A NIGHT OF KNIGHTS | TahoeDailyTribune.com


Kingsbury Knights, that is.

The Kingsbury Middle School recent dinner dance was a long-awaited event for the eighth-grade student body. The dance is a four-year finale that includes dinner, music and photos. The dinner was served and cleared by the teachers, principal and counselor, who were all at our every beck and call. They were our servants, if only for one night.

The dance is somewhat like a prom for middle school students and most of the student body attended. There were three student views about the event. They were: 1. a vengeance against the teachers after four years of being pushed around, 2. a finale to four years or 3. just another dance. I’ll give you an insider’s view from someone who has been in Douglas County Unified School District since kindergarten.

When I arrived seven or eight students were waiting outside the front door comparing outfits. Although the guys were dressed nicely, the girls outclassed us with their prom dresses and jewelry.

Principal Nancy Rollston opened the doors for us and Mr. ?? Huff, our physical education teacher, gave each of us a disposable camera. Dinner was a choice of lasagna or a vegetarian dish. I chose the lasagna, which was delivered by teacher Gary Annoni, a longtime student favorite who is retiring after 37 years. A slide show featuring students at a much younger age and now was shown during dinner.

After dinner the DJ began the usual pop music that pleases the majority. Things really began to get lively when he played Nivana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” Soon after, the girls got to pick guys to dance with and since there were more girls than guys everyone got picked – even some teachers.

I believe the decor, which was provided by volunteer parents, deserves an honorable mention. There were large castle-like towers and separate knight emblems attached to the wall with a student’s name written on each one. A tent of stars overhead was filled with balloons in large sacks. The balloons were intended to drop from the ceiling, but a minor design flaw slowed the decent.

All-in-all, the dance was a fine conclusion and indeed a “Night of Knights.” Now, we will all move on to high school, whether its George Whittell or some faraway place. One thing is for certain, we will all look back on the dinner dance as one of our finest hours together.

-Editor’s Note: The above account of the Kingsbury Middle School eighth-grade class celebrating their passage from middle school to high school with a dinner dance was written by Nick Feldman, Kingsbury Middle School Class of 2001.

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