Last night, I was officially knighted into the graduating class.Yes, knighted...with a real sword.
To help you feel the epic-ness of the evening, you need to listen to this song while reading the rest of this post. It's the song we walked out to for the pinning and knighting.
It's a tradition in Czech to have a "graduation ceremony/party" before you actually graduate. Stuzkovak doesn't signify that you have finished high-school, but rather that you are entering into the time of Maturita (our final exams in May), and are officially considered the graduating class. It is one of those traditions that I am very thankful for, because I feel it is so celebratory and gives us meaning for our senior year.
I was so excited for my stuzkovak. Our class planned it for months. We invited our families, our friends, and our teachers. We ordered special sashes and ribbons for this day. We practiced the waltz for our entrance, and organized the whole program for the evening.
And it came together. Last night was the night.
It was magical.
We held the event at a golf course, where we got a great deal for renting their restaurant/ball room. Me and my lovely friends Hayley and Magda spent the afternoon getting ready together. The guys in our class were the DJ's, and the girls baked goodies. Mr. Till, our homeroom teacher, gave a wonderful speech. The director of our school welcomed us into the graduating class. Everything was just perfect.
Mr. Till knighted us, and pinned special ribbons on bows we had on our wrists. The director gave us our sashes. The Piano Guys played on the speakers in the background-- Beethoven's 5 Secrets, A Thousand years and other epic songs. So here we are...
I can't thank my parents enough for helping me get to this point. I couldn't have done it without the constant support, love, and prayers! And thank you God for being there every step of the way with me through Czech school! I know You'll be there with me in these next months of studying as well!