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 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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Bucky’s Family: Venkat Manepalli

Meet Bucky’s Family member, Venkat Manepalli!
Venkat Manepalli is a sophomore here at BHS. He lives with his mom, aunt, uncle, and cousin. Venkat was born and raised in India by his single mom and moved here to the United States at the age of eight years old. He adapted well to life in the U.S. after he went to a private school in India. They used English as the main language there so the language gap was not as large.
His favorite class is AP Chemistry, as science is his passion. His favorite thing about science is the lab work that they do. He is involved in tennis, Key Club, and the Beaverton Science Bowl. Something people may not know about Venkat is that outside of school, he also plays rec tennis at THPRD. He has been playing since fourth grade, took a break, and started back up in sixth grade.
Venkat’s biggest obstacle in life has been moving from India. It was difficult for him to leave all of his cousins, family, and lifelong friends. He overcame it by meeting new people and living with family members that are from the U.S.

Bucky’s Family: Ali Melli

Meet Bucky’s Family member Ali Melli!


Ali is a junior at BHS, and he has an older sister, who graduated in the class of 2017, and a younger sister, who also attends Beaverton. They are very close and spend a lot of time together. His family is from Lebanon and are also Muslim. Ali went to Lebanon in the summer of 2015, and he feels it was one of the greatest experiences of his life. He especially enjoyed seeing his family who lives there as well as visiting his father’s hometown.

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Ali speaks two languages, English and Arabic. He has found that being bilingual is essential in helping students who come from Arabic-speaking countries. He helps them find their way around the school while communicating with them in a more familiar language. He believes he can connect with these new students better because there is no language barrier, and he has an understanding of their culture.

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Ali loves high school. He is an energetic, outgoing person who has great school spirit. He plays tennis and was appointed grill master for the 2017 season. Anyone who knows Ali knows him as an extremely kind and accepting person.

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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 Junior Delaney Slaikjer

I am Delaney Slaikjer, a junior at Beaverton High School, and my position in leadership this year is At Large. Having an At Large position means you get to form your own role in leadership and focus on what you really want to do for the school. With my position this year, I plan to work with the special education children. I want to make some kind of program where the special education kids can have buddies with other kids in the school and do fun activities.

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At Beaverton I am involved in Art Club, which is a place for you to go after school and feel free to do any form of art. This year I will be playing tennis for the second year. The third photo below is my tennis picture from last season. Tennis is a very fun spring sport that can be played in singles or doubles. I am involved in Link Crew which help new students transition into the Beaverton High School community. Outside of Beaverton High School I am a dancer. Also I am starting my own art company called Dandelion Designs by Delaney. I will be selling linoleum print cravings and be giving a percent of the money to charities supporting special education and science. The first two photos below are of me holding my Haystack Rock print in front of the real thing in Cannon Beach. My business on is dandeliondesignsbydelaney where you can contact me if you want to buy something.

I am excited and anxious to start junior year. I am interested in learning more about science, so next year I will be taking Physics and Biology. I thought STEM physics was interesting and I’d like to learn more about it. I am fascinated by space and space-time. I would love to learn about the physics of space. The last picture is of my brother and me at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City in front of the Willamette Meteorite that fell on Willamette, Oregon. I’m taking biology because I want to know if I would have any interest in a biology career.

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I am ready to see where this year takes me and how much I can accomplish.


Senior Top 5: Logan Holt

High school is a special time in our lives, and all we can do is make the most of it cherish the little time we have. Though high school you change in many ways, and now that I’m a senior I absolutely love looking at old pictures and sparking old memories. Time flies like you wouldn’t believe it, no matter what anyone tells you, you will still look back and wonder where the days went. Now I am going to share with you my top 5 memories from my time here at BHS.

5. The Student Leadership retreat this year. This retreat was a ton of fun, I got to work and spend time with the kids in leadership, and we just had a blast. We went to Waldport beach, and getting to be away with the incredible group of kids in that class, especially the great group seniors, made for a fun and very memorable time.


4. Tennis. From playing tennis with my good friend Peter Vos freshman year, to being team captain this year, it has been one of the best parts of my high school career. Our tennis team might not win state every year, but we definitely are the cutest team. The community around Beaverton tennis is incredible, we BBQ at home matches and our team camaraderie is unbeatable. Shoutout to Hottmann for being the best coach of all time.

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3. Beaver Nation Migration. Making the trip to Southridge, cheering as loud as possible, and beating Southridge, was a day to remember. Beaverton High School this year has has one of the best students sections in state in both football and basketball, and getting to be a senior for that has been a ton of fun. Beaver Nation Migration was one of my favorite games because it always feels good beating southridge, I got to stand by the legendary Joe Johnson, and our student section was remarkably loud and came decked out in orange.


2. Prom. Prom was so much fun, it is just as incredible as people say it is. Getting to dress up all nice and getting to share that special night with my date and my senior class was great. From getting ready with my buddies, to pictures with my class, to dinner, and to the dance, made for a night that I will never forget. The most memorable part of prom has to be the last song. Don’t Stop Believin’ came on and at first I just looked around and took in that special moment with my class. But then I, along with everyone else, start belting out the words and dancing our hearts out through the entire song. It was an incredible night that I will never forget.


1. Rhythm Boys. Rhythm Boys was the best. Learning the dance over the course of 3 weeks, and going to practice with the boys was a lot of fun. Practice was goofy and fun because I got to be with my senior guys and we were attempting to learn a dance that was pretty hard. Then we got to dress up in our fish-nets, skirts, and cut up shirts and go perform our dance in front of our huge Jam the Dam student section and crowd, and got to see our basketball team beat Southridge.



The Beauty of Boys’ Tennis

By Hunter Sweet, junior


Four words: Beaverton Boys’ Tennis Team. This group of highly dedicated and devoted athletes work day-in and day-out crafting their skills for the sport they love. The students and staff are not just gifted with the ability to play tennis but are also blessed with good looks. Beaverton Tennis is by far the cutest team in the Metro League, so say the experts <see below>.

Beaverton beat Century at their first match of the game this year. The Beavers left Century baffled after a gruesome victory and went straight back to the court for more practice, preparing themselves for Westview.

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One of the things that Beaverton prides themselves on is school spirit. Personally, as a spectator of many Beaverton sports, tennis is one of my favorites to watch because of the electric atmosphere. If you haven’t gotten a chance to see these gorgeous stud athletes perform this year, you are truly missing out. Good news, Boy’s Tennis hosts Southridge TONIGHT.