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Shark News for March 22

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Students and Healthy Eating

Taryn Epperson and Montana Beckham
Shark Correspondents
The Florida Department of Agriculture has asked students to participate in the annual poster decorating project.
The Cedar Key students have taken the challenge and all created posters pertaining to healthy eating, fruits and veggies. The posters are to decorate the walls of the Division of Food, Nutrition and Wellness of the Department of Agriculture in Tallahassee. Students used crayons, markers and even paint to make their posters about farming at school and the student’s favorite fruit and veggies.

National Cedar Key FFA Week

Sarah Bartholemy
Shark Correspondent
Cedar Key FFA recently celebrated National FFA week, “putting the AG in swag” as Laia Gore would say. Each day, for the four day week (due to President’s Day), there was a specific theme in honor of the FFA.
Tuesday- Hat Day
Wednesday-Assembly and ice cream social
Thursday- AG Olympics, Mustache Day (In honor of Mr. Voyles’ unforgettable mustache)
Friday- Blue and Gold Day (Inpsired by the colors of the National FFA Corn Gold, and National Blue)
“It  was extremely successful week. The students had a blast, and us officers sure did too. I can’t wait for next year, to see just how fun we can have,”said president, Lauren Bartholemy.

Sprinting into Track Season

Mikayla Pope
Shark Correspondent
The students at Cedar Key School are pumped for this season of Track and Field by running to the nearest Sports Authority or Hibbitts to gear up.
The season was scheduled to kick off with a Branford meet but got cancelled due to stormy weather.
Runner and triple jumper, Tyler Anderson expresses his excitement, “I’m ready to compete! I’ve been practicing and I want to show off my fresh skills!”
The high school got off to start with the Suwannee invitational recenlty. Only selected rally teams, hurdlers and jumpers are chosen for this meet. The team is excited for another successful year of track and field.

March Madness
By Claire Brown
Shark Correspondent
March is almost here and it’s going to be a busy month for the Sharks!  Luckily March also means Spring Break.
March 17: FFA swine weigh in at fair.
March 19: FFA swine show at fair.
March 21: NO SCHOOL.
March 22: Family reading night 6:30 to 8. Track & field relays at home at 4 p.m.
March 23: Early release. Home baseball at 6 p.m.  End of 3rd nine weeks.
March 26-30: SPRING BREAK! PHEW!
March 30: FFA State land judging finals in Haines City.
 FCAT Rewards

Taryn Epperson and Whitney Tyler
Shark Correspondents
FCAT is coming up and students are hurrying to prepare for it.
Teachers and staff have been looking for ways to motivate students for best results possible. To pass FCAT students are required to score a three or higher. The teachers have been searching for ways to reward CKS student’s efforts, and have come up with a couple of ideas such as a rally the week before FCAT and a drawing once test results are in.
The drawing would consist of everyone who scores a three or higher on the reading, math or science FCAT, a four or higher on the FCAT writes, or a years’ worth of gains on their scores, names being put into a basket for each test they score in. Principal Sue Ice has been asking for donation to the cause. Donations could include cash, gift cards or gift certificates.
Mrs. Ice states, “We just want every student to do the best they can, we know we’ve prepared them.”

FFA Seahorse Trip

By Lauren Bartholemy and Mikayla Pope
Shark Correspondents
“It was a dark spooky night,” stated Mr. Voyles, FFA Teacher at Cedar Key School, as he started the ghost stories on the dock of Seahorse Key.  Thursday, Feb. 16 was the annual spend the night Seahorse Trip for the Cedar Key FFA officers and Friday’s Seahorse Trip for the members. The team arrived at the island at 5 p.m. that Thursday evening and trudged up the long hill ready for a leadership experience, and hopefully a scary night.  
The first thing on the agenda was to unpack, and get dinner ready. Dinner was provided by senior chapter Vice President Laia Gore’s mother, Julie Gore. The team was ready for the traditional chili and saltines, so senior chapter members quickly warmed it up and set the table.
After a great dinner, Taryn Epperson, the Senior Chapter Student Advisor, put on a leadership workshop for the officers. She pushed for teamwork and good decisions through fun activities and skits. Then was the ghost stories, and the teams were ready for a scary night. Grabbing pillows and pulling on pajamas, the team headed to the docks. Mr. Voyles started the ghost stories, successfully scaring the teams.  The teams finished up the stories and headed back up to the house, ready for a great night’s sleep, or for some, no sleep at all.
 The next morning rolled around at 6:30 a.m. after Mr. Voyles woke everyone up due to a big storm that was predicted to trap them on the island. Not wanting the FFA members to be deprived of the fun activities the officers had planned, they moved the workshop to the school auditorium.  With lots of activities, skits, leadership stations and a great lunch, Taryn Epperson stated, “It was definitely a success on behalf of the officers getting out their message.”

