COMMUNITY: BSD Track & Field

By Sley Vega, Senior

One of my favorite events that takes place here at Beaverton High School is the BSD Track and Field event that occurs every May. It is an amazing opportunity to be able to help out with because there are so many great things that happen. From giving kids temporary tattoos, to handing them their medal at the end of their race, the big smile on their face once you hand them their medal is indescribable.

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The BSD Track and Field event has been hosted at BHS for as long as I can remember. There are more than 200 student and staff volunteers from throughout the district that help make this special day happen for the kids. With over 20 stations for the kids to go through, we have around 4-5 volunteers at every station to make sure the kids that go through get a sticker on their card. It’s always exciting to see how that one sticker can help brighten the day for the child.

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I’ve spent the last two years volunteering at this event with my friends and it’s truly an eye opening experience. Spending time with kids and helping them go through the stations is so much fun because every kid is so different in their own way. You are able to interact with the most cheerful, happy and energetic kids of all ages ranging from elementary to high schoolers from all around the district. I’m looking forward to this years event and all the familiar and new faces I’ll be able to interact with! If you are looking for a fun and rewarding way to spend your morning look into helping out, because you definitely won’t regret it.

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EXCELLENCE: Track & Field

By Hunter Franklin, junior

Excellence is a huge part of Beaverton High. It is what we strive for, what we expect, and what we wish upon others. With the start of the second semester and spring sports season, there have been many cases of pure excellence. After two track meets, your Beaverton Beavers have wiped the competition. A big start to the season with a marginal win over Liberty in both girls and boys events, with stars rising such as Ryan Turner, Nathan Reed, and Maia Elliott. With an extreme effort and constant drive to get better, these athletes have begun to taste a sense of excellence. After week two, more stars have risen.

After working throughout Spring Break, athletes such as Ben MacKinnon made great strides during the meet against Mountainside at Beaverton on Wednesday of last week. Ben competed in the 400 meter race, the 4 by 4 relay, and the 300-meter hurdles. His first event of the day, the 400-meter race, was a tough one for Ben. Ben is currently ranked top ten in the Metro league for his 400 meters. He ended coming in second. Ben was not done anytime soon. He then had the 300-meter hurdles where he truly shined. Starting in lane three, Ben was off to the races. After around 250 meters, Ben turned it up. With a Mountainside runner right next to him on his right side, Ben realized there were three hurdles left and that he had to go. While keeping composure, Ben soared over the last three hurdles. The Mountainside hurdler was stumbling and tripping over the hurdles, but Ben was of pure composure, and ended up taking the win.

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At this point, it has been a long day for Ben MacKinnon, but he is not done yet. He is still competing in the last event of the meet, the 4 by 4. With teammates, Terrell Lawson, Ramiro Espindola, and Tre Hamilton, Ben was warmed up and ready to go. Ben was the third leg. After Tre and Ramiro’s laps, it was Ben’s turn to run the lap. He finished the lap with speed and precision. Terrell took it home for the first place finish in the fourth leg. (Insert Picture #3) Beaverton High’s Track and Field meet against Mountainside truly showed Ben MacKinnon’s character. In competing at a high level, Ben found excellence. This is why Ben is a great example of excellence at THE Beaverton High School.

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Bucky’s Family: Nick Boss

Meet Bucky’s Family member, Nick Boss!



Meet Nick Boss, a very unique and awesome individual! Nick is a senior at BHS, and he lives with both his parents and his dog. On the weekends, Nick occasionally hangs out with friends and loves to watch TV series and play video games.

Nick is a pole vaulter for Beaverton High School’s Track and Field team. He aspires to be on varsity this year and is very confident that he will make it. He also loves to play the accordion and piano. After watching musicians play, he always wanted to play the accordion. Watch out for Nick in this year’s Diversity Assembly when he blows everyone out of the stands!

When asked what his biggest obstacle that he has overcome he said coming to BHS and making friends. Something most people do not know about Nick is that he was home schooled for six years. Through track and field and the amazing BHS community, he has made many friends and feels very welcomed into Bucky’s Family.

Bucky’s Family: Evan Hunter

Meet Bucky’s Family member, Evan Hunter!
Before high school, he attended SUMMA at Whitford. He said SUMMA helped open up some doors for him and helped him start to realize his current passion, which is learning in general. He said there are topics he is interested in learning about more than others, which includes philosophy and history… history because it helps define how the human race has gotten where it is now and philosophy because it allows him to explore unanswered and overlooked problems.
His toughest challenge thus far was the transition to high school. Taking Spanish 4 and Pre-calculus as a freshman require a lot of work and are classes rarely taken by a freshman. Taking those classes on top of the rest of his schedule was a much greater difference than his schedules in his previous school years.
Outside of school, Evan is involved in high school sports which include track and cross country. He enjoyed how he could always train to improve his race times by race and how it helped him find new friends within the sport. Another way he is involved through the school is being part of the National Honors Society board. This year, Evan helped run and set up the induction for this year’s NHS class, and he has been co-captain on the Speech and Debate Team for two straight years and also helped found “The Dam” magazine.

