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Seniors heat things up on graduation Knight

Bremerton students tossed their hats in the air as the 2006 commencement came to a close. - Photo by Jesse Beals
Bremerton students tossed their hats in the air as the 2006 commencement came to a close.
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The Class of 2006 at Bremerton High School cheered their principal, even if the “freshman” administrator made a mistake.

“We should have had graduation outside,” Aaron Leavell admitted to the graduates gathered in a hot, sticky gymnasium Friday, June 16.

Despite seeing that error in 20/20 hindsight, Leavell expressed appreciation for the cooperation of graduates with their fourth principal in the past four years.

“Your ability to adapt and be leaders in this school … inspires me,” he said.

After a few words from Leavell, seniors heard from the speaker of their choosing, Chris Dolan.

While Dolan lightened things up with some humorous remarks to begin with, he took a somewhat more serious tone to close his speech and encourage his peers.

“As long as we don’t let anything come between us and our goals, we can do anything we want,” he said. “Let’s get out there and do what we do the best we can.”

The graduating class presented their gift, noting it was their second choice. A giant mural “Senior Rock the Castle – Class of 2006” will help them leave their mark rather than a courtyard fountain rejected because maintenance would be too costly for the school, said Kyle Boyington.

The graduate hoped the substitute gift would still have the same intended effect.

“With this gift, we hope to brighten the hallways and help raise pride in the school,” he said.

In a tradition unique to BHS, graduates received a tap on the shoulder from the sword of their Knight mascot as they stepped up to the podium to receive their diplomas.

The graduates began the night quietly sitting in their seats, listening to speeches and a beautiful guitar and vocal solo by one of their own, Casey Marett. By the time they were ready to move their tassels to the other side, they were on their feet making some noise.

“It’s awesome. It’s indescribable,” Bianca Darcheville said. “I’m proud of everyone and I’m glad we made it.”

Darcheville plans to stay close to home to continue her education, attending Olympic College before transferring to the University of Washington.

Stacey Gonzalez also wants to stick around, saying she will take a year off to save up money before matriculating at OC. For now, she just wants to soak in all of what her high school graduation means.

“It’s overwhelming, I guess you can say,” she said.

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