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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

Senior Top 5: Alyssa Grimes

A girl can never forget her very first high school Homecoming. It’s all we thought about for the first few months of freshman year. Spending all night wondering what dress to wear, who to get ready with, and where to take pictures at rather than focusing on the actual dance itself. As plans started to fall into place and the hair started to curl, it feels like we were living in a fairy tale. All we could think about was it being the very first dance of high school, and it’s about to be amazing.

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The second memory I enjoyed from Beaverton High School was getting the experience of planning Jam the Dam. I got the chance to communicate with potential sponsors for the joined event with the Make-A-Wish® Foundation. We got to spend months as a class planning how to raise money for the event, cause, and what would go on throughout the Week of Wishes.

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The game we all thought would never approach, the last Friday night football game. We had been growing up watching these boys play youth ball, and now to their very last game as high school students. Cheering from the stands and chanting the Beaverton High School Fight Song would no longer continue for this group of 2017 boys. This was the game where we knew there was no other school we would have rather been at in the Beaverton School District, BHS was the place we were all meant to be.

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Prom. The night we all hoped for since we were little kids. The night we were told would be the best night of our lives. The one night we would remember and tell our kids when we reminisce high school. Throughout the four years of multiples dances I attended, prom was the night I will never forget. Watching the class of 2017 get together for a final hurrah in celebration was a night that I will cherish forever because of the people I got to spend it with.

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And finally, Star Day. It was time to commit and let everyone know where the future will take up. As we all stared at the wall, full of different schools all around the country, the emotions started kicking in. The people we have grown up with and gotten to know the past four years are splitting away from us. But we have to hold our heads strong and high and make the best out of it because it is time to finally move on.

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Can YOU Feel the Excitement?

The basketball gym is filled to the brim with excited students and the Beaverton community. The exuberance and anticipation for the game leads everyone to stand on the edge of their seats.

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While the students wait in line for the highly anticipated start of Jam the Dam, be sure to visit the Dutch Bros Coffee Truck that will be right outside of BHS. Inside the venue, when you want something sweet and cool to drink, Dutch Bros. will be there making delicious flavored Rebels.

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Jam the Dam is an amazing event and without the participation of Dutch Bros., a  part of the atmosphere would be missing. Dutch Bros. had worked with us for years, and we are so lucky to have their personable staff on-site.

Jam the Dam is TOMORROW,  and the first game will be starting at 4:00 PM. That day will be a jam-packed day of fun. The Dutch Bros. Drive Thru Day and the last day you can turn in your Dutch Bros. cup for the Cup Contest is also tomorrow.

Thank you to Dutch for the amazing partnership! We love their company and want to give a special shout out to Tina! Thank you for all that you do to help us at Beaverton.

Bucky’s Family: Eddie Lundy

Meet Bucky’s Family member, Eddie Gundy!

COMMUNITY CONNECTS US.

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Eddie Lundy is a 14-year-old freshman here at Beaverton High. He previously attended Whitford Middle and before that, he was at Montclair Elementary. When asked about how his high school experience was going, Eddie stated that he has enjoyed his time here more than any school previous. When he was asked to describe the Beaverton High community, Eddie responded with, “Kind, helpful and many more opportunities and experiences available to students than at a middle school”.

Eddie’s favorite classes this year are Band and Physics, and he likes the real-world application of math in physics and especially the labs, which he finds very fun. Eddie plans on taking multiple science classes throughout his years at BHS, continuing with STEM Chemistry next year.

With a background in music, Eddie has played multiple instruments including the Trumpet and Trombone, but found a liking in the Tenor Saxophone, which he plays in the BHS Band currently. Eddie hopes to be in a program like advanced Health Careers when he is a senior, as well as the opportunity to take advanced science courses and catch some rest with a late arrival period here or there.

A part of the Marching Band Color Guard and Winter Guard here at BHS, Eddie spends a lot of his days after school practicing with his fellow teammates. He has grown to like the group and activity alike, “It’s really cool because you get to compete with other schools, even some from Washington, and mixes of girls and guys with routines around flags, rifles and sabres,” all part of the Winter Guard competition.

As a freshman, Eddie looks at his future here at Beaverton High with hope and promise. He hopes to join more clubs and meet more people, take classes he finds himself interested in and being more competitive with Color Guard and Winter Guard as well as develop his talent for music on his Tenor Saxophone.

 

 

Senior Top 5: Drew Roper

By Drew Roper, BHS Class of 2016

LEARNING TRANSFORMS US.

My name is Drew Roper, and I am a senior at Beaverton High School. During my four years at Beaverton High, I have made many memories with lots of great people. It is tough to narrow all of the memories I’ve made down to a specific top five.
So, to start this off my first memory was being apart of the Jam the Dam festivities. I had the astounding privilege of being able to hangout with two amazing Make-A-Wish kids over two years. Ozzie and Elijah were amazing and were truly so inspiring to be around.
My second memory was of being on prom court as Prince of Style. It was such a fun experience being able to be around such fun people, and getting to enjoy all of the weeks festivities. The prom assembly was awesome and all of the vibes were so cool to be involved with. Being on prom court was definitely one memory I will remember forever.
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My next memory was winning the Metro League Title in basketball. This feeling was unreal, especially after all of the handwork that was put in the whole season leading up to that moment. And just the ability to share that amazing memory with my teammates, who I got so close to throughout the season and summer. Winning the Metro League Title, and being able to have a trophy and a banner that hangs in the gym for as long as I will be around is such a surreal feeling.
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Another one of my favorite and one of my most personal memories is when I created my own clothing brand called VUES Clothing. It is a small urban clothing brand that I am curating with some friends. The memory in BHS comes from when I completely sold out all the stock to students in BHS. After everything I have put into the clothing brand, it’s truly so motivating to keep creating when I see kids around school wearing and loving the products. You can check out the line on Instagram @vuesclo.
Last but not least, is the memory I hold closest to my heart and has truly shaped me into the man I am today; FOOTBALL. I love football, and everything the sport has done for me so far. The best memories I have made in high school without a count come directly from football and everyone that is involved with it. Throughout my four years playing high school football has really taught me a lot. It has taught me discipline, teamwork, persistence, goal setting, and a high you can’t buy. When I say this, I mean their is no way to replicate the adrenaline rush you get from a friday night football game. Fighting and scrapping with all you have alongside your teammates, and being successful, even in one play, is a moving experience. There is really nothing that can compare. And that is why I will remember my memories of high school football forever.
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Senior Top 5: Peter Vos

