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Sarah Reader, Valedictorian of BHS class of 1998, with her son Wilhelm, pictured here at the BAC in the room that housed her math class when she was in junior high.

BEAVERTON – Sarah Reader, Beaverton High School Class of 1998, recently spent several days at the Beaverton Activity Center (BAC) conducting interviews that will help her with her Masters Degree Thesis work at Chemnitz University of Technology in Chemnitz, Germany. She was able to combine visits with family and friends with her project work, while on a break from school. The former high school valedictorian has been teaching English as a second language since 2003, and also works as a consultant for companies in Dresden, Chemnitz, and Mittweida. After earning a Bachelors of Science Degree in Education with German and Art certificates, Sarah taught German at Midland Public Schools in 2008-2009 before moving to Germany. She found her niche in foreign language and dialects, and her favorite graduate courses involve discourse analysis and sociolinguistic variation. This led her to her interviews with persons who have lived in the Beaverton area for a good number of years. Her thesis work will be a study of elements of dialect in North-Central United States.

Sons, Wilhelm (11) and Friedrich (7) on school break, were able to join their mother on the recent trip, and enjoyed their vacation. They will return in February, when Sarah will conduct another round of interviews. Her early October return coincided with homecoming week, and it was fitting that she was able to use rooms at Beaverton Activity Center, since she spent her junior high years in the exact location. She noted, “I was really happy to see the building in use. I always thought it was such an interesting building. My dad went to school there, as did my siblings, so there are lots of memories. When I was in school, I always wished there was some place for kids to go, a coffee shop or something. Now there is. It’s even better than I could have imagined, considering all the activities it houses. The community involvement and support are incredible.”

Sarah has voiced an interest in perhaps taking part in a BAC planned series of short talks, featuring former Beaverton Rural School alumni who have excelled in fields of education, technology, business, or the arts. The presentations would be accompanied with slides, video, and Q and A sessions. Early development of the series of presentations are underway, with a goal of celebrating achievement and passing on encouragement and ideas to others. Contact information for possible candidates for the series can be dropped off at the Activity Center’s front office.

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