Bucky’s Family: Alice Welch

Meet Bucky’s Family member, Alice Welch!


Junior Alice Olivia Welch was born in Portland, Oregon to a family with European ancestors. She has one older brother who is attending college right now, as she attends Beaverton High School, living with her mother and father.

Alice was living a pretty normal life up until fourth grade, before her family got a call from her father’s, Derek’s, doctor. The doctor had found a tumor in Derek’s brain. At the time, Alice was terrified because she did not know what that meant for her and her family. Their life had been put upside down. After the surgery, her mother, brother and herself were put in a hard position because they had to change their daily life in order to help Derek. In times where it feels like nothing good can be taken out of these devastating situations, Alice and her brother had decided that they were going to further their education in the medical field. Two weeks ago, he had another surgery causing him a lot of pain, but he stays strong and fighting.

Staying strong, just like her father, Alice participated in water polo freshman year because her brother played. Water Polo was not one of her favorite sports because she had a hard time doing it, but ended up trying goalie and really enjoyed it. A time she felt really proud of herself was when her team was playing against Sunset High School. Defending her side, Alice charged after her opponent, who had the ball, and ended up taking the ball from them. This was a memorable moment for Alice that will stick with her forever.


One sport that stayed with Alice forever is track & field. She started in the third grade and fell in love with the running. Speeding her way through the finish line, Alice competes in the 100m and 200m race. On the field, she uses all her strength in javelin. Even though she is not the best, Alice still is passionate for it and keeps trying to make her team proud.

Her parents were in love with skiing, so eventually they felt the need to share this experience with their two amazing children that they love. Alice started skiing when she was three. Ever since then, they try to go up every year to Mt. Hood Meadows.


The most memorable experience Alice will always cherish is the time her family and her took on Oahu, Hawaii. Before sophomore year, Alice and her family decided that Hawaii would be a beautiful place to make memories. During their time spent in Oahu, Alice fell in love with the marine life. Her family was taken out on a boat to a gorgeous spot where there were a ton of fish and turtles swimming around. Their experience snorkeling was nothing like she would have ever been able to imagine. It was so breathtaking and calming. Although the weather was more hot than what she would have preferred, Alice is so grateful to have experienced this time with her family.


Alice is not only a sports person, but has a huge passion for art. She is currently taking printmaking at Beaverton. She loves lino-cuts because she gets to carve out the design and print it multiple times. Through art she gets to express herself and share her ideas.

Meet Junior Garrett Taylor

Hey there! My name is Garrett, and this is my story. I’m 16 years old and a proud junior at Beaverton High School. I currently represent one of the At-Large positions and this is my first time being involved in Student Leadership at Beaverton. I am really looking forward to what this year has in store for me and all the new experiences that i hope to have. Additionally at Beaverton, I am a varsity track and cross country athlete as well as being a member of the JV soccer team. I also played club soccer; last season was super successful as we finished 3rd in our league you can see the table here. I am also on Link Crew and hope to ease the transition for not only the freshman but also the new incoming sophomores. Outside of Beaverton, I also coach my brother’s youth soccer team. I hope that through doing this I can learn effective communication skills at the most basic level with these younger kids.

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As a part of the leadership program and the overall community that is the student population at Beaverton High School I take great pride in doing my part to ensure that Beaverton is the best school that it could possibly be. I plan on not only doing simple things within the program in order to work towards whatever general goals we set. Additionally in our community I see a tremendous opportunity to create a relationship between the school and the people around it. By organizing a community service call board of sorts that allows the already willing and amazing student of Beaverton a place to see where help is needed in the community around them we can arrange to have issues in our surrounding area helped with and meaningful and enriching experiences for our students.

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I’m both super excited but also very nervous for junior year. I recognize that it will be really challenging which both excites me and gives me angst. I always am striving to do my best in everything and school is no different although I feel very prepared for this year. Some of my experiences last year like the zoo documentary from AP Bio have taught me how to work hard for a long time on a project and make sure that the end result is what I want it to be. I hope to achieve a 4.0 this semester and second semester and have fun as a part of Beaverton High School while doing it.

Senior Top 5: Joe Johnson

Throughout my high school career, I experienced and learned a lot at Beaverton High School. Being able to see myself and the people around me grow up made me realize how fast the four years went by. I remember Freshman year when I was walking around with my schedule trying to figure out where to go and now I’m getting ready for graduation. Within all that time, I’ve built relationships that can’t be forgotten and connected myself with Beaverton’s community that has guided me through the years. There have been many memorable moments from these past four years at Beaverton, but five of them stand out to me.

Being a Sadie’s Prince was a very fun experience. Having to dress up, do activities, and be in the assembly with all the other princes was a very memorable week of my high school career.


My next memorable moment was going to state for track. It was a fun season of track with a lot of good moments and being invited to go to state ended the season perfectly. Although I did not compete, being able to experience the track meet and watch my teammates perform was very exciting.


