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: Nate Johnnie

During the last 4 years, I have spent here at Beaverton High School, a few memories have stuck out in my mind. My number 1 memory here is winning the state championship last year. Not only is lacrosse one of my favorite things to do, but it was hosted here at Beaverton, which made it that much more special.

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My second favorite memory at Beaverton High School was Senior Prom. I attended Prom as junior, but it truly isn’t the same as going with a group of kids you have known and become so close to. Easy the best school dance I have attended.

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Up next in my list of memories at BHS would have to be joining the lacrosse program. Being apart of a program bigger than myself is something truly amazing and has taught me so many life skills that I couldn’t learn anywhere else. A huge part of this learning process was taught to me by my coach, Bidnam. Not only do I look up to him as a leader and a mentor, but he is an extremely good and successful coach. My freshman year, our record was 5-8. My Junior season we won the state championship.

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My 4th favorite memory at BHS will have to be all of the sporting events. Every event is so special and all of the students that attend have an amazing time. My two favorite of all time would have to be football and basketball.

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My last, but not least favorite part of BHS would have to be the assemblies. Sarm does a tremendous job along with Student Council.

Peace out, BHS! It’s been a great four years here!

Senior Top 5: Joe Johnson

Throughout my high school career, I experienced and learned a lot at Beaverton High School. Being able to see myself and the people around me grow up made me realize how fast the four years went by. I remember Freshman year when I was walking around with my schedule trying to figure out where to go and now I’m getting ready for graduation. Within all that time, I’ve built relationships that can’t be forgotten and connected myself with Beaverton’s community that has guided me through the years. There have been many memorable moments from these past four years at Beaverton, but five of them stand out to me.

Being a Sadie’s Prince was a very fun experience. Having to dress up, do activities, and be in the assembly with all the other princes was a very memorable week of my high school career.

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My next memorable moment was going to state for track. It was a fun season of track with a lot of good moments and being invited to go to state ended the season perfectly. Although I did not compete, being able to experience the track meet and watch my teammates perform was very exciting.

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Another memorable moment was being in Sports and Event marketing and working with Week of Wishes. We raised money for the Make-A-Wish foundation and granted kids wishes. Working Jam the Dam and doing everything for a good cause is something I will never forget from High school.

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Another memorable moment was being in the student section at state watching our boy’s varsity basketball. We had the biggest student section there and being a part of it was very enjoyable. Watching those games were the most memorable, but being in the student section at Beaverton for any sports is always fun.

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My last memorable moment was going to prom. Taking pictures, going to dinner, and the dance made the night special and it was a good way to end my last high school dance.

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Overall, I made a lot of amazing memories at Beaverton High School, but those were my top five memories.

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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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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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: Angelica Bautista

My top 5 memories from BHS are…

I attended the annual Cesar E. Leadership Conference two years in a row and I truly loved it. 70 high schools in Oregon are invited to attend it to learn about Cesar. E Chavez and his impact in the agriculture fields and his Chicano influence. Almost 2,000 students and staff attended to this event to learn leadership skills and to motivate latino students to continue their education and Cesar E. Chavez legacy.

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The Cinco de Mayo Dance my freshman year was definitely a memory to remember. It is a celebration where we celebrate that the Mexican Army defeated the french force of Napoleon III in May 5, 1862 at the Battle of Puebla. It made me so happy that a lot of people attended the dance to celebrate because I was born in the State of Puebla in Mexico. It is a memory to remember because this was my first high school dance.

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The trip to California with my Marketing class, was my first time traveling out of state. I appreciate Mrs. Robinson and Mrs. Ramberg for taking us to Anaheim.  This was also my first time visiting Disneyland, Hollywood, and Universal Studios! The Youth Educational Series workshop helped me gain more knowledge on how to improve my leadership skills. It also taught me to persuade my dreams when the odds come against me. I got to learn more about the history and struggles of Walt Disney to become a cartoonist. Something I took home from the trip was to always brainstorm to be more successful in a project.

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As a Junior I participated in the Diversity Assembly. At the beginning of practices, latino club had its own dancing group but we were later informed that another group was doing similar dances as us so we decided to join them as one. It was a decision taken at the last minute but my group manage to learn the dance in five days. We all work and motivated each other to to do a great performance. It was a pleasure to perform at the 2016 diversity assembly and represent my culture to the BHS students and staff.

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Prom is one of the most desired dance to attend as a senior. Is more than just a dance, is a celebration of your accomplishments and a fun time to spend with your generation classmates. Before Prom, we were all late to the schedule we pre-arranged but we still managed to take pictures and eat out. I did not want the night to end because every time I closed my eyes, my whole life would flash back to the first time I learned to spell my name and solve my multiplications.