Knowledge is Power

By Claire Brown
Shark Correspondent
If you have a Facebook account chances are you have seen a video going around called “KONY 2012.” KONY 2012 was released on Monday, March 5. That very night it made its way all the way to this small town girl’s Facebook newsfeed, it has now been two weeks and the video has been watched 74,311,494 times.
I’m not writing to tell you to go buy a Kony 2012 T-shirt.
If you haven’t watched the 29 minute documentary I’m going to give it to you in a nutshell. The video was created by the company Invisible Children. The purpose of the video is to raise awareness of Joseph Kony. Kony is number one on the International Criminal Court’s 10 Most Wanted list for “crimes against humanity.” For about 22 years, Kony has been leading the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). The LRA is different from your typical army in that it is all children. Can you imagine your 12 year old being sent into the military? No? I can’t picture it either. In Uganda and other areas affected by Kony this is a reality for many parents. Kony abducts children and forces them to join his army. He gives the boys guns and forces them to kill people, sometimes even their own parents. He turns the girls into sex slaves. In the past 22 years Kony has abducted over 30,000 children and made them join his army.
This article isn’t about Kony though. This article is about changing the world and how we can do it.
But first of all, after watching this video I had to ask myself, what does this say about human equality in our world? I’ll tell you what it says… there is none. Absolutely none. Imagine if someone tried to start a group similar to the LRA in America…I can assure you that the number of children abducted would come nowhere near 30,000. If a person set out to perform these crimes in the United States he or she would be stopped immediately. Also, in America it would be making national news the next day. In Africa, Kony has been doing this for 22 years and 99% of the world’s population had never heard his name.
Things are changing though. We live in a time where two people on opposite ends of the world can share ideas, thoughts, laughs and information in a matter of seconds via the internet. There is no reason that with today’s technology there should be anymore secrets like Kony and the LRA. There are more people on Facebook than there were on the planet 200 years ago. Knowing that we should really all try to educate ourselves on problems in the world and work together to make a difference. The cool thing about Facebook is it allows us to all work together. One person alone can’t do much, but all of us together are capable of changing the world.
Really people, it would not be that hard to make a difference today. It just takes teamwork. We are blessed to live in America, but we could have been born into Uganda or another struggling part of our world just as easily. And if you were one of the children born there and you knew of this great country where everyone was free and had rights wouldn’t you long for those free people to do something to help you? I know I would.
We are all human, take away our outward appearance and we are all exactly alike. We all start out the same way and we’re all constructed the same way. So why is that we as Americans can sit back and watch turmoil unfold in the world and not do anything. How can we watch people who are just like us struggle and fight for their life and not do anything. Especially when it’s so easy to do something in today’s world. You don’t have to go out and spend tons of money that you don’t have on campaigning for a cause. All you have to do is educate yourself and put it on your Facebook…20 minutes later and you have educated at least 10 people. Ten people who can now go educate more people. You don’t have to make an effort to go out and help. Just watch the Kony 2012 video. Watch other similar videos. Watch the news. Read the paper. Know what’s going on because where you live shouldn’t determine if you live. Knowledge is power—and power can change the world.

Excitement over the Upcoming: “The Lucky One”

Chloe Reynolds
Shark Correspondent
Well folks, Zac Efron is back on the big screen with a new film based off of Nicolas Sparks’ book called, “The Lucky One”.  
The film is about a Marine named Logan Thibault who has a difficult time falling back into step with life in Colorado after returning from serving three tours in Iraq. He decides to travel to North Carolina where he expects to find an unknown woman whose picture he believes had given him luck during the war.
The director, Scott Hicks, is best known for screenwriting and directing the movie “Shine” in 1996. He is also known for directing the film “No Reservations” in 2007.
With one hour and forty-one minutes to tell this touching story, many of Sparks' and Efron's fans will be rapidly filling up the theater seats within the first week of release on April 20, 2012. Being a new fan of Nicolas Sparks and a fan of Zac Efron, I plan to be in one of those theater seats the day of release. So, if you are a fan of either Mr.Efron or Mr. Sparks, buy your tickets and be ready to grab the best seat in the room to watch the action go down.  