Another memorable moment was being in Sports and Event marketing and working with Week of Wishes. We raised money for the Make-A-Wish foundation and granted kids wishes. Working Jam the Dam and doing everything for a good cause is something I will never forget from High school.


Another memorable moment was being in the student section at state watching our boy’s varsity basketball. We had the biggest student section there and being a part of it was very enjoyable. Watching those games were the most memorable, but being in the student section at Beaverton for any sports is always fun.


My last memorable moment was going to prom. Taking pictures, going to dinner, and the dance made the night special and it was a good way to end my last high school dance.


Overall, I made a lot of amazing memories at Beaverton High School, but those were my top five memories.

Senior Top 5: Paola Hidalgo Cruz

Throughout high school I’ve gone through many challenges, experiences, met different people and enjoyed every moment. Before starting high school, I was afraid I wouldn’t graduate. I was also afraid of not making any friend and being lonely for the next 4 years. Luckily, I am on track to graduate, and I’ve met many different people and made friends. I also got to participate in different sports such as swimming, track and field, and rugby.

  1. One of my favorite memories in my four years of high school would be joining Rugby. It’s one of the last sport I imagined myself joining because it’s an aggressive sport and due to my size I was afraid to play. This will be my favorite memory because I tried something that was completely out of my comfort zone. I remember saying that I would join Rugby but I didn’t think I was saying it seriously. It wasn’t until I showed up to practice that I thought to myself “wow, I’m actually going through with this.”


  2. I also enjoyed being part of the swimming team. It was my first competitive sport I  joined my freshman year and I was super excited because I always wanted to be part of a swim team. I remember waking up at 5 in the morning to go to my first practice, although it was super early I was excited. I enjoyed getting to meet my team members and watching everyone compete. I only did swimming for two years because I didn’t like getting on the blocks to dive. It freaked me out and gave me anxiety. Although it was my least favorite part of swimming I always felt proud that I would face my fear. That’s when I realized that facing your fear is probably one of the most terrifying and liberating feelings in the world.

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  3. Another sport I participated was Track and Field. It’s one of the sports I most enjoyed being part of because it’s pretty exciting to watch everyone race. I liked to see everyone working hard to beat their own PR and each other. What I enjoyed the most was when the weather would get nice because it meant not running in the cold rain with only a tank top and small shorts.

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  4. Going to prom was probably the most exciting events I have attended in high school. In all of my four years at BHS, I never attend any of the dances because I thought it was too much work to look for a dress, do the makeup, find the perfect shoes and jewelry. I was simply too lazy to go through the hustle so I never attempt to join. Since prom was such a big deal I decided that I would go. I enjoyed spending time with my friends and my prom date.

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  5. Beaver Nation Migration was also another activity to wait for my senior year. I didn’t purposely wait until senior year to participate I simply wasn’t interested in doing this activity because my friends didn’t do it. It wasn’t until senior year that they decided to join and so did I. Participating in this event was pretty fun. I liked walking and spending time with my friends.5A93E2A2-AB3E-4563-A729-CAFCF3A5C698

Excellence Is Not a Skill. It Is an Attitude.

By Paola Hidalgo Cruz, senior

While searching through Pinterest for inspiration to write this blog, I came across this quote that says “Excellence is not a skill. It is an attitude.” This quote made me think of Track and Field and the athletes who compete.

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During the meets, I watch both JV and varsity compete against their competition. I watch all the athletes in their events try their best to reach to their finish.  I’ve seen some exciting races where two people from opposing teams are racing each other hand in hand close to the end of the race.  I like to see how hard they try to beat each other to the finish line and the students and the crowd gets excited and cheers them on, encouraging the competing athletes to push themselves even farther. That’s probably one of my favorite part of the meets, the teammates cheering on the sidelines encouraging their teammates through a hard race.

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Even on rainy days, when the air is cold and you feel wet and gross, that doesn’t stop the athlete from pushing themselves to their best. When I read, “Excellence is not skill. It is an attitude,” it reminded of all the hard working athletes who work hard everyday to compete and beat their PR and who compete hard even when the weather is awful.

By Joe Johnson, senior

EXCELLENCE INSPIRES US at Beaverton High School. Through sports, education, and community, Beaverton strives for excellence. A place in which excellence can be found is through our Track and Tield team. Beaverton Track and Tield is a place where – even though it is an individual sport – you have teammates who will help you and give you advice. Before track practice, all students participating in track warm up as a big team in the Wrestling Room.

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As someone who used to do track, I can confidently say that warming up together and having team like meetings brought us all closer and set us up for a successful practice. Not only do we strive in excellence when it comes to being great teammates to one another we also strive in our events. At practice, the event coaches have workouts for us leading up to the meet, and cooling down after the meet. This helps us prepare for the meet and strive for excellence, as well as take care of our bodies.

During the meets, everybody prepared, watched, and encouraged others about their events. This set us up for excellence and pushed us to give all our effort for the team. Everything we do is set up for us to be as successful as we can and strive for excellence.