Senior (Now Alumna) Blog: Jen Caplan

My top 5 memories at Beaverton High School…

Football Season: Dressing up on Friday nights and heading out to the football field is by far one of my favorite memories of high school. It was so amazing to feel all the school spirit and watch the team play, win or lose.

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March for Our Lives: On March 24th, 2018, there were marches across the world to support the student in Parkland and help make our schools safer. Being apart of the March for Our Lives at Beaverton was such an eye-opening experience. It was amazing hearing students share stories and seeing students come together.

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Star Day: After 4 years of hard work and preparing, May 1st finally came, where we got to wear our college gear to school and put up on our stars. It was such an exciting day with treats in the CCC! It was so awesome to see where all my classmates are going and everyone so excited for the future.

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Dances: Dressing up and getting together to take pictures for all the dances was always such a fun time. Getting ready with all my friends was always so exciting and I love looking back at all the pictures and memories.

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Marketing Trips: Having the opportunity to go to New York and Seattle with the Marketing Program was one of my favorite experiences. It really helped me get a feel for what I want to do in the future. We got to hear from amazing industry speakers, go to on-site visits, talk to people with very successful careers and explore the cities!

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Senior (Now Alumna) Blog: Anna Lorati

As my past four years at Beaverton High School come to an end, I can’t help but reflect on all of the memories that I have made here. I came into high school very nervous and shy, and have gained an immense amount of knowledge and confidence, and have built many relationships along the way. Beaverton has been like a second home to me, and I am so grateful for the time I have spent here.

Here are my top 5 memories!

Sporting Events

Getting dressed up for Friday Night Lights with my friends and losing our voices cheering for the Beavs were some of the best moments in these past four years. It truly was a special feeling rooting for BHS at all of the sporting events, and watching your friends compete against other schools.

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Marketing Pathway

I have been involved in the marketing pathway since freshman year. I am so fortunate to have been able to find a passion of mine that I will be pursuing as a career, and receive all of the amazing opportunities that the pathway has provided me with, such as trips to Seattle, New York, and Chicago!

AP Human Geo

Not everyone is a huge fan of AP Human Geography, but that was by far my favorite academic class (and the only one I ever actually enjoyed). If you are deciding between that class and another humanities one, take AP Human Geo. It’s really interesting and Ms. Morgan made my junior year a ton more bearable.

Racquetball and Tennis

Some of my favorite times of high school have been during tennis and racquetball season. Getting to know all of my teammates and support them was a highlight. It was also a special experience to be able to compete in Districts for tennis, and win multiple State and National titles for racquetball.

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Prom

Prom was by far one of the funnest nights of high school! Spending the night getting dressed up with your best friends, and dancing the night away with your class was a blast. Prom is definitely a night to remember.

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Senior Blog: Lana Jabeeti

My top 5 memories are:

Homecoming- Every start of the year, I get super excited for homecoming. It’s a great chance for all my friends and I to get dressed up, take cute pictures, and spend our night together dancing and having fun with everybody at our school. I have an amazing time every year and homecoming is a memory I love looking back at and also revisiting my pictures with all my close friends!

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Friday Night Lights: There’s nothing I love more than going to football games every year. It’s so exciting to dress up for a certain theme and get to spend our night cheering on the football team. My friends and I always lose our voices by the end of the night and this is one way that really shows how amazing our student section is! I love seeing how much we support our team and how crazy loud we can get as well. One of my favorite nights was scoring a touchdown against Jesuit and how loud and hyped up we were after it. Cheering on our team was an amazing experience I’ll never forget.

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Health Careers: My junior year of high school, I was accepted in to the health careers program and it’s been amazing ever since. I’ve done so many amazing things through this program such as volunteering with the community, shadowing doctors and nurses at hospitals and just spending time with the amazing teachers who help us get ready for our future. One of my absolute favorite memory from health careers was visiting St. Vincent’s and shadowing a post surgery nurse because this opportunity helped me decide what I wanted my future to look like.

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Spending Time with my Class: Our school is so amazing at involving the entire community and I’m very thankful for that. One of my top favorite memory was junior year, going to Frenchman’s Bar with almost my entire junior class. We went during the last day of school and it was so great to see that we could all come together and have lots of fun outside of school. My favorite part was playing volleyball with all of my friends and also just spending time and relaxing with my class!

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Putting up our Stars: Senior year finally arrived and it went by super quick. It was finally time for us to put up our stars and this moment was honestly so amazing for me and is one I’ll remember for a long time. This moment made me realize how quick we’ve come to finally graduating and I couldn’t be more excited. I put my star up with all of my close friends and I am so excited to see how our future will look like. Although I’ll miss everybody so much, this moment is one I’ll always remember and it showed me how close we are to our final step of high school.

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Senior Blog: Lexi Hetrick

Lexi Hetrick is a senior here at Beaverton High School and is graduating this spring. Her favorite thing about BHS was the school spirit, especially the Friday night football games.