Cedar Key students
anticipate summer

Taryn Epperson
Shark Correspondent
Summer is just around the corner and kids and teens everywhere are trading out their fur coats and boots for swimsuits, and tanning oil. Soon the beach will be filled with colorful towels and that oh’ so familiar sent of sunscreen lingering in the wind. Cedar Key will be filled with tourists and day trippers excited to soak up the sun and have a boatload of fun.
 But what are locals around Cedar Key doing? Going out of town or spending their days here? That’s why I’ve taken the initiative to uncover how CKS students and teachers are planning to spend their summer.
Personally, my plans include spending an equal amount of time here on the beach and the boat, as I will be in Jacksonville, Orlando and Haines City. My plans consist of going to bigger beaches and leadership conferences.  
Senior Claire Brown’s summer will include a lot of growing up; getting married, researching colleges and reaching her goal of a degree in communications. Student Whitney Tyler’s summer will be full of culture: visiting Paris, France and London, England for a total of nine days. She said “I’m really excited for this upcoming experience it makes me eager for summer to get closer.” As for teacher Lauren Adams her plans include teacher workshops in south Florid and traveling to visit family all over the state.
Students and teachers have plans for an exciting summer spanning from traveling the world to staying right here is sunny little Cedar Key.  

“Hugo” Review
Whitney Tyler, Shark Correspondent
 
When I was in eighth grade my sister borrowed a book from the library. It was called The Invention of Hugo Cabret. As she was reading I occasionally glanced over at her, the book looked to be about 500 pages and yet she was already half way through it!
 The next time she took a break from reading I quickly grabbed the book and started reading. Right away I realized how my sister read so fast; the book immediately started out with about 40 pages of photographs and then there was a chapter of two pages full of words. In this 500-page book there were almost 300 pages of pictures! My sister soon came back and took her book back, much to my dismay. But don’t worry, I had a plan. That night when she fell asleep I snuck in and stole it! I finished the book in less than an hour.
 
What is this so-called amazing book about?  Hugo Cabret is a twelve-year-old boy who lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station. He depends on secrecy and anonymity to stay hidden among all the clocks and people. To survive he steals food and water, and he runs the many clocks in the station. When he meets a strange girl and the owner of a toy booth, his undercover life, and his most valuable secret is put at risk.

This book is amazing and when I first heard that there was a movie in the theaters called Hugo I jumped with joy. It wasn’t until a couple weeks ago that I finally saw it and it was definitely worth the wait.
The movie stared Asa Butterfield, Chloë Grace Moretz, and Ben Kingsley. All three did a phenomenon job. Asa Butterfield (Known for his role of Bruno in The Boy in the Striped Pajamas) is an amazing little actor and his job in Hugo just proved it more so. Hugo Cabret was filmed beautifully and unlike any other, the music made you feel what the character felt, and it made the movie so much more enticing. It is rated PG and is 126 minutes long. This movie is a movie unquestionably worth buying when it comes out onto DVD. I rate it a 5 out of 5.
Cedar Key Shark, Brooke Allen, Breaks School Record
 Lauren Bartholemy, Shark Correspondent
“Congratulations to Brooke on your 1st place finish and new school record in high jump (5’4”).” wrote Coach Brad Penny in the after meet write up. Saturday March 10, 2012 was book marked in Cedar Key track history as Brooke Allen broke the high jump school record. Doubling her previous personal record, Brooke soared over 5’4”, not only breaking the record but taking first place as well.
The track meet held Saturday was a success for not only Brooke Allen, but for the rest of the team. Chloe Reynolds placed second in Triple Jump and third in 100 M Hurdles; Lauren Bartholemy created a personal record for 8 feet in pole vault; Kevin Carswell and Tyler Anderson tied for fourth for pole vault, and Bobby Trammel tied for sixth with another school.
The other team members did very well participating in team events such as 4x4 relay or the two mile. Coach Brad Penney stated, “Boys- were still on track for a District title challenge and girls are still on pace to repeat as County champs.” The teams have a meet Thursday, March 15th in Chiefland, which they are hoping to win. Cedar Key School wishes the team good luck!

