Senior Top 5: Alexis Smith

One of my top 5 memories of high school was Nationals in Orlando, Florida with the Southridge dance team my freshman year. The best part of this trip was having the opportunity to dance in front of so many schools and see so many different talents being showcased. It was also a fun experience to explore around the ESPN complex. I also enjoyed meeting kids from all the US and learning what their school experience is like. Overall, this was one of my favorite trips in high school.

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Being a transfer student from Southridge my freshman year to sophomorw year, I joined the volleyball team and made it on varsity. Trying out for the team was a good idea because I didn’t really know anyone at Beaverton. Being on the team introduced me to many girls I’m friends with now. Playing volleyball helped me achieve one of my high school goals of getting a varsity letter. Also, playing showed me that volleyball was a passion of mine. That following summer I played beach volleyball and continued to play the sport I love.

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Football games is one of the best times of the year. If you’ll miss anything from high school it’ll be the loud screaming and chanting at the Friday night lights. It’s the best way to kick off the weekend and when Monday rolls around it gives you something to look forward to. But know your place. For the freshman your spots are in the back back of the stands. Sophomores your right below the freshmen, in the middle with the juniors. Then, of course, the seniors finally made it to the front of the bleachers. We lead our student section with chants and other activities based on the theme of the game.

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One of the top 2 favorite moments of my senior year would be Spring Break. For my Spring Break, I went to Palm Springs in California. I went with my best friend’s family, and they drove the 16 hour drive down but since I didn’t sleep the night before I slept the whole drive down. Once we arrived we stayed in house. The best thing about that house was that there was a nice big pool. After the long boring drive that pool was the best thing ever in the 80 degree heat. I spend 6 days, 5 nights down there. That week was filled with swimming, tanning, walking on the strip and eating at new places. It was definitely worth going and taking my mind off school.

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Another one of my favorite senior moments would be Prom. It’s one of the most fun dances but the most stressful. Shopping for your dress is a big part of the stress factor. You’re constantly looking for something better or near perfect. Not only do you have to find the perfect dress you have to find the perfect dress that no has yet. After you get your dress you gotta find the perfect pair of shoes to match. The best thing to do is get your dress and shoes before everyone else. Not only is it stressful but expensive. (Beauty isn’t cheap.) Then comes the anxiety of Prom day because on that day, you stress about getting your makeup done, looking perfect in your dress, being ready on time. The bittersweet part is that you go through all that stress just to take off all that make up and throw your dress in the back of your closet. But it is most definitely all worth it in the end. Prom was one of the most fun and memorable nights of senior year. Also, make sure you get yourself a rocking date!

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Senior Top 5: Oliver Brown

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1-Prom: I thought I would get the cliché answer out of the way first. If you have read any other of these senior blogs I am sure you have heard the evolution of Prom night: from picking up your date and exchanging boutonniere and corsages, to the endless number of pictures taken at Anna Ricci’s, dinner and then the dance. The sum of these events is fun. But the reason Prom is in my top 5 is because when I took a minute to stand still in all the commotion, I saw the people I had grown up with for the past 4, 7 or 13 years differently than I had seen them before. What did I see that was so revolutionary….? Well turns out, we are getting old. At Anna’s, it was seeing all of us dressed in a suit and tie. A suit makes 18-year old’s look surprisingly old. At dinner, it was humorously watching my friends attempted to use a knife and fork proficiently in front of their dates. And then when it came time to dance, it was seeing all my buddies find their dates, take them by the hand and dance. Slow dancing at prom may not seem crazy to you all but watching Lucas Radostitz (and the rest of the guys) endure 3 minutes of slow dancing is similar to watching a baby takes its first step. Once they take those steps a new chapter opens in a parent’s life, witnessing Lucas slow dance marks a new chapter in my life.

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2-Westview vs. Beaverton Football: I’m not going to beat around the bush about this one…. I don’t remember a whole lot from this game. You may ask “How is it one of your top memories at BHS if you don’t remember?”… Well, first let me give some back story and then I will get to the memorable part. Beaverton had a very good football team this year, so did Westview. At Beaverton, we have a quite focal student section at games, at Westview they also had a very focal student sectionl. Well, for those of you who don’t know the High School Football Excitement For Friday Nights Game algorithm it goes like this: Good Opponent + Strong Opposing Student Section = Very Rowdy Game. So yes, as a senior class we were extremely excited for the game against Westview. The game got off to a slow start. With Beaverton down by 4 points, time becoming scarce, and with the ball in Westviews possession we were all getting a tad bit nervous. Okay, enough with the back story. The reason it was so memorable was because my friend Mataio Talalemotu. Mataio and I have known each other since Kindergarten at Raleigh Park Elementary. I have grown up with him the last 13 years and have got to know the kid rather well. Turns out that not only is he a good friend but is also quite the football player. Losing by 4 or so and the clock winding down Mataio made a play I may never forget. As the Westview quarterback takes the snap and drops back to throw, Mataio made some sort of smart football read. To be honest, I don’t really understand what that was but in the end he intercepted the ball and took it the end zone to score and put our team on top to win the game. However, the result was not the most memorable part. Rather it was seeing one of my childhood friend’s hard work and dedication pay off and therefore being able to bring a stadium full of Beaverton community members a smile and good memory. Thanks for the memory, Mataio.

