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The week of Homecoming was filled with excitement from pep-rallies and parades to costumes and reunion parties. The week kicked off with Super Hero Monday, and Tuesday the students and teachers arrived as villains. Wednesday was the day to dress as a pirate or princess or both. When Thursday rolled around the school was filled with various Disney Characters. Friday was a day of purple and gold, and Sharks showed their spirit with temporary tattoos and paint.
The annual Homecoming parade was held on Thursday. Line up was at 3:30 p.m. and at 4:00 the parade made its way around town. The streets were filled with spectators; cameras were flashing and candy was flying. Friday afternoon the students gathered into the gym and waited for the Pep-rally to begin. All of the coaches presented their teams to the students and the Cheerleaders handed out "goody-bags". The next event at the pep-rally was the Spirit Stick Contest; the high school students lost the Spirit Stick to the middle school. Also announced at the pep-rally was the winner of costume days. The overall winners who dressed up every day included: Elementary: Cheyenne Clanton, Middle: Caitlin Goss, High: Jenny Bierman.
Monday- Super Hero
Elementary- Hannah Brinkman as Batgirl
Middle- Laia Gore as Tim Tebow
High School- Caely Hibbits as Super Woman
Elementary- Jolie Watson as Joker
Middle- Kira Telgen as the Riddler
High School- Lindsay Edmunds as Cruela De Ville
Wednesday- Pirate or Princess
Elementary- Ariel Alexander as a pirate
Middle- Jade Watson as a Princess
High School- Amber White as a Princess
Elementary- Rylee Quinn as Mickey Mouse
Middle- Bobby Trammell as Mickey Mouse
High School- Samantha Beckham as a Ninja Turtle
Friday- Purple and Gold
Elementary- Cheyenne Clanton
Middle- Caitlin Goss
High- Jenny Bierman
The games began at 4:00 with the Middle School Girls led by Coach Brad Penny.
"The team had high hopes of victory going into the game and winning their last home game for an undefeated season!" said Alicia Lambert, no. 21.
The Sand Gnats won by two points with a score of 28-26. Brooke Allen and Molly Gordon were high scorers of the night with eight points each, followed by Meikala Hunter with two baskets, and Jade Watson, Alicia Lambert, and Camryn Lumley all with two points. The score was tied and a technical foul was called on Molly Gordon at which point Hatcher, from the Sand Gnats, made her free-throws and won the game. All of the Sharks were sad to see the season come to an end, but had fun and played hard!
Next was the Middle School Boys game, also against the Sand Gnats. The final score was in favor of CKS with a score of 37-21. This is Coach Paeth's last season as a coach, due to the fact that he is retiring at the end of the year. Josh Sills was the top scorer of the night with 20 points. Other members of the team put all effort in to score the remanding 17 points.
After the successful boys game, the Varsity Girls played. They battled it out to keep the score within 35 points so a running clock was not issued. The previous game against the Meadowbrook Christian Mustangs finished with a score of 61-28. The girls were happy that the score of 50-15 was higher than the previous game.
The Varsity Boys also played the Meadowbrook Mustangs. The final score was 59-25 in favor of the Mustangs. At half time the score was 25-12. Joseph Bishop, top scorer of the night with 16 points, said "If we could have kept playing with the same intensity as the first half, we would not have been issued a running clock, with one minute left in the game!".
Representatives for classes walked out with the Homecoming Court nominees for King and Queen at the half-time of the boys game. Ninth grade representatives were Savannah Beckham and Brandon Register. The sophomore class representatives did not walk due to an unfortunate accident, but they were Savannah Smith and Adam Iovine. Sara Miller and Hunter Cannon represented the junior class. For the first year not only did CKS crown a Homecoming Queen but a Homecoming King as well. The seniors pulled name strips to match the male seniors to the female ones. Some of the Senior boys did not participate due to a limited number of girls. Samantha Beckham was escorted by Evan Lyons. Following them was Michelle DiMaggio and Joseph Bishop. Lindsay Edmunds was escorted by Steven Poole. Shealene Campbell and Josh Loyd were paired together, as were Jacob Crosby and Jordan Watson. Rochelle Roberts walked with Dakota Hunter and last but not least, Grace Carillo was escorted by James Mason-Long. The drum roll played and Samantha Beckham along with Steven Poole were crowned Queen and King. Addie Long, 2007-2008 Homecoming Queen, with the help of Chloe Johns and Tristan Doty, crowned the new Queen and King. Chloe and Tristan were picked randomly from their kindergarten class to assist with the crowning.
Between the third and fourth quarter of the boys game, the Varsity Girls announced the winners of their raffle. All seven team players plus Coach Chris and his family sold $10.00 tickets to pay for the team's basketball shoes. Bill Schmidt, also known as Boppin, won $1,000 and George Sresovich won $250.00. This is the second year that the Varsity Girls have held this raffle. During the first year, Kathy Polk won the $1,000.
Following the games was the CKS Cheerleaders dance, which they will be performing at a competition in Orlando during the month of February. They are coached by Kim Bishop. To pay for their competition the cheerleaders held not only the annual middle and high school dance, but a community reunion party. The reunion party entry fee was three dollars and admission to the dance was five dollars.