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Beaverton High announces Hall of Achievement inductees
Seven more people have been added to the ranks of the Hall of Achievement at Beaverton High School.
• Gene Biggi: Alumnus, 1946.
After spending two years in the U.S. Air Force, Biggi returned home to help his mother, Rose, with her fledgling but growing horseradish company, which became Beaverton Foods, whose products are sold in every state in the nation and a dozen foreign countries. Today, Biggi owns more than 300,000 square feet of commercial, office and industrial properties on more than 30 acres on 13 sites in Beaverton.
• Scott Burns: Alumnus, 1965, professor emeritus of geology and past-chairman of the Geology Department at Portland State University. Burns has been teaching for 48 years with past positions in Switzerland, New Zealand, Washington, Colorado and Louisiana.
• James N. Erickson, who taught at Beaverton High School from 1970 to 2000. He also was a director, choreographer and designer for theater productions. He also created 40 years of "Breakfast with Santa" for the Meier & Frank department store. He passed away in 2004.
• Lavelle Flannery Stoinoff: Alumna, 1951. Also known as Beaverton High's "one-woman swim team," Flannery Stoinoff was a top swimmer whose career spanned decades. She set many Oregon high school records. Unfortunately for women in the 1950s there were no college swimming scholarships and no long-distance Olympic swimming events so she retired from swimming in 1953. She later joined the Master Swimming program at age 40 and competed until 2008, setting 79 world and 53 national records. She was inducted into both the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 2000 and the International Sports Hall of Fame. She passed away in 2012.
• Al Jubitz: Alumnus, 1962. He retired as co-chairman of Jubitz Corp. and has been active in non-profit organizations for much of his life. He has served or is serving on the boards of the United Way of the Columbia-Willamette, Pacific Crest Outward Bound, Portland Schools Foundation, Energy Trust of Oregon and the Oregon Peace Institute. He currently serves on the National Advisory Board of Environmental Defense Fund and on the Leadership Council at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. He is Director Emeritus of Morrison Child and Family Services and an emeritus trustee of Outward Bound Wilderness School. He is also the past President of the Rotary Club of Portland.
• Shin Sato: Alumnus, 1937: After graduation, Sato attended Pacific University, but as WWII loomed, he left school to help out on his family's farm in the Bethany area. After the issuance in 1942 of Executive Order 9066, authorizing the deportation and incarceration of people of Japanese ancestry, the Sato family was forced to move to the Minidoka War Relocation Center in Idaho. Despite the internment of his family and fellow Japanese-Americans, Sato and his brother, Roy, joined the 442nd Infantry Regiment. His unit was sent to Italy, where they saw battle. Sato and more than 800 members of the 442nd died in combat. Sato Elementary School in the Beaverton School District was named in honor of the family.
• Ari Shapiro: Alumnus, 1996. Shapiro is a journalist and host of National Public Radio's "All Things Considered," the most listened-to radio news program in America. He formerly served as an international correspondent based in London, and also covered the White House correspondent and Justice Department. Shapiro also frequently tours as a guest singer with the band Pink Martini. Since his debut with them at the Hollywood Bowl in 2009, Shapiro has performed live in such venues as Carnegie Hall in New York and The Royal Albert Hall in London. He appears on several of Pink Martini's albums, singing in multiple languages.
For more information on the Beaverton Hall of Achievement, go to www.beavertonhall.weebly.com.
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