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….

 

 

My Magical First Trip to Disneyland

By Ella Lambert, senior

Going to Disneyland for the first time was crazy enough, but going with my best friends was even crazier. Ever since last year when I saw the Marketing students go to Disneyworld, I knew I needed to go and what better time than my senior year?

The trip was filled with such fun times and unforgettable memories. The trip started with the famous Hollywood tour where we learned about the entertainment industry,  looked at all the stars, and even visited where the Oscars are held every year.

The next day, I was overcome with excitement and could not wait to step into the park. Anyone’s first time stepping into Disneyland is magical, and mine wasn’t any different. I couldn’t stop smiling even if I wanted to. My first  ride – before our workshop started – was Indiana Jones, and it has to be one of my favorites. After our workshop, we went on Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, Haunted Mansion, and all the other classics. This trip wasn’t only about the rides, though; we also got to learn about Disney’s approach to leadership including the “four c’s” to which Walt Disney attributes to his success: confidence, curiosity, courage, and constancy. We also talked about our dreams and how fear is one of the main things that turns our dreams from possible to impossible. We learned that failure happens and that it’s part of becoming successful. Walt Disney had many failures before he came up with the iconic Mickey Mouse character. The program was really cool and informative, and we got to learn lots about what goes into making Disney the magical place that it is.

After our wonderful night walking around in Downtown Disney, we were exhausted and went back to the hotel to rest. The next day was spent at Universal Studios, which I think surprised us all with how great it was. Short lines, good food, and who can forget the Jurassic Park ride? Before coming here, I had an immense fear of fast or scary rides. But, after riding The Mummy and Jurassic Park about 8 times each, I was finally able to overcome my fears and genuinely enjoy every ride (except California Screamin’ because that still scares me). We also did a behind-the-scenes tour of Universal and its production stages and compared Disney to Universal in terms of how each approaches different customer markets, the in-park experience, and overall feel. So great!

Today is (was) Thursday, and we’re back at Disney enjoying all the rides as much as possible and going to a workshop on Disney’s approach to storytelling. I am so excited!

This trip has really been one of the most amazing experiences of my life, and I have to give credit to not only my amazing teachers who have felt like my second moms but my amazing friends who have pushed me out of my comfort zone and have joined me on this experience of a lifetime.

Learning About Myself

By Logan Holt, senior

During my four years at Beaverton High School, I got the chance to grow and find my interest through the variety of classes I signed up for. It was challenging but fun figuring out my interests my first two years of high school. Freshman and sophomore year was a process of trial and error when it came to forecasting for classes. Eventually, towards my sophomore year, I learned that my biggest interest laid upon the field of marketing.

My junior year I started to look into college and planning my future. At this point I started setting higher goals for myself and taking school more seriously. I changed a lot in my junior year; I got glasses, and I was diagnosed with ADD. These things caused a shift in my life, and I had to learn how to adjust. But, both of those things also helped me know what steps to take to reach my goals.

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Junior year, I took more classes in the Marketing Pathway such as Sports and Event Marketing and Marketing 2. This year, I took Marketing Seminar and Digital Marketing. I learned about the marketing business world and how the marketing of ideas, products and services work. Overall, I learned about becoming a well-rounded person in the field, which interests me.

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I found to be grateful for having the chance to find what I like and grow from it. High school is your chance to explore your options and find what you like. High school is an incredible time in our lives and I wouldn’t want to spend it at any other school. It is key to cherish everyone, and every moment in time here at BHS; every moment is so special, and I and truly going to miss being a student here.