FCAT Rewards
Taryn Epperson and Whitney Tyler
Shark Correspondents

FCAT is coming up and students are hurrying to prepare for it.
Teachers and staff have been looking for ways to motivate students for best results possible. To pass FCAT students are required to score a 3 or higher. The teachers have been searching for ways to reward CKS student’s efforts, and have come up with a couple of ideas such as a rally the week before FCAT, and a drawing once test results are in.
The drawing would consist of everyone who scores a 3 or higher on the reading, math, or science FCAT, a 4 or higher on the FCAT writes, or a years’ worth of gains on their scores, names being put into a basket for each test they score in. Principal Sue Ice has been asking for donation to the cause. Donations could include cash, gift cards, or gift certificates.
Mrs. Ice states, “We just want every student to do the best they can, we know we’ve prepared them.”

“Coping With an Injury”
Sarah Bartholemy, Shark Correspondent
Nearly every athlete knows that one moment when the doctor tells you: “You're out for the season, you're injury must heal.” In my case, it's my ankle. On March 10th, 2012 at the Crystal River Track meet I injured my ankle while running the 100 meter hurdles. Directly after my collision with the asphalt my mom drove me straight to the Seven Rivers Hospital. After a few x-rays and an examination of my ankle, they concluded it was just a sprain but it would take a while to heal. The vast relief that it was not broken quickly filled my mother and I with some joy; although, the looks of my ankle was slightly overwhelming. My foot was enlarging by the minute and was already turning blue.
After the diagnosis, I was so disappointed in myself that I was out for the rest of the season. If I hadn't switched my leg right before I jumped everything would be just fine, it was all MY fault. Eventually, I came to terms with my situation that God does things for a reason and it could be much worse. So, after we left the hospital I had my mom take me back to the meet so I could continue on with my day like nothing had happened.
Little did I know, I was only at the very beginning of my long journey back to health.
Let me just tell you, that walking with crutches around school could possibly be one of the most difficult things I've ever had to do. As much as I want to do things by myself, there are just some things that I can't do. For instance, carry my backpack, open doors, etc.
Now that my ankle is beginning to heal, I'm realizing that there's definitely hope that next season I'll be back into sports hopefully soon, back into my regular routine. You truly never realize what you have, until it's gone. Before my injury, I didn't realize how many things I could actually do for myself. Like making my lunch, hurdling, working out, getting dressed, taking showers, and so on.  All in all, I'm thankful that I'm on the road to recovery and that very soon I'll be back on  track.

You Know He’s deployed When…
By Claire Brown, Shark Correspondent

We have a lot of military families in Cedar Key so I’m sure you can all relate to most of the things I’m about to list. These are a few of the things that have changes in my life because of deployment.

1.  You are on first-name basis with the post master and you even have a couple inside jokes. He’s helped you fill out many complicating customs forms and you greatly appreciate him!

2. You go to the store to pick up a couple things for yourself but instead leave with a few bags of items for your next care package.

3. You keep stamps in your car and envelopes by your bed for late night letter writing.

4. During the day you watch your cell phone like a hawk and at night you go to bed hoping it will be ringing at four a.m.

5. You’ve become really fast with addition and subtraction. Thank you, time zones and military time.

6. You’ve taken on more work hours just to make the day go faster.

7. Your idea of “cooking” is heating something up in the microwave…

8. You archive his voicemails so that you can hear his voice later.

9. You lock his text messages to read on the days you don’t get any mail.

10. You sleep with your cell phone and laptop.

11. You’re counting down the days until he comes home—even if you don’t know exactly how many there are.

12. You’re best friends are a bunch of other people you met online because they’re going through the same thing as you.

13. You’re constantly thinking of how you can fit something in a box.

14. You send off holiday cards weeks ahead of time.

15. And until he’s back home, you feel like half of you is missing.

If you’re going through a deployment right now, stay strong and know you aren’t the only one. Every day is one day closer.

