By Molly Gordon-Tysinger
After another fun-filled year of sports, it’s almost time for the annual sports banquet. The annual banquet features the 2012-2013 athletes awarded for participation, and achievements. This year’s banquet will be held on Thursday, May 2nd 2013, in the Cedar Key High School auditorium at 6:00 PM. Continue to show your support for your favorite sports team.
Cedar Key wins County
By Lauren Bartholemy
Cedar Key Sharks brought the heat to the annual County Track Meet against Chiefland, Williston, and Bronson. The varsity girls won the meet for the seventh year in a row. It was a close meet, with Chiefland having beaten the girls at the Chiefland Invitational, as well as the Cedar Key Relays.
The girls won the meet with 76 points, Chiefland coming in second with 55 points and Bronson coming in third 40 points. The team includes: Chloe Reynolds, Brooke Allen, Lauren Bartholemy, Sarah Bartholemy, Mikayla Pope, MacKenzie Kirkbride, Ashlyn Allen, Kalei Wilson, Mady Riley, Taylor Davison, Haley Simpson, Jasmin Jackson, Hannah Brinkman, Dakota Phillips, and Terra Dun.
Top three female scorers are Chloe Reynolds with 16, Brooke Allen with 14 and Lauren Bartholemy with 8. Cedar Key Sharks is also home of this year’s female County MVP, Chloe Reynolds.
The boys team also won the meet for the second year in a row. The team worked hard to overcome Chiefland winning the meet with 113 points, Chiefland coming in second with a close 107, Bronson in third with 24 and Williston in 4th with 11.
The boys’ team consists of: Kevin Carswell, Austin Pope, Josh Sills, Tyler Anderson, Ben Wilson, Vince Bullard, Keith Eberhardt, Kit Riley, Bobby Trammell, CJ Parks, Cody Beckham, Wyatt Carswell, and Eli Glaze.
Top three boy scorers were Kevin Carswell with 16, Austin Pope also with 16 and Josh Sills with 12. Both teams will be moving forward to districts at Oak Hall. The teams hope to place, and continue on to Regionals. The boys have a chance of the winning the district meets, competing with PK Yonge to get first. When speculating about the upcoming meet, Coach Brad comments: “The key is to do your best.”
Elementary Chess Club
By Rebecca Russo
The Elementary Chess Club is run by the Intensive Reading teacher Ms. Susan Woods. At the end of the month, usually around the 28th there is a chess club meeting and all elementary school chess club members are to attend if possible. The meetings take place in Mrs. Susan Wood’s Intensive Reading classroom. The meetings are usually held after school and go on until about 4:00-4:30. Anyone interested in joining the club please talk to Ms. Woods.
Cedar Key Sharks Bring the Heat
By Lauren Bartholemy
Next time you want an example for skill, determination, or/and hard work, look up the Cedar Key Track and Field team. Thursday, April 11th, the Cedar Key Sharks traveled to Oak Hall School in Gainesville to participate in the 2013 District meet. This meet includes every school in the 1A district: Oak Hall, PK Yonge, Cornerstone, Saint Francis, Lafayette, Hawthorne, Bronson, Bell and Seven Rivers.
The team was extremely successful at the meet. Cedar Key had six individual champions: Chloe Reynolds (1st place 100 meter High Hurdles), Brooke Allen (1st place Women’s High Jump), Lauren Bartholemy (1st place Women’s Pole Vault), Kevin Carswell (1st place Men’s Pole Vault), and Austin Pope (1st place Men’s High Jump and 300 meter Low Hurdles). Although only six received first, 15 team member qualified for Regional’s. This includes: all six first place individuals, as well as Cody Beckham, Tyler Anderson, Josh Sills, Kit Riley, Bobby Trammell, Mady Riley, Sarah Bartholemy, Ashlyn Allen, Mikayla Pope, and Kalei Wilson. The boy’s team placed District Runner Up for only the third time in 25 years, and the girls placed third overall, their highest finish since 2005.
"One season goal left: qualify as many [team members] as possible to the State Meet," wrote Coach Brad. The Regional Meet Thursday will determine who qualifies for the State meet on the 26th. Keep the teams in mind, as they compete against the best from each district. Go Sharks!
Air Force vs. Navy
By Lauren Bartholemy
I never thought that military life would be a path I would consider. That’s not to say that it didn’t interest me; the physical and mental challenge offered unique opportunities to American citizens. I always thought that it would be a straight shot to college for me. Then my aunt presented a unique opportunity; college and the military. As I researched the idea, it grew on me, and three years ago, I decided that I wanted to attend the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Not long ago, I stumbled across another student at Cedar Key School who had the same interests as me, Tyler Anderson. Tyler, a junior (just like me), is applying to the United States Air Force Academy, in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Tyler was accepted to the United States Air Force Academy Summer Seminar and will be flying out to Colorado Springs on June 9th, and will be staying till the 14th. He and the other candidates will experience the daily lives of the Cadets.
"I hope to learn how ready I am, physically and mentally. And to see what life would be like.” said Tyler when asked about what he hopes to gain from the experience. Tyler will wake up early every morning and complete his first physical work out. Then he will go to workshops teaching about the different options the Air Force Academy has. Tyler is most excited about trying out the "flight simulators".
Tyler was encouraged by his older brother Zack Anderson, currently a cadet in the United States Air Force, to apply for the position.
Getting into the summer seminars include multiple essay responses and credentials, such as GPA, sports, clubs and leadership positions.
Being chosen out of hundreds of students to apply is an accomplishment. The summer seminar will give both Tyler and I a toe in; counselors at the camp will write letters of recommendations for the students when they apply to the actual college. Applying to the Summer Seminar of both of the academies will give Tyler and me a real taste of what our lives will be like if we get into the schools.
Being a military college, physical activity is a must. At the Naval Academy (for the most part) sports are a must. Tyler and I both participate in track and field, and basketball. I also run cross country in the beginning of the year. Strong academics are also a must for the academies. Tyler and I both take our school work seriously, and are on the honor roll.
Our leadership abilities shine strong, whether it is through our clubs: FBLA, FFA, and Sr. Beta, or on the basketball court, where we both play point guard.
I am really excited by this unique opportunity that has presented itself to me and Tyler. I am hopeful that both of our scholarly dreams come true.