Shark News for the week of October 25

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By Ceday Key School Journalism Class

 Cedar Key cross country team travels the world

By Lauren Bartholemy

Shark Correspondent

The Cedar Key cross country team left the CKS recently for an adventure with Mickey, Mulan and the rest of the Disney characters. Coach Brad Penny and Mrs. Kim Bishop transported the top six runners from the girls and boys teams for a fun-filled weekend at Epcot and the ESPN World Wide Sports Center. Keith Eberhardt, Ben Wilson, Austin Pope, Cody Beckham, Kevin Carswell, and Bobby Trammel qualified from the boys’ team and MacKenzie Kirkbride, Brooke Allen, Lauren Bartholemy and Jessica Mitchell went from the girls’ team.

The team left at 10:30 a.m. prepared to run at the Disney 5K run. Unfortunately, when the team arrived, lightning and thunder delayed the meet and it was eventually canceled. Even through this disappointing development, the team kept high spirits as they headed for a dinner, compliments of Coach Brad.

The next morning, the team woke up early – ready to make up for the miles lost the day before. After the morning run the team set off for Epcot. The team flew together through California, on the Disney ride Soaring, traveled to Mars, traveled through China, Morocco, Mexico, Italy and France and went through time. “The overall experience was great. We bonded, and became stronger as a team. We were all close to begin with, but this just helped us grow as a team,” commented Brooke Allen, Cedar Key junior. The team is now preparing for its annual home meet, the Cedar Key Invitational. The team welcomes all fans and onlookers to attend and cheer them on. Go Sharks!

The Benefits of Accelerated Reading

By Mikayla Pope

Shark Correspondents

At Cedar Key School, in both the elementary and secondary levels, students are encouraged and asked to read and AR test on books from various genres. Recently five Cedar Key High School students were asked if they understood the benefits of AR testing. Four out of the five students dislike the testing and never even realized there were benefits. This is the case for the majority of high school students. So, a question popped into our minds: “What are the benefits of AR testing?”

Junior Lauren Bartholemy gave her opinion, “I think that it teaches work ethic, enhances the ability of reading quickly and helps students retain information – which is an important tool in life.”

We believe most will find that they enjoy reading when they don’t have the pressures of testing and deadlines attached to it. Though AR testing is unpopular, the truth is, Accelerated Reader helps students and teachers keep up with the books students have their noses in, the genres they enjoy and the reading skills they form. So, the next time you find yourself taking an AR test, think about the different ways this reading-testing program benefits you in life.

The Life of a cross country runner

By Sarah Bartholemy

Shark Correspondent

“BEEP, BEEP, BEEEEEEP!!!!” That would be the incredibly annoying sound of my alarm going off every day at 5:30 in the morning.  Why do I wake up this early you ask?  I run cross country. We practice every morning at 6 a.m. This practice includes weightlifting, drills and a 3-5 mile run. As you can imagine, this takes a huge toll on your body.  To be a runner, you must get at least eight hours of sleep every night and drink plenty of water before practice in the morning. Not only does it take a toll on your body, but on your schedule too. I have to make sure that I’m getting all of my school work done and maintaining good grades in between meets and practices.

I chose to do cross country five years ago, the summer before 6th grade. To this day, I’m not quite sure why I chose this sport, but I’m glad that I did. Cross country has taught me self discipline, the ability to push myself and it has gotten me in shape. I also love my teammates and we always have a blast at our meets. We all motivate each other to try and make sure that we do our very best at meets.

I can’t forget about our incredible coach, Mr. Brad Penney. This is actually his 25th year coaching cross country.  He always pushes us to be the best that we can be and he is always ready for practice. Also, don’t think about getting McDonalds after a meet, the menu will always be Subway, one of Coach Brad’s major rules. I hope to continue my cross country career throughout high school and keep pushing myself. I love this sport, and our cross country family.

