memoir. Mrs. Cottrell’s one piece of advice for students at BHS is, “Treat school like your job.”

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!