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3-Westview vs Beaverton Basketball Chiles Center: The last two memories were long so I will keep this one sort… We made it to the Chiles Center for basketball. We played our arch rivals Westview the first game there. Close to 400 Beaverton students made the 40-minute commute to the game. We got the arena rocking. Boys went out there and won the game. We all went home with smiles on our faces. A PIECE OF ADVICE FROM ME TO YOU: Go to a Beaverton Basketball game. You will enjoy it.

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4-Social Media Trips: I had the pleasure to attended two Social Media Team trips over the past four years. My first one was in the fall of my junior year. Myself and nine girls from Social Media Team flew to Chicago and enjoyed Social Media Week Chicago. This trip was truly eye opening as a junior. I networked with some of the top proffesionals in their field and grew an understanding for how to get there. A CEO I met, Jason Peterson, continues to be a mentor and role model of mine to this day. Secondly, I had to fortune of attending New York Social Media Week this last winter. Once again, I met and established connections with people I would never have thought possible. I continued to learn industry trends and where it may be when I enter the workplace in 2021. Social Media Team and these conferences have given me a path and direction I am excited to explore as a career.

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5-The Vrodies: The Vrodies are my friends. The guys I have grown to call family here at BHS. I love my Vrodies with all my heart. These are the guys that I have made all my silly high school memories with. Those guys and all the people at BHS are the reason it is so special. If there wasn’t copy right in this world I would petition very hard to make BHS’ catchline, “The happiest place on earth” (besides pre-calc tests… those are not very happy).

Shout out Walt Disney, Mrs. Erwin and the Vrodies. Love you all and thank you for reading my horribly informal senior blog.

Senior Top 5: Anaya Sergeant

At Beaverton High School, I’ve learned so much about myself and who I want to be. Throughout these past four years I’ve met so many different types of people and learned so many new things, and I know I’ll always look back on my high school years fondly.

CHEERLEADING.

As a freshman, I remember trying out for the Cheerleading team and being so nervous my stomach was in knots. Learning the routines and getting better at stunts and tumbling was so rewarding, and competitions always made the team feel that all our hard work had paid off. Cheerleading was the first thing that got me involved in BHS and made me see how connected everyone is and how strongly we want each other to succeed.

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SPORTING GAMES.

Whether it be football or basketball or baseball or soccer, I always love huddling on the bleachers with my classmates and watching athletes work their hardest. The way BHS students come together and show their love for our teams is unforgettable, and the players all appreciate the support.

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SOCIAL MEDIA WEEK LA AND NYC.

Once I had gone through some marketing classes and learned how interested in business I am, I was eager to be a part of the Social Media Team. I had seen the class of seniors ahead of me on the team be enthusiastic and involved, and I admired how well they all worked together to make the content. Now that I am on the team and a group leader, I’ve made by far the best memories at business and marketing conferences in Los Angeles and New York City. We were able to listen to so many experienced speakers, and we also got to explore the cities. Every time I look back on photos from these trips, I can’t help missing them.

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ACCEPTED TO COLLEGES.

As a senior, I know that all of these four years of high school have been preparing me for the “real world.” Like most people, I had no real idea of what I would do after I graduated and what my future would look like. However, now that I’ve grown and have gained more experiences I was able to apply to colleges that seemed like a good fit for me. I applied to Arizona State University, University of Oregon, and Portland State University. After being accepted to all three, (and having my mini celebrations in my head) I toured them all and decided that PSU was the home for me.

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PROM.

This was the night that everyone looks forward to from such a young age, and it definitely did not disappoint. The planning and preparation was stressful, such as the dress, dinner reservations, the perfect location for pictures, and the plans for the night after. But all of the planning and frantics to try and set a plan led to a night I’ll never forget. Dancing the night away with the people I’m grateful to end high school with was irreplaceable.

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Senior Top 5: Natalie Oleson

I can’t believe it’s coming to an end….. Thinking back to freshman year to now when we are almost graduating! It’s crazy! So many stressful and emotional yet amazing memories were made throughout my time at BHS. Selecting a few of my favorite moments is extremely difficult, but I’d love to share a student’s inside experience of high school.

One of my favorite experiences over the past four years is getting dressed up for football games. While it can be stressful trying to figure out the “perfect” outfit for the theme of the game it’s also a fun time doing it with friends. From buying the tutu’s and leggings to taking fun picture with our boys after the game, these are all moments I will ever forget.

