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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Senior Blog: Ayaka Takeuchi

Coming to Beaverton as a freshman, it was hard for me to make friends. I had just moved to this country and was still learning English. Four years passed and I am surrounded by amazing friends and I am so glad I stuck around instead of giving up and moving back to Japan. My favorite memory here at BHS was my junior year, when I was kidnapped to be a Homecoming Princess. I remember I was tying up my last paragraph for an essay which was due in 10 minutes when screaming teenagers rushed into my room. It was such an memorable night and a week and I am so honored I got to be a part of the tradition.

Another great memory at BHS was Student Leadership. This class brought so many great memories and friends to me and joining this class was probably one of the best decisions I’ve made throughout my high school careers. We have retreats where students get to bond somewhere far from the school and I won’t even call this an exaggeration, it is the best weekend of your life. Okay maybe I exaggerated a little bit, but it’s still a phenomenal weekend. I am grateful that I was given the opportunity to work with my classmates to better the school and those helped me grow into the individual I am today.

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Following up to one of the best decisions being made throughout the four years, I would like to mention my decision of joining the drama department my junior year. Without a doubt I can say that performing is my passion. I have been a fan of theatre for as long as I can remember, but I was hesitant to be a part of a production here since I was not confident with my language skills yet. Last year, I auditioned for the musical “Catch me if you can”, and even though 6 weeks of rehearsals was sometimes painful, the adrenaline rush I get being on stage, I had to do more shows! This years I was Eulalie Shinn for the musical “The Music Man” and Ms. Fleming for the musical “Heathers”. I met people that I can call my other family here in the department and I’m going to miss sharing the stage with such talented geniuses.

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Following up to performing arts, concert choir also brought great challenges and joy to me. I love music and sometimes learning songs can be a pain. But there’s this moment when everything comes together and our voices sound indescribable and it makes it all worth it. I was a piano accompanist for the last two years and it gave me an opportunity to perform in different settings.

Final great memory at BHS has to be Prom. Seeing my friends all dressed up made me realize that the last big event of senior year is now only graduation and it made me feel nostalgic. We danced the night away… like literally. The night consisted of great and odd memories and I will cherish them for so long!

Thanks, Beaverton High School, for all the memories!!

Senior Blog: Zack Danner

Today is the last full day of school for the Class of 2018. Many of us have mixed emotions as we have our yearbooks signed, turn in our final high school essays, and complete our final presentations and tests at BHS. As a class we celebrate our accomplishments, reflect on what our legacy at BHS will be, and throw papers in the air to celebrate the completion of what for many of us has been the greatest four years of our lives. Today, I reflect on all the great moments of the past four years.

My top three favorite moments at BHS are taking home the 5th-place trophy at State last year with the boys’ basketball team. It was an amazing run to win the Metro League title and then to go beat Westview for the fourth time in the same season before taking home the 5th place trophy.

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Another of my favorite memories was traveling to New York City with the Social Media Team. Putting the stuff you learn in the classroom into real world perspective is a great experience and I had a lot of fun learning outside of the classroom environment.

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Senior Prom is a night to remember. For most it is a one time experience, so enjoy it. For me this was a senior memory for the books. You can ask a girl and go with them or you can go with friends, but you only get one Senior Prom, so enjoy it. Enjoy being with your high school friends for one last school dance.

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I’ll conclude this blog with a piece of advice for every Beaverton student; current or incoming. Enjoy the time you have at Beaverton. Being a Beaver is a special thing, and the time goes by so fast. Join a club or a team and find a way to be involved. Go to dances because you can. Enjoy this time while it lasts, cause believe it or not, it doesn’t last long.

Senior Blog: Reed Migaki

What I really loved about BHS is the community and friendships that I made through my 4 years. The thing I will miss most is the Friday night football games. Coming out and playing in front of the Beaverton community is something that I’ll never forget. I will also miss the brotherhoods that sports have given me. My favorite teachers that I will miss will be Ms. Ped and Mr. Kenis. Some advice I will give to the incoming freshmen next year is to not be afraid to go outside your comfort zone. Also, don’t be afraid to be the most spirited student at events. Some Prom advice I would give to next year’s seniors is to go all out and just have fun; you normally only have one opportunity to go. One of the best experiences I had at Beaverton would be our win against sunset to clinch a playoff spot. I played football all 4 years and baseball for 3. My final year I switched to lacrosse during the spring. I plan on going to PCC in the fall, and I’m planning on doing the EMT program and hopefully become a firefighter.

