Ally is a freshman here at THE Beaverton High School. Ally’s favorite thing about Beaverton is the strong community and diversity within the school. She is involved in cross country, and she is also on the swimming team. Her favorite subject is Lit and Comp, and her favorite food is avocado. Her family includes her older sister Emma who is a junior at Beaverton along with her dad Tom and her mom Amy.
Ally is interested in psychology and plans on taking Intro to Psychology next year. She looks up to her parents because they push her to be her best self and inspire her to follow what she’s passionate about. Ally wants to attend a four-year university and after she graduates, she would like to take a couple years off to travel!
Alvin Bautista is a former Beaverton High School student. He graduated in 2005 and pursued a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Physiology at the University of Oregon. While studying at U of O, Dr. Bautista took Complementary and Alternative Medicine class where it opened up the door to alternative medicine, especially chiropractic. The class explored various subjects from yoga, meditation, acupuncture, naturopathy, traditional Chinese Medicine all the way to Ayurvedic medicine and homeopathy. After he graduated from U of O, he attended the University of Western States in Portland, Oregon to study chiropractic medicine.
At Beaverton, he played football in the fall, swam in the winter, played rugby as well dragon boat paddling in the spring and summer. With his interest in sports medicine, neurology, and functional movement, Dr. Bautista finished his Doctorate in Chiropractic along with a Masters Degree in Exercise Sports Science in December of 2014.
Maia (left) is currently a senior at BHS who is well-spirited. This year, she participated in cross country, swimming, and now track! Maia’s favorite part about our community is the school spirit and the genuine supporting environment. Last year, Maia’s favorite class was Sports Marketing because of the hands-on experience with Week of Wishes and Jam the Dam. Maia will be completing the Marketing Pathway.
Something that Maia looks forward to is attending University of Oregon this upcoming fall. She is very excited to be decorating her dorm this summer in preparation for college. Outside of school, she enjoys eating out at fancy restaurants with friends. Maia has two younger twin brothers who are currently freshmen. The advice Maia has for underclassmen is to do something that scares you or challenge you as it helps you become a better person. She also encourages the idea of getting involved in extracurricular activities!
Mr. Bayha has been teaching here at THE Beaverton High School for 17 years now, not to mention a water polo and swimming coach here as well for 15 years. To the left of him is Elsie Windes, a two-time Olympian of whom he had coached (State Champs in 2002). Mr. Bayha has spent a majority of his life in Bend as he is an alumni of Sheldon High. After high school, he attended Pepperdine University and Oregon State University. Mr. Bayha is currently a Health Careers teacher. What he loves most about the community is the student body’s willingness and acceptance of being unique by being involved in school spirit and as well as activities. The advice he’d give to current high schoolers is to make the most out of your experiences, be willing to take risks, and always try something new.
Coming in as a freshman, I was welcomed by some quality seniors that showed me the ropes. They passed down the tradition and value of what it means to swim for beaverton high school and shaped me into the leader I am today. Now all of that being said, we were still a small program and one of the bottom feeders in the Metro League. Our best seniors were graduating and we needed our underclassmen to step up.
Fast forward two years, things really started to turn around during my junior year. We were starting to get pretty good. Our program was starting to come full circle for the first time in decades. We were sending a relay to state for the first time in ages, and our girls team was climbing. That year I took home first in the 100 backstroke and 100 butterfly, setting an OSAA 6A record in the 100 butterfly as well. However, I had unfinished business and came back my senior year, claiming two more individual titles in the 200 IM and 100 butterfly, along with two more state records. At the end of the season, I also came away with 6 out of 8 school records, 5 of which happened this year.
All of my accomplishments throughout my high school career could not have been possible without my wonderful coach Judy Rusaw and my amazing teammates. They were always pushing me to be the best I could be, as a swimmer and as a person. I am extremely lucky to have been part of this program, and very humbled to be able to share my success with THE Beaverton High School.
I am very excited to continue my swimming career at Indiana University in the fall and do big things in the future. GO HOOSIERS!
When it comes to being involved with Beaverton High School and working hard in the classroom, Van Mathias is the perfect example. From spending countless hours in the pool to challenging himself in his classes, Van Mathias is the ultimate student-athlete, the ultimate hard worker.
Van Mathias is 17 years old and is a senior at BHS. He grew up here in Beaverton and was raised here his whole life. Van’s family consists of his mom who he lives with, and his dad. Van’s hobbies consist of swimming, playing basketball, hanging out with his friends and listening to music. Van’s favorite food is French Toast, while his least favorite is a casserole. One thing that most people don’t know about Van is that he is an only child.
Swimming is Van’s main sport, as he is on the Beaverton High swim team. Van is always in the pool grinding and working hard. Van has 9 practices weekly and spends up to 25 hours in the pool. At swimming meets, Van competes in two different events: 100-meter fly and the 200-meter individual medley, which combines the butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, and the freestyle. Van’s hard work in the pool has led to his success. When asked what his greatest achievement was, Van responded with, “Being first in the country for 3 years running.” Van’s greatest obstacle he has overcome was when he caught the mono virus 2 years ago during the swim season. Van has also challenged himself in his classes. Although Van doesn’t like AP Physics, he is constantly working hard. Van also enjoys his yoga class.
As far as his plans for after Beaverton High School go, Van plans on attending the University of Indiana to swim. Maybe after reading this, you’ll catch Van at a pool near you working on his backstroke or even chatting with his friends.
As a high school senior, it’s an incredible accomplishment to complete 4 long years in an athletic sport. That labels out the dedication a person has plus the responsibility that it comes with. What many people don’t know is how much students have to juggle to make this possible.
The years all break down to this:
Freshman year comes with managing full school schedules, adapting to the “new social thing”, and completing homework on time (or at least try to) . Sophomore year is similar to freshman year, but you start to balance more social activities. Junior year includes AP classes, testing, stress, work and everything mentioned above. Senior year is everything mentioned before plus adding the pressure of picking the right college and applying for scholarships.
Last Friday, February 12, 2016, to be exact, I as well as a couple of other seniors, completed their high school swim team participation experience.
On this evening, every team member from the swim team swam their hearts out at the Metro League district meet. New personal records were achieved, and the emotions developed as the competition reached its end. I, personally wanted to capture every moment of this event because I knew that it was going to be the last one I would attend.