Except for the past two years of COVID-19 graduations, Beaverton normally recognizes at least two new distinguished alumni during graduation ceremonies at the Beaverton Junior/Senior High School. Many Beaverton graduates have achieved remarkable careers, and have contributed extensively in their communities. They serve as examples to graduates of what small-town people can achieve in careers of all types. 

There is no one magic formula for achieving success. The distinguished Beaverton alumni prove that by the many fields of endeavor in which they have earned the respect and admiration of their peers.

For each honoree, a plaque is presented to the individual, and an identical plaque is hung on the “Wall of Honor” at Beaverton Junior/Senior High School. This year, four new alumni have been recognized for their distinguished careers and achievements since graduation. The 2022 honorees are included with a brief background below.

Jason Brown

A 1995 BHS and 2000 Broadcasting and Cinematic Arts graduate from Central Michigan University, he has spent more than two decades shooting, producing and directing award-winning documentaries, short films and television series. Deeply influenced by his small town roots and love for storytelling, he has led production teams across North America filming survival, hunting and fishing adventures, receiving more than 30 national awards in the process. As co-founder of an outdoor media company, he continues telling stories from the most remote locations on Earth, hoping to inspire a movement of people to get outdoors.

Capt. Joel Yates

After graduation from BHS in 1986, he served his nation for more than three decades in the U.S. Navy, earning the rare distinction of 13 promotions, from E-1 to O-6. He has commanded sailors in combat operations across the globe, including Iraq and Afghanistan. He credits the leadership and mentorship provided by BHS teachers and coaches with setting a foundation for success in his career and in his family life. 

Scott Govitz

A 1980 BHS graduate, he worked in plastics before attending Mid Michigan College and Central Michigan University, earning degrees in Public Administration. Beginning his career as a Congressional aide, he then served as Beaverton City Manager and Mayor before becoming Vice President of Workforce and Economic Development at MMC. A philanthropist and community supporter, he was instrumental in establishing the Beaverton Activity Center, Gladwin County Endowment Fund and more. A longtime supporter of students and student athletes, he announced Beaverton basketball for nearly 40 years.

Jeff Stone

Upon graduation from BHS in 1983, he earned degrees at Ferris State University and the Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine in Chicago. He has served as Chief Resident – Foot and Ankle Surgery at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis and earned many nationally recognized distinctions in the field of podiatry. He has been involved with young people as a coach and education advocate.

Beaverton Schools was honored to have these distinguished alumni present to both recognize their excellence and to inspire the minds of the young graduates. 

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