Shark News for the week of May 16

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By Ceday Key School Journalism Class

Ornamental Horticulture 

By Sarah Bartholemy

Shark Correspondent 

Cedar Key Future Farmers of America competed at the state Ornamental Horticulture Competition recently. The Chapter had many state champions including:

• Caitlin Goss, HS Marketing 1st Place;

• Lauren Bartholemy and Laia Gore, HS Consumer Use 5th Place;

• Cassie Lozier and Kevin Mansingh, MS Production 5th Place;

• Emilie Lavoie and Nathaneal Brinkman, MS Artistic Arrangement 1st Place;

• And Savannah Howard and MacKenzie Kirkbride, MS Consumer Use 2nd Place.

 President Lauren Bartholemy said, “It was a great day. Everyone did so well and I’m so proud of our chapter.”



Prom followup

By Rebecca Russo

Shark Correspondent

Cedar Key School’s 2013 Prom was celebrated last Saturday, April 27. The Prom was set up by the junior class along with Cheryl Allen (junior class sponsor) and many parent volunteers. The event took over a week to set up. All of the hard work paid off – the dance was beautiful. 

Molly Gordon and Kevin Carswell were named the 2013 Prom Queen and King. The senior class was also surprised with a performance by local musician Houston Keen, who serenaded the audience with four songs. In the grand tradition of competing for the “best prom” among classes, the 2013 prom will be tough to beat.



CKS baseball faces districts

By Molly Gordon

Shark Correspondent

After a long season, it’s time for the Sharks to hang up their hats and say “farewell” to the game of baseball (for the time being, of course). Last Tuesday, the boys and girl arrived at Trenton High School, where this year’s districts were held and readied themselves to face the Bronson Eagles. 

The Sharks took a 3-run lead in the beginning, but lost control in the field and, unfortunately, let the Eagles catch up to them. The team fought hard. They hit the ball, made terrific plays and had the drive to win, but they sadly didn’t pull through with a win. 

While the sharks were disappointed that its season ended there, they did not let their hope dwindle. Instead, they picked themselves up, smiled and began brainstorming what they could change for next year.

Joe Bishop, head coach for the Sharks, commented after the game, “I’m still proud to be a Shark, no matter what!” 


Anatomy stir-fry

By Rebecca Russo

Shark Correspondent

The Cedar Key School Anatomy class had a stir-fry to celebrate finishing its project on the human body digestive system.  The stir-fry took place outside in Mr. Powers’s lab during third period.  Mr. Powers made the dish for the students in order to display how fast the body can digest food to help the students understand what they were researching and learning about.


Sports banquet

By Mikayla Pope

Shark Correspondent 

After a year of hard work, sweat and determination, the Shark athletes were recognized all together at the Sports Banquet on May 2.

 Each coach went on stage and offered awards to their athletes. Coach Brad ran the event and was the first speaker on behalf of his teams – cross country and track. Each track student that went to State received a plaque in their honor. This included: Brooke Allen, Tyler Anderson and Kevin Carswell. Seventh grader McKenzie Kirkbride earned the Cross Country MVP award.

 Cheryl Allen, volleyball coach, was next with the cheerleading coach, Amy Parks, following.  The basketball coaches took the stage to congratulate each player on a job well done. 


Grad Bash 2013

By Molly Gordon

Shark Correspondent

While graduation remains to be first on the list of important events for a senior in their last year of high school, Grad Bash is usually pretty high on that list as well.

 Universal Studios in Orlando hosts what seniors call “an insanely fun, but super tiring event” for seniors from all parts of Florida. Schools arrived by the bus-loads at 8 p.m. and the gates close behind them, meaning they are “trapped” in the park until 2 a.m. and were able to ride as many roller coasters as possible for the six hour window.

Cedar Key Students were not so fortunate in their trip to Orlando this past Friday. When the students arrived, the sky opened up and a storm of wind and rain soaked them all. Regardless of the downpour, the wet clothes and the heavy water-filled shoes, the students of Cedar Key School continued to enjoy their night.


Dinner and a movie

Shark Correspondent 

The Cedar Key Safety Patrols will be hosting “Dinner and a Movie” on Friday, May 17 in the auditorium. The event will begin at 6 p.m. with a spaghetti dinner, followed a viewing of the film "The Help". There will also be a silent auction and door prizes from local businesses. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children and will benefit the Safety Patrols and their annual end of the year trip to Washington D.C. Please come out and support the Safety Patrols!


FFA has success at

aquaculture contest

By Sarah Bartholemy

Shark Correspondent

Last Friday, the Cedar Key Aquaculture team participated in the aquaculture contest. The team placed second in the state of Florida. Kit Riley placed third high individual in the state. 

In addition to the aquaculture contest, Cedar Key FFA will be hosting its annual awards banquet on May 28. The banquet will begin at 5 p.m. in the cafeteria. 

Senior Baccalaureate

right around the corner

By Molly Gordon

Shark Correspondent

As tradition holds, the senior class of 2013 will be holding the annual Baccalaureate ceremony where their accomplishments are acknowledged by the people of the church. This year, the ceremony will be held at the United Methodist Church of Cedar Key at 6:30 p.m. Save the date.


Senior Spotlights

Meikala Hunter

By Lauren Bartholemy

Shark Correspondent

This week, Cedar Key School highlights senior Meikala Hunter. Meikala has always attended Cedar Key School – from Pre-K to 12th grade – and the school will be sad to bid her adieu.

