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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LEARNING: Happy Sun, Happy People, & Happy Alligators

We will be taking a trip across the state from the unbearable cold and rain to the blazing sun. After a 56hour flight, Beaverton High School marketing students have arrived to “the happiest place on earth,” 3,040.2 mi from home. This five day trip will be long and tiring, but that won’t stop Disney from putting a smile on our faces.

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Movie Resort

Our first stop, the Disney Movie Resort! When we first walked into the resort it was not as exciting and Disney fanatic as you would expect, but it was beautiful and clean inside. Right once we walked out to the back, we had entered the beginning of our Disney magical experience! There were people hanging out by the shack, families in the pool bonding, and adults and children jamming out to the Disney music. On our way to our hotel room, there were huge structures that correlated with a specific movie.

Disney YES Program

Somehow, we had to drag ourselves out of bed every morning before 7:20 am to meet the bus that took us to a land called, Epcot, in Disney World. Here, we met up with the happy outgoing cast members that took us on an adventurous ride throughout the land where we did little workshops in two small groups. On the first day, our workshop was about technology.

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Technology

As we all may know, the 21st century is expanding their research and knowledge in technology. During our workshop, we learned that products in technology need to be carefully looked at by four main groups: government, economics, society and technology safety. These all determine whether a product or service will be sold or not. Without these four areas we would not have safe technology that meets our needs and wants. We traveled back in time to learn how we started from rocks and dirt that turned into space travel and flying cars. Inventions and ideas did not start from just one person, rather it grew from one person to another.

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Leadership

“You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world.

But it takes people to make the dream a reality”

-Walt Disney

On the second day, we took a magical ride into the land of leadership. Having strong self-esteem, integrity and being a risk-taker are just a few keys into what it takes to be a leader. The hardest, but most influential piece of this workshop is when we were separated into groups of four and had to brainstorm ideas for a new business. The leaders were only given a small piece of information that we had to work off of and figure out what the need of the company was. My group leader was not able to talk to us, rather we had to ask “yes” or “no” questions. This made us have to really put our trust and ideas together to try and come up with an end result. In the end, we learned that one of the most important parts of leadership is cooperation. If there is no cooperation then the task cannot be completed to the best of its ability.

Team Building

The day that really stood out to me as being the most influential was when we had to work on team building. We had to collaborate, use our resources and trust one another in order to succeed. My group had no problem in doing so. From what we have practiced in school, sports and our daily lives we listened to everyone’s ideas and cooperated with one another. This led our team to be the most successful.

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Learning

We not only had to work on technology, leadership and team building in the three hour long workshops. These also took place within our groups that traveled together throughout Disney World. Our phones helped us keep track of time, communicate to our teachers and friends, as well as help direct us around the parks. As we were traveling around the parks, we had to have a leader that helped guide us to where we needed to go and what we should do next. We wouldn’t have arrived to the parks and rides we wanted to explore if it weren’t for all of us sharing our ideas, cooperating, and trusting one another.

 

Bucky’s Family: Kassi Savage

Meet Bucky’s Family member, Kassie Savage!

Kassie is a senior here at Beaverton High School and is 17 years old. She was born in Portland, Oregon and has lived here all her life. She grew up in a home with a big family including her siblings and step-siblings. She is the oldest of the bunch. Kassie is super outgoing and loves Beaverton High. As she liked to explain it, she’s an open book!

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Something not everyone knows about Kassie is that she works at Target, is involved with Thespians, Girl Scouts, Gay-Straight Alliance, Leadership, and Choir! One of her passions is drama. Drama has been a part of her life since she was in middle school. She loves being involved in plays and being a part of the Thespian community because she can really be herself and forget about all her struggles that she might be going through. It has always served as an outlet for her and it has also introduced some of her biggest role models.

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Kassie’s biggest role models are teachers at BHS: Ms. Osman and Mr. Dery. She explained that they both are super accepting and understanding. They have also done some really awesome things in their lives. She met Mr. Dery in middle school and he became, as she liked to put it, her “awesome and weird uncle”. He was her drama teacher at Whitford and he introduced her to the amazing and creative world of drama. Through this, she found her love for musicals and so she started choir! She really looks up to Mr. Dery and appreciates everything he has done for her.

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Her background has raised her up to be the awesome person that she is today. She learned to take care of herself and others, especially her family and she is a better person because of it. She has a love for the performing arts. Painting and writing are activities that she has realized she has a great passion for. Beaverton is so lucky to have such an involved and brave person like Kassie.

Here Comes Senior Year

By Jennifer Caplan, BHS Class of 2017

As my Junior year comes to an end, I’m starting to get excited about Senior Year and everything it has to offer. Here is my Top 5 list of things that will occur during my Senior Year!

Football Season: During your Freshman year,  you stand in the back, dressed awkwardly, and can barely cheer because you can’t see anything happening.  As the years have gone on, I’ve waited to take part in the tradition of Senior girls standing in the front on the rail and get all dressed up, while screaming at the top of their lungs.

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Leadership Retreats: Being apart of Leadership at BHS has been one of the most rewarding and meaningful experiences in my life. I’m looking forward to 1st and 2nd semester retreats because it gives me a chance to get to know and work with people who, like me, want to better our school and community.

Marketing Trips: One of the best parts about being part of the Marketing program is all the out-of-classroom opportunities that we get to experience. From touring Wieden & Kennedy, Nike and Intel to traveling to NY and attending a variety of workshops and hearing from speakers, the marketing program has given me a lot of real world opportunities and experiences. I could not be more excited to see what next year has in store.

17022123_1246239755496389_4660842305173834251_nProm: Prom is the most awaited event at BHS. It’s said to be one of the best nights of High School. I can not wait to see all my classmates dressed up and to take pictures with them on this magical night.

14729360_1102107553242944_175710988988266928_nGraduation: I think I’ve had senioritis since sophomore year. I can not wait for the day of graduation. Although it will be hard to leave my friends, family and the only town that I’ve called home, the future excites me I can not wait to see all that it has to offer.

Junior year was amazing but so incredibly hard and busy. I know first semester of senior year will be equally as busy with applying to colleges, but I can’t wait to embrace all that they year has to offer and all of the exciting events of my Senior year. I have been looking forward to Senior year for the last 3 years, and it’s finally here….

 

 

By Kylee Rench, senior

Leadership class will always be remembered as my favorite class. The events we put on and the desire to create change within Beaverton are so crucial to creating the welcoming environment. The thing that I will remember the most about Leadership are the relationships I have built this last year.

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The senior Leadership positions are filled with diverse and driven people from all walks of life. You would never guess that we were so close, however, the senior class is more of a family than friends. I love working with the seniors in Leadership. We all have strong opinions and we are all trying to be leaders in the school. We are the last of the 90s kids. The ability to have a class where you genuinely care about the people you are working with is so valuable. I enjoy spending time with them outside of school which is something I have not experienced in any other class. I am so lucky to be part of this group and will have lasting friendships with so many of them.

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I am thankful for Leadership and all that our class has accomplished this year. ASB is filled with seniors who are experienced in leadership and are excited to be working for BHS. As the school year comes to an end, I hope as a senior class, we will leave a legacy in Leadership where you desire to work hard and be good examples for underclassmen in the school.

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