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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I Am Thankful for BHS.

By Nick Uchida, senior

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BEAVER *clap *clap POWER *clap *clap! HERE WE GO BEAVERS, HERE WE GO *clap *clap!

The 4 years that I have been at BHS, I will forever be thankful for the memories and the immense amount of joy Friday night football games have brought me. The start of every week, I can confidently say that the majority of the student body looks forward to the football games. Before the year begins Student Leadership comes up with themes for each game and the students go all out rain or shine. There is just something different about Friday night football games that separates it from any other event. Hundreds and hundreds show up to support the team, this includes future Beavers, students, teachers and proud parents. It truly is a beautiful thing, and I’m very thankful to be part of it.

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Some of my few favorite moments that I will forever be thankful for was one, the final game this season. Even though the team couldn’t get the win, we were still so proud of the boys and coaches for giving it their all. It was a bittersweet moment to be a senior that night. As a kid that’s been a cheering on your boys for the past 4 years, you realize, “Wow! That was the last time I will every cheer on that team.” As a football player, it may have been the last time you will put on your shoulder pads and lace up your cleats. Yes, everyone was very sad but I will never forget the amount of love that was on the field that night. It was a reminder to me and the rest of the seniors that time flies by. Every time you have the opportunity to be  at school events, sport events whatever it may be, might as well make some unforgettable memories.

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I couldn’t be more thankful to be a Beaverton Beaver and to be part of this great community that brings so much happiness and joy to everyone embraced by it.

School Spirit 101

By Celia Boyer, Carson Crawford, and Natalie Oleson, seniors

TRADITION UNITES US.

The stands start to fill up at Liberty High School. The Beaverton High School students are arriving in their American-themed costumes. Minute by minute, the crowd keeps on growing.

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If you have never experienced a Beaverton High School football game, well, you’re missing out. The BHS students are NEVER quiet; always chanting, screaming and cheering on their team. Football games are no joke at Beaverton. If you are not at the football game at Friday, you had better be sick or be with family because everyone is expected to go to the game. One of the best experiences is being will all your closest friends and cheering on your high school’s football team after a long week of school.

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“YES! WE DO! WE BELIEVE IN YOU!!” The crowd cheers at the top of their lungs as our boys get closer, and closer to the end zone. Every football game has an amazing student section no matter the distance. From as far as Battle Ground, Washington to as close as a game at home, they will always make the trip. Along with driving the distance they take the game’s theme to a whole new level.  From students simply wearing big blank t-shirt to painting their entire face and creating crazy outfits, and it’s not just one game out of the year it’s every game!

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All this effort to make our student section the best in METRO doesn’t go unrecognized.  One former BHS student who now attends Glencoe High School contacted us applauding our student section spirit, which coming from a high school girl means a lot because we all know it’s not easy for a high school girl to compliment another. Since the beginning of Beaverton history, the student section has shown excellence; it is not just this season, it’s tradition. BHS students are setting the trend of having school spirit, inspiring other schools to follow in their ways. What’s up tonight? Guess you’ll have to be there to find out. Game time: 7 PM.

By Anaya Sergeant, senior

TRADITION UNITES US.

One of my absolute favorite things about Beaverton High School, is how tradition-based of a school we are. I remember when I was younger, my dad always wanted me to go somewhere like Southridge or Lake Oswego, simply because they were “nicer” schools. But Beaverton is just different. It has been around for over 100 years, and there are so many cool traditions that we have kept that attending here makes you feel like you’re part of a family.

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One hilarious tradition that we have here at BHS, is the Rhythm Boys. It is a spin off of one of our OLDEST traditions, the Rhythm Bs, but these are boys… pretty self-explanatory, I know. Anyways, the boys dress up and choreograph a hilarious dance that they perform at halftime during Jam the Dam, a HUGE basketball game that we traditionally have every year during Week of Wishes. The word TRADITION has been coming up a lot, if you haven’t noticed.

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Another tradition we have is Beaver Nation Migration. This has been going on for over 10 years, and let me tell you it is absolutely awesome. When our varsity football team plays our rival school (Southridge) at Southridge, we get as many people as we can to all walk to the game together. This year, we got over 400 people to do it. Do you know how intimidating it looks when 400 students just charge through your fence? Pretty intimidating.

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My favorite tradition that we have here at BHS is our Friday night football games and themes. We have been said to “have the best spirit in Metro” by many people, and they’re definitely not wrong. We are all so full of life and so loud  when we go to games. We always have a theme to dress up to, from Greek to Hawaiian, and it is so much fun! Whenever we make a touchdown, a senior (this year, it’s Nate Johnnie) runs on the track back and forth waving the flag. And most importantly… win or lose, we sing the fight song after EVERY game!

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I mean, how many high schools in Oregon can claim to have 100 years of TRADITION. Does it really get any better than that?