Trying Something New

High School is one of the few times in our lives that we are able to try a diverse range of clubs, sports, and fine art activities. Beaver Local has an incredible array of these activities and classes that allow its students the opportunity to find their niche and what makes them happy. This no doubt is what helps us as Beaver Local Students to achieve in all of the many ways that they do. Whether it be joining a sport or club, taking a class, or simply meeting new people never let the fear of something new stop you from trying it.

I have found so many of my favorite things because of school. My sophomore year I decided to join the swim team. This was my first time going so far out of my comfort zone and trying something incredibly new. This is still one of the best choices I have ever made in my life. It has grown into something I have a deep and unconditional love for. It makes me incredibly happy; however, it is very bittersweet. I wish that I would have tried swimming much sooner in my life, even to have been able to swim for one more year would have been incredible. If you ever, for even a moment, considering doing something completely new DO NOT HESITATE. Take a leap of faith and you may possibly find something you never knew you could love.

My second leap of faith is when I decided to try out for cheerleading. I went in with zero experience, knowledge, or idea of what I was getting myself into. All I was certain of was the fact that I wanted to try it. It seemed like it would be so much fun, and I wasn’t wrong! Cheering is another one of those things that I have grown to love. The entire energy of it is something incredible, it keeps my Fridays exciting, and honestly is one of the most fun parts of my senior year. Trying new things does pose certain challenges, it is such hard work. In both of these examples, I had no idea what it would take to catch up to the others who had been doing it since they were six. Hours spent working on form in a pool or staying up late to go over sidelines. The hard work pays off in the end though, and while I still have a lot of perfecting to do it has become a fun challenge.

So get out there, try something new, and don’t be afraid. It will always be worth it to try and even if you don’t end up finding a love for it you can leave knowing you never wasted an opportunity. Take advantage of all of the amazing offers that you have been given, waste no time, and take none of it for granted. Put in hard work and dedication to the things you love, making the most of the time we have been given. High School goes by in the blink of an eye, don’t waste it away getting caught up in the big picture and enjoy the amazing little things that happen every day.

What can we Learn From the Las Vegas Tragedy?

On Sunday, October 1, Jason Aldean was on tour in Las Vegas, Nevada. As his concert was taking place, a gunman opened fire on the crowd, killing 59 people and wounding over 527. This incident is now being discussed worldwide while innocent families grieve over the deadliest mass shooting in recent American history.

It is now known that the gunman, 64-year-old Stephan Paddock, fired his shots from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel. When police found him, he was dead in his hotel room. Along with the gunman, the police also found twenty-three of his guns in the room and another nineteen at his house.

Jason Aldean, who was singing on stage when the gunfire began, posted on Instagram after the chaos, saying “Tonight has been beyond horrific. I still don’t know what to say but wanted to let everyone know that Me and my Crew [SIC] are safe. My Thoughts and prayers go out to everyone involved tonight. It hurts my heart that this would happen to anyone who was just coming out to enjoy what should have been a fun night. #heartbroken #stopthehate” This shooting is being referred to as the “Las Vegas massacre.”

This shooting is being referred to as the “Las Vegas massacre.”

Seeing the hateful crimes that have been committed throughout our country sheds a light on the things that could happen to our school. If a gunman came into Beaver Local Schools, would you know what to do? Beaver Local’s staff was trained in ALICE crisis response which dictates what we would do if there was an active shooter in the building.

ALICE Training Institute teaches people to follow the following certain steps in the event of an active shooter. It may seem that you should follow these steps in order, but as every situation is different, you should think of these as decisions that you may have to make at different times.


Alert means that you should first recognize the danger and respond. Many people may first be in denial or be scared, but ALICE training teaches civilians to first be alert to the dangerous situation. You may learn about the danger in different ways. Maybe you will actually see the threat yourself. You may hear gunshots or even receive a text about the event. If possible, the district will make an announcement to let you know as much information as possible. But, every situation is different.

