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By The Staff

Honor Roll 2nd Nine Weeks:

1st Grade

A Honor Roll

Luke Reidy

Michael Smith

Phillip Telgen

Grace Cowart

Amanda Robinson

A-B Honor Roll

Alyssa Anderson

Clayton Beckham

Shearee Cooper

Codie Cowan

Wade Gore

Casey Williams

2nd Grade

A-B Honor Roll

Holly Bishop

Hannah Brinkman

Varnell Brown

Trace Epperson

Nicholas Kaim

Kevin Mansingh

Kent Sloan

Pete Stefani

Joey Stewart

3rd Grade

A Honor Roll

Ben Kuhman

Taylor Simpson

Cason Smith

Jolie Watson

A-B Honor Roll

Mark Boivin

Annabel Lashley

Katy Stephenson

Dawlton Tilley

4th Grade

A Honor Roll:

Patrick Telgen

A-B Honor Roll:

Ariel Alexander

Ashlyn Allen

Nathanael Brinkman

Jesse Crawford

Savannah Howard

Sydney Parks

Emily Smith

5th Grade

A Honor Roll:

Joey Miller

Noah Webster

6th Grade

A Honor Roll

Melissa Boyette

Heather Deaton

Taryn Epperson

John Fradella

Stephanie Hathcox

Kira Telgen

AB Honor Roll

Cody Beckham

Dylan Clayton

Ben Miller

Jessica Mitchell

Ridley Reynolds

Gavan Smith

7th Grade

A Honor Roll

Brooke Allen

Laia Gore

AB Honor Roll

Jadah Donaldson

Caitlin Goss

Jake Marrall

Mikayla Pope

Megan Stuber

8th Grade

AB Honor Roll

Alicia Lambert

Camryn Lumley

Sarah Martin

Chloe Reynolds

Leah Underhill

Jade Watson

CKS Named One of the Best High Schools in America

By Claire Brown

Cedar Key school was selected as one of the Best High Schools in America for the second year in a row. CKS ranked as bronze out of gold, silver, bronze, and honorable mention. After analyzing 21,069 public high schools from 48 different states, a three-step process is done to choose the schools that will be selected as The Best High Schools in America.

The first step of this process was to see if the students were performing better than expected of an average student in their state. The percent of handicapped students was also examined to see if they are doing better than average, since they tend to score a little lower. The schools that get passed that first step move on to the second step.

This step is to see if less advantaged students are performing better than the average for that category in their state. When schools made it past the first and second steps they were eligible to be judged nationally on the final step, “college readiness performance.” Ms. Sue Ice, CKS Principal, says “I am very proud that CKS has received this award two years in a row. It takes the hard work of our teachers, students, and parents in order to achieve this success.”

Back in Full Swing

Josh Berger

Students coming back to school from the winter break in the third grade through 10th grade will be jumping right back into Think Link. The middle school wheel students will be rotating to a new experience for the new nine weeks.The students were also informed that there will be a reward trip at the end of the month for the wheel classes to Epcot Disney, but it’s not going to be all fun and games. They will be breaking up into groups, with all the teachers as chaperons. Mr. Voyles will be taking the kids to the hydroponics because his agriculture class has been working with hydroponics for over a year now and Ms. Kim will be taking a portion of the kids to the different cooking places to learn from the pros.

For first semester they cannot have an F on their report cards and they cannot have been to ISS (in school suspension).


A Tension-filled Contest

Zoë Stuber

Seven Rivers beat Cedar Key Varsity Boys basketball team 68-49 at home Tuesday, Jan. 6. Senior Joseph Bishop led the Sharks' scorers with a total of 14 points. Evan Lyons was close behind with 13 points, and Jacob Crosby had 11 total points. Both teams were fairly evenly matched in the foul count throughout the first half.

Things got heated in the second half when several technical fouls were called on each team. Both coaches received a technical as well as two players on the Seven Rivers team. One player from each team also fouled out of the game. By the end of the second half, Seven Rivers had 17 team fouls and Cedar Key had 10.

Though Seven Rivers held a steady lead of about 20 points throughout the game, controversy arose. During the fourth quarter the referees requested that Cedar Key administration sit with the Seven Rivers fans as an alternative to ejecting spectators. Mrs. Ice sat there for the remainder of the game and there were no further incidents and no ejections.

Seven Rivers went home victorious, but the Sharks vigorously defended their turf against the team rated first in the district.

Florida Literacy Week

By Dylan Webster

“What are you reading?” This is the question that teachers will be asked school-wide during Florida Literacy Week, which started on Jan. 12. Mrs. Sue Penny will be hanging posters up around the school and putting sheets in teacher’s mailboxes asking teachers what they are reading. Teachers will have their pictures taken with their favorite book and have the picture put on a poster which will be hung outside of their classroom for everyone to see. So don’t forget to stop by and see what you favorite teacher is reading.

Varsity Rematches

By Sarah Martin

Varsity girls played their second game against Seven Rivers and were defeated once again, 10 to 49. Lady Sharks were determined, and they lacked 2 players; Point guard Lindsay Edmunds and Bianca Spraggs, which left the team with 6. Seven Rivers left with their victory on Tuesday, Jan. 6.

Lady sharks played First Academy for the second time also and trumped them once again, 17-14. It was a well played game with sharks leading all four quarters, and a very rough one with plenty of fouls involved. Top scorer, Lindsay Edmunds, back from a cold, scored 6 points. Deanna Littlefield and Jenny Bierman both scored 3 points. Caely Hibbits and Sarah Martin scored 2 each, followed by Sara Miller with 1 point. January 9th was lady sharks 4th victory this season.

Come and watch the Homecoming games, crowning of the queen and king on Jan. 16. Following the games will be a dance for the students until midnight and also for the first year a reunion party. All community members who would like to go to the gym and listen to Mike Allen play music are welcome. Refreshments will be offered.

Middle School Wins Two against Oak Hall

Middle School Girls Basketball extended their undefeated season with a 20-10 victory. Jemima Cahours led with six points, and Laia Gore and Brooke Allen both pumped in four points. Heather Deaton, Mikayla Pope and Shea O'Steen rounded out the scoring with two points each.

C.J. Parks led the assault against Oak Hall with twenty-two points as the Middle School Boys trounced Oak Hall 41-19. Jake Marrall accounted for seven of the points, and Tyler Anderson put in five. Finishing up the scoring for the 41-19 win were Amos Shirey, 4, and Devin Littlefield, 3.

Coach Paeth, boys' team, and Coach Penney of the undefeated girls' team commented that these victories were a great way to go into the Homecoming games Friday.

Game times Friday are Middle School Girls at 4:00, MS Boys at 5:00. Varsity Girls at 6:00 and Boys at 7:30