Senior Blog: Kenzie Moore

When applying for college, I was asked to do a community service project in order to get accepted into my majors program. With my senior Prom coming up, I thought why not throw a district-wide Buddy Prom. I have worked with the BHS students all four years of high school; this particular group of students I hold very near and dear to my heart.

Prom is something every high school student looks forward toom and all kids should be able to go, so why not give them the night they deserve? I was super excited to make this a Beaverton School District Prom because I have worked in the at many high schools in the district, and getting them all together would be a wonderful night.

Leading up to the dance was a fun and stressful time. I had a lot of help from staff and other students. On the day of Buddy Prom, set-up went smoothly, and I was so anxious for it to start. Every student who showed up was dressed up and they all looked beautiful. The kids were able to dance, go to a photo booth, play in the sensory corner, or watch a movie in a classroom. Buddy Prom was a success, and everyone had a great time. I am so happy I was able to put on this special night for some extraordinary kids.

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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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TRADITION: Senior Prom

Prom is a tradition like no other. It brings all the seniors together in celebration of graduating and moving on from their high school lives. One of the most special things about Prom is the Prom Court. If you are a selected member of the Prom Court, you’ll remember it for the rest of your life. Beaverton High has excelled at including everybody in the prom court in attempts to make everyone’s night, the night of their lives.

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I haven’t attended Prom but I have heard from many that the other dances don’t compare to it. Even without having been to prom, I know it is fantastic because of the buzz that leads up to it. The Beavers have been known to hold the most extravagant assemblies in the Metro League but the Student Leadership makes sure that the prom assembly is the most important and best assembly that is put on. “The Prom Assembly is my favorite and by far the best one (assembly) that BHS puts on!” said junior Jacob Wargo.

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Beaverton has been known to express every single one of its student’s passions, beliefs, and culture and the Prom Court exceeds those expectations. There are 13 different categories for a prince and a princess to get voted on for a total of 26 in the Court. The 13 different categories are suited to a variety of personalities and characters expressed at BHS. The categories are ambition. Charm, dedication, humor, imagination, intellect, kindness, physique, spirit, style, talent, verbosity and renaissance. My personal favorite category is humor because humor is just a great way to relieve your stress. BHS has many traditions but one of them is having all the people in the prom court participate goofy activities during both lunches. One of the most memorable performances at lunch is when the princes and princesses have to serenade a person of their choice by lip-syncing a song. The audience of students at lunch always get involved by chanting the singer’s name or by singing along with the song.

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Sam Regali is part of the Prom Court and was voted Princess of Ambition, and she says, “My favorite part would probably be having the opportunity to be apart of a great group of people and seeing all the costumes!”

Prom Dress CRISIS

By Sley Vega, Senior

The countdown to Prom has begun for us seniors! It’s crazy how fast time is passing by, especially now that we are officially second semester seniors. The past few weeks, prom has been a recurring topic in conversations among us girls, and it is still two months away. “Send me a picture of your dress!”, “Who is hosting?” and “Oh my gosh, it’s approaching so soon and I haven’t even started looking for a dress…” are constantly talked about at the lunch table.

The funny thing is, I can definitely relate to everyone who hasn’t started looking for dresses. Dress shopping is already hard enough, and this is a huge night, so finding the perfect dress is a must. Not to mention, finding a unique and different dress so you don’t show up wearing the same dress as someone else is important. It’s so important to some girls that they have created a group message where everyone is sending in pictures of their dress to make sure no one buys the same one.

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Here are some of my recommendations that I’ve come up with to all the girls still looking for a dress:

If you are going to order dresses online, I would start looking now or in the next few weeks and order soon, just because you don’t want to stress about your dress not coming in on time, or not liking the way it fits. If you don’t want to buy a new dress or don’t have the money to spend on a dress, ask around and see if anyone has one you can borrow! Or… in the next few weeks, check in with Becca’s Closet to see if they have any dresses you like.

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But my biggest recommendation that I have got from some friends of mine that have graduated is to have patience! Dress shopping is certainly not easy, and you may not find the dress you like after the first one you try on. You will know when you know, and that may be the last dress you try on after a month of looking for one, so take a step back, breathe and have fun because when you think about it, this will probably be the last time we will be looking for a dress to wear to a high school dance.

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….