Evacuate means exactly what you may think it would. If at all possible and safe, you should try to get away from the dangerous situation. We are lucky to have such a large building; If the threat was in another part of the school, you should try to get out of the building and lockdown in a safe place like the stadium or the church just south of the district. If you are unable to safely leave the building, you should go into lockdown.

Lockdown means you should get to the nearest safe place. If you are already in a classroom and the threat is close by, you should lockdown in that safe place. One thing you could do in a classroom lockdown situation, for example, would be to barricade the doorway of the room you are in. If this were to happen, you would use anything in your classroom to stop someone from being able to enter. In addition, you would want to grab weapons such as scissors, pens, and any other sharp or heavy object in case you need to use them for self-defense if needed.

If you are in a hallway when a school goes into lockdown, you will want to run into the closest classroom, no matter what. Being locked in a classroom would always be safer than being exposed in an empty hallway.

If you happen to be in a restroom in a time of lockdown, and could not make it to a classroom, you would want to try to find the closest shelter. You NEVER want to stand on a toilet or stay in a bathroom stall during a lockdown. If you can get into a closet or a space with a door that can be locked, make your greatest attempt to get there.

Counter means that if you are in a life-or-death situation, you fight for your life. You work together with the people around you and you fight back. ALICE is not encouraging students to run toward danger or confront an attacker unless it is absolutely the last chance you have. The idea of locking down and hiding under desks and tables is an idea which stems from the threat of nuclear attacks in the cold war. As stated before, every situation is different, but ALICE training encourages you to fight back when necessary.

Inform means you should do you everything you can to inform others of the situation. If you are in a classroom situation, you should allow your teacher to do most of the communicating. We don’t want to overload the 911 servers. If you are alone, you need to communicate your location to someone via text or phone call. You need to stay calm and communicate as much information as possible.

Even though this topic is not largely discussed, we, as students, need to know what we should do if this were ever to occur in our school. In our community, no one would want something bad to happen to any student or staff member if this horrible act of violence was ever committed. The idea of training student responses in the event of a catastrophic event is not to scare students, but to help them prepare as much as possible. If you’re thinking about the threat and assessing the danger before an event happens, you will be more likely to respond in a life-saving manner.

In conclusion, the lives that were lost in Las Vegas will always be remembered. We are truly living in difficult and terrifying times. As a country, we should do our best to help the people in need. Donating blood is a good way to help with this tragedy (BLHS’s Blood Drive will be held on November 1st).  Also, we need to come together as a school in order to allow everyone to know what they would have to do if this hateful crime were to be committed in our school’s environment.

Remember: love will always overpower hate.

How To Complete Overwhelming Amounts of Homework And Still Have Time to Yourself

When many students get home, the last thing that they want to do is work on homework. I like to call this “bring school home with you” or “bring your job home”, which is something I don’t prefer doing. It’s even more of a struggle when you’re exhausted once you get home, and the only thing you want to do is take a nap. Let’s face it, who wants to spend more time on projects and studying for tests that you’ve already spent the last six hours working on? Although homework and preparing for tests is important and must be done to further practice and secure content, I have found a solution that has helped me balance my school and personal life for the past few years at Beaver Local.

Almost every day we follow a certain schedule and routine. For me, this is key during after school hours so I can have some time to relax, eat a snack, listen to music, catch up on the news, and maybe even get a few paragraphs of my novel in progress written. Usually, I tend to enjoy my downtime first before I embark on tonight’s homework assignment. Once I’ve had a break and I have done some of the things that I wanted to do, I find myself more motivated and refreshed, and there is a boost in my mood when I am able to take some time to myself.

Personally, I believe that creating time management is a significant skill that we all should learn. I think that this comes in handy with school so that you’re not overwhelmed. With time management, I have found an improvement in my grades and a promotion of my healthy wellbeing. I am happier when I am able to make time for my family, have dinner with them, and savor my time at home. Since I have created a schedule for homework and downtime, success has been easier for me to achieve.

