COMMUNITY: Kids for Wish Kids

One of our core values here at BHS is community. Each one of our students, teachers, and staff make it one of their goals to create a safe and supportive community throughout the school. One of our favorite times of year to see the incredible community we get to be a part of is in February.

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In February, we put on two events; Week of Wishes, which leads up to Jam the Dam. Our Sports and Event Marketing class connects with businesses in the community to sign sponsors and receive donations that help run our event. With sponsors, donations, and money from our silent auction, we raise enough money to sponsor multiple kids’ wishes through the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Oregon. We not only get to provide a fun night for students and our community, but we also get to give back to the community in a big way.

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We have been putting on these events and partnering with the Make-A-Wish for over 14 years! These events not only signify our core value of community, but help represent our other values such as excellence, learning, and tradition.

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EXCELLENCE: Jam the Dam 2018

Excellence can be found all around Beaverton High School. From sports to academics, anywhere you look, you will find excellence; in the bodies of students, staff and our community. One example of excellence is Jam the Dam.

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Jam the Dam is a double header basketball event. Beaverton High School pairs with Make-A-Wish Oregon to create Week of Wishes. Week of Wishes is the build up week to the final event. BHS and Make-A-Wish Oregon have been paired together for this event for 13 years. BHS has raised over $205,000 and granted 30+ wishes.

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This year’s Jam the Dam event was huge success. Varsity Boys and Girls and JV Girls won their games against Aloha. The Sports and Event Marketing class led by Kathryn Robinson, raised over $15,000 dollars from sponsors, donations, and silent auction baskets. As soon as the last bell rang, students immediately started to line up at the door in hopes of getting a free t-shirt. The first 500 students would receive a free t-shirt with a rockin’ logo on it. Free ice-cream, free t-shirts, a photo booth and much more made students, fans and parents very happy.

Can YOU Feel the Excitement?

The basketball gym is filled to the brim with excited students and the Beaverton community. The exuberance and anticipation for the game leads everyone to stand on the edge of their seats.


While the students wait in line for the highly anticipated start of Jam the Dam, be sure to visit the Dutch Bros Coffee Truck that will be right outside of BHS. Inside the venue, when you want something sweet and cool to drink, Dutch Bros. will be there making delicious flavored Rebels.


Jam the Dam is an amazing event and without the participation of Dutch Bros., a  part of the atmosphere would be missing. Dutch Bros. had worked with us for years, and we are so lucky to have their personable staff on-site.

Jam the Dam is TOMORROW,  and the first game will be starting at 4:00 PM. That day will be a jam-packed day of fun. The Dutch Bros. Drive Thru Day and the last day you can turn in your Dutch Bros. cup for the Cup Contest is also tomorrow.

Thank you to Dutch for the amazing partnership! We love their company and want to give a special shout out to Tina! Thank you for all that you do to help us at Beaverton.

Senior Top 5: Drew Roper

By Drew Roper, BHS Class of 2016


My name is Drew Roper, and I am a senior at Beaverton High School. During my four years at Beaverton High, I have made many memories with lots of great people. It is tough to narrow all of the memories I’ve made down to a specific top five.
So, to start this off my first memory was being apart of the Jam the Dam festivities. I had the astounding privilege of being able to hangout with two amazing Make-A-Wish kids over two years. Ozzie and Elijah were amazing and were truly so inspiring to be around.
My second memory was of being on prom court as Prince of Style. It was such a fun experience being able to be around such fun people, and getting to enjoy all of the weeks festivities. The prom assembly was awesome and all of the vibes were so cool to be involved with. Being on prom court was definitely one memory I will remember forever.
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My next memory was winning the Metro League Title in basketball. This feeling was unreal, especially after all of the handwork that was put in the whole season leading up to that moment. And just the ability to share that amazing memory with my teammates, who I got so close to throughout the season and summer. Winning the Metro League Title, and being able to have a trophy and a banner that hangs in the gym for as long as I will be around is such a surreal feeling.
Another one of my favorite and one of my most personal memories is when I created my own clothing brand called VUES Clothing. It is a small urban clothing brand that I am curating with some friends. The memory in BHS comes from when I completely sold out all the stock to students in BHS. After everything I have put into the clothing brand, it’s truly so motivating to keep creating when I see kids around school wearing and loving the products. You can check out the line on Instagram @vuesclo.
Last but not least, is the memory I hold closest to my heart and has truly shaped me into the man I am today; FOOTBALL. I love football, and everything the sport has done for me so far. The best memories I have made in high school without a count come directly from football and everyone that is involved with it. Throughout my four years playing high school football has really taught me a lot. It has taught me discipline, teamwork, persistence, goal setting, and a high you can’t buy. When I say this, I mean their is no way to replicate the adrenaline rush you get from a friday night football game. Fighting and scrapping with all you have alongside your teammates, and being successful, even in one play, is a moving experience. There is really nothing that can compare. And that is why I will remember my memories of high school football forever.

