A School Year of Achievements & Successes
A look at some of the highlights from the 2018-2019 school year
that make our schools a great place to learn, work, and connect
with the diverse community we share in Beaverton.
Congratulations to the nearly 2,600 seniors who will graduate from the Beaverton School District’s five comprehensive high schools, the Arts & Communication Magnet Academy, Health & Science School, the International School of Beaverton, Early College High School, School of Science & Technology, Merlo Station Community School, and GED programs this month.
They comprise a diverse and distinguished group of scholars and scientists, artists and athletes, innovators and community servants. They have already made their mark in the world, but the best is yet to come!
The Class of 2019 has earned millions in scholarships to date, and includes one Presidential Scholar Semifinalist, 27 National Merit Scholars and many student athletes who will be attending college on athletic scholarships.
Students in the Class of 2019 will be heading directly into the global workforce, having gained industry certifications and valuable, real-world experience through internships, apprenticeships, concurrent enrollment courses and Career and Technical Education classes.
During their high school years, members of the Class of 2019 took hundreds of Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate classes. They earned All-State honors in dance, band, choir, jazz band and orchestra. They won team or individual state championships in multiple sports and state and national recognition in a myriad of activities. They also performed a wide variety of classic and contemporary plays and musicals.
But perhaps their greatest accomplishment is the fact that they made their schools, community and world a better place by helping others through community service. For example, they raised thousands of dollars and volunteered thousands of hours supporting organizations including the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Sparrow Clubs USA, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and many more.
Congratulations to the Class of 2019!
International School of Beaverton (ISB) history teacher Tyson Lazzaro was nominated for the 2018-2019 National LifeChanger of the Year Award.
Southridge High School senior, Ellie Younger was selected as one of 28 2018 Giffords Courage Fellows. Ellie is an activist who spoke at the March for Our Lives PDX on the effects of gun violence. She serves in Southridge's student government working on community outreach.
Sasmitha Purushothaman, an incoming 8th grade student at Meadow Park Middle School was awarded the Young Astronomers Award from the Rose City Astronomers for her project of excellence and merit, "Laser Interferometer Detecting Gravitational Waves."
Congratulations to District bus driver, Marcos Valdes, for his outstanding representation of Beaverton School District in the 2018 NSTA National Safety Competition held in Philadelphia, PA.
The Southridge Instrumental Music and Dance Ensembles (SIMDE) won the 1st Place Best Band Award in the 61st Annual Beaverton Celebration Parade.
Scholls Heights Elementary School fifth grader Sree Sarvepalli won third place at the Oregon Statewide Spelling Bee sponsored by Oregon Spellers.
Stefan Ene, a sophomore at Sunset High School and his brother, Victor, a seventh grader at Stoller Middle School were awarded the Romanian-American Heritage Gold National Award by the Romanian Embassy to Washington and the American Romanian Cultural Society Gold National Award for their work on connecting Romania and America.
Westview High School senior, Sai Hitesh Vavilapalli founded the non-profit The I Mission. The I Mission is a large-scale organization dedicated to planning, organizing, and implementing various methods of fundraising with a prospective goal of improving and enriching the lives of the visually impaired.
Sara Cho, Tara Martinez, Naomi Thomas and Nova Ledonard of HS2 won first place in the SafeOregon PSA and #Hashtag Contest.
Charlotte Denis, Science teacher at Mountainside High School was awarded a Regional Award by the Oregon Science Teachers Association (OSTA).
Bill James, Music teacher at McKay Elementary School was inducted into the Pacific University Music Hall of Fame.
Carol Biskupic Knight, a STEM Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA) at Sato Elementary school has been named a 2018 State Finalist in the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching by the Oregon Science Teachers Association (OSTA).
Dr. Susan Holveck was awarded the Duane Marshall Special Service to Science Education Award by the Oregon Science Teachers Association (OSTA).
Stella Bergman, 7th grade Science teacher at Health & Science School (HS2) was named Middle School Science Classroom Teacher of the Year by the Oregon Science Teachers Association (OSTA).
Rishab Jain, an eighth grader at Stoller Middle School was named the winner of the 2018 Discovery 3M Young Scientist Challenge for his project: Pancreatic Cancer Deep Learning System: A Novel Tool for Improved Image-Guided Radiotherapy (IGRT) through Automated Pancreas Segmentation.
Christy Wilson, Physical Education teacher at Raleigh Park Elementary School was named an Elementary Teacher of the Year by the Oregon Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE).
