Senior (Now Alumna) Blog: Jen Caplan

My top 5 memories at Beaverton High School…

Football Season: Dressing up on Friday nights and heading out to the football field is by far one of my favorite memories of high school. It was so amazing to feel all the school spirit and watch the team play, win or lose.

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March for Our Lives: On March 24th, 2018, there were marches across the world to support the student in Parkland and help make our schools safer. Being apart of the March for Our Lives at Beaverton was such an eye-opening experience. It was amazing hearing students share stories and seeing students come together.

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Star Day: After 4 years of hard work and preparing, May 1st finally came, where we got to wear our college gear to school and put up on our stars. It was such an exciting day with treats in the CCC! It was so awesome to see where all my classmates are going and everyone so excited for the future.

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Dances: Dressing up and getting together to take pictures for all the dances was always such a fun time. Getting ready with all my friends was always so exciting and I love looking back at all the pictures and memories.

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Marketing Trips: Having the opportunity to go to New York and Seattle with the Marketing Program was one of my favorite experiences. It really helped me get a feel for what I want to do in the future. We got to hear from amazing industry speakers, go to on-site visits, talk to people with very successful careers and explore the cities!

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Senior (Now Alumna) Blog: Anna Lorati

As my past four years at Beaverton High School come to an end, I can’t help but reflect on all of the memories that I have made here. I came into high school very nervous and shy, and have gained an immense amount of knowledge and confidence, and have built many relationships along the way. Beaverton has been like a second home to me, and I am so grateful for the time I have spent here.

Here are my top 5 memories!

Sporting Events

Getting dressed up for Friday Night Lights with my friends and losing our voices cheering for the Beavs were some of the best moments in these past four years. It truly was a special feeling rooting for BHS at all of the sporting events, and watching your friends compete against other schools.

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Marketing Pathway

I have been involved in the marketing pathway since freshman year. I am so fortunate to have been able to find a passion of mine that I will be pursuing as a career, and receive all of the amazing opportunities that the pathway has provided me with, such as trips to Seattle, New York, and Chicago!

AP Human Geo

Not everyone is a huge fan of AP Human Geography, but that was by far my favorite academic class (and the only one I ever actually enjoyed). If you are deciding between that class and another humanities one, take AP Human Geo. It’s really interesting and Ms. Morgan made my junior year a ton more bearable.

Racquetball and Tennis

Some of my favorite times of high school have been during tennis and racquetball season. Getting to know all of my teammates and support them was a highlight. It was also a special experience to be able to compete in Districts for tennis, and win multiple State and National titles for racquetball.

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Prom

Prom was by far one of the funnest nights of high school! Spending the night getting dressed up with your best friends, and dancing the night away with your class was a blast. Prom is definitely a night to remember.

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Bucky’s Family: Patrick Stubblefield

Meet Bucky’s Family member, Patrick Stubblefield!
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Patrick Stubblefield is a senior at Beaverton High School. He was born in Portland, Oregon and has lived here his whole life alongside his mom, dad, and little brother. Growing up, Patrick always talked to his parents about having a sibling. Because of his mom’s three failed pregnancies, he thought it would never happen. Fortunately, his mom was able to finally get pregnant after a few years and that’s when his brother, who is family calls “miracle baby,” was born. Patrick has an extremely close bond with his brother, but a challenge he has faced in life is experiencing terrible anxiety tied to his little brother because whenever something small would happen to him he would get scared he was going to lose him. This anxiety then led to some social anxiety and OCD as he got older. Patrick is doing a lot better now and is thankful for his family for all of their constant support.
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A big part of Patrick’s life is also art. After school, he enjoys drawing/scribbling and could do that for hours. His inspiration comes from his mother who is an illustrator and has always pushed him to be creative. One of his favorite teachers is Ms. Yost because she has gotten him interested in photography and is always supportive and encouraging of his art. Plus, she is always happy and positive in the mornings which helps brighten his mood. Besides being artistic, Patrick is highly involved in rock climbing, krav maga, and parkour.
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Some of the best advice he has received has been from his dad who told him, “Do things right the first time. Always do your best, and get things done right the first time so you don’t have to do it again.” This has stuck with him throughout his life and has helped him be the way he is now. Patrick is most proud of his ability to be the best big brother he can possibly be, not just to his younger brother, but some of his younger friends as well. He feels he has helped shape his brother into the young man he has become and will forever be grateful for that.
After high school, Patrick is excited to be either attending Cornell University, University of Pennsylvania, or Vanderbilt University. He plans on studying business and dual majoring in marketing and management. Patrick will miss the welcoming and inclusive community at BHS as well as the amazing staff.
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Bucky’s Family: Ochora Okullu

Meet Bucky’s Family member, Ochora (Moses) Okullu!

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Ochora Okullu, a 17-year-old senior at Beaverton is experiencing his first year at Beaverton and prefers to go by Moses. Moses moved here from Kent, Washington and lives with his parents and four of his eight siblings. He has four brothers and four sisters. Moses is the oldest.

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At an early age, Moses learned from his parents to work hard at whatever he does and to keep on doing what he does best. This helped him overcome many obstacles including moving homes and schools. At one point in high school his GPA was 2.3 but through hard work, he raised to a 3.3. Moses’ favorite class at Beaverton is Marketing.
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Moses also enjoys the Beaverton community. He plays varsity basketball and continues to work hard on the court. Volunteering at the YMCA and helping younger kids learn basketball is one of his favorite ways to pass time as well as spending time with family.
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Something Moses wants more people to know about him is that while seems quiet and reserved from a far, he’s actually open to making new friends and is an incredibly nice guy.
Welcome to Bucky’s Family, Moses!

Bucky’s Family: Cody Davidson

Meet Bucky’s Family member, Cody Davidson!

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Cody Davidson is 15 years old and a sophomore at Beaverton High School. Cody went to Sexton Mountain Elementary School and Highland Park Middle School. He also has a brother (Jake Davidson) who graduated from BHS in the class of 2017. Cody is an athletic, humorous, and intelligent person who loves to play sports. Cody says his favorite thing about BHS is, “How the whole community comes out and supports our athletics,:  He also really enjoys Social Studies and Marketing. When he is in college, Cody says he wants to study business management or interior design. Then after college, he wants to be an agent for professional athletes or an interior designer.

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Along with his love for learning, Cody also enjoys playing football and basketball at BHS; he is currently on the varsity basketball team! Outside of school, Cody enjoys going boating with his family and friends, water skiing, wakeboarding, and snowboarding. He says his favorite memory of boating is when he went to Lake Shasta for a week with his family and friends.

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Cody loves his family and he credits them with making him the person he is today. He says, “They taught me how to be kind to all, chase my dreams and work hard.” He loves spending time with his family, and he says his favorite family tradition is on Christmas morning when they open all their presents while watching basketball.

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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.