Senior Top 5: Peter Vos

By Peter Vos, BHS Class of 2016


5. Football Games

High School football games on Friday nights are a huge part of the beginning of each year. After four years, I am sad to say that the Friday night lights are behind me, but the team we had and the atmosphere we created as fans this past season was the best I’ve been a part of in my time at BHS. We only had 30 players on Varsity, which is not very many compared to most metro schools, and they played with a lot of tenacity and passion, enough so that they even made it to the quarterfinals of state. This year, we made it a tradition to have a “tailgate” of sorts, before every home game in senior lot, filled with music, food and a fun place for people to meet before games. I will definitely remember this past football season as a great high school memory, for how the team did and for how exciting it was to be a part of such a great student section.

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4. a) Jam the Dam 2016

Jam the Dam is a huge factor that separates BHS from other schools. Other schools have tried to imitate our idea of collaborating with Make-A-Wish during a basketball game and raise money through sponsors and such, but frankly, no school compares to the one and only BHS Jam the Dam. Unfortunately, for the people who actually enjoy good basketball, we had to play Glencoe this year, but a win’s a win. The more exciting part is the waiting in line outside of Hottmann’s room right after school with music, chairs and snacks, with your friends, waiting to get your free t-shirt. Also this year, during the JV game, the sister of an opposing Glencoe player came over to the student section and told us to harass her little brother, #30. Since the game wasn’t very close, this was our game within the game. We booed the kid so hard whenever he would touch the ball and got silent after he passed it off. The administrators weren’t too fond of it after a while, so they told us to “stop booing #30”. So we did. And instead we booed every other Glencoe player who got the ball and were dead silent when #30 had it. Then the admin told us to stop again, so we cheered for every other player who got the ball except #30. We really got to this kid because I’m not sure he had more than 5 points. So, toward the end, we cheered whenever he got the ball. This was one of those times where something very impromptu turned out to work far better than something that was planned. Just another reason why I love being a part of the BHS student sections.

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b) Rhythm Boys

Rhythm Boys is yet another BHS tradition that is unparalleled and it’s ridiculous and great at the same time. This is where the senior boys are taught a dance routine by our famous Rhythm B’s and we perform it at the halftime of Jam the Dam, full with crop top shirts, skirts and of course, fishnet tights. For practices, we split up into groups and we have 2 of the Rhythm B’s assigned to teach us, luckily we got two very very very patient girl’s assigned to be our teachers. My group, also known as “Team Skrrt”, had the most fun out of all the groups by far. The practices were filled with a lot of laughter and a lot of large games of “tag” throughout the school. The lead up to going out in front of 2,000ish people in those absurd outfits was very adrenaline filled. Although I was dressed like a fool, I felt very comfortable with my fellow seniors out there living up to the tradition.

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3. Walk out #StandUpFG

This happened last Thursday, the 19th, and if you have any form of social media you most likely have some idea of what I’m talking about. Students of BHS walked out of school in a peaceful protest to support the school of Forest Grove that was doing a walk out of their own in a response to racist banners being hung in their school. I wasn’t in on the ground floor of this happening, but I noticed what was going on and jumped right in. One of the leaders of the movement was Manny Maciel, Manny was the Prom Prince of Kindness and subsequently Prom King. He is one of the most genuine people I’ve met and I would follow him almost anywhere. The protest was something that was done with good intentions and something that was widely recognized over multiple news outlets and to be a part of something like that is a memory that I’ll keep forever.