Now, you’re probably wondering my secret schedule is. I begin my homework at 4:30 and typically spend an hour on it, no more than that. If you are triggered by distraction, I find it best that you go into the quietest room in your house and use it as your workspace. Ideally, with less distraction, you more likely to be productive and accomplish school-related tasks. One of the biggest sources of distraction is your cell phone and it will divert your focus, so make sure not to bring it into your workspace or keep it on silent. I’ll admit that it’s tempting to check an incoming text message, but you don’t want that with you while you’re working on homework.

Once your designated hour for homework is over, you can go back to doing your thing. Even though school is challenging these days, you can make room to do your homework, if you have any, and spend less time doing it when you’re focused. At Beaver Local, many of the student body has involvement in extracurricular activities or have jobs. By the time they get home, they barely have any time for homework and before they know it, it’s time for bed. Like the average student who doesn’t participate in sports and is able to directly go home after school, the extracurricular active student is just as disinterested in homework as the non-extracurricular participant. However, the athlete experiences exhaustion on an extremely different level than the student.

Overall, if you set aside a consistent time for homework, I assure you that you can get it done. Remember, students: focus is crucial!

A Letter to the Rising Athletes of Beaver Local

Dear Underclassman,
Please, don’t take these days for granted. I know, especially for you freshman, that your time spotting that red and white uniform seems like it will last forever, that you will never see it end, but I promise you it comes faster than you think. That rush of nerves, excitement, and anticipation as you slip the jersey over your head, the slight tremble in your fingers as you lace up your shoes, the burst of acceleration as you step out onto the field, all of these elements of the game will soon be but a memory. You are given four years to leave your legacy, four years to learn, grow and persevere as a Student-Athlete of Beaver Local High School. Take what you have experienced, improve it, and ensure that your time in the red and white is lived without regret, and without anything left behind once your four years dwindles to a close.

As you stand with your team, look around you. To your left, and to your right, you have built a family. That family will be with you throughout your year, pushing you to be better than you were the day before, helping you up when you fall, and rising you up when you succeed. As the season goes on, you will begin to know each other better than you may know yourself. That team will bring out the best in you, and will show you parts of yourself that you didn’t know existed. With this team, you will discover who you are becoming as an individual, you will achieve goals you never believed possible, and you will succeed in what you only could have perceived as a dream if done alone. The bond that you will create with your brothers to your left and your sisters to your right will expose you to an atmosphere of tremendous support, and as a team, you rely on one another to illustrate the maximum potential present within each of you. Play for them. Play for your team. Play for your family.

Soak in every minute of your time in the red and white, surrounded by your family. Encourage one another at practice, celebrate a victory after the game, laugh on the bus rides, scoop as much spaghetti onto your plate as you can at the team pasta parties. Cherish these moments, and participate in them as often as you can because one day, you won’t be there. You won’t be there to carry the balls at practice, you won’t be there for the pregame huddle, you won’t be there for the post-game dinner. Every second as a member of this family is an amazing gift being presented to you. Please, don’t throw it away. The freshman come, and the seniors go, and every year more and more bonds are created with the team that seems to have conquered it all. This is the team that molded you into the young adult you are becoming, this is the team that taught you about perseverance, commitment, and dedication, this is the team that survived the thick and thin together-united as one. How can you leave this behind? How do you say goodbye to a family?

The 6 a.m practices are tough, the sweat and the blood are grueling, and the time committed is demanding. However, it is all worth it to be able to step out onto that field, that court, that lane with the people who have endured it all with you. For those hours, nothing in the world matters except for your duty to your team, and your duty to yourself. Make every performance count, don’t leave anything behind. These are your four years. This is your legacy. We are Beaver Local Student-Athletes. Play for your team, play for all those who stood in your shoes before you and play for those who will rise to take your place after you.

A Beaver Local Senior

7 Tips for this Years Dances


With fall homecoming just around the corner, these few tips should help make your dance experience a whole lot better!


Tip #1: Ensure that the person you choose to take to the homecoming or prom will not flake on you at the last minute. Imagine getting a text a week before the dance saying “ sorry can’t make it this weekend. I hope you have fun!” You’d be completely mortified, right? Well just make sure to check up on your date at least one time before the dance just for safe measures.