Pratik Vangal, currently a 9th Grader at Sunset High School was named a 2018 Finalist in the Broadcom MASTERS competition for his project: Ameliorating Acute Respiratory Infections from Solid Biomass Fuel Combustion and Empowering Rural Kitchens with a Sustainable, Cost-Effective Ventilation Solution.
Beaverton School Board member Anne Bryan’s passion for public education earned her the first Oregon School Board Member of the Year award.
Thao Do-Gwilliam, Assistant Principal at Stoller Middle School was named the 2019 Assistant Principal of the Year by the Confederation of School Administrators (COSA).
Judy Swearingen, Beaverton School District Migrant Education Program Recruiter was awarded the Oregon Migrant Education Program Employee of the Year Award in recognition to her commitment and outstanding dedication to Oregon's migrant students and their families.
Christy Wilson, fifth grade teacher at Fir Grove Elementary School published a book titled Teacher Interrupted: My Journey Through Challenge Toward Courage - One Lesson, One Life, One Student at a Time.
Angelica Gondoputro, a senior at Health and Science School (HS2) was selected as one of five Oregon Career & Technical Education (CTE) seniors in consideration for the 2019 CTE Presidential Scholars Program.
Congratulations to Beaverton School District students Michael McCann (Southridge) and Amir Avsker (Springville) for winning the Oregon Music Education Association (OMEA) 2019 student composition contest in their respective categories (MS/HS). Liliana Salazar (Conestoga) also received honorable mention in the middle school category.
Christina Gray, Athletic Trainer at Mountainside High School is the 2019 Gatorade Secondary School Athletic Trainer of Year for District 10! She is one of only 10 athletic trainers nationally recognized out of 45,000 for this award.
Oscar's Story: Witnessing a Miracle in my Biomedical Innovation Course, written by Jeff Crapper, Biology, Health, and Career Technical Education Teacher at Health & Science School (HS2) will be published in the national publication, Education Post.
Westview High School Soccer Coach, Jon Fresh, was named the Section Coach of the Year for Boys Soccer by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS).
Jasmine White, an 8th grader at the International School of Beaverton (ISB) is an Oregon State Honoree in the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards.
Michael Musangu, junior at Health & Science School (HS2), visited the Oregon state capitol on CTE (Career Technical Education) Advocacy Day representing HS2, HOSA (Future Health Professionals) and Oregon HOSA.
Several Health & Science School (HS2) students won awards and honors at the HOSA – Future Health Professionals State Leadership Conference.
Congratulations to the BSD Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) Regional Winners (Region 1):
- Scholls Heights Elementary School, Peadexshwizs
- Bethany Elementary School, The Booktastic 4 - (Finished 3/4 at the State Competition)
- Conestoga Middle School, The Book Warriors - (Finished 4th at the State Competition)
- Stoller Middle School, Fire-Breathing Jaguars
Health & Science Middle School program and Project Lead the Way (PLTW) teachers received national recognition as a PLTW Distinguished School Gateway. The middle school teachers are Stella Bergman, Melody Childers, Ken Day, Adam Miller, and Doug Smith.
Two Beaverton School District students were among 300 Scholars in the 2019 Regeneron Science Talent Search:
- Kevin Jin, a senior at Sunset High School was recognized for his project: A Fixed Polarity Approach for Optimization of General Binary Quantum Multiplexers.
- Lauren Li, a senior at Westview High School was recognized for her project: Tracing Cell Lineages from Single-Cell Data Using Markov Affinity Estimation.
Bradford Hill, Science and Engineering Teacher at Mountainside High School was named a Distinguished Teacher by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA).
Stoller Middle School received the Carmen West Memorial Award for Outstanding Progress for English Learners – On-Track to Proficiency for 2019 at the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) Confederation of School Administrators (COSA) English Learners Alliance Conference.
The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have grown during the last 90 years to become the longest-running, most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in the U.S., and the nation’s largest source of scholarships for creative young artists and writers.
Below are the Beaverton School District students honored in this years competition:
Aloha High School:
- Tania Bejarano - Gold Medal - Digital Art - Desolate
Arts & Communication Magnet Academy (ACMA):
- Eli Boverman - Silver Medal - Drawing & Illustration - No, Thank You.