Meikala sees herself  “as a kindergarten teacher at CKS... and being a mother of two.” She also hopes to fulfill her dream of being a “ranch owner” and hopes to send her own kids to CKS. 

She plans to attend Sante Fe College to fulfill her dreams of becoming a teacher. She also hopes to volunteer at the school. 

When Meikala is not focusing on her future, she is hunting, fishing, reading, writing or mud bogging with friends and family.  She loves to listen to her favorite song, “Voices” by Chris Young. Her most memorable moment from school was jumping rope everyday with the girls in her class and singing at the top of their lungs. 

Meikala is going to miss “the family lifestyle and the kids that I grew up with... all of the faculty and staff that helped make this [graduating] happen.”

Her favorite teacher was Mrs. Lauren Adams, the high school English teacher. 

School is almost at a close for Meikala; Cedar Key School wishes her the best of luck and knows she will go far in life.

Kevin Carswell

By MiKayla Pope

Shark Correspondent 

Kevin Carswell, the recently announced Prom King, has taken Cedar Key by storm with his track, basketball, cross country career and positive attitude. 

Kevin’s favorite teacher is Mr. Brad Penny, whom he also enjoys participating in sports with. Hunting, fishing and playing video games are all the things Kevin does in his spare time when he’s not focused on school.  

When it comes to Cedar Key School and community, the people are what Kevin enjoys the most. The song, “Small Town USA” by Justine Moore is Kevin’s favorite song, “It describes my well-rounded life on the island – its perfect.” he explains.

 With the aspiring goal of coming back to his roots on the island to work for the Cedar Key Police Department, he says “Cedar Key is fun, and that’s where I wanna be in 10 years!” 

Kevin’s nerves about graduating are balanced by the excitement of going off into the real world, but he knows Cedar Key is always close to him.

Keith Eberhardt

By Sarah G. Bartholemy

Shark Correspondent 

Keith Lee Eberhardt is ready to graduate. After arriving in 2009, Keith has attended Cedar Key School for the past four years of high school. After graduation, Keith plans on attending Santa Fe Community College in Gainesville, then transferring to University of Florida and majoring in civil engineering. 

If he isn’t hunting or fishing, you can find Keith hanging out with his pals or playing basketball. When asked what he’s going to miss most about CKS Keith said, “The friendly hospitality.”

Keith also said that his most memorable moment at CKS was winning Miss CKS. In 10 years Keith sees himself graduated from college and focusing on his career. When asked what his favorite thing about CKS was Keith said, “Being small and everyone knowing each other.” 

Alicia Lambert

By Lauren Bartholemy

Shark Correspondent

 After 13 years at Cedar Key School, Alicia Lambert will walk out the gym doors on June 1 with a full resume. She leaves behind a legacy of hard work and determination. Alicia traveled this long journey with a wonderful sense of humor and a smile on her face. 

Alicia will be graduating top of her class as the 2013 Valedictorian. During her years at Cedar Key, Alicia has been a part of SGA, Sr. Beta, FFEA, FFA, Marine Science and FBLA. She has played basketball, volleyball and softball. Alicia has filled the years with many accomplishments. She advises students to “Be your own person, stay focused, don’t procrastinate and be confident in your own abilities.”

Alicia’s most fond moments of Cedar Key are the theme parties for Spanish in Coach Brad Penny’s room. Her favorite thing about CKS is the one-on-one time with teachers, “They care about how well you do”. Her favorite teachers include Coach Brad and Mrs. Lauren.

Alicia will attend UNF in Jacksonville this fall. She plans to become a nurse and then begin a profession as a Physician Assistant. 

Cedar Key School is so proud of you and your accomplishments. Good luck, Alicia!



Sarah Martin

By Lauren Bartholemy

Shark Correspondent

 Sarah Martin is the class of 2013 salutatorian, a position achieved only with hard work and determination. Sarah has participated in SGA, FBLA, FFEA, Sr. Beta, Cheerleading, Basketball and Track and Field.  After all her hard work at Cedar Key School, Sarah plans on attending Santa Fe College and then transferring to the University of Florida to earn her bachelor’s in nursing. 

Sarah enjoys hanging out with her friends, sleeping and learning new things – especially from her favorite teacher, Mrs. Lauren Adams. Her favorite memories of school were setting up for her junior prom. Sarah loves the small class sizes at Cedar Key and how caring the teachers are. She will miss "being able to walk into a place and know everybody’s name because [she] grew up with them." In 10 years Sarah sees herself as a nurse practitioner and hopefully "beginning a family". 

Cedar Key School has watched Sarah as she grew up, accomplishing her hopes and dreams. We wish Sarah the best of luck and know she will do great things. 

Senior Spotlight:


Eli Glaze

By Rebecca Russo

Shark Correspondent


Although Eli Glaze has only been a student here for two years, he has made a lasting impression on Cedar Key students and teachers. When asked what his favorite thing about CKS is, Eli responded, "That it’s more personal than other schools."

Eli says he does not have one favorite teacher, "I don't have a favorite teacher, they're all perfect".

 Eli’s favorite hobbies include driving and playing his Xbox.  His favorite song is “Back in Black” by AC/DC. His most memorable moment at Cedar Key School is constructing the senior prom from last year.  

 After graduation, Eli plans to go into the military or college. He sees himself in 10 years working on his career of mechanical engineering. Eli says he is going to miss all the teachers and friends he has made a Cedar Key School. Eli, Cedar Key School will miss you, too.