Track Meet Proves Challenging for Sharks
Chloe Reynolds, Shark Correspondent
During the track meet in Chiefland against: Branford, Chiefland, Bell,
Newberry, Williston, and Bronson the Cedar Key School boys' team scored 3rd place
in the top 3 teams. Austin Pope was the top scorer with 18 points.
Next in line for the boys was Keith Eberhardt with 16 points.
The top scorer for the girl’s team was Chloe Reynolds with 16 points and then Brooke
Allen with 14 points.
The boys 4x8 team, composed of Austin Pope, Ben Eberhardt, Tyler Anderson, and Keith Eberhardt are coming close to beating the school record along with the girls 4x1 team which was made up of Brooke Allen, Lauren Bartholemy, Mikayla Pope, and Chloe
Reynolds.
 The next meet is being hosted in Cedar Key on March, 22 on Thursday.

Heart and Home Runs
Shark Correspondent, Mikayla Pope  
“ HYPERLINK "http://thinkexist.com/quotation/never_let_the_fear_of_striking_out_get_in_your/154038.html" \t "_blank" Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.” This quote is on bumper stickers, refrigerator magnets and in the hearts of the Cedar Key Baseball players. It’s the middle of baseball season for the Sharks and the pride couldn’t be stronger.  The victory at the beginning of the year against Meadowbrook was the perfect flame starter for Shark spirit and has kept burning throughout the season.  The Sharks have many supporters attending games including teacher, Mrs. Kim Bishop, and other students and parents in Cedar Key.
Also adding to the interesting season is the team has become co-ed. Molly Gordon has a great love for the game of baseball and due to lack of a softball team, she has joined the team.
Although the team has received some interesting looks for having a female player on the field it’s just another reason Cedar Key Baseball is one of kind.
 "This team is more than a team. I laugh and learn with all of them. I wouldn't want to be anything but a CKS Shark!" says Senior player Brandon Register.
With every sport season the Cedar Key community grows a tad bit stronger and baseball season isn't any different. The team all agrees on being "One Big Happy Family." Suffering through loses and celebrating victories this team has experienced it all. Come watch the boys and girl play their hearts out on the field.
 
Cedar Key students spring into their break.
Whitney Tyler
Shark Correspondent
 Five, four, three, two more days until Spring Break! Students are counting down the days until they have a break from the stressful and busy days of school. Although, it’s only nine days of a break student Savannah Howards says “I am so relieved to not to have to wake up at 6:30 every morning.”
Spring break for some people is a teaser for summer break. The break allows everyone to get excited for the two month break at the end of the year and they keeping their fingers crossed that the time in school will pass them by like the speed of light.
This 2012 spring break should be fun for all students; some student plans include:  Freshman Sarah Bartholemy is attending an eight-day carnival cruise with her family to the Bahamas, Tortuga, and St. Thomas. “I’m so excited to go and see new things, and go to new places, and I know that the cruise will be a blast.  I’m going to be spending some much needed family time with my sister and parents.” Third Grader Skylar Wirth is going to Busch Gardens and is excited to see her sister. Eighth Grader Cheyenne Clanton will be going to St. Augustine and driving to Orlando to visit family. Third grader Kylah Linan is driving to Daytona Beach with family. Junior Chloe Reynolds is going college touring around Florida. “I’m excited for spring break because I’ll be getting a feeling of a college I might be going to.” Taryn Epperson says she is possibly going to her grandmothers in Jacksonville and going to the beach. English and Journalism teacher Mrs. Lauren Adams is going to Washington D.C. to visit her sister-in-law Caely Hibbits. As for others, Spring Break will allow them the much needed time to catch up on school work, reading, and sleep.

Taryn Epperson: Shark Correspondent
The freshman class of Cedar Key High School has been studying poetry in English. They’ve been writing their own poems as well as studying the work of famous poets like Nikki Giovanni and Ellen Hopkins. Each student had to write around eight poems, ranging from free-verse to sonnets.
The poems were then bound into a folder to create an anthology. Each anthology had a theme, student Michael Shewey chose “Baseball” where as student Phoebe Cahours chose “Pretty in Pink”.
 After they finished their work a poetry café was held with refreshments and lots of snapping. Grades four through eight were invited and student Taylor Simpson said “It was creative and fun. It makes me excited to do the poetry unit in 9th grade.”
“The poetry unit we have been studying has been a great learning experience” claimed Heather Deaton.