- Isabel Kristensen - Silver Medal - Photography - Playground
- Chloe Montague - Silver Medal - Photography - Destination
- Annarose Speede - Silver Medal - Drawing & Illustration - Deadlines, Silver Medal - Drawing & Illustration - Pay Attention, Gold Medal - Painting - Things with Wings, Silver Medal - Painting - Lynda
Southridge High School:
- Yesmin Chua - Silver Medal - Ceramics & Glass - Nyotaimori Plates
Sunset High School:
- Russell Chai - Silver Medal - Photography - Nonchalance
- Molly Hunter - Silver Medal - Ceramics & Glass - stage four
- Thulni Liyanaarachchi - Silver Medal - Design - Examine everything
- Len Nguyen - Silver Medal - Art Portfolio - The Sword of Heaven's Will
- Cameron Paterson - Silver Medal - Design - Tokyo Heat
- Eva Siffert - Silver Medal - Photography - Sunset in PNW
- Aspen Stoyer - Gold Medal - Photography - Olivia 1
- Tristan Young - Gold Medal - Digital Art - The True Exit
Westview High School:Andrea Tongsak - Gold Medal - Person Essay & Memoir - Dear Peter Wang,
The Cedar Park Middle School, Stoller Middle School and Whitford Middle School MathCounts teams were three of the top eight ranking teams at the Oregon State Competition last month. Cedar Park Middle School ranked 1st. The Cedar Park Middle School team is comprised of Suyash Pandit, Yusef Arifin, Sohan Clemons and Noah Unger-Schulz. Coaches: Sandra Miller and Steve Tufty, a volunteer. Team Oregon placed 7th at the national competition and Suyash won second place in the Countdown Round.
Bryce Dahlgren, a freshmen at Mountainside High School was named a 2019 Student of the Year by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) for her efforts in raising more than $50,000 for the LLS.
The Westview High School Marching Band won 1st place in the In-State 100+ category of the Portland General Electric/Solve Starlight Parade.
Beaverton School District students dominated at the Intel Northwest Science Expo:
Middle School Division
- Ekansh Mittal, grade 7, Summa Meadow Park Middle School, won Best of Fair in the middle school division with a project titled, "Approaches to Identify Novel Combinations of Natural Medicine to Treat Bacterial Infections".
- Mirja Rebaum, grade 7, Stoller Middle School won Best of Fair in the middle school division with a project titled, "Two Major Global Issues and One Solution to Solve Both".
High School Division
- Rohan Wagh, grade 11, Sunset High School was selected as an Intel ISEF finalist with a project titled, "Designing an In-Situ Soil Conductivity Monitoring System for Precision Agriculture and Water Management".
- Lucas Braun, grade 10, School of Science and Technology was selected as an Intel ISEF finalist with a project titled, "Implementing quantum dot qubits in optimized linear quantum computing architectures through evolutionary computational modeling".
- Himani Sood, grade 12, Westview High School and Aditya Sood, grade 9, Westview High Schoolwere selected as Intel ISEF finalists with a project titled, "Reverse Testing Chemotherapies on Drosophila Models to Determine Protein-Kinase Pathways Affected by Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy".
The four winners of the High School Division represented Oregon at the Intel Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Phoenix, Arizona.
Joining the finalists from the Intel NWSE were the best projects from each of the seven regional fairs in the Northwest Science Expo System, who also represented Oregon at the ISEF:
- Divya Amirtharaj, grade 12, Westview High School qualified for Intel ISEF at Beaverton-Hillsboro Science Expo with a project titled, "A Secure Implementation of Mendelian Randomization via Multi-Party Computation".
- Rohan Ahluwalia, grade 11, Westview High School qualified for Intel ISEF at Beaverton-Hillsboro Science Expo with a project titled, "A Novel Optical Diagnostic Method for Non-Invasive Detection of Blood Glucose using Reverse Iontophoresis Modulation and a Personalized Neural Network".
- Lauren Li, grade 12, Westview High School qualified for Intel ISEF at Beaverton-Hillsboro Science Expo with a project titled, "Tracing Cell Lineages from Single-Cell Data using Markov Affinity Estimation".