Pre-K pizza party

By Becky Russo

Shark Correspondent

Pre-k students at Cedar Key School recently had a pizza party to learn about sharing and caring. This theme ties in to the book they just read, “A Little Red Hen Made a Pizza”. The students were eager to have this celebration. Ms. Elaine stated, “Students were so excited. They were able to pick toppings for their very own pizzas that they made.” She added, “The inspiration for this project came from our unit this month about friends. A little red hen made a pizza but none of her friends wanted to help her.” This project was chosen to help students understand the concept of sharing and caring by having them make their own pizza dough as a group and clean up as a group.  What a fun way for students to learn about sharing and caring.

Saying goodbye to volleyball

By Molly Gordon

Shark Correspondent

After nine games, home and away, long bus rides and fast-food adventures, volleyball season is unfortunately slowing down and coming to an end. Although the Lady Sharks varsity team wasn’t as successful as the middle school team, the high school players have made some great memories and always attempted to play our hardest. With Haley Simpson and I being seniors, it’s only natural for us to have wanted this season to be the best. As disappointed as I am that we’ve only won two of our nine games, I still wouldn’t trade playing for the Sharks and with my teammates for anything. I definitely couldn’t think of any better coach for our team than Ms. Cheryl Allen. Ms. Cheryl, who has been my volleyball coach for four years out of the six years I’ve played, has been an awesome role model and encourager. I couldn’t even begin to count the amount of memories, goofy and hilarious as well as sentimental, that we’ve made together, and I want to thank her for never giving up on us no matter what. Even though we don’t win our games consistently, we have fun, and to me, that’s all that matters. With only two home games left - and districts - I’ve come to realize that playing volleyball for Cedar Key has been one of the most memorable experiences and I’m more than happy that I chose to play all of my middle and high school years.

At our game last week against Trenton, the varsity teams showed up ready to play but unfortunately weren’t successful. In the first set, the team seemed to get in over its head, lost too many serves and lost the set: 12-25. In the second set, the Sharks held their heads high and tried to pull through for a win, digging balls and defending the court but lost the set: 9-25. In the final set, the girls played hard and attempted to make a come-back but still lost it with a score of 11-25.

Cedar Key does battle with Williston in the first HI-Q match of the year

By Eli Glaze

Shark Correspondent

Cedar Key School competed in its first HI-Q match of the year against Williston recently. On the junior varsity team we have Phoebe Cahours (team captain), Larry Twinam, Jesse Brown and Noah Webster who won against their Williston rival. On the varsity team we have Brook Allen (captain), Taryn Epperson, Laia Gore and Maddy Riley.  HI-Q is a team-based, quiz bowl style competition. Two teams of four go head-to-head in three ten-minute sessions in which a variety of questions are asked to each team. A normal (or toss-up) question is asked to both teams and the teams then have five seconds for anyone on either team to buzz in and answer the question. If answered correctly, the team is awarded a harder, bonus question that they are given fifteen seconds to answer as a group, without the other team getting a chance to answer. Even though they lost, Taryn Epperson said that “the scores aren’t important.”

Freshwater pickle jars - what?

By Taryn Epperson and Phoebe Cahours

Shark Science Correspondents

Mr. Powers’ 6th period marine science class has started a new project with elementary school students and teachers - taking ordinary pickle jars and turning them into fresh water eco-systems. Each class, pre-k through 5th grade, has received a jar containing Anacharis, (a fresh water plant) and two fresh water grass shrimp. Students Phoebe Cahours, Taryn Epperson, Bobby Trammell and Cody Beckham, delivered the eco-systems to each class room on Sept. 28. Pre-K teacher Mrs. Elaine Rains said, “The kids absolutely love it! They have been so excited over getting to have class pets!” Marine science students have been doing weekly check-ups on the activity of the jars.

Future plans for this project include mosquito fish (Gambusia affinis) minnows, and possibly, different types of freshwater plants. Project helper Bobby Trammell said, “It’s a great opportunity for us to work with younger kids, as well as for them to learn about marine life.”