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The best and knightest
Eighteen seniors Tuesday took their place in school history as the newly knighted class of 2005.
Chavala Jaramillo, Heather Baas, Hope Henderson, Dominique Ragains, LOreal Kennedy, Pauline Torrella, Khara Croswaite, Christina Curtis, Joseph Hegtvedt, Laura Croswaite, Genifel Sasis, Aneshia Savard, Michelle Abad, Madeline Miller, Buddy Bennett, Julie Siemens, Megan Alexander and Lee Durdahl all got the tap on the shoulder and took their place on stage.
While the students knew they had been nominated, they didnt know who would be knighted until the ceremony, which was in the Performing Arts Center.
But thats part of the fun.
Its a pretty unbelievable experience, Durdahl said.
Ive always been noticed as an athlete and Ive wanted to be noticed as a student, he said.
Among Durdahls accomplishments are a 3.9 GPA, being on the varsity basketball team and volunteering at Harrison Hospitals Festival of Trees.
Steeped in tradition, the Bremerton High School knighting ceremony honors the students who have contributed to their school and community.
Just being nominated is an honor in itself, said teacher Mike McKnight who along with Craig Smith announced the chosen.
The nominees, their families and the rest of the senior class waited anxiously as the ceremony began with the induction of new senior class officers.
Then the knighting began.
Junior class officers dressed in blue graduation robes ran up and down the aisles as a drum roll built anticipation. Where they would stop no one knew. Then silence and a name.
Surprise doesnt cover it.
I almost peed my pants. Its one of the highest honors in the school, Siemens said about being knighted.
Students knelt on a blue velvet pillow at the foot of the Knight to receive their title.
The road to knighthood began years earlier when the students began their high school careers. They made a name for themselves through their academics, community service, and involvement in school activities. Each year 10 percent of the senior class is nominated by their peers. From there nominees respond to a questionnaire and write an essay on what becoming a Knight means to them.
Siemens, who has a 3.5 GPA, was a cheerleader for three years and is an active member of her church, believes being knighted means a person has been a good role model.
Being knighted marks a person of integrity, involvement and leadership. It is one of the greatest honors and the most treasured, said Alexander, who is interim ASB president, a member of the BHS newspaper staff and the swim team captain.
In addition to the knighting, one lucky student won a Honda Civic in a drawing. Chelsea Eastin, a junior and one of the tappers, won the car after officials drew her name. Students could enter the drawing by earning K-notes for good behavior. Eastin earned two, which she had just turned in that morning.