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Her favorite teachers were Mr. Rein and Mr. Sandri because they were very helpful throughout her four years of high school. She also loved how many good vibes they gave off to her and the other students. When asked, she said “high school really flew by and I don’t know where all the time went.”

“I was involved in the Beaverton Lacrosse program on the Girls Varsity Team for three years. Along with that I coach for the 3rd and 4th grade cheerleaders at Mountainside. My friends would describe me as a very energetic, funny, outgoing, caring person. I love all of the support from my friends and family that helped me get through high school.”

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If she could give incoming freshmen advice for high school, she would tell them to study hard and focus on school; go to all of the Friday night football games to support the football team; and keep the people that you trust close.

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Senior Blog: Beth Lauer

My name is Beth Lauer, and I am currently a senior, getting ready to graduate very soon! I have been very active in the Beaverton community throughout my four years here and I am excited to continue my journey in education at the University of Portland (Go Pilots!). From football games to school dances, I have had a lot of great experiences during my high school career. Here are some of my favorite memories:

All Leadership Retreats: I joined leadership my sophomore year and befriended many upperclassmen, which is something I will cherish for a very long time. I have been on Leadership ever since sophomore year working as the Site council representative (sophomore year), Historian (junior year), ASB Secretary (1st semester, senior year), and ASB President (2nd semester, senior year). One thing that really stands out to me when I think about Leadership is the class retreats. We spend one weekend away from home to bond and discuss upcoming school events. I have made so many friends and learned a lot about myself through Leadership. I’m very thankful to have had the opportunity to be in Student Leadership.

School Dances: Beaverton’s school dances have been some highlights of my years in high school. Especially prom. I loved getting to see my class come together for one last big event at Beaverton and tear up the dance floor with all of my friends.

 

Football games: I have loved attending football games throughout my high school years. I got to do the Beaver Nation Migration my junior year which is a very cool tradition that Beaverton holds. Senior year was especially fun during football season. I attended every game and carried the spirit flag to represent Beaverton. I love having a fun Friday nights with friends, all while cheering for and supporting the players on the field

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Health Careers: Health Careers has been a huge part of my high school career. Because of Health Careers, I have had the chance to take Human Anatomy & Physiology (with the goat Dr. Romanick) which is easily my favorite class I’ve taken at Beaverton. Health Careers 1 taught me a lot about different careers and allowed me to get certified in CPR and Basic Life Support. For my senior year, I decided to pursue my dream of being a nurse and join the Certified Nursing Program instead of Advanced Health Careers. Because of this program, I have had the opportunity to learn many skills and to gain hands-on experience caring for the elderly at Maryville Care Home. I am planning on becoming certified to be a CNA at the end of the school year to work as a CNA throughout my college years.

Soccer: I have been involved in the girl’s soccer program at Beaverton throughout my 4 years here. I played for my first three years but due to an injury, I couldn’t play my senior year. So I decided to make the most of my senior year and become the varsity Team Manager. One of the highlights of my time as manager was Senior Night. After all of the seniors were honored (including myself), our match against Southridge begun and we were up 1-0 in the first 12 seconds of the game. The final score was 3-0. I’m so glad I had the chance to be a part of such an amazing team of girls.

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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: 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.

 

 

 

Senior Top 5: Nick Uchida

A few days ago, we had our graduation meeting during the second half of Beaver Lodge, which meant you couldn’t leave… not that anyone does, I mean. In this meeting, we went over what the requirements were to graduate, the mandatory graduation walk throughs, senior breakfast, senior talent show etc. It’s crazy to think that there’s only a few days left in our senior year but it feel like this year just got started. Looking back on my four years here at Beaverton High, there are a lot of memories that I have made but I’ve shrunk the list to 5.

1. My first favorite memory at BHS isn’t quite a memory but just the relationships and friendships I have made in these 4 years. I’m thankful for the people that I have surrounded myself with because they are the reason why I’m the person I am today. It’s crazy to think that my first year here the majority of my friends didn’t know each other but we knew of each other. In these rollercoaster like years we’ve all grown so fond of each other and we are like one big family. I just love my friends and I can’t be thankful enough for all of the unforgettable moments and laughs they have brought. The fact that senior year is so close to coming to an end, it makes me want to cherish every moment and every conversation with them even more.

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2. Basketball season… oh boy! This year if you didn’t know already, the boys’ basketball team had a very successful season. We made it all the way to the Chiles Center to compete in the state tournament, which was awesome! Being in the student section at Beaverton is unique. You will constantly hear other metro students talk about how they want our student body and fan base. We take a lot of pride in that. My favorite moment from the basketball season this year was Jam the Dam. This basketball game is very special because Make-A-Wish partners with us to grant a kids wish and also it’s just a way for the community to get together. As a seniorm it is a tradition for the senior boys to channel their inner Rhythm B. We got to wear tank tops with skirts and fishnets, it couldn’t be a funnier experience. We would come after school to learn from the current Rhythm B’s and we would practice and practice our routine. During halftime, after we would walk out and march in front of the whole gym with hundreds of people there and do our routine. You never know how many people are in the actual gym until you’re in the middle.

