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Blood Drive back at CKS

By Robert Kint
Shark Correspondent
Friday, May 9, the bloodmobile will be back at CKS! Students must be 16 years old with a signed permission form to donate. The bloodmobile will be here from 9 a.m. to noon. Giving blood is the best way to help save lives, so come on down and donate.

SGA clean-up

By Robert Kint
Shark Correspondent
Cedar Key SGA (Student Government) will be participating in the highway clean-up on Thursday, May 8. All students who are interested are welcome to join the cleaning crusade. Clean-up will begin after school at 3:30 and continue until around 5 p.m. SGA president, Mikayla Pope, said, “I hope to see as many people at this clean-up as the last one, and just as much enthusiasm!”
Senior Spotlight:
Tyler Anderson

By Mikayla Pope
Shark Correspondent  
William Tyler Lee Anderson is the son of Donna and Chad Risker and Scott and Christie Anderson. Tyler has three siblings:  Zack Anderson, Caleb Roberts and Megan Roberts.
 With many great friends and memories behind him, Anderson commented, “I’ll miss being around my best friends the most.”
While in high school, some of his hobbies included basketball, track and field, fishing, being with his friends and watching Netflix.
Coach Brad Penny is not only Anderson’s favorite teacher, but favorite coach. “Making it to the state competition in track with the help of Coach Brad has been life changing,” replied the senior when asked what he liked most about his favorite teacher/coach. He also elaborated on all the “funny moments and good times” he’s had in Coach Brad Penny’s classes over the years.
After graduation Tyler plans on joining the United States Air Force. In 10 years, Tyler sees himself as a Sergeant in the Air Force and continuing to move forward with success in the military. As he parts from Cedar Key School, Tyler leaves the students with a quote, “Your dreams are within arm’s reach, if you’re willing to work for them.”  

Senior Spotlight:
Brooke Allen

By Shea O’steen
Shark Correspondent
Brooke Millicent Allen is the salutatorian of Cedar Key’s 2014 graduating class. Brooke is the daughter of Jimmy and Cheryl Allen and has a younger sister, Ashlyn. After high school Brooke plans to attend North Central College in Illinois to study biology and participate in track and field.
Her favorite CKS memory would be CDE practices and all the shenanigans from Ag class. Brooke’s favorite teacher from Cedar Key would be Mr. Brad.  
In 10 years from now, Brooke says she sees herself, “Probably in some environmental type job, seeing as how I’m majoring in biology, but who can really say. Anything can happen.”
From growing up in Cedar Key, Brooke has learned that there are many opportunities everywhere, you just have to find them. Her favorite hobbies include anime, videogames, art and playing sports. The quote that Brooke would like to leave with CKS is, “Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.” –Albert Einstein

May Upcoming Events
By Shea O’Steen
Shark Correspondent
Reminder: there is still time to purchase a Cedar Key school yearbook! Yearbooks are $45.
•    Monday, May 5-9: Teacher appreciation week
•    Tuesday, May 6: PTO meeting at 3:30 and Algebra EOC
•    Thursday, May 8: Levy Co. Evening of excellence 6 p.m., Pre-k Sign up, FFA Aquaculture, SGA highway cleanup
•    Friday, May 9: Blood Drive, MS dance 7-10 p.m.
•    Monday, May 13: Athletic Awards 6 p.m., Swat Field Trip, EOC Biology
•    Wednesday, May 14: Early Release
•    Thursday, May 15: Geometry EOC
•    Friday, May 16: Kindergarten Circus 9:30 a.m.

Cedar Key track athletes succeed at State

By Cassie Lambert
Shark Correspondent
The Cedar Key track team made it all the way to the State Competition this year and competed in the Class 1A State Track Meet on May 2. The meet took place in Jacksonville at the University of North Florida track.
Brooke Allen placed second in high jump; Tyler Anderson came in sixth place in pole vault; and Lauren Bartholemy finished in thirteenth place in the pole vault.
Congratulations to the CKS Track team for all their accomplishments this season.

Teacher Appreciation Week

By Vince Bullard
Shark Correspondent  
This past week at CKS has been all about teacher appreciation! Teachers work everyday on improving the lives of students and filling their minds with knowledge, one of the most rewarding jobs around. And to spend a week thanking teachers is the least that could be done.
Monday, May 5 - Jr. Beta provided gift
Tuesday, May 6 - Athletic Association provided lunch
Wednesday, May 7 - FBLA provided lunch
Thursday, May 8 - FFEA provided breakfast
Friday, May 9 -Student Government provided surprise
Wednesday, May 14 - PTO luncheon and Cedar Key ESP and TOY Recognition

Senior Spotlight:
Lauren Bartholemy

By Sarah Bartholemy
Shark Correspondent
Class of 2014 Valedictorian Lauren Lucile Bartholemy is the daughter of Heath and Jolie Davis and Stephen Bartholemy. You can often find Lauren reading, drinking Dr. Pepper, playing basketball and spending time with her family. After high school, Lauren plans to attend the United States Naval Academy Preparatory School for one year, followed by four years at the United States Naval Academy.  Lauren plans to major in biology and serve five years in the Navy upon graduating from the Academy. In 10 years, Lauren sees herself going to law school or grad school, dependent upon her status in the Navy.  
When asked about her favorite memory at CKS Lauren said, “My favorite memories are a combination of basketball season locker room memories and bus rides. Both of these events are a time for team bonding, in those particular moments everyone is acquainted with one another and bonding over the fact that they are all preparing to play or run their hardest.” Lauren added “I also have a lot of fun classroom memories; the crazy antics in FFA and a lot of fun memories with my peers.”
When asked who her favorite teacher is, Lauren said “I love all of the teachers at CKS, but I have the most memories with Mr. Voyles, he’s been a great mentor.”
After graduation, Lauren said, “I will definitely miss the teachers; I’ve grown so close with so many of them.” Growing up in Cedar Key, you learn many valuable lessons. Lauren said that she’s learned “the importance of family and community. Cedar Key values community more than any other town. They always support our school and the youth in every way they can.”
As Lauren prepares to bid adieu to the small island of Cedar Key, she would like to leave off with this, “I want to remind the students at CKS that their future is what they make of it. What they do now affects them later. I also want each and every one of them to know that I believe in them.”

LCSB Evening of Excellence

By Tabatha Hays
Shark correspondent
This year, Cedar Key School is to host the annual “Evening of Excellence.” On Thursday, May 8, at 5:30 p.m. this event will take place in the CKS auditorium. Different schools in the county rotate hosting the “Evening of Excellence.”
The event honors all of the Teachers of the Year from every school in Levy County, as well as each school’s Educational Support Personnel and Volunteer of the Year. This year, Cedar Key School nominated Kristina Berger for ESP, Lauren Adams for TOY and Ashley Hinkle for Volunteer of the Year.
 Superintendant Robert Hastings, along with other school board members, will be there to celebrate the success of all of the nominees.