Bulldogs express their individuality

Posted: Thursday, May 22, 2003

The senior class of Nikiski High School gave 110 percent all year with everything it did, and the graduation ceremony was no different. Nearly all the seniors decorated their caps. There were many unique designs, each giving a glimpse into the individual student's life.

One student had a picture of herself holding up a sockeye salmon on top of the cap, with numerous bobbers and fishing lures dangling from the brim.

Another student had extended the mortarboard and had a disco ball hanging from it instead of a tassel.

There also were numerous clever sayings and designs on the caps a full floral bouquet adorned one student's hair, another had converted her cap into a Japanese flag.

The excitement and antics didn't stop with their wardrobe, either. The crowd laughed and applauded when two young graduates reenacted a wedding proposal during the processional, emulating last year's commencement when a student popped the question to his longtime girlfriend.

Graduation is always an exciting time for high school seniors, and Tracie Nightingale is no exception.

She already has been accepted into the University of Alaska Anchorage.

"I'm very excited," she said.

Nightingale worked hard for her accomplishment. She was a member of the National Honor Society for three years.

She also recently was awarded a UAA scholarship in the amount of $11,000 to be dispersed to her over four years. The scholarship was based on Nightingale being among the top 10 percent of her graduating class.

In addition, she has received a $1,500 scholarship from the Nikiski Community Club.

As if her academic achievement wasn't enough to be excited about, Nightingale also plans to marry her longtime fiance, Charles Seater, in the fall.

"I'm not sure where we'll live, but it will have to be off-campus, since there are no married dorms," she said.

Although she is unsure about their future living location, she is sure about her major.

"I want to pursue dental hygiene," she said. "I've only recently decided on dental hygiene, but I always knew the medical field was my calling."

Nightingale said she is looking forward to going off to college and doesn't expect the transition to be too traumatic.

"It's not too far away, so it shouldn't be too bad for homesickness," she said. "Also, a lot of my friends, including my best friend, are going (to UAA) so saying goodbye shouldn't be bad."

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