STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Ally Ruddy

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Ally is a freshman here at THE Beaverton High School. Ally’s favorite thing about Beaverton is the strong community and diversity within the school. She is involved in cross country, and she is also on the swimming team. Her favorite subject is Lit and Comp, and her favorite food is avocado. Her family includes her older sister Emma who is a junior at Beaverton along with her dad Tom and her mom Amy.

Ally is interested in psychology and plans on taking Intro to Psychology next year. She looks up to her parents because they push her to be her best self and inspire her to follow what she’s passionate about. Ally wants to attend a four-year university and after she graduates, she would like to take a couple years off to travel!

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Maia Elliott

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Maia (left) is currently a senior at BHS who is well-spirited. This year, she participated in cross country, swimming, and now track! Maia’s favorite part about our community is the school spirit and the genuine supporting environment. Last year, Maia’s favorite class was Sports Marketing because of the hands-on experience with Week of Wishes and Jam the Dam. Maia will be completing the Marketing Pathway.

Something that Maia looks forward to is attending University of Oregon this upcoming fall. She is very excited to be decorating her dorm this summer in preparation for college. Outside of school, she enjoys eating out at fancy restaurants with friends. Maia has two younger twin brothers who are currently freshmen. The advice Maia has for underclassmen is to do something that scares you or challenge you as it helps you become a better person. She also encourages the idea of getting involved in extracurricular activities!

ALUMNA SPOTLIGHT: Corinne Murray

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Corinne graduated in 2013. She was involved in LINK, DECA, and Speech and Debate. As well as the clubs she participated in, Corinne played a few sports at Beaverton, such as racquetball, cross country, soccer, and track. She did the Marketing Pathway as well as one year of Health Careers. Her favorite memories while at Beaverton was the trip she took to Saint Louis for racquetball nationals, cheering on her brother’s lacrosse team, and planning for Jam the Dam. Her favorite quality about Beaverton was how welcoming the community is to everyone.

After high school, Corrine went to Gonzaga where she majored international marketing and minored in German. She also ran track and cross country! Corinne is now the RFP/Proposal Manager at Moovel, a tech company that makes urban mobility apps.

In the future, Corinne plans to work abroad possibly in the Moovel offices in Germany. Her advice: Don’t be afraid to explore different hobbies and interests. High school is a great time to take risks to figure out what your future might look like. You might figure out you hate something you thought you liked or you might develop a new passion!

FUTURE BEAVER SPOTLIGHT: Claire Hanken

Claire Hanken is a 7th header from Raleigh Hills! She is passionate about soccer and running. Her favorite subject in school is science because she loves to be involved with experiments. Someone she looks up to is Florence Griffith-Joyner because she was such a strong and optimistic athlete. Claire’s favorite foods to eat are cantaloupe and pizza! She is constantly active with cross country, soccer, basketball and track! A few secret hobbies that Claire has are singing and writing. Lastly, her favorite Tv show is “Modern Family” because it is hilarious! Claire, we are so lucky to have you as a part of the Beaverton community!

Meet Junior Garrett Taylor

Hey there! My name is Garrett, and this is my story. I’m 16 years old and a proud junior at Beaverton High School. I currently represent one of the At-Large positions and this is my first time being involved in Student Leadership at Beaverton. I am really looking forward to what this year has in store for me and all the new experiences that i hope to have. Additionally at Beaverton, I am a varsity track and cross country athlete as well as being a member of the JV soccer team. I also played club soccer; last season was super successful as we finished 3rd in our league you can see the table here. I am also on Link Crew and hope to ease the transition for not only the freshman but also the new incoming sophomores. Outside of Beaverton, I also coach my brother’s youth soccer team. I hope that through doing this I can learn effective communication skills at the most basic level with these younger kids.

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As a part of the leadership program and the overall community that is the student population at Beaverton High School I take great pride in doing my part to ensure that Beaverton is the best school that it could possibly be. I plan on not only doing simple things within the program in order to work towards whatever general goals we set. Additionally in our community I see a tremendous opportunity to create a relationship between the school and the people around it. By organizing a community service call board of sorts that allows the already willing and amazing student of Beaverton a place to see where help is needed in the community around them we can arrange to have issues in our surrounding area helped with and meaningful and enriching experiences for our students.

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I’m both super excited but also very nervous for junior year. I recognize that it will be really challenging which both excites me and gives me angst. I always am striving to do my best in everything and school is no different although I feel very prepared for this year. Some of my experiences last year like the zoo documentary from AP Bio have taught me how to work hard for a long time on a project and make sure that the end result is what I want it to be. I hope to achieve a 4.0 this semester and second semester and have fun as a part of Beaverton High School while doing it.