Shark News for Dec. 15

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December Calendar

Dec. 15 – Basketball (Away) MSG – 3 p.m., MSB – 4:30, VG – 5:30, VB – 7:00
    Spelling Bee — Middle School, 4th–5th Grade Class; Spelling Bee Finals Auditorium 9 a.m.
Dec. 19–Jan. 4 – Christmas Break

Big Wins for Cedar Key FFA

By Whitney Tyler
Shark Correspondent

Cedar Key’s FFA Sub-Districts was a huge success. The winners include Sarah Bartholemy with first place in Creed Speaking, Lauren Bartholemy with second place in Prepared Public Speaking and Caitlin Goss with second place Extemporaneous Speaking.
 FFA Advisor, Mr. Dennis Voyles, said “I’m very happy with the results. We worked very hard. Sub-districts are very competitive, often as hard as winning State contests.”
Sarah Bartholemy said her first year doing Creed was: “Really nerve racking, I had never done it before, but I loved it. Though, when the time came to give the speech, I was more excited than nervous.”
Creed is a contest where you have to memorize a speech written by E.F. Tiffany and speak it in front of five judges.
 To achieve first place you have to read the five paragraphs with perfect pronunciation and perfect amount of emphasis. Once the speaker finishes, they must answer three questions from the judges.
 “I’m very proud of all the members that went and competed,” Lauren Bartholemy commented. “Caitlin did wonderfully, as did the Opening Ceremonies team. I am super proud of Sarah. She worked really hard and deserved it. I really have high hopes for her at districts, then possibly state!”
Districts will take place Jan. 19 in Bronson.
Polar Express Holiday Extravaganza is a Success
Taryn Epperson and Montana Beckham
Shark Correspondent

The Polar Express Extravaganza was a holiday program like no other. Taking place on Thursday Dec. 8, the school was pleased with the outcome.
Cedar Key students and families enjoyed the elementary chorus in the auditorium, train treats in the cafeteria, a holiday family photo, wrote a letter to Santa and made a book mark at the book fair. The program had several raffles, two of which included winning $100 and another a homemade quilt.
The $100 PTO donation was won by student Easton Fine, and the quilt made by Mrs. Sharon Ingram was won by Ms. Yvonne Rodgers.
School teacher, Mrs. Penny Bailey, said it was “Extremely wonderful, my children enjoyed all the wonderful activities and it was a great experience.”
Student Tyler Sloan said “I’m looking forward to next year’s program, if the snacks are as good as this year’s were.  All in all, I had a good time and wish I could have won a raffle.”
What Christmas is all About
By Claire Brown
Shark Correspondent

It’s that time of year again.
Christmas: a time for giving and cherishing those around you. A time that many people spend, unfortunately, feeling overwhelmed or gloomy because of how tight money is. Even I feel my budget tighten in December, and I don’t have a family to provide for; so, I can only imagine how it must be for some.
Earlier this week I saw something online that changed my attitude completely and I want to share it with all of you. My hope is that your spirits will be lifted like mine were.
“If you have food in your fridge, clothes on your back, a roof over your head, and a place to sleep...you are richer than 75% of the world. If you have money in the bank, your wallet, and some spare change...you are among the top 8% of the worlds’ wealthy. If you woke up this morning with more health than illness you are more blessed than the one million people who will not survive this week. If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the agony of imprisonment or torture, or the horrible pangs of starvation...you are luckier than 500 million people alive and suffering. If you can read this message you are more fortunate than 3 billion people in the world who cannot read it at all” (Stumbleupon.com).
I think that at this time of year we all spend more time thinking about what we DON’T have or what we want than thinking about what we DO have. It’s understandable why we do this. Our society is making the holidays more stressful every year. I know I’m not the only one who feels as though they absolutely MUST have some sort of gift (even if it’s only a card) for every friend, family member, teacher, co-worker, etc
I think everyone has thoughts along these lines during the holiday season: “If I only had more ________ then ________ would be so much easier!” It’s in our nature.
However, I know from experience that when you start to focus on all the blessings in your life you become a more satisfied individual. It may be hard at first to think of how you’re blessed when you’re in Wal-Mart adding up the items in your buggy or praying that your debit card isn’t declined, but you can do it. Because whether you think so or not, I can guarantee that you ARE so blessed.
Here are some blessings of mine that I can think of (and I’m sure many of these are the same for you all): I have a family who loves me. I live on a beautiful island. I’m healthy. I have many friends. I have a home. I have food in my kitchen. I have a bed with pillows and warm blankets. I have clean water. I can read. I am able to go to school every day. I have rights and freedoms.
That’s only a few. But, what more could a person need?
This year when you burn your pumpkin pie or don’t have the extra cash to get your niece the Kindle Fire she’s been dying to have all year- do not get discouraged or upset. Instead, think of all those people in the world (even in our own community) who are dealing with hardships now. When you realize some of the things other people are dealing with, your problems become increasingly insignificant. You change from a greedy Grinch to someone who cares about other human beings. And isn’t that what Christmas is all about?

Cheerleaders Show Support
By Lauren Bartholemy
and Mikayla Pope
Shark Correspondents

Who’s there for the Cedar Key basketball teams — win or lose?
The cheerleaders of course!
The cheerleaders are currently cheering for not only the varsity players buy also the Cedar Key middle school teams.
 The team held a very successful pep-rally a couple weeks back: with a dance, games and cheers. The cheerleaders performed the dance at the first basketball home game during the boys halftime.
 The girls have a busy schedule — cheering at least three games a week. Come support the cheerleaders - and the basketball players - this season.