ALUMNA SPOTLIGHT: Sally Mallaer- Erickson

Alumni Spotlight

Sally Mallaer- Erickson is a graduate from the BHS Class of 1959. Sally was part of the first original team of Ryhthm B’s. The team consisted of 20 or so girls, and they had the opportunity of performing at the State Championship basketball game that year. Her favorite part of high school included performing at football and basketball games, a tradition that still stands today. Her favorite subject was art, and she was involved with a lot of different business classes. Her hobbies today include spending time with her family, hiking and golfing.

A fun fact about Mrs. Erickson is that the property used to build new housing complexes and Mountainside High School used to be owned by her family. It was obviously sold and is now part of the Beaverton community. Thanks for being part of our amazing traditions here at BHS, Sally!


TRADITION: Our Rhythm Bs

Tradition Unites Us here at Beaverton High School; tradition is what brings our community together. We have many unique qualities about the school which makes us all feel connected. One of the biggest parts to that is tradition. One of the many traditions here at BHS are the Rhythm Bs.


The Rhythm Bs perform at home football games and basketball games. The Rhythm Bs have been around for a very long time, and this is one of our earliest traditions. They have the same uniforms that they did when they first started and have the same dance routine.


The Rhythm Bs perform at the end of every assembly and lead the fight song. Over the years, they have brought all of us closer at assemblies and sports events and are one shining example of what makes Beaverton feel connected.

Bucky’s Family: Veronika Hofstetter

Meet Bucky’s Family member, Veronika Hofstetter!


Veronika is a sophomore at BHS who is part of the Rhythm B’s and loves it because the girls are some of her best friends. She lives with her parents and her younger sister who is a seventh grader. The thing she loves most about BHS is how supportive and accepting the students and staff members are of the community.

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Veronika’s biggest challenge she has faced is dealing with her anxiety and stress but is slowly trying to cope with it. She would describe herself as very hard-working and dependable and wants people to know that sometimes she may come off as shy, but is always accepting and willing to help anyone, even strangers.

The best advice she has ever received was “Not everything can be perfect, but that’s okay” and she has learned to live by this especially since she always aspires to be the best that she can be. The constant support she gets from her family and friends motivates her to succeed and accomplish her goals. She’s most proud of her ability to balance both her social and academic responsibilities.

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Her favorite teacher at Beaverton is Mr. Caputo because she says, “He has a good sense of humor and makes her happy.” In the future, Veronika sees herself going to school and going into the engineering or teaching field, but doesn’t quite know where she would like to college.

By Anaya Sergeant, senior


One of my absolute favorite things about Beaverton High School, is how tradition-based of a school we are. I remember when I was younger, my dad always wanted me to go somewhere like Southridge or Lake Oswego, simply because they were “nicer” schools. But Beaverton is just different. It has been around for over 100 years, and there are so many cool traditions that we have kept that attending here makes you feel like you’re part of a family.


One hilarious tradition that we have here at BHS, is the Rhythm Boys. It is a spin off of one of our OLDEST traditions, the Rhythm Bs, but these are boys… pretty self-explanatory, I know. Anyways, the boys dress up and choreograph a hilarious dance that they perform at halftime during Jam the Dam, a HUGE basketball game that we traditionally have every year during Week of Wishes. The word TRADITION has been coming up a lot, if you haven’t noticed.


Another tradition we have is Beaver Nation Migration. This has been going on for over 10 years, and let me tell you it is absolutely awesome. When our varsity football team plays our rival school (Southridge) at Southridge, we get as many people as we can to all walk to the game together. This year, we got over 400 people to do it. Do you know how intimidating it looks when 400 students just charge through your fence? Pretty intimidating.



My favorite tradition that we have here at BHS is our Friday night football games and themes. We have been said to “have the best spirit in Metro” by many people, and they’re definitely not wrong. We are all so full of life and so loud  when we go to games. We always have a theme to dress up to, from Greek to Hawaiian, and it is so much fun! Whenever we make a touchdown, a senior (this year, it’s Nate Johnnie) runs on the track back and forth waving the flag. And most importantly… win or lose, we sing the fight song after EVERY game!


I mean, how many high schools in Oregon can claim to have 100 years of TRADITION. Does it really get any better than that?

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.

Rhythm B’s: Behind the “Poms”

By Lindsey Smith, senior & Rhythm B Line Captain


The BHS Rhythm B’s are one of Beaverton High School’s longest traditions, having been around since 1958. Characterized as a dance/drill team, the Rhythm B’s perform at all home football and basketball games, as well as at several school assemblies throughout the year. Students count on the Rhythm B’s to be the final performance of each assembly and lead the  school in singing the “Fight Song.” But what most students don’t know about the Rhythm B’s, is what exactly goes on behind the scenes of an assembly performance. So today, as a three year Rhythm B line member/ team captain, I am going to bring you along behind the scenes of a typical assembly performance morning.
5:00 am: It all begins when the dreaded alarm goes off. Instantly a wave of anxiety, excitement, and stress rush over me all at the same time. First up is hair and makeup. Thankfully, I have had plenty of time over the years to master the traditional Rhythm B half-up, half-down hairstyle. After almost an hour of curling, combing, pinning, hair spraying and doing my dance makeup, I am finally performance ready! The last step is to put on the assigned team uniform, usually consisting of our performance skirt, dance leotard, fishnets, briefs, black slippers, and our “bling bow” as we like to call it. [Fun fact: The Rhythm B’s each have almost 40 different uniform pieces that are worn throughout the dance season].
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6:00 am: After frantically running around my house trying to gather my car keys, phone, and lunch, it’s time to head to Dutch Bros to order our team’s signature drink (Blended Pixie Stick Rebel). Now that we are fully caffeinated, it’s time for morning practice to begin. One by one, all of the girls on the team arrive and we run through our dance several times looking for any last minute adjustments to be made.
8:30 am: After being excused from first period, it’s time to head to the main gym. It is usually absolute pandemonium in there. Assembly props are still being set up, the various performers are practicing, the band is running through their music, students are beginning to file in, and Sarm is directing over the microphone. While we wait for our run-through, I stretch with the team to make sure we are all limbered up for our splits and high kicks.
10:00 am: After all of the performers have finished, it is finally the end of the assembly and time for the Rhythm B’s. As we begin to line up, my adrenaline begins to kick in and for a moment I feel as though I have forgotten the entire dance. Then all of a sudden I hear Sarm say “…since 1958, please welcome your BHS Rhythm B’s” and I know it’s showtime! As I begin to march out with the team, I feel my stress simply melt away. A smile on my face grows as I see all of my friends and classmates cheering us on.
Although performance days are usually rather stressful and chaotic, performing in the BHS assemblies and getting to share a tradition that is so rich at my school is one of the most amazing feelings. As a senior, I will truly miss being able to perform with my fellow teammates in front of the school.
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As always, life’s short, kick high!

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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