 Building Blocks of Education
Montana Beckham: Shark Correspondent
Students in 4th and 5th grade went to an education program developed by LEGOLAND Florida on March 15th. The purpose was to participate in the “Amazing Machines” around LEGOLAND. These activities, developed by the University of South Florida Polytechnic, offered teaching lessons to students on simple machines using gears and pulleys. Followed by a chance to experience what they learned with the attractions.
Fifth grade shark Kent Sloan, when asked about what he learned, said: “I was taught how on some attractions like the Gears and Pulley Kid Power Tower had Potential energy until a lever was pulled that released the ride creating Kinetic energy as we raced to the top. I not only had fun but learned a lot too!”
Thanks to LEGOLAND students were able to learn while enjoying themselves. Sometimes this isn’t always an option. So it’s great for the younger generation to have a break but still be involved in something curriculum related.
Due to time restraints, some students did not have time to experience the FCAT designed sessions, but did get to apply classroom experiences almost everywhere to extend their learning of energy and simple machines while having a blast.

LegoLand picture to go along with the LegoLand article:
Jamie    Kahn, Kayla Beckham, Jasmine Jackson, and Holly Bishop enjoy the miniature Whitehouse in anticipation of viewing the official Whitehouse on the annual Safety Patrol trip to Washington D.C. this June.
her goal of a degree in communications. Student Whitney Tyler’s summer will be full of culture: visiting Paris, France and London, England for a total of nine days. She said “I’m really excited for this upcoming experience it makes me eager for summer to get closer.” As for teacher Lauren Adams, her plans include teacher workshops in south Florida and traveling to visit family all over the state.
Students and teachers have plans for an exciting summer spanning from traveling the world to staying right here is sunny little Cedar Key.  

“Hugo” Review

Whitney Tyler
Shark Correspondent
 When I was in eighth grade my sister borrowed a book from the library. It was called The Invention of Hugo Cabret. As she was reading, I occasionally glanced over at her, the book looked to be about 500 pages and yet she was already half way through it!
 The next time she took a break from reading I quickly grabbed the book and started reading. Right away I realized how my sister read so fast; the book immediately started out with about 40 pages of photographs and then there was a chapter of two pages full of words. In this 500-page book there were almost 300 pages of pictures! My sister soon came back and took her book back, much to my dismay. But don’t worry, I had a plan. That night when she fell asleep, I snuck in and stole it! I finished the book in less than an hour.
 What is this so-called amazing book about? Hugo Cabret is a twelve-year-old boy who lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station. He depends on secrecy and anonymity to stay hidden among all the clocks and people. To survive he steals food and water, and he runs the many clocks in the station. When he meets a strange girl and the owner of a toy booth, his undercover life, and his most valuable secret, is put at risk.
This book is amazing and when I first heard that there was a movie in the theaters called Hugo I jumped with joy. It wasn’t until a couple weeks ago that I finally saw it and it was definitely worth the wait.
The movie stared Asa Butterfield, Chloë Grace Moretz and Ben Kingsley. All three did a phenomenon job. Asa Butterfield (Known for his role of Bruno in The Boy in the Striped Pajamas) is an amazing little actor and his job in Hugo just proved it more so. Hugo Cabret was filmed beautifully and unlike any other, the music made you feel what the character felt, and it made the movie so much more enticing. It is rated PG and is 126 minutes long. This movie is a movie unquestionably worth buying when it comes out onto DVD. I rate it a 5 out of 5.

Brooke Allen breaks school record

Lauren Bartholemy
Shark Correspondent
“Congratulations to Brooke on your 1st place finish and new school record in high jump (5’4”).” wrote Coach Brad Penny in the after meet write up. Saturday March 10, 2012 was bookmarked in Cedar Key track history as Brooke Allen broke the high jump school record. Doubling her previous personal record, Brooke soared over 5’4”, not only breaking the record but taking first place as well.
The track meet held Saturday was a success for not only Brooke Allen, but for the rest of the team. Chloe Reynolds placed second in Triple Jump and third in 100 M Hurdles; Lauren Bartholemy created a personal record with 8-feet in pole vault; Kevin Carswell and Tyler Anderson tied for fourth for pole vault, and Bobby Trammel tied for sixth with another school.
The other team members did very well participating in team events such as 4x4 relay or the two mile. Coach Brad Penney stated, “The boys were still on track for a District title challenge and girls are still on pace to repeat as County champs.” Cedar Key School wishes the team good luck!