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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: Paola Hidalgo Cruz

Throughout high school I’ve gone through many challenges, experiences, met different people and enjoyed every moment. Before starting high school, I was afraid I wouldn’t graduate. I was also afraid of not making any friend and being lonely for the next 4 years. Luckily, I am on track to graduate, and I’ve met many different people and made friends. I also got to participate in different sports such as swimming, track and field, and rugby.

  1. One of my favorite memories in my four years of high school would be joining Rugby. It’s one of the last sport I imagined myself joining because it’s an aggressive sport and due to my size I was afraid to play. This will be my favorite memory because I tried something that was completely out of my comfort zone. I remember saying that I would join Rugby but I didn’t think I was saying it seriously. It wasn’t until I showed up to practice that I thought to myself “wow, I’m actually going through with this.”

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  2. I also enjoyed being part of the swimming team. It was my first competitive sport I  joined my freshman year and I was super excited because I always wanted to be part of a swim team. I remember waking up at 5 in the morning to go to my first practice, although it was super early I was excited. I enjoyed getting to meet my team members and watching everyone compete. I only did swimming for two years because I didn’t like getting on the blocks to dive. It freaked me out and gave me anxiety. Although it was my least favorite part of swimming I always felt proud that I would face my fear. That’s when I realized that facing your fear is probably one of the most terrifying and liberating feelings in the world.

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  3. Another sport I participated was Track and Field. It’s one of the sports I most enjoyed being part of because it’s pretty exciting to watch everyone race. I liked to see everyone working hard to beat their own PR and each other. What I enjoyed the most was when the weather would get nice because it meant not running in the cold rain with only a tank top and small shorts.

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  4. Going to prom was probably the most exciting events I have attended in high school. In all of my four years at BHS, I never attend any of the dances because I thought it was too much work to look for a dress, do the makeup, find the perfect shoes and jewelry. I was simply too lazy to go through the hustle so I never attempt to join. Since prom was such a big deal I decided that I would go. I enjoyed spending time with my friends and my prom date.

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  5. Beaver Nation Migration was also another activity to wait for my senior year. I didn’t purposely wait until senior year to participate I simply wasn’t interested in doing this activity because my friends didn’t do it. It wasn’t until senior year that they decided to join and so did I. Participating in this event was pretty fun. I liked walking and spending time with my friends.5A93E2A2-AB3E-4563-A729-CAFCF3A5C698

Senior Top 5: Gabi Peoples

Being able to have been a part of Beaverton High School has been a bitter sweet journey for me. I’ve made so many incredible, unforgettable memories since the first time I stepped on campus. I thought that transferring as a senior, and coming back to the place that I only knew as a little girl was going to be difficult for me, but I can truly say that even though I have only had the honor of being Beaverton Beaver for a year… it’s felt  like I’ve been walking through those doors since I was a little awkward freshman.

When I was younger I used to always walk over to BHS and watch the football games with with my pal Celia Boyer when we were tiny elementary school kids. And looking over at that rowdy, supportive, crazy big student section I knew that Beaverton was the place for me when I got older. Now being able to have been in that sea of loud spirited kids has been a highlight of my high school career. The love and support that we all have for our fellow classmates really shines through in that vast expanse of orange and black bleachers.

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Finishing my senior volleyball season here at BHS was truly amazing. Regardless of the outcome of the season, I had never been on a team with such great people. People who chose to lift one another up and fight through the rough spots as a whole, we never gave up. It was always so much fun having dance parties in the team room before home games, laughing and making memories. I can honestly say that I have made friends for life just by spending one season with those crazy, wacky, hilarious girls.

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Spending my senior homecoming here was so much fun, I don’t think I have ever danced so hard in my entire life. Screaming and jumping up and down in a hot, humid circle of teenagers couldn’t have been more enjoyable! I wish I could go back to that night and press pause. Those are the moments that high school is all about. Sharing smiles and laughs with those who you will never forget. Being with the people you’ve spent each and every day of your high school journey walking the halls of Beaverton five days a week for the past four years of your life.

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One of my biggest moments within my high school career is being able to sign to play Division I college volleyball at San Diego State University. Being able to share that moment with all my fellow classmates and my family and friends was truly and honor. I know that I wouldn’t be where I am today without the love and support that Beaverton and the community has given me. And it was unforgettable to be able to celebrate this accomplishment with all of you and I am so thankful I get to carry on my athletic career and continue to get an incredible education for these next four years.

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Beaverton has provided me with so many friendships and experiences that I will cherish for the rest of my life. Being here has taught me a lot about myself. I’ve grown into the person I am today and I am forever grateful to this community of incredible people who have stood behind me through this journey. Thank you, Beaverton, for all you have done for me and for all the beautiful moments and remarkable people who I have had that privilege to meet.