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Another memory is going through the Marketing Pathway with amazing teachers and peers. I’ve learned a lot about myself and my passions since I started this pathway my sophomore year. Traveling to places such as; Chicago, Santa Monica, Los Angeles, Orlando, New York all while learning important aspects of marketing. These lessons have lead me to choose my major for my years to come at Grand Canyon University.

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Throughout the four years another magical time during high school was the dances. I loooooved getting dressed up all fancy with my friends. Whether you had a date or not 😉  they are always a blast. Personally, my favorite part is the before part of the dances because although I remember each dance clearly the pictures are what I continue to look at til this day.

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Specifically a dance to remember is Prom. This dance is different than any homecoming or sadies. It’s special. I am incredibly happy I saved Prom for my senior year because it is an experience I will never forget. Each step was perfect, and the World Trade Center has an amazing, wide open area for all of us to be together and dance the night away. Great way to finish off my collection of high school dances.

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Saving the best for last, even though this event hasn’t happened yet, I can tell graduation is going to be special. We have all made it this far together and now we are all going our separate ways. Although this moment is supposed to be celebrating us making it this far it is going to be hard leaving the people who have been side by side with for the past four years. So many amazing memories made with these people have been made, so while it may be an emotional roller coaster we need to smile and not say good-bye but see you later! (sounds cheesy but true)

Senior Top 5: Alyssa Grimes

A girl can never forget her very first high school Homecoming. It’s all we thought about for the first few months of freshman year. Spending all night wondering what dress to wear, who to get ready with, and where to take pictures at rather than focusing on the actual dance itself. As plans started to fall into place and the hair started to curl, it feels like we were living in a fairy tale. All we could think about was it being the very first dance of high school, and it’s about to be amazing.

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The second memory I enjoyed from Beaverton High School was getting the experience of planning Jam the Dam. I got the chance to communicate with potential sponsors for the joined event with the Make-A-Wish® Foundation. We got to spend months as a class planning how to raise money for the event, cause, and what would go on throughout the Week of Wishes.

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The game we all thought would never approach, the last Friday night football game. We had been growing up watching these boys play youth ball, and now to their very last game as high school students. Cheering from the stands and chanting the Beaverton High School Fight Song would no longer continue for this group of 2017 boys. This was the game where we knew there was no other school we would have rather been at in the Beaverton School District, BHS was the place we were all meant to be.

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Prom. The night we all hoped for since we were little kids. The night we were told would be the best night of our lives. The one night we would remember and tell our kids when we reminisce high school. Throughout the four years of multiples dances I attended, prom was the night I will never forget. Watching the class of 2017 get together for a final hurrah in celebration was a night that I will cherish forever because of the people I got to spend it with.

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And finally, Star Day. It was time to commit and let everyone know where the future will take up. As we all stared at the wall, full of different schools all around the country, the emotions started kicking in. The people we have grown up with and gotten to know the past four years are splitting away from us. But we have to hold our heads strong and high and make the best out of it because it is time to finally move on.

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Senior Top 5: Celia Boyer

Throughout my four years at Beaverton High I have had some of the best (and the worst) memories. Hands down, my #1 memory has been football season.

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My dad being the football coach, I have been growing up going to the games since I was born…literally. This spirit our school has brought every year is the best part about the games. Watching the boys win on the field, and lose, and singing the fight song will never disappear in my memory.

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I think my #2 memory was Prom. It was everything I had hoped it would be. The most amazing part of the night was at the last song we all stood there in a circle holding hands and sang “Don’t Stop Believing”, looking around at everyone in the circle it hit me that it was coming to an end.

My #3 memory was being on Prom and Homecoming Court. The week of Prom and Homecoming (freshman year) was the most stressful, but most exciting time.

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My #4 memory of high school was putting up our stars on National College Decision Day. It was so bittersweet being able to put our stars up with our school (GO DUCKS!), and watch all our friends put theirs up. It was something I had watched everyone in grades ahead do, so being able to actually put the star up there was such a crazy feeling.

My #5 memory was when Damian Lillard came to speak here at BHS. We wanted him here to speak about bullying and after 6 months of hard work, he finally could come.

The list of memories could go on and on, I will never forget BHS!

Senior Top 5: Harrison Farrier

By Harrison Farrier, BHS Class of 2016

TRADITION UNITES US.

  1. Senior Prom-Prom was definitely a night to remember; dancing and hanging out with my friends the whole night. It was great seeing everyone have so much fun.

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2. Racquetball-This was my first year playing and I wish I had started playing sooner. I met so many people and made a lot of new friends.

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3. Tailgates-It was so much fun getting together before all of the home football games; listening to music and eating hotdogs and hamburgers.

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4. Football Games-I had a lot of fun chanting for all my friends that were playing and watching Southridge get beat on their field and then rushing it after the game.

5. Jam the Dam-It was a lot of fun going all four years of high school.  This was my first year waiting in line listening to music and watching kids playing video games on the TV that they brought.

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