Coping with an injury

Sarah Bartholemy
Shark Correspondent
Nearly every athlete knows that one moment when the doctor tells you: “You're out for the season, you're injury must heal.” In my case, it's my ankle. On March 10, at the Crystal River Track meet I injured my ankle while running the 100 meter hurdles. Directly after my collision with the asphalt my mom drove me straight to the Seven Rivers Hospital. After a few x-rays and an examination of my ankle, they concluded it was just a sprain but it would take a while to heal. The vast relief that it was not broken quickly filled my mother and I with some joy; although, the looks of my ankle was slightly overwhelming. My foot was enlarging by the minute and was already turning blue.
After the diagnosis, I was so disappointed in myself that I was out for the rest of the season. If I hadn't switched my leg right before I jumped everything would be just fine, it was all MY fault. Eventually, I came to terms with my situation that God does things for a reason and it could be much worse. So, after we left the hospital I had my mom take me back to the meet so I could continue on with my day like nothing had happened.
Little did I know, I was only at the very beginning of my long journey back to health.
Let me just tell you, that walking with crutches around school could possibly be one of the most difficult things I've ever had to do. As much as I want to do things by myself, there are just some things that I can't do. For instance, carry my backpack, open doors, etc.
Now that my ankle is beginning to heal, I'm realizing that there's definitely hope that next season I'll be back into sports hopefully soon, back into my regular routine. You truly never realize what you have, until it's gone. Before my injury, I didn't realize how many things I could actually do for myself. Like making my lunch, hurdling, working out, getting dressed, taking showers, and so on.  All in all, I'm thankful that I'm on the road to recovery and that very soon I'll be back on  track.

You Know He’s deployed When…
By Claire Brown, Shark Correspondent

We have a lot of military families in Cedar Key so I’m sure you can all relate to most of the things I’m about to list. These are a few of the things that have changes in my life because of deployment.

1.  You are on first-name basis with the post master and you even have a couple inside jokes. He’s helped you fill out many complicating customs forms and you greatly appreciate him!

2. You go to the store to pick up a couple things for yourself but instead leave with a few bags of items for your next care package.

3. You keep stamps in your car and envelopes by your bed for late night letter writing.

4. During the day you watch your cell phone like a hawk and at night you go to bed hoping it will be ringing at four a.m.

5. You’ve become really fast with addition and subtraction. Thank you, time zones and military time.

6. You’ve taken on more work hours just to make the day go faster.

7. Your idea of “cooking” is heating something up in the microwave…

8. You archive his voicemails so that you can hear his voice later.

9. You lock his text messages to read on the days you don’t get any mail.

10. You sleep with your cell phone and laptop.

11. You’re counting down the days until he comes home—even if you don’t know exactly how many there are.

12. You’re best friends are a bunch of other people you met online because they’re going through the same thing as you.

13. You’re constantly thinking of how you can fit something in a box.

14. You send off holiday cards weeks ahead of time.

15. And until he’s back home, you feel like half of you is missing.

If you’re going through a deployment right now, stay strong and know you aren’t the only one. Every day is one day closer.

Track Meet Proves Challenging for Sharks
Chloe Reynolds, Shark Correspondent
During the track meet in Chiefland against: Branford, Chiefland, Bell,
Newberry, Williston, and Bronson the Cedar Key School boys' team scored 3rd place
in the top 3 teams. Austin Pope was the top scorer with 18 points.
Next in line for the boys was Keith Eberhardt with 16 points.
The top scorer for the girl’s team was Chloe Reynolds with 16 points and then Brooke
Allen with 14 points.
The boys 4x8 team, composed of Austin Pope, Ben Eberhardt, Tyler Anderson, and Keith Eberhardt are coming close to beating the school record along with the girls 4x1 team which was made up of Brooke Allen, Lauren Bartholemy, Mikayla Pope, and Chloe
Reynolds.
 The next meet is being hosted in Cedar Key on March, 22 on Thursday.

