By Gabi Peoples, senior
COMMUNITY CONNECTS US.
If you didn’t know, Beaverton High School loves to rally around and support their athletic programs, whether it may be volleyball, lacrosse, football, tennis, water polo and many more. And, as a community, we stand by our athletes and watch them climb the ladder of success and for some individuals, we have the opportunity to watch them carry on their athletic career past Beaverton High School.
Student-athletes who have worked hard to continue on in their careers at the college level do not go unnoticed here at BHS. Knowing this first-hand due to the fact that I have the privilege to play Division 1 college volleyball at San Diego State University, the community at Beaverton has been so kind and supportive and expressed how proud they are of me, yet this is my first AND last year at this school. At the volleyball games here, the student section would cheer me on and they had a nickname for me that they would chant every time I would go back and serve, “D1”. It’s an indescribable feeling to know that your fellow classmates, teachers, and staff are all behind our in your journey to success as a student-athlete.
Nate Johnnie is a lacrosse commit to York College in Pennsylvania, and he has played varsity all four years he has attended Beaverton High School. Nate describes his path leading to college athletics through BHS as “the craziest, most amazing experience of his life. Beaverton has given me a once-in-a-lifetime chance to have the full on high school sports adventure. So many people came out to support the team, myself, and our success and I wouldn’t be where I am today without the loyalty of my beaverton community. Playing in college is such an honor and I am thankful for the BHS student body for all the love they have given me.” Nate shared his memory from his very first high school varsity game and all of the emotions and feelings rushing through his body as he stepped the turf field here at BHS, and he said he had those same emotions when he made the choice to commit to York College three years later. He is privileged to have been a Beaverton Beaver athlete.
In honor of all the athletes that will be carrying on into college athletics, Beaverton celebrates their accomplishments by holding a Signing Day here at the high school’s cafeteria where the community of their family and friends comes and supports them as they take pictures and sign their letters of intent for their college. As of right now the seniors that will be signing in the spring consist of Nate Johnnie (York College, lacrosse), Hunter Sweet (Concordia University, basketball), Emma Brockmann (Northern Colorado, softball), Kevin Watson (Oregon State, baseball), and myself, Gabi Peoples (San Diego State University, volleyball). Being an athlete at BHS is amazing, and we all are forever grateful for to our school and our community for helping us achieve our prosperity within our sports and the help to continue to do what we love at the collegiate level.