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!!

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Bucky’s Family: Morgan Presson

Meet Bucky’s Family member, Morgan Presson!

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Morgan Presson is a current senior here at Beaverton. She lives with her mom Gina and her sister Sierra. Her sister is a sophomore here at BHS. Morgan was born in Illinois, and has also lived in Texas, California, and Oregon.

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She is involved in volleyball, NHS, LINK Crew, and is the ASB Director of Elections on Student Leadership. Outside of school, she is a WyldLife Leader and barista at The Human Bean. Her favorite classes are AP Environmental Science and AP Human Geography. Something people might not know about Morgan is that she always cries when she laughs, even if she’s not laughing that hard.

When asked how she would describe herself, Morgan responded that she is dedicated and hard-working. She wants to be an emergency room physician, and ever since she was young, she knew she wanted to help people and has always had an interest in the medical field.

Morgan’s biggest obstacle in life so far was moving to Texas her sophomore year. Having lived here in Oregon since third grade, it was very difficult for her to move away and leave all of her lifelong friends that she had gotten close to. She left her whole life in Oregon behind. She moved back here for the start of her junior year and is much happier now that she’s back in Oregon with her best friends. Morgan is looking forward to graduation, planning on attending a four-year university in California!

Bucky’s Family: Dylan Garcia

Meet Bucky’s Family member, Dylan Garcia!
 
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Dylan, a junior at Beaverton High School, has recently found his calling in the community of BHS. Starting this year, he joined yearbook, DAM Magazine, and Leadership, letting him experiment with his passion for poetry and photography. His favorite class is American Lit where he finds it easy to share his hard work without judgment and where it’s a safe space to be acknowledged and supported. 
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Growing up, Dylan’s connection with his family was very strong. Now that his whole extended family lives in Oregon, too, he finds that their bond only grows. Dylan’s favorite meal his mother makes is sopa, a concoction of noodles, ground beef, and veggies. Recently, however, Dylan has started going vegan and is struggling with the notion that he can’t eat meat, but he plans to stay vegan for as long as he can.
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Being in Leadership this year was a big step out of Dylan’s comfort zone. However, he now finds that the class allows him to express himself and be more confident. Anyone who knows him knows how kind and genuine Dylan is, and he wants everyone to remember, “Don’t judge people, be happy, and spread kindness”.

Bucky’s Family: Ainsley Adams

Meet Bucky’s Family member, Ainsley Adams!

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Junior Ainsley Adams was born and raised in the same house her whole life in Beaverton, Oregon. Ainsley lives with her mom, Teresa, and dad, Brit and has no siblings. She used to hate being an only child but now realizes that it has taught her to be more independent and allowed her parents to give her more freedom and trust. Ainsley has a dog and a cat, that is like her sibling.

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Ainsley is very family oriented and considers her cousins her best friends. Also, her dad’s parents live only 5 minutes away which makes it very easy to hang out with them all the time! Every summer, she goes camping at Fishermen’s Bend with her grandparents, uncle, aunt, and cousins. Also, Ainsley and her family have traveled to Maui, New York, and California. She loves Disneyland because it’s such a fun and happy place to go, and matches her bubbly and positive personality. One day, Ainsley hopes to go to Paris because it has always been on her bucket list.

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Ainsley is very involved within the Beaverton community and has dedicated a lot of her time to school. In fact, Ainsley’s biggest accomplishment was getting through pre-calc with an A both semesters! She has been on leadership every semester and is currently the ASB VP of Student Relations. She is the Key Club secretary and part of the National Honor Society and LINK Crew.

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This year, she joined Yearbook to try something new and continue to stay involved as much as she can. Ainsley’s favorite class was AP US History because she loves Ms. Kavan and believes that every student should take a class that teaches the history of our country. Mr. Meuwissen was also one of her favorite teachers because he made social studies super interesting and was very understanding and kind.

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Her hard work and persistence continue outside of school, as she is a Nordstrom Fashion Ambassador and a competitive tap dancer for Beaverton Dance Center. She has dance competitions throughout the year and the summer of her sophomore year she had a national competition in Seaside. The day before, when she was walking out of her bathroom, a nail got stuck in her foot for a total of 2 hours. She persevered through this accident and still danced that weekend because she didn’t want to let the team down. Something that other students might not know about her is that she has been a vegetarian for 5 years. Becoming a vegetarian was a struggle at first, but as time passed, it became easier for her to order at restaurants and compromise to meals.

Ainsley loves music, especially Elton John’s classic hits. She has been to many concerts and is going to Billy Joel this December which she is extremely excited about! Ainsley loves spending time with her cousin Madison and singing Bruno Mars songs. Her favorite holiday is Christmas because of the music, decorating the house and all of her families parties and traditions. Every Christmas morning, the Adams family has Chorizo on little rolls which they have to buy from a very special place that her great-grandparents used to order it from. Ainsley’s family loves to follow traditions, especially during the holiday season because they are very close and love each other dearly.