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2. Tennis

I played tennis for the last three years at BHS, under the superb tutelage of one Matthew Hottmann, aka Hotty, but sadly it came to an end a few weeks ago. It’s pretty hard not to think about the end of my athletic career, but I gained so much in terms of friendships and memories from tennis, that I will always think of it and smile. Joining tennis was by far the best decision I have made in High School. Beaverton Tennis is more than a sport, it’s a lifestyle. We grew very close with one another during the course of a season and especially the 9 seniors we had, out of a total 18, because we all had been a part of tennis for so long. I’ll always look back on tennis and remember us as “The Cutest Team in Metro” and all the joking we did but more than that I’ll remember playing a sport I love and hanging out with some of my best friends everyday for 3 months each year.

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1. Prom

Most of the other seniors have prom in their top 5 memories as well, so who am I break the trend? In all seriousness prom was a fantastic night and surpassed my expectations of what I thought my senior prom would entail. I had the most amazing date and danced all night with the rest of the senior class at the world trade center. I want everyone else to have the same fulfilling experience that I had so if other Juniors or underclassmen are reading this, I urge you to listen to my prom advice, make sure that you go with someone who you know you’ll have fun with because that’s the most important thing. Also, I would recommend staying until the end so you can have your special “Don’t Stop Believin’” moment with your whole class just like I did. Prom is an iconic time in most all High Schoolers lives, whether it’s good or bad, it’s something that most people remember no matter how many years have gone by, which is why I’m extra glad that mine was so great.

The Reality of Rhythm Boys #BHSWoW2016

By Samuel Manilla, senior


As of writing this, BHS Week of Wishes is coming to its dramatic climax: Jam the Dam. This intense and entertaining basketball game has been a beloved tradition at BHS for over a decade and always brings a massive crowd.

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One of the more interesting (or awkward; I feel like both words are applicable) elements of Jam the Dam is the Rhythm Boys, a legion of dancing, prancing, fishnet-wearing senior boys that storm the court and dance their hearts out, achieving what everybody wants out of life: fifteen seconds of fame. Girls love them. Freshmen want to be them. The rival team is kind of weirded out by them. It’s legendary.

Yet even though they are loved by students and community members alike, few viewers really understand the trials and hardships that these scantily-clad men must go through in order to end up on that court. It is because of this that I, Sam Manilla, a Rhythm Boy myself, have decided to detail for you, the reader, the first of six Rhythm Boys’ rehearsals leading up to Jam the Dam, so you and everyone else who reads this blog may have a better understanding of what it truly means to be a Rhythm Boy.

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Rhythm Boyz: Day 1

As I walked down the hallway to the gym, I could already smell the angst and testosterone wafting through the evening air. It was going to be a good day. I felt my stomach knotting up, and I strongly considered turning around and running away and never looking back. I had fully accepted the thought of having to face my friends, and having them tease me (as friends often do) for wimping out and ditching rehearsal.

All of my fears faded away when I saw two of my best friends, Sam and John, standing at the end of the hallway. We obnoxiously greeted each other from across the hall, and started conversing about how PUMPED we were to be starting our brief Rhythm Boys careers. We spotted some of our other friends, and much socializing was had.

Suddenly, we were all startled by a shrill “HEY” resonating through the air. It was Lindsey, the captain of the Rhythm Bs. She asked all to be seated, and so it was. She welcomed us all to the first rehearsal of the Rhythm Boys, stating how excited she was to have a group as large as we were.

After Lindsey came the man, the myth, the legend himself, Mr. Jason Sarmiento. He told us of his days as a Rhythm Boy, and about how excited he was to see us all carrying on the tradition of wearing skirts and dancing around. He then gave us some spiel about the dress code, but (to be totally honest) I didn’t really pay attention.

We were asked to split up into teams of six, and each group would be assigned a pair of Rhythm Bs to teach us the dance. As if by instinct, Sam, John, and I clumped as close as we could to each other, as if challenging the world to try to separate us; it was kind of weird now that I say it out loud, but whatever. We also managed to assimilate our friends Matt, Alex, and Hari. A group made up of band kids! We were going to be amazing.