All seven of the Beaverton School District students who competed at the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Phoenix, Arizona won awards:
- Rohan Ahluwalia, Westview High School - Ashtavadhani Vidwan Ambati Subbaraya Chetty Foundation Second Award of $500 and the SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics Third Award of $1,000 and the Biomedical Engineering $1,500 Award
- Divya Amirtharaj, Westview High School - King Abdul-Aziz & his Companions Foundation for Giftedness and Creativity $21,000 Scholarship for Intelligent-Based Solutions in Cyber-security Award, National Security Agency Research Directorate Second Place Award "Science Security" of $1,000 and the Systems Software Fourth Award $500
- Aditya Sood and Himani Sood, Westview High School - National Aeronautics and Space Administration First Award of $2,500
- Rohan Wagh, Sunset High School - International Council on Systems Engineering - INCOSE Honorable Mention Award and the Environmental Engineering Fourth Award $500
- Lauren Li, Westview High School - Computational Biology and Bioinformatics - Second Award of $1,500
- Lucas Braun, School of Science & Technology - Physics and Astronomy Third Award $1,000
Beaverton School District Teacher on Special Assignment for Secondary English Language Arts, Kacy Smith Paterson, has won the Celebrate Literacy Award from the Portland Reading Council.
Whitford Middle School 8th Grade Dual Language Science Teacher, Shawn Parker, was selected to participate in the Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms (Fulbright TGC).
The Stoller Middle School Science Olympiad teams placed 1st, 3rd, and 5th and Cedar Park Middle School placed in 2nd in the state Science Olympiad. Stoller's 1st place team Grey Matter, represented Oregon at the National Science Olympiad tournament May 31 - June 1, 2019 at Cornell University, in Ithaca, New York.
The Westview High School Science Olympiad team Deep Fried Butter, won first place in the High School Division at the Oregon Science Olympiad and competed at the National Science Olympiad, held at Cornell University on June 1, 2019.
Eight Beaverton School District seniors were awarded $500 scholarships in the 31st annual Herzog-Meier Senior Art Scholarship contest:
Scholarship winners included:
- Tania Bejarano, Aloha High School
- Xenia Balashova, Arts & Communication Magnet Academy (ACMA)
- Annabelle Cushman, Beaverton High School
- Evan Frost, International School of Beaverton (ISB)
- Sara Buffalochief, Merlo Station High School
- Olivia Banks, Southridge High School
- Anusha Dixit, Sunset High School
- Sydney Hackley, Westview High School
April Horner, Academic Learning Center Teacher at Highland Park Middle School, has been named the Educator of the Year by the Arc Oregon. Ms. Horner is being honored for her dedication to person-centered focus on each student and her high expectations of all students.
Mountainside, Southridge, and Westview high school wind ensembles all qualified to compete at the OSAA 6A State Band Competition and each gave outstanding performances.
Eleven Beaverton School District seniors were chosen from a talent pool of more than 15,000 outstanding Finalists in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program. Congratulations:
- Grant Chen, Westview High School, probable career field: Computer Science
- Ben Chiu, Westview High School, probable career field: Public Policy
- Adit Gupta, Westview High School, probable career field: Bioinformatics
- Kevin Du Jin, Sunset High School, probable career field: Computer Science
- Vikram Kashyap, Sunset High School, probable career field: Physics
- Lauren Li, Westview High School, probable career field: Academia
- Alyssa Shi, Westview High School, probable career field: Public Health
- Himani Sood, Westview High School, probable career field: Medicine
- Eric Tong, Westview High School, probable career field: Computer Science
- Elaine Yang, Sunset High School, probable career field: Undecided
- Elaine Zheng, Westview High School, probable career field: Medicine
Sixteen Beaverton School District students were named National Merit College-Sponsored Merit Scholarship winners:
- Rohan Ajjarapu, Westview High School: University of Chicago Scholarship
- Emily Anderson, Sunset High School: Scripps College Scholarship
- Lincoln Bay, Westview High School: Brigham Young University Scholarship
- Jasmin Falconer, Westview High School: Arizona State University Scholarship
- Gabriela Garcia, Sunset High School: University of Chicago Scholarship
- Paul McDougald, Westview High School: Vanderbilt University Scholarship
- Dane Miller, Southridge High School: University Of Utah Scholarship
- Neha Mishra, Westview High School: University of Arizona Scholarship
- Meghana Narahari, Westview High School: Tulane University Scholarship
- Amelia Noall, Westview High School: Oregon State University Scholarship
- Sushrut Subrahmanyan Nunna, Westview High School: Arizona State University Scholarship
- Nathan Purwosumarto, Sunset High School: Texas A&M University Scholarship
- James Taylor, International School of Beaverton: University of Oregon Scholarship
- Alex Tharappel, Westview High School: Arizona State University Scholarship
- Samantha Weiss, Westview High School: Arizona State University Scholarship
- Jason Wong, Westivew High School: University of Southern California Scholarship
Jon Fresh, Special Education Teacher at Westview High School, was named Northwest Regional 2020 Regional Teacher of the Year.
