The Knight Awards

Scott Farrell comments:

Last semester a high school teacher asked her English composition students to write a paper nominating someone for a “knight in shining armor award.” Students had to establish the criteria for this fictitious award, and tell what it was that their nominee had done to make them eligible for this honor. Her students returned many wonderful stories of parents, friends and sibilings who inspired them with outstanding loyalty, honesty, strength and compassion. The following statements and stories, taken from the students’ “knight in shining armor award” essays, are a testament to the enduring value of chivalry, and are a reminder that you don’t need a medal or a trophy to be someone’s hero.

Students find chivalry all around

knightA knight in shining armor is someone you trust, somebody you can talk to, and somebody that is always there for you. My friend Amanda wins my knight in shining armor award because she is a trusting person, she never lies to you and you can talk to her about anything.
– Megan Taylor

I think (my friend) Yessenia is a knight in shining armor because she will listen to you when nobody else listens. When something is wrong she always says, “Do you want to talk about it?”
– Pascual Gonzale

To me a knight in shining armor is a person who is loyal, trustworthy and honest, a person who sticks by your side whenever you are going through something, no matter what it is. My friend Stanley is a knight in shining armor because he is the most loyal and trustworthy person I know. You can always count on him to be there for you whenever you need him to be there.
– Shantta Adams

Every person has someone who protects, helps and cares for him or her. This person is called a knight in shining armor. This person has all of the characteristics of a good person. A knight in shining armor is generous and fair. My knight in shining armor is a woman, my mom …
– Cynthia Quevedo

A knight in shining armor is a person who has courage, generosity, and has nobility. My knight in shining armor is my grandmother … she helps out anyone that needs it, and she isn’t afraid of anything.
– Shannon Howard

A knight in shining armor is a hero of some kind no matter what they do. My mother Pamela is a knight in shining armor because she takes care of me, and she teaches me the importance of being an adult … She provides information that will help in the long run in the real world on my own. That’s why she says education is important.
– Eric Shaw

A knight in shining armor means someone who is there any time or day. I would pick my baby sister Tiffany as my knight in shining armor … she taught me not to be so naïve, but to have hope, strength, faith and courage.
– Cierra Jimenez

A knight in shining armor is a person who has manners, helps out others, and gives someone good advice when they are down … My knight in shining armor is my mother. She supports me in life; she is always there for me when I need to be protected or guided.
– Dana Rivera

My father should win the knight in shining armor award because he is brave and daring, kind and caring. He knows how to keep everything under control. When I need him he is always there. He is a large man with a large heart … Just recently, I accompanied him to the local pharmacy, where we needed to fill a prescription for his newly diagnosed diabetes. The pharmacist had just told him that there was only enough to fill one prescription when a woman came in with a little girl who needed the same medication. My father let the girl have the prescription, even though he was there first and there wasn’t another pharmacy open at that time of night.
– Jilian Bonilla

My knight in shining armor is my best friend that has always been there for me. She always has been there in every good and bad situation. She has always been honest with me. My knight in shining armor is my best friend, who I consider my sister, Carolina. She always gives me a smile whenever we talk. She always tells me the truth, even if I don’t want to hear it.
– Juju Gonzalez

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