 

Ainsley plans to attend an out of state 4-year university for a fresh start and to meet new people. When Ainsley grows up, she either wants to be a sports reporter or an event planner. In fact, she did an internship last summer to see how people plan weddings and found it magical. Ainsley is always finding ways to help others and wants to spread awareness that every person should be treated with kindness. Her mom taught her that you don’t know what others have gone through or what they are currently going through which has allowed her to have such a positive outlook on life.

Meet Junior Lily Potter

Hi! My name’s Lily Potter and I’m a junior at Beaverton High School. My position in student leadership is the assistant shadow coordinator. I chose that position because I want to help ease the transition from middle school to high school to the best of my ability. Plus, I get to work alongside Claire Arnold, the shadow coordinator, and she’s a pretty cool gal.

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I try to stay connected with the BHS community by participating in this years LINK Crew, Leadership program, and the spring tennis team. 2017 has been a very busy year so far. In the summer I traveled abroad to Costa Rica with an organization called Global Leadership Adventures. There, working in a small but hardworking group, I built a recycled tire playground in a small city on the Pacific side. The experience was truly eye opening and sparked an interest in future travels.

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I don’t plan on changing the leadership program by myself, but I do know that this new group is really special and we’ll all have something unique to bring to the table. As for making a difference, I just want to succeed in being someone the underclassmen look up to. I’m looking forward for this year especially because there are already so many new opportunities that I get to explore now that I’m older. So many doors have been opened and I’m excited to see where they’ll take me. I am nervous mostly about making sure I keep my grades up and staying healthy over the duration of junior year. I hear it’s the hardest year and I want to make sure my mind’s in a good place.

Meet Senior Mike Distifeno

Hi everyone my name is Michael Distifeno and I’ll be the Senior Secretary this year!  This will be my senior year and I’m excited to be part of leadership.  I think Beaverton is a great school that is made even better by those who are active parts of the community. Throughout my past years here I’ve made many great friends and memories. Beaverton is not just a school, it’s a community with amazing people and I hope everyone will enjoy this year as much as I will. Instagram Page

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This is my first year in leadership but my sister Megahn was senior secretary two years before me and was the one who encouraged me to join.  I hope to start Spikeball club this year and have it continue after I leave.  I love going to football games with my friends during the fall and basketball games in the winter.  Spring is when LaCrosse starts so it’s my favorite time of the year.  I’ve been playing Lax since fourth grade and was on varsity my freshman year.  I helped us win the state championship against Jesuit in 2016.  The championship game is one of my favorite memories ever.

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Outside of school I enjoy playing basketball and video games with my friends.  I’m also learning Italian and Programming in my free time.   This year I’m looking forward to some great sports seasons and assemblies.   I’m ready to help lead the senior class and all students at Beaverton.  Good luck to everyone this year!

Meet Senior Ruben Villalobos

My name is Jose Ruben Villalobos. I’m going to be a Senior this year at Beaverton High school. My position in Leadership is an at large position organizing musical open mic events. At BHS, I’m involved with Concert Choir and the magazine project with Mrs. Lux and Mrs. Yost.

Outside of BHS, I play lead electric guitar for a church called Calvary Chapel Beaverton Campus, and sometimes Calvary Chapel Hillsboro Campus. I play for them every sunday morning and thursday night at their youth groups. I currently attend 2 youth groups a week and every other week on Monday nights I go to younglife.

I like going to church a lot, it’s been a big part of my life and my biggest inspiration for singing. Infact I learned both to sing and to play guitar in the churches I’ve been going to. I was raised in the church so naturally, God has been a big part of my life for as long as I can remember. When It comes to music, I’ve only had maybe two actual guitar lessons and almost no singing lessons besides tips and tricks. I picked It all up from hanging out with the worship leaders at the churches.

I’m really excited for this school year. I hope that I’m able to impact the BHS community in a positive way through working with the student leadership team.

Here are links to the churches that I play with:

http://www.calvarybeaverton.org (If you play the video you can see me playing electric)

http://www.calvaryhillsboro.org ( I don’t usually play for them, I usually substitute for the other electric guitarists.

 

In the bottom are some pictures of me leading some songs.

 

Meet Freshman Loke Yokoyama

Beaverton High School, here I come! My name Loke Yokoyama and I’m an incoming freshie, involved in leadership and sports. I’ve always given my full commitment to things that will better myself, like a better player on court or committed to school studies. I’ve been selected to be the freshman secretary for leadership. The only other time I’ve given my time and dedication to my school, was in middle school for our school activities like volunteering at bingo or our school fair. My middle school was very small with no student body or any athletic teams for our middle school. Since sixth grade, I have learned a lot towards support, and leadership, and I can’t wait to bring that to beaverton high school.

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As a student at Beaverton, I am involved with sports and many clubs I might join. Right now I play setter and a D.S for the JV2 team for volleyball. I’m really excited for our season to kick off and for our home games. I especially can’t wait for my team to improve and work together. Outside of school and volleyball, I’m usually caught practicing volleyball skill sets or at an academy for improvement. If it’s not school, sports, or family related, I usually don’t have time to handle or take care of the situation. After school volleyball season is finished, I end up going to club volleyball. For a year now, I have stuck with YVBA (Youth Volleyball Association) for club season, summer academies and league. After club is when i can start a spring sport like softball or tennis. Besides sports, I take my school work very seriously. From a freshman to finishing a senior year, I want to be able to get into a great college playing volleyball or for a medical purpose, to increase my experience in the medical field for anything in the pediatric field or a nutritionist.