After all groups were together, we were assigned our Bs: Kali, whom I knew from the school’s Theater department, and a girl named Samantha (who I shall only refer to as Samantha, because there are already too many Sams in this story). We immediately fled to the upper levels of the school, so that we could rehearse in peace. We started out with a quick introduction, then we immediately started doing work, which was a perfect emulation of the band kid discipline we had all become so used to over the years.

As we were running through the moves, Kali suggested that we come up with “call outs” (names for the moves that we shout at each other in order to stay with the dance). I’ll spare you some of the details, but a few of my personal favorite call outs we came with were (in no particular order):

  • This thing

  • Vote for Trump

  • PIZZA!!!!!!!

  • #$%@ and @#$%&

Not to say that our other call outs weren’t amazing, these ones just happen to be my favorites. At one point, we had Mr. Sarmiento rolling on the floor laughing because of the ridiculousness and uniformity of our fantastic call outs. He then said that we weren’t allowed to say them during the performance, but whatever, I still think they’re great.

The day was ended with a group performance of our dance (or as much of it as we knew). Suffice it to say, nobody really knew what was going on, so we were pretty abysmal. I nearly hit somebody in the face; I think John had his ankle curb-stomped; and I’m pretty sure Hari blacked out for a few seconds.

Regardless of our possible injuries, sweaty bodies, and probably-eternal stank, we all had a fantastic first day at Rhythm Boys, and couldn’t wait for Jam the Dam.

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Week of Wishes #BHSWoW2016

By Gabe Roosevelt, senior


Week of Wishes started yesterday, and this year is going to be great! Swishes & Wishes is the girls’ basketball game TONIGHT, and they are on their way to victory against Glencoe. There will be giveaway items for students as they enter (grass skirts and Hawaiian visors), items that you will be able to use for your attire at the boys’ Jam the Dam basketball game on Friday night.


During this entire week, Beaverton High School partners up with Make-A-Wish®  in order to raise money so we can grant a child with a life-threatening medical condition a wish of his or her choosing. With the community’s support and attendance, BHS Sports & Event Marketing students hope to raise $20,000 and help grant 4 WISHES!

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Make-A-Wish® grants four kinds of wishes: I wish to go; I wish to meet; I wish to be; and I wish to have. Beaverton High School will be doing another fundraiser at The Pond where you can go and purchase a Wish Star for $1 and have your name written on it to show your support. Make-A-Wish® and Beaverton High School have been partners together for 13 years, and BHS students have raised over $135,000 and have granted 27 wishes! WOW!

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There will be so many exciting activities at all the events so make sure you stop by, watch the basketball games, and have a good time with your friends. I mean, really, the Rhythm Boys will perform at halftime of Jam the Dam! Who wants to miss them???

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STUDENTS: Remember that there will be many items that students will be able to take home and save for other Hawaiian-themed events and parties. Quickly hop in line after school so you can ensure that you will get your free jam the dam shirt, not to mention all the things that will be available to do while awaiting the doors to open.


By Tatjana Schroeder, senior


Involvement within Beaverton High School is amazing. Many schools throughout the Beaverton School District say they are very involved schools but nothing compares to BHS. Week of Wishes is the week that BHS works with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to raise money to sponsor wishes.


How I was drawn in…

BHS offers a Sports and Event Marketing class, that I was in last year. Through this class, I had the opportunity to work with the Make-A-Wish Foundation. This was a chance to meet with businesses to obtain sponsorships, bring in donations, and run a fabulous week of events at BHS to raise money and grant wishes.


The feeling of putting on an event to help others is like none other. Working hard, being in a team, and involving in the community is fantastic experience. After all of it is done, it is so rewarding to see the smile on everybody’s faces.

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The community at Beaverton High School is so strong and supportive. Everyone comes together, shows support, and cheers for our team. The outcome of this event is just remarkable. Every year there is definitely no disappointment. The gym comes alive and there is so much energy flowing through the air, all for a cause that demonstrates the power of community. That’s what keeps it exciting!