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BHS graduates bid adieu to high school

The nip in the air wasn’t enough to cool the expectations of Bremerton HIgh School’s class of 2004. A temperature of about 57 degrees encompassed the 284 graduates, who shivered in their metal fold-up chairs at Memorial Stadium as they remembered good times, honored one another and looked forward to the future at the graduation ceremony on June 11.

“I’m excited, nervous and scared,” said Jun Usher, who like 42.1 percent of his graduating class will go to a two-year college. Usher will go to Olympic College and plans to transfer from OC into the Art Institute in Seattle.

In addition, 24.4 percent will attend four-year colleges, 4.6 percent of the graduating class will go to technical colleges, 8.5 percent will join the military and 15.1 percent will either work or go into an apprenticeship.

In all, 74 scholarship recipients earned $801,357 in scholarship funds.

Eric Hogan, first-year principal, told the students no matter where their futures led them, they would always be Bremerton High School Knights. Rather than do things the wrong way or easy way, he encouraged them to do things the “Knight way.”

“Always pursue personal excellence,” Hogan said. He also told the students that being a Knight meant acting with “character and integrity — that’s what makes a Knight.”

Graduate Shelby Giese inspired the students to live to their fullest potential but always be true to themselves.

“You can’t save the world and you can’t make everyone happy, so just do what’s right for you,” Giese said.

While she was graduating with high expectations, she has set realistic goals.

“While I can’t save the world, I can make a difference,” Giese said.

Jeffrey Wells, another graduate, told his fellow alumni that no matter where their lives took them, they always would have memories of each other.

“Life is about 10 percent good times and about 90 percent getting to those good times,” he said. “ ... When you are alone, look into your mind’s eye and we’ll be there.”

After Wells finished his speech, graduate Cameron Schnell brought the graduates to their feet with his acoustic rendition of Eve 6’s “Here’s to the night.”

Bremerton School Board Member Pat Jones gave the students a parting bit of wisdom: “You can never go wrong with education.”

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