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Outside of school, I mainly focus on 3 things. Homework, volleyball and family. Having extra time is like a privilege or a reward for my hard work during the month or the week. If I have extra time, I usually spend it on either more volleyball, binge watching ‘Grey’s Anatomy”, or playing with my dogs. I have three pets. Two dogs named Poma’i and Snoopy. As well as one cat named Lulu. But usually I reach out to my best friend/cousin, Aubree Edwards. When were together were complete dorks. Our family nickname for us is tweedle dee and tweedle dumb. According to my grandparents, I’m tweedle dumb. I enjoy family night dinners. They basically consist of either a NFL or NBA game on. For our dinners I’m found either down stairs with cousin Aubree or upstairs trying to watch the game as well as managing my two year old cousin Makoa. I have a lot going on in my life right now so I’m barely free.

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Meet Senior Makenna Blix

Hello, Beaverton High School! My name is Makenna Blix and I’m your senior representative. I still can’t get over the fact of how fast high school has flown by. It seems like just yesterday we were introduced to our LINK Leaders and getting lost over and over again in the BHS hallways, not to mention almost getting tossed over the stadium bleachers during football games due to the compactness of the student section. One of my fears as a freshmen, as many of the freshmen this year face is nerves. I was nervous I wasn’t going to make any friends, have terrible grades, and the thought of having everyone older than me was the scariest idea that I couldn’t wrap my head around. We were at the bottom of the pile and everyone above us looked so scary. I thought, how am I going to make it? What I came to realize however if how accepting and caring this high school truly is. I made tons of friends my freshmen year that I still consider my closest friends to this day. You begin to come close with your class and get to know many different individuals. Trust me, freshmen year might seem scary, but this whole high school experience will go by way too fast, so make the most of every moment with your best friends by your side.

One program I was lucky to be apart of at Beaverton High School, was the soccer program. I’ve been playing soccer since I was about four and the idea of being on varsity soccer in high school was not what I was expecting to be apart of my freshmen year. However, I was chosen to play at the varsity level. In all my years of playing soccer, I’ve made some of the closest friends I’ve ever made. The team was all so accepting and some of my favorite memories from high school have come from soccer. Family dinners, GA’s, lazer tag, and team sleepovers are truly the best spent when you’re with your best friends.

Throughout the last three years, I’ve had older kids to look up to. The most exciting thing about this year is WE, the seniors are what the underclassmen are looking up to. Going all out at sports games with my best friends by my side is what I look forward to most. Caring about what I Iook like, or what people will think of me will be the last thing in the back of my mind. This year I’m stepping out of my comfort zone, talking to people I don’t usually talk to, and having the most fun I can possibly have in this last year of being a Beaverton High School Beaver. Class of 2018, let’s make the most out of this year to come!!

Meet Junior Joe Ricci

Any good blog starts off with a solid introduction. It doesn’t necessarily matter how you do it, the intro should be a way for the readers to get into the blog and what it’s about. So I guess I’ll start it off with an introduction of myself. My name is Joe Ricci, I’ll be a junior in High School at THE Beaverton High School with over 100 years of rich tradition and history. I was fortunate to be voted into leadership by my peers as a Junior Class Representative. In my opinion the position of Junior Class Rep. is a very important one because it means that I will be representing all of the class of 2019 and their opinions. I guess a special characteristic of me is that I can make the adjustment of being a leader of a group and being a follower when it is necessary. In my opinion this is crucial because it is not good for a group to have two leaders with budding opinions.

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Involvement at BHS is a pretty big deal around the school. As one of our motto’s goes “Community connects us” and in my opinion I am very involved in the community. Well obviously I’m involved in Leadership so I would think that’s a pretty big deal when it comes to involvement inside of school. I was fortunate enough to play on the varsity golf team that went to the state tournament for the first time in over 20 years. We had a very fun team and I encourage anyone who plays to come and try out. We had a very successful season finishing third in the league behind two of the best teams in state Jesuit and Sunset (Schedule). Besides golf I am also involved in LINK Crew which is basically overseeing freshmen during their first year of high school and making sure they are comfortable and doing well.

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Outside of school I love to travel. The definite highlight of my summer was having the honor of traveling to South Africa. It was an amazing cultural experience that gave us everything from one of the largest slums in the world to getting almost dangerously close to lions in Phinda Game Reserve. Overall the trip was very eye opening and impressive to be immersed in another country’s culture, especially since it was a culture on the other side of the planet. There were many beautiful sunsets and animals that you could only see in the zoo walking freely about. I could not have imagined a better way to spend the beginning of summer break. Outside of traveling, as any other teenager will tell you I like to relax, as a shocker to no one relaxing is a very big part of the day in unwinding and settling in after a tough day in school.