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Have you ever seen a more kiss-able camel?

Lemac the camel and Seidah Ashshaheed the principal share a kiss.

Seidah Ashshaheed certainly is doing her part to make SOL tests more fun.

For the third year in a row, the principal of King George Middle School has found a cool way to reward students for doing well on tests. During the school’s SOL (Standards of Learning) pep rally today, she kissed a camel, a 5-year-old named Lemac, who lives on the Ward farm in King George.

Every year,  Ashshaheed promises to do something outrageous if eighth-graders get at least a 90-percent passing rate on their SOL tests. (They scored 92 percent this year.)

Two years ago, she kissed a goat. Last year, she battled 10 students and two teachers in a jousting ring—and remained undefeated.

“It’s my way of adding fun to the testing season, and making it less stressful!” she said.

The camel-kissing and pep rally isn’t the only interesting thing happening. The school recently received a national award from the FBI. Read more about that in Jeff Branscome’s story in Sunday’s Communities section, inside Region.