Tip #2: Find something to wear that really suits you and brings out the best! Whether it’d be that beautiful sparkling dress you’ve had your eye on or that pair of bright red dress shoes. Wear something that makes you feel great, and don’t be afraid of what others might think.


Tip #3: Accessories are key. Be sure to accessorize with bracelets, earrings, rings, ties, and necklaces. Those are what pull the whole outfit together, and without them, the look will be boring and bland. A few stores that sell some good accessories are Dillard’s, Macy’s, JCPenney, and even Walmart!


Tip #4: If you’re going to get your nails, hair, or makeup done, don’t forget to make your appointments ahead of time! Salons tend to fill up quick on days of homecomings or proms. Make your appointment at least three weeks in advance so that you can secure a spot!

Tip #5: When choosing shoes make sure to get a pair that not only goes great with your outfit, but that is also comfortable! You don’t want to be miserable half the night because of your feet. So be certain to choose shoes that feel good to wear!


Tip #6: Before the dance even starts, talk with your date about who’s paying for what. For example, one person will buy the tickets and pictures, while the other person will pay for dinner afterward! You don’t want to run into any complications when it comes down to money, so make sure to be organized!


Tip #7: The final tip is to have fun, and to not give one thought about what other people think. This is high school, you only have four years of it to make the most out of it!


Seven Helpful Makeup Tips For Back To School!

Back to school season is a time when people try to look their best and reinvent their look. We at the Beaver Blog want you to always look your best, so we came up with seven helpful makeup tips to keep your look flawless.



Similar to a bag you would have ready for the apocalypse you should be able to fit anything you would need throughout your day. I recommend keeping your setting spray, powder, and sponge/brush in there at all times. The bag doesn’t have to be large and over the top, just something small and cute that you can easily carry with you.


2.) Use a sponge sprayed with setting spray to help control creasing and cakey foundation/concealer.


Take your favorite beauty blender and setting spray. Spray your blender liberally with setting spray before using the sponge to help to blend out any creasing or cakey areas in your foundation. This type is really helpful because not only does it restore the airbrush finish it also helps to reset your makeup.


3.) Find a primer that works well with your skin type!


The primer that you use can greatly affect the longevity and overall finish of your makeup. It is very important that you find a primer that will work with your skin type since I have oily skin I find the Smashbox photo finish primer works best for me. It creates the flawless finish I look for and reduces the fine lines on my face greatly.


4.) Travel size products are your best friend.

Make-up can be expensive and nothing is worse than spending money on a product you don’t like. Travel size products give you the opportunity to not only test out a product to see if it will work well for you in the future, it also gives you a convenient tiny version of your favorites to carry with you easily and with no hassle.


5.) Develop a brow routine that is easy for you and can be quick



To me having a strong brow game can completely change the look you bring to the day. In all reality as long as you have a fleeky brow, lip gloss, and some mascara you will pretty much look put together. If I had to rank what is most important to get done before I leave my house, it will always be my brows. They simply create the illusion of being put together when in reality we are just stressed out high-school kids.


6.) Always carry make-up wipes with you!!

It is the number one tool I use. When I’m at school or out and I see that the look has gone past the point of being fixable. That no beauty blender or setting spray could help me I simply grab my wipes and take everything but my brows off. They are also a plus to keep with you in case you have sports practice or some other event after school. Odds are if you are going to be sweating aggressively, you won’t want to have to have a melting cut crease and sweaty foundation all over your face. It is also really great for your skin to not be sweating while in a full face.


7.) Always have fun and pay no attention to what anyone else says.


Makeup is about expression and having fun. Do you and don’t worry what people have to say if you look in the mirror and are happy that is all that matters. I wish you all the best and can’t wait to see the amazing beats you are going to do.

