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Coral Shores Students and Teachers Participate in 2018 Island Fest

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Wild Women on the Water pose on the beach.

Wild Women on the Water pose on the beach.

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On Saturday, March 24 and Sunday, March 25, the Islamorada Chamber of Commerce held the 2018 Island Fest as a fundraiser for the Chamber. A prominent spectacle at the festival was the sandcastle competition, in which several Coral Shores students from Mrs. Rosenow’s leadership class participated.

The team consisted of senior Katy Foley, junior Shannon McCormick, sophomore Jena Jones, and freshman Grace Matthews.

“We all worked as a team to build a mermaid sculpture,” junior Shannon McCormick said. “It was stressful but also so much fun.”

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The Coral Shores team poses by their mermaid sand creation.

Matthews said that the experience was difficult at first, but they worked to develop strategies along the way to hold their structure together.

“We worked very well as a team, and were all assigned different tasks to finish the sculpture within the allotted time,” Matthews said.

The group of Coral Shores students decided to participate in the event as a way to represent the school and be surrounded by their community members.

“It was a great chance to show off our creativity,” Matthews said.

The “What Floats Your Boat” race is also a large attraction of the event each year. Participants worked in teams to create homemade boats to enter in a race on Saturday.

Taking home the Krazy Krewe Award was Coral Shores teacher Ms. Susa’s team, Wild Women on the Water. This was their third year participating       in the event. 

“We’ve never won the race, but we have so much fun building the boat and rooting for our team,” Susa said.

Other awards given out at the competition were the the Yachtiest Award, Thriftiest Award, Anchor Award, and Sink and Swim Award. The winner of the race was presented with the Lucky Duck Admiral Award, who this year was Scott Baste from Florida Keys Paddle.

On the opposite side of attendees of the event, Coral Shores sophomore Ariana Oliver

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Ariana works the Key Largo Chocolates booth at the Festival.

worked the Key Largo Chocolates booth both days. She was able to interact with many locals, as well as tourists from across the country.

“[Working the event] was way more fun than working in the kitchen,” Oliver said. “Talking to people was easier and it kept me distracted.”

Oliver said that the exposure at the event helped more people learn about Key Largo Chocolates, and they handed out pamphlets to people who didn’t know where to find them.

“It was probably the most fun I’ve had on the job,” Oliver said.

For a video of the event, click here.

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