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3. With this next one there are so many great unforgettable moments: BASEBALL. I have been playing baseball since I was a little kid. This sport has taught me so many lessons on life and the attitude that is necessary to be a succeed in the future. Everything about my high school days of playing baseball has brought me its fair share of obstacles but ultimately it has brought me so many laughs. Just spending time with my teammates whether that is during practice or in the dugout during games. One other thing is that everyone on this team has been playing with or against each other growing up. This creates great team chemistry because we know each other so well. I appreciate every person on this team for always pushing each other and making each other better as well.

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4. Football games!!! Friday night lights. I love football games and being apart of the student section. Nothing beats being in the student section your senior year because one, you get to be in the front and second you have the responsibilities of starting the chants. Since the school year is just getting started it’s a great time. Every week you have something to look forward too which is awesome. Just like baseball, football games have brought me so many smiles. It’s always a fun time just screaming loud with all your friends to cheer on your boyz. My favorite moment was when a few of my friends and I painted our chest to spell out “GO BEAVERS!” It was against the rules to do that so before the game we would paint ourselves and try to dry the paint before we went in. We would put shirts on to cover ourselves but right as when the first play started, you bet that the shirts came off. It was a constant struggle to avoid admin because they were on our heads about the whole thing but I don’t regret it at all. Last time I checked a Beaverton student section hasn’t done that before so it was a whole lot of fun!

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5. My last memory that I’ll be sharing is PROM! Yes I know, very cliche but it’s true. Prom was the best night in my whole four year at BHS. It topped all other dances I’ve been to. That whole day is full of fun festivities. You gather up with your class at someone’s house to take pictures… Shout out to the Riccis! After taking pictures with your friends, the majority of the people either in a big or small group go out to dinner before the big dance. After the stomachs are full it’s time for the dance. The dance was at the World Trade Center in downtown Portland. I just remember everyone being happy! Everyone was up having a great time with their dates and friends! My favorite part about Prom was the last dance they played was Don’t Stop Believin’! When this song started everyone at the dance made a huge circle and we swayed side to side singing it until the beat dropped and we all rushed in the middle for one last time to dance the night away.

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I’m so lucky to have spent the last four years at this school. Thank you to all of the amazing staff members that have helped me to get to where I am and constantly pushing me to be better! These memories couldn’t have been made without you guys! Thank you for making my time at BHS so amazing!

Senior Top 5: Carson Crawford

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#1: Going to battle every Friday night with my brothers

I’m extremely lucky to been able to be on a team with these amazing guys. Every single Friday night game was the best time of life. The bond that my teammates and I created will forever be strong, never broken. I want to thank every single player on my team for making my senior year of football the best one yet.

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#2: Beating Southridge one last time by 30 for our last home game ever

Making it to the state playoffs is a special thing, but making it by beating your rival by 30 points, in your home gym for one last time is even more special. I wouldn’t want my last basketball game at BHS to end any other way. Side note: I really like this picture because it perfectly depicts the game in one image:-)

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#3: Making it to the Semifinals for basketball

For my four years of playing basketball at BHS, every year we’ve had one goal: to make it to the Chiles Center. We never accomplished this goal until my senior year. This year, we accomplished our goal and more. It was one of the best experiences of my life to play in front of a packed crowd and go to work for Coach Vancil. Forever MEAT & POTATOES.

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#4: Winning the 4×100 at the Twilight Relays

The Twilight Relays are one of the most anticipated meets of the year. This past week, our 4×100 team set the state’s new best record for the year and won the meet. The atmosphere was electric and winning the not only the race but the entire meet was amazing. The Twilight Relays are truly something special.

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#5: Signing Day

This past year I was able to fulfill my childhood dream of playing football in college. I’m so grateful for UC-Davis to give me the chance to play football at the University. I can’t wait to make memories in the future, and I just hope Davis is half as cool as BHS.

In the Blink of an Eye

By Nick Uchida, senior

I cannot believe how it is half way through March. Senior Projects are “due” on March 21st, Prom Night April 22nd, then finally graduation on June 10th. It’s crazy to think that all of this is happening. I remember last year listening to all the seniors talk about how it goes by super fast and how you wish you can relive certain moments. I would listen to them, and in my head, I’d be like, “Yeah, yeah, I bet.” No more Friday night football games; no more screaming your lungs out at basketball games. Just typing this and thinking about how I’m never going to relive and get back those moments, and be part of that student section is sad and bittersweet at the same time.

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Senior year you realize what’s important. You realize that having a few best friends is better than having a lot of casual friends. You realize that you have to cherish every moment good or bad. Lastly, you realize that doing what you enjoy and not caring about what others think about you will truly bring out the best you.

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