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)

By Alyssa Grimes, senior

Beaverton High School Class of 2017, it’s finally our time! It’s our time to move on and see what the future holds for us. From beginning to end, we have grown up with the same people and have gotten to know new faces as we advanced the past 18 years. We now get to use our many years in the Beaverton School District as guidance while we move on to further our education and gain the experiences we have always dreamed of.

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While reflecting on the times we have shared and watching the BHS Senior Slideshow, I made the realization that we are such a full community that has cherished the past years we’ve had in high school. This year, we’ve learned to value each moment that has been spent together as a class and hopefully to continue not taking the times we have left together for granted. This class gotten to know each other throughout these past four years at all the assemblies, school dances, sporting events and extracurricular activities clubs, and now it’s time we celebrate our last hurrah at graduation.

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Class of 2017, we need to stick together and hold our heads high until the day that we get to throw our caps up to the ceiling of the Chiles Center as we all cheer because we’ve made it this far. Lock away that Senioritis, and keep up all the hard work because our time is coming faster than we know it.

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By Lacey Hedeen, senior

As the temperature outside gets warmer and the flowers start to bloom, the seniors in the Class of 2017 are getting more and more anxious for the big day – June 10th: graduation at the Chiles Center. I always thought it was so cliche when people told me these four years go by faster than you think, but it’s true. I could never imagine myself walking across that graduation stage, and now that moment is less than two months away.  Looking back to freshman year, it seems like ages ago, and at the same time, it feels like yesterday. I have come to know so many great people over the last four years, and I can’t even begin to comprehend that in a few short months we will all go our separate ways.

Anyone who knows Beaverton High School knows that we strive for success. But, no one truly knows what that is like until you are in the school living it. It feels like every day a sport or club is achieving yet another great thing. At the end of my junior year, Mrs. Erwin told my class, the Class of 2017, that we were going to be the biggest class to graduate from BHS. She had very high expectations for us, and I can only hope we were able to live up to what she expected. I know we weren’t the easiest class to deal with but I can say we had so many amazing achievements over our four years that I, and everyone in my class, should be incredibly proud of. Though I will no longer be attending BHS after June, I will always be a Beaver at heart and I will always take pride in the excellence this school has achieved.

My Final Game

By Lacey Hedeen, senior & BHS volleyball player

TRADITION UNITES US.

As the leaves start to fall and the sweaters come out of hiding, the fall sports begin to come to an end. Along with the end of the season comes the saddest night for athletes of the Class of 2017, Senior Night.

This season has been interesting for BHS volleyball, to say the least. This night represented much more than just the last game of the season for me, it would be the last time I would ever play a sport in a Beaverton High School jersey.

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The parents of the six seniors gathered in the hall, patiently waiting for us to come out to walk with them across the gym. As the announcer, Mr. Sarmiento, called my name, I walk out in front of all my classmates who have become family to me over the last 3 years. Two of my teammates, that I had been playing with since the beginning of my high school volleyball experience, walked over and handed me the things that they had gotten us.

With my team by my side, I stepped on the court to play against Century High School, I got one final look at the crowd, this is it, I thought. This is the last time I would ever warm up, last time I would ever hold pinkies with my team as the national anthem is sung. This is it. The last time that the little traditions and quirky things our team did would ever be routine to me.

That was the moment when it finally hit me, I am a senior. In 8 short months, I will be walking across a different stage at the Chiles Center in front of many of the same people, and my high school experience will come to an end. Although there is so much to look forward to for senior year, like Prom and my final football game in the student section, I can’t help but reminisce on my time here at BHS.

Looking back on my last 3 years, I have nothing but good memories running through my mind. Senior night was only one of the traditions from high school that I hold close to my heart. Our schools says that “Tradition Unites Us,” and I can honestly say, from personal experience, this is very obvious throughout our school.

From singing John Jacob at the halftime of football games, to the amazing assemblies that Student Leadership puts on, everyone has something that they can fit into. Though my time here is coming to an end, these 4 years will forever be the most impactful years of my young life.

Until the time that I end my journey, I hope to spread as much of the traditions to the underclassmen before I leave. Even though the Beaverton School District boundaries may be changing throughout the district, the traditions will still live on. I have faith in the junior class that they will lead the new kids coming in, from schools like Sunset High School, and unite them all with tradition the way that my class was way back in 2013, where my high school experience began. So if you’re deciding where you want your child to go, wouldn’t you want their experience to be as memorable as mine was?