Heart and Home Runs
Shark Correspondent, Mikayla Pope  
“ HYPERLINK "http://thinkexist.com/quotation/never_let_the_fear_of_striking_out_get_in_your/154038.html" \t "_blank" Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.” This quote is on bumper stickers, refrigerator magnets and in the hearts of the Cedar Key Baseball players. It’s the middle of baseball season for the Sharks and the pride couldn’t be stronger.  The victory at the beginning of the year against Meadowbrook was the perfect flame starter for Shark spirit and has kept burning throughout the season.  The Sharks have many supporters attending games including teacher, Mrs. Kim Bishop, and other students and parents in Cedar Key.
Also adding to the interesting season is the team has become co-ed. Molly Gordon has a great love for the game of baseball and due to lack of a softball team, she has joined the team.
Although the team has received some interesting looks for having a female player on the field it’s just another reason Cedar Key Baseball is one of kind.
 "This team is more than a team. I laugh and learn with all of them. I wouldn't want to be anything but a CKS Shark!" says Senior player Brandon Register.
With every sport season the Cedar Key community grows a tad bit stronger and baseball season isn't any different. The team all agrees on being "One Big Happy Family." Suffering through loses and celebrating victories this team has experienced it all. Come watch the boys and girl play their hearts out on the field.
 
Cedar Key students spring into their break.
Whitney Tyler
Shark Correspondent
 Five, four, three, two more days until Spring Break! Students are counting down the days until they have a break from the stressful and busy days of school. Although, it’s only nine days of a break student Savannah Howards says “I am so relieved to not to have to wake up at 6:30 every morning.”
Spring break for some people is a teaser for summer break. The break allows everyone to get excited for the two month break at the end of the year and they keeping their fingers crossed that the time in school will pass them by like the speed of light.
This 2012 spring break should be fun for all students; some student plans include:  Freshman Sarah Bartholemy is attending an eight-day carnival cruise with her family to the Bahamas, Tortuga, and St. Thomas. “I’m so excited to go and see new things, and go to new places, and I know that the cruise will be a blast.  I’m going to be spending some much needed family time with my sister and parents.” Third Grader Skylar Wirth is going to Busch Gardens and is excited to see her sister. Eighth Grader Cheyenne Clanton will be going to St. Augustine and driving to Orlando to visit family. Third grader Kylah Linan is driving to Daytona Beach with family. Junior Chloe Reynolds is going college touring around Florida. “I’m excited for spring break because I’ll be getting a feeling of a college I might be going to.” Taryn Epperson says she is possibly going to her grandmothers in Jacksonville and going to the beach. English and Journalism teacher Mrs. Lauren Adams is going to Washington D.C. to visit her sister-in-law Caely Hibbits. As for others, Spring Break will allow them the much needed time to catch up on school work, reading, and sleep.

Taryn Epperson: Shark Correspondent
The freshman class of Cedar Key High School has been studying poetry in English. They’ve been writing their own poems as well as studying the work of famous poets like Nikki Giovanni and Ellen Hopkins. Each student had to write around eight poems, ranging from free-verse to sonnets.
The poems were then bound into a folder to create an anthology. Each anthology had a theme, student Michael Shewey chose “Baseball” where as student Phoebe Cahours chose “Pretty in Pink”.
 After they finished their work a poetry café was held with refreshments and lots of snapping. Grades four through eight were invited and student Taylor Simpson said “It was creative and fun. It makes me excited to do the poetry unit in 9th grade.”
“The poetry unit we have been studying has been a great learning experience” claimed Heather Deaton.

 Building Blocks of Education
Montana Beckham: Shark Correspondent
Students in 4th and 5th grade went to an education program developed by LEGOLAND Florida on March 15th. The purpose was to participate in the “Amazing Machines” around LEGOLAND. These activities, developed by the University of South Florida Polytechnic, offered teaching lessons to students on simple machines using gears and pulleys. Followed by a chance to experience what they learned with the attractions.
Fifth grade shark Kent Sloan, when asked about what he learned, said: “I was taught how on some attractions like the Gears and Pulley Kid Power Tower had Potential energy until a lever was pulled that released the ride creating Kinetic energy as we raced to the top. I not only had fun but learned a lot too!”
Thanks to LEGOLAND students were able to learn while enjoying themselves. Sometimes this isn’t always an option. So it’s great for the younger generation to have a break but still be involved in something curriculum related.
Due to time restraints, some students did not have time to experience the FCAT designed sessions, but did get to apply classroom experiences almost everywhere to extend their learning of energy and simple machines while having a blast.