By Peter Vos, BHS Class of 2016

COMMUNITY CONNECTS US.

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.

Senior Top 5: Nick Balashov

By Nick Balashov, BHS Class of 2016

EXCELLENCE INSPIRES US.

Asking me to choose my top 5 memories from BHS, that’s asking a lot, considering I have so many good memories here, it’d be difficult to choose just 5.  It seems like just yesterday I was on a tour around Beaverton with my link crew being led by Zack McCann and Morgan Nobach. Although they probably don’t remember me, I still remember them because they introduced me to Beaverton and the awesome culture we have here.  That brings me to my first memory by the way…

5) First day of school

As I mentioned before my link leaders were Zack and Morgan, and seeing how old and mature they were let me know I had a lot of growing up to do in high school.  They did the normal stuff and showed our group around the school, and we had to go through our A and B day schedules so we knew where all our classes were, and they also gave us a bunch of advice that made the first few months of high school smoother.  This is one of my top memories because it influenced me a good amount, and it’s a day I’ll never forget.

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4) Witnessing the freshmen football team beat Jesuit

Watching the class of 2016 freshmen football team was something else, they were practically unstoppable, well they were cause they were undefeated, but they did almost have one slip up versus Jesuit, until 2 of my best friends helped clinch the win.  1st off, Cole Cooper a good friend of mine kicked the field goal to put us ahead of Jesuit in the 4th quarter, then my friend CJ Lewis intercepts a Jesuit touchdown pass to clinch the win.  The best part was storming the field after to congratulate them, then getting talked to by Jesuit security about storming the field and to never do it again.

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3) 2 buzzer beaters against Southridge

Alright we all know Southridge is our rival, and beating them in anything makes us feel just a little better about ourselves cause we have bragging rights.  So when I witnessed the varsity basketball team beat Southridge not once, but twice on 4th quarter buzzer beaters, it was a big deal.  It’s just one of those memories that I’ll never forget cause of the passion I felt about those wins, even though I was just supporting from the stands.

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2) Getting Alex Morton to guest speak in Marketing Seminar

So my task was to bring in 1 guest speaker for the class to listen to, and I could’ve asked anyone, but Mrs. Robinson said to try and ask someone with a career that you want in the future.  So I automatically thought of Alex Morton, an entrepreneur I look up to.  The only problem was that he was massively successful and pretty hard to get ahold of, but the way I got his attention was on one of his first periscope livestreams, I commented and just asked him if he was interested and he told me yes, and we set it up from there.  This is a point in my life that gave me a lot of self-confidence, because at first when I thought about it, it seemed impossible.

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1) Helping set up Jam the Dam junior year

My top memory is setting up the 10th anniversary of Jam the Dam because of all the work my team and I put into it to set up a great event for the school.  It was a good experience to set up an event that I loved attending so much already, and it really felt fulfilling when it was all over with because I knew we did a good job.

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Senior Top 5: Harrison Farrier

By Harrison Farrier, BHS Class of 2016

TRADITION UNITES US.

  1. Senior Prom-Prom was definitely a night to remember; dancing and hanging out with my friends the whole night. It was great seeing everyone have so much fun.

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2. Racquetball-This was my first year playing and I wish I had started playing sooner. I met so many people and made a lot of new friends.

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3. Tailgates-It was so much fun getting together before all of the home football games; listening to music and eating hotdogs and hamburgers.

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4. Football Games-I had a lot of fun chanting for all my friends that were playing and watching Southridge get beat on their field and then rushing it after the game.

5. Jam the Dam-It was a lot of fun going all four years of high school.  This was my first year waiting in line listening to music and watching kids playing video games on the TV that they brought.

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Senior Top 5: Max Murai

By Max Murai, BHS Class of 2016

  1. Prom– I’m not the biggest fan of dressing up. And if you know me at all, you know I don’t like dancing. But on prom night, everything changes. At prom, everyone is happy and having fun. I went to get some water and as I was drinking it I looked around, and all I saw were smiles.

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  2. Golf– Every spring is filled with trips out to Meriwether Golf Course, and golf tournaments. We miss a lot of school for golf so in the spring, Beaver Lodge is used very frequently (unlike most students).
  3. Rhythm Boys– I found out that I am a very good dancer. I’ll let the video speak for itself (click the link).

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  4. Football Games– Every Friday night in the fall I went to the football games. It’s really fun rooting on your classmates. And it was especially fun this year because our team was pretty good this year.

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  5. Jam the Dam– Every year our team plays a big basketball game, around 2,000 people are in attendance.
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    Photo Credits: Oregon Live, Dana McKenna Photography, Kelsey Elise Photography

The Reality of Rhythm Boys #BHSWoW2016

By Samuel Manilla, senior

TRADITION UNITES US.

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.

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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):

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  • 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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