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By Ceday Key School Journalism Class

Picture perfect!

By Claire Brown and Jessi Robinson

The fourth nine week's photography wheel class has been getting their final pictures ready for the exhibit, on May 15th.

These eighth graders have spent the past couple of weeks traveling around town on foot, looking for that one perfect picture to be displayed. Ms. Kim Bishop, Middle School math teacher, is the photography instructor. She's been teaching all middle school students about taking photographs the right way. It involves planning what shots to take, and one project is finding objects that spell out the letters of our names. Photos should follow the rule of thirds, and demonstrate proper lighting of the selected subjects. Students must have photos of various textures, many backgrounds, and from different angles.

"I really enjoyed walking around. It was so much fun to get the chance to take all of these photos, I never knew how much work was involved with photography," says eighth grader Caroline George.

If you would like to attend the exhibit, it is at the Cedar Key Community Center (formerly Lion's Club) from 5 - 7 p.m. The student photographers will be present at this silent auction, and will receive a percentage of the profits from pictures sold.

Journey day book

By Josh Berger

The middle school and a few elementary students are working on journey day books.

"The journey day book is a journal the students sketch, paint, and write what we are inspired by" says one of the students participating in this extra-curricular activity.

The class is learning the artistic process in the field. The adults that participate are Art Teacher Deborah Manasala, Patty Jett, Debbie Dye, Peggy Herrick and other volunteers.

Where do you go during the journey daybook field trip? Pretty much all around the island, such as, the cemetery, Joe Rains Beach, and Cedar Key Museum.

"On our walking field trips we write, along with our paintings and drawings, and we discuss our work"

"We've really gained a new perspective from this experience. I feel I've learned about the artistic process in the field and making the creation of art a meditative experience," comments Dylan Webster.

The students will also be writing about their schools, communities, and themselves, and will be sending two pages of their best work to children in Cuba and in Peru, to teach those children about Cedar Key. The students in Mrs. Manasala's art wheel class will be receiving a grade for this assignment.

Famous Americans studied

Ms. Janeice's fifth graders have been studying Famous Americans in Social Studies and Reading. This week, they integrated information learned in social studies with reading to perform a play for Fourth grade.

The play was titled, "Name This American." Some of the famous Americans they acted out were Uncle Sam, (Ben Miller), Miss Liberty, (Taylor Monday), Walter Hunt, (Zachary Phelps), Gutzon Borglum, (Amos Shirey), Maria Mitchell, (Heather Deaton), Dolley Madison, (Kira Telgen), Sacagawea,(Jessica Mitchell), Elizabeth Cady Stanton, (Hannah Smith), Babe Ruth, (John Fradella), Queen Liluokalani, (Stephanie Hathcox).

The setting was the stage of a quiz program. Uncle Sam presided over a panel as they asked questions of the famous American contestants. The panelists were Dylan Clayton, Kit Riley, Logan Rooks, Cody Beckham, Brittany Mitchell, and Ridley Reynolds. The play was directed by Jacquelyn Slaughter and Gavan Smith and the producer was Taryn Epperson.

At the end of the play, everyone joined in singing, "This Land is Your Land." Thank you to Ms. Brenda and Ms. Pam for helping with the costumes.

Future Business Leaders of America

By Zo Stuber

Last week hundreds of Florida's Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) members flocked to the state competition in Orlando. The 2008 Florida FBLA State Leadership Conference was held at The Rosen Center Hotel and Convention Center. The conference started on April 27th and ended and April 30th.

The hotel was filled to capacity, 24 floors of competitors, participants, and visitors, all accompanied by their chapter advisors and chaperones. All competitors were students from public schools throughout Florida, representing the qualifiers in their chosen contest, ranging from Accounting to Marketing, and everything in between. The top five finalists in each competition moved on to represent Florida in the national conference in Atlanta, Georgia.

The conference offered a myriad of activities for students to take part in when they weren't competing, including business workshops and an opening ceremony every morning. The guest speaker at the conference this year was Brian Holloway, NFL retiree and motivational speaker. Holloway has spoken to young children, as well as CEOs from top companies from Fortune 500. Holloway received a standing ovation. After the opening ceremony, the aspiring officers for the club in 2009 set up campaign booths. Voting delegates browsed through the booths to preview each candidate's ideas for FBLA before the election.

When the students weren't competing in events, participating in workshops, or being entertained, they found ways to entertain themselves at the hotel pool, arcade, movie theater, or large shopping mall within walking distance of the hotel. On the last night, a dance was held in honor of the club's senior members. The disc jockey gave a "special shout-out" to the graduates of 2008, but FBLA members of all grades and ages "danced the night away."

Wednesday, the last day of the conference, students could be seen with bags packed in the hotel lobby, exchanging goodbyes and contact information with their new friends. One particularly reluctant student, Taylor Calibo, of Miami Beach Senior High School says, "I don't want to leave! You meet lots of cool, new people in FBLA, and the experience you take away is unforgettable."

Students go to Seahorse Key

By Lindsay Edmunds

Students in Mr. Whitman's Marine Science, Chemistry, and Biology classes recently seized the opportunity to go to Seahorse Key for four days. The students spent each night at the Seahorse Key lighthouse.

After the students settled in when they arrived Sunday afternoon, they took part in several marine science projects, some of which, however, were cancelled due to the fierce weather of the approaching cold front.

On Monday, Gerald Beckham helped the students set out lines in the channel to catch sharks. When the lines were retrieved the next day, they had caught three bull sharks, each about six or seven feet long, much to the excitement of the students.

Kathleen Tuck shared her knowledge of horseshoe crabs, and taught the students how to clean horseshoe crab molts.

Students also gathered a sample of plankton while out on the boat, which they later examined under a microscope. In addition, the class members dissected several different types of fish that inhabit the Cedar Key area, and studied the anatomy of those fish, as well.

One project that was cut short due to the weather was research on the pyramid of the biomass of turtle grass beds.

The students' last night at Seahorse was a fun filled night, to be sure. First, the students cooked a tantalizing dinner, which included a wide variety of fish that were caught throughout the trip, such as squid, shark and mullet. The remainder of the night was spent listening to the legendary ghost stories that took place on Seahorse Key. After hearing these stories, the students walked down the dark, wooded trail that leads to the Seahorse Key cemetery.

Teen Summit at

Camp Blanding

By Lindsay Edmunds

Members of Cedar Key School's Student Government recently participated in the 12th Annual NEFEC (North East Florida Education Consortium) Teen Summit at Camp Blanding.

Camp Blanding is a military base that covers 73,000 square acres near Jacksonville, Florida, which serves as the primary training area for the Florida Army National Guard. The goal of Teen Summit is to train participants to make healthy decisions and develop leadership and team building skills, so they can successfully lead their schools in prevention efforts.

Students selected to participate were chosen by their display of leadership skills, and their desire to be positive leaders in their schools.

Throughout their three day stay at Camp Blanding, students took part in workshops which covered numerous topics from Drug and Alcohol abuse prevention to HIV and AIDS awareness to Motivation and Goal setting. Other workshops offered at Teen Summit concerned driver safety, cyber crime, suicide prevention, and nutrition and fitness. Teen Summit campers were also given the chance to face the all too common fear of heights and go down the rappel tower at Camp Blanding, as well as climb up a rock wall.