Seniors Wonder What’s to Come

What happens after high school? For the class of 2018, this question has been running rampant in our minds for years. This year, however, is the year we find the answer. Some of us have already been accepted into college, some have jobs lined up for after graduation, and some don’t have a clue what they are going to do.
As our birthdays pass, most of us will no longer be considered a child. Eighteen is the year that we are expected to begin to figure things out on our own, like paying taxes, making our own doctor’s appointments, and potentially moving out of our parent’s homes. Transitioning from child to adult has been gradual, but also very sudden. Last year we weren’t allowed out past midnight, and this year we can legally buy cigarettes. And, for a lot of us, this change is scary.
Our last year of high school will most likely be stressful, but should also be fun. We should enjoy this chapter in our lives as it comes to a close. After this year, we will split off from these people that we have known and grown up with since childhood to pursue our own dreams. Some of us will move away, losing contact with those that we used to be so close with. Some of us will stay here, deciding not to leave the comfort of home.
There will be people from this class that you do not speak to again. But there are people that will travel with you through life, remaining friends, continuing to grow together. This is the year that we will begin to step away from the confines of school and step into the real world. We do not know exactly what will happen after high school, but we should not fear it.
Wherever life takes us, we should go with our heads held high. Most of us have gone through thirteen years of our lives together, developing from small children to young adults. We have become individuals with our own sense of life, our own sense of direction. Where this direction takes us, no one knows. Wherever it may take us, we will always remember the journey that led up to this point in our lives.

Advice Column #2

Dear Justus,

Dear Grammerless Egobooster,
This boy sounds like he just isn’t the one for you. You can’t force someone to like you especially when you’re not the only one in this boy’s life. Maybe try taking a break from him and just worry about hanging out with friends and what you’re going to eat for dinner! High School romance is hard. You have to look out for yourself in the end and ask yourself, is that what’s best for you?


Dear Justus,
So a lot of kids are making fun of me for my style and I was wondering how I can change myself to better fit in with my peers.

Dear friend,
You shouldn’t worry about what other people think of you. All that matters is you’re happy and enjoy the way you look. I bet your style is awesome and unique. Don’t ever change for other people. Change only for yourself if that’s what you want to do.


Dear Justus,
My dog ate my homework, what do I do?

Dear dog owner,

Well, you’re gonna need proof or your teacher isn’t going to believe you.


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Fashion at Beaver Local

  Beaver Local has always been known for amazing fashion. When BL got the new school, they also got new fashion. Fashion is a very important part of life, it can show who you are as a person. Some people really could care less what they look like, and that’s fine. On the other hand, people like to dress up and look nice.


Current Beaver Local fashion trends:

  • Flannels
  • Hunter Boots
  • Duck Boots
  • Vans
  • Thrasher
  • Alex and Ani bracelets
  • Choker necklaces
  • Kate Spade
  • Michael Kors
  • Apple Watch

In this picture, she is wearing a cranberry, navy, and off-white flannel layered with a gray cardigan. Medium washed jeans with navy boot socks and brown monogrammed riding boots. Deep burgundy Kate Spade purse and a Kate Spade Tumblr.












He is wearing black converse, black chinos, carabiner with a single key, gray crew neck sweatshirt, and a G9 barracuda jacket.

A customized pair of Converse

He is wearing a dark blue speckled shirt tucked into a black pair of skinny jeans with a cuff on the bottom. Over the blue shirt is a gray sweater. to finish the fit off is a pair of Adidas superstar shoes.
























If you’re looking to cop some new swag, here are some websites where you can get yourself a new fit.



Dress to Impress this Spring

Spring is right around the corner, and I’m here to remind you that you must follow the dress code. If at anytime you can’t remember the guidelines, get on to the Beaver Local High School website, and open the BLHS Handbook.

Here are a few reminders to keep you from getting in trouble!

  1. Holes, rips, or tears, must be below fingertip length.
  2. Spaghetti straps or narrow straps are not permitted.
    Your shorts must be fingertip length.
  3. Garments that reveal underclothing is not permitted.
  4. Students shall not wear clothing items that contain messages that are vulgar, offensive, or obscene.
  5. Students are not permitted to wear pants that, when fastened, sag or for below the waist.


Always remember to keep your shirts below your fingertips!


Remember, to always follow the dress code, and if you have any questions, you can always ask a teacher or administrator. As spring approaches us, we want to make sure everyone is wearing appropriate clothing here at school.