Rishab Jain, 8th grader at Stoller Middle School was named on of Pamplin Media's 2019 Amazing Kids.
Twelve Beaverton School District students received scholarships of $1,500 each from the Beaverton Arts Foundation for outstanding achievement in the performing and visual arts:
Performing Arts Recipients:
- Leif Baker, Arts and Communication Magnet Academy (ACMA)
- Maya Bedge, Westview High School
- Michael McCann, Southridge High School (Reser Family Foundation Award)
- Mili Nakamura, Westview High School (Reser Family Foundation Award)
- John Nguyen, Westview High School
Visual Arts Recipients:
- Aliyah Blattner, Southridge High School (Reser Family Foundation Award)
- Kellen Campbell, Sunset High School (Southminster Celebration of Creativity Award)
- Michelle Hesek, Southridge High School
- Chloe Kim, Westview High School
- Isabel Kristensen, ACMA
- Len Nguyen, Sunset High School
- Julia Stalnaker, Southridge High School
Conestoga Middle School 8th grader, Shunkai Peng took first place in the U.S. Chess Federation National K-8 Chess Championships held last month in Grapevine, Texas. This is the second year in a row Shunkai has won the championship.
Two Beaverton School District seniors, were selected by the Ford Family Foundation as two of 125 Ford Scholars. Habiba Ibrahim from Aloha High School and James Taylor from the International School of Beaverton (ISB) were chosen from 2,562 eligible applicants to receive the scholarship.
Five Beaverton School District seniors were each awarded $1,500 scholarships from the Association of Beaverton School Administrators (ABSA), five were awarded $1,000 Superintendent's Scholarshipand one the Beaverton Minority Make a Difference Scholarship last month.
- Aliyah Blattner, Southridge High School
- John Nguyen, Westview High School
- Cecelia Ramirez, Beaverton High School
- Mariella Reyes, Sunset High School
- Brenda Zamudio, Beaverton High School
- Karla Rivas, Beaverton High School
- Angelica Gondoputro, HS2
- Jamison Hanson, ISB
- Jazanna Riddlesprigger, ACMA
- Ella Davis, Aloha High School
Erick Velazquez, a senior at the International School of Beaverton (ISB), was awarded the Beaverton Minority Administrator Community (BMAC) Make a Difference Scholarship.
The Sunset High School Jazz Band took 2nd place in the 6A category at the Oregon Music Education Association (OMEA) State Jazz Championships at Mt. Hood Community College.
Anna Bakun, Soprano, 17, Junior, Mountainside High School, received the $2,000 Jess and Hortense Foster Family Voice Scholarship award for the best voice performance by the Monday Musical Club of Portland. Elvin Choi, Cello, 15, sophomore, Beaverton High School and Felix Tse, Piano, 17, junior, Sunset High School both won $1,500 scholarships.
Kelly Tichenor, 1st grade teacher at West T.V. Elementary School was named to the Circle of Excellence in the OnPoint Prize for Excellence in Education contest. Kelly was awarded a $1,500 prize and a $1,000 donation to her school.
The team representing Oregon at the National MathCounts Competition placed 7th overall. Two of the four team members were BSD students, Nividh Singh from Stoller Middle School, and Suyash Pandit from Cedar Park Middle School, the team's coach was Sandra Miller, Math teacher at Cedar Park Middle School. In the Countdown Round, a live playoff similar to a spelling bee, Suyash was ranked 8th for his individual score compete and finished as the runner up 2nd place! Sandra was recognized for having a 2nd place finisher and two additional top 12 competitors!
Congratulations to Sunset High School senior Gabi Garcia who was selected as one of four finalists in the International Thespian Society HQ's playwriting contest.
2019 WE Celebration & Recognition Awards
The 6th Annual WE Celebration & Recognition Awards took place on Thursday, May 2, 2019 at Beaverton Foursquare Church. Nearly 300 school and District employees along with community members, business leaders, faith partners and parents gathered to celebrate the wonderful partnerships throughout the Beaverton School District.
Outstanding Community Partnership Team Awards:
- Montclair Elementary School: The Spirit of Community Grows
- Bonny Slope Elementary School: Growing Community Outreach Experiences
- Highland Park Middle School: Full STEAM Ahead
- Southridge High School: Technical Careers & Community Development
- Beaverton High School: Community Connects Us
Career Technical Education (CTE) Partnership Award:
Department Community Partnership Award:
District Community Partner Awards:
District Faith Partner Award