Talk about your graduation gifts! Not only was Gee Yong Jorde well decorated at her Central Kitsap High School commencement ceremony for numerous academic and extra-curricular achievements, she was wearing an award-winning smile – courtesy of Clear Creek Dentistry.

During her high school career, the 18-year-old from Silverdale, Wash., lettered twice in swim, twice in track and field, and once in cross-country. At graduation she donned stoles that indicated her continuous involvement in the National Honors Society (since 7th grade) and Key Club (since 10th grade). She wore cords that recognized her participation in the Environmental Club and as a class representative (both junior and senior years) in the Associated Student Body. A medal hung round her neck to mark her as a distinguished scholar, for her cumulative GPA and number of AP classes completed.

But it was Jorde’s radiance that caught the attention of her 360 classmates, who voted her, and another loyal Clear Creek patient Bryce Peel also from Silverdale, Wash., “Best Smile” in the high school yearbook.

“My smile has evolved,” said Jorde describing the braces she wore and contouring surgery she had to correct gum overgrowth. “I’m really proud of this award because it’s my smile that I’ll carry with me long after high school! It’s the first thing people you meet notice and an indicator of what I’ll be like.”

This sentiment proved true when Jorde’s beaming white grin not only captivated her peers, but helped convey confidence to the Blue and Gold Officer who interviewed her as a finalist for admission to the U.S. Naval Academy.

“I was 80% done with the application process when I had to meet face-to-face as part of the ultimate determination of acceptance,” she said. “Because the main goal of the USNA is to train leaders, it was really important that I made a strong and memorable impression.”

“I guess I hit the mark,” she said humbly, explaining how she was selected from a pool of 13,000 applicants for an incoming class of just 750.

Jorde now has something BIG to grin about. She’ll join the ranks of officers studying at the elite academy in Annapolis, Md., over the next four years, and then serve her country the following five years as part of a fleet. She is continuing an honorable family legacy, following in the footsteps of her father Erik, a Marine of 23 years, and sister, Gee Mi (pictured left with her on prom night), who is already an upperclassman at the USNA.

“Gee Yong has always been full of energy, super vibrant and is just a positive, caring person,” her older sister said. “But now she’s all set! She doesn’t have to hide her teeth with a closed-mouth smile. She can just exude her happiness. I’m excited to see what’s in store for her next because she just has so much going for her!”

Grateful to Dr. Naumann (Naumann Johnson Orthodontics) and Dr. Sanai (Kitsap Implant Periodontics) for their specialty assistance, and to Dr. Beck at Clear Creek for helping her and the rest of the Yorde family shine, Gee Yong is now ready to accelerate life and let a new journey begin.

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