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A v Imn t of 1930s in Gainesville was the
establish e of the P.K nge Laboratory School. The
school ope doo 7 years ago in 1935 in Norman
Hall on the Un s ity of Florida campus.
By the end of thel930s, P.K.'s future graduating
classes were divided through out Gainesville. In the
beginning, all of the students in the area started at a
specific grammar school. Once they passed the sixth
grade, the students then either went to the West End or
East End grammar schools for junior high, then in the
ninth grade they all went to Gainesville High School.
After 1934, during their first years at P.K., however, ev-
erything was about to change.
In the 1937 yearbook, under "Class History," they
reminisced on what life was like at Gainesville's new lab
school. The writers stated that in 1935, the first weeks of
registration at P.K. were strange. This was the first time
the students had ever had to change schools and split
from people that they had known most of their lives.
"It was hard to accustom ourselves to the unfamiliar
'faculty-faces,'" said a writer on the staff.
But in the start of 1936, P.K.'s school life ran much
more smoothly, and it was smooth sailing from then
Over the years, they enjoyed many fun activities.
The first ever play at P.K was "Just One Big Happy Fam-
ily." And every year the graduating classes enjoyed pic-
nics at cottages on Lake Larose. In 1936, students held
a dance in the gym that was said to be a "howlin suc-
cess," as well as an annual junior-senior banquet.
But in the world during this time, things weren't as
optimistic and happy. The Great Depression was hurt-
ing the United States, and the country was on edge with
the Japanese and Nazis. World War II was about to
commence. Life at P.K. was about to change.
All photos taken from the
1930s and 1940s yearbooks.
(1) YEARBOOK JUNKIES: The original yearbook staff of 1937 poses in front of a building for
a group shot In the original yearbook there were very few photos, and when there were, they
were always group shots of clubs. (2) PARTNERS IN CRIME: An unknown couple from 1944
smile for the camera. (3) ON THE CURB: An assembly of the students from 1944 take a break
and wait for instructions from their teacher. (4) SHOOTIN' HOOPS: In 1946, a group of guys
have fun playing basketball during a physical education class. (5) LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN:
Three girls portraying a hitter, a catcher, and an ump are shown playing baseball in 1946. (6)
BEHIND THE LENSE: Ralph Sneeringer was the man behind all of the pictures in the 1947
yearbook. No matter what time of day, if he was called over to the campus to take pictures, he
would always show. (7) JITTERBUG: Students dance the night away in 1947 to the current mu-
sic trends of the decade. (8) JOY RIDE: A student stands in front of his car in 1941. (9) JUNGLE
FEVER: During recess, a student climbs across the monkey bars in 1944. (10) HEAD BASHING:
Two girls mess around on campus in 1944. (11) HAWII: Two boys bust out in leis and swimsuits
in 1944. (12) SWIM BREAK: Students are shown walking away from a field trip to the lake. (13)
THE OLD P.K.: A photo of Norman Hall, the old location for the school, was captured in 1946
and was on the title page of the yearbook.
The 47 students IM'e cla 1941 were, o
words, rebellious and non-tr nal.
In their junior year they, trte Prison
Farm, the Florida State Fair, occasionally turned back
the school clocks for social gatherings, had a Barefoot
Day when all the students had their toes out roaming
free, and had occasional "Senior Free Days," more com-
monly known now as "Senior Skip Days."
However, things in the world were not so care-free.
Pearl Harbor occurred on Dec. 11, 1941. World War II
was upon the U.S., and men were needed as soldiers
for the war effort. In the 1943 P.K.Yonge yearbook, on
page 21, there was huge coverage on the situation. P.K.
Yonge wanted to change the war's outcome.
They organized a Victory Corps consisting of 60 mem-
bers. Twenty-two female students accepted Home Nurs-
ing diplomas, and the idea of home economics arose.
Also, in 1947, only nine senior boys graduated because
the rest were off fighting the war for Uncle Sam. Two of
the boys were Milton Stubbs and George Johnson, who
were stationed in Japan.
The class of 1947 was the first class to ever have the
privilege of going to P.K.Yonge from kindergarten all
the way to their senior year; they were P.K.'s first "lif-
ers." No matter what the years had showed them, they
always found ways to be bubbly and close-knit. They
had taken great strides to overcome all the obstacles
that they faced.
In 1949, the class of the last year of the decade was
looking for treasure and knowledge. In the yearbook,
they reminisced about the good times. Quotes like,
"how loud do you talk over the mike," were featured
all along the class sections. An up-beat crowd with
P.K.Yonge spirit had re-emerged after the war.
The 1940s was a time where change, challenge, and
courage occurred, and even more of it was to come in
the 1950s, when P.K. started to be known as "The Blue
Ba thWs, P had an 11-man football team
recognize es "The Bab gators But in 1949, the Uni-
versity of Fi~ a want e rights to the reptile name
back, so in 195 K. held a contest to name their mas-
cot. The winner, Doug Dickey from the class of 1950
modified the mascot from Tulane's Green Wave. Thus,
the Blue Wave was born.
From 1951 to 1954, the Blue Wave reigned superior
in most sports. The athletic programs achieved more
thant was expected, considering there were only 30
men in each grade. The football team was ranked in the
top 10 in Florida from 1952-1954. The basketball team
went to the state tournament three years in a row, and
the track team won the East Florida Conference in 1952,
1953, and 1954.
At the end of 1954, UF's College of Education sprung
something on P.K. They decided that they were going
to use the current building that P.K. was located in, Nor-
man Hall, build a whole new school for the students
at 1080 S.W. 11th St Gainesville, FL, 32601. The first
classes were held in the new school in 1958. As a com-
memorative ceremony for leaving the old building be-
hind, students and their teachers took a three-block
walk from the old building to the new one.
With the move, the school had room to invite more
students to P.K., which originally opened only to the
families of UF faculty and staff. But with the increase in
size of the classroom buildings, they decided to admit
people who had been on a waiting list since 1950. The
variety of new students was so vast they had to bus
in people from Hawthorne, Micanopy, and other North
The 1950s for P.K. was all about making children feel
like real people and adults, but the 1960s involved a ma-
jor social change involving integration and the Vietnam
War. Things were once again about to change at P.K.
1I SPIKE IN 50s: The volleyball team from 1952 practices for their game ahead of them. (2)
KING AND QUEEN: The 1952 Homecomming King, Buddy, and Queen, Laural, ride a float dur-
ing a parade ah their attendants Rita and Jean. (3) B-BALL BOYS: During a game against Dell
High School, a student named Croy, in 1952, dips the ball in the basket (4) DRIVE-IN VOL-
LEYBALL GAME: On the sideline, a group of P.K. students pull up in their cars and root for the
Blue Wave in 1952. (5)SIDELINE WORRIES: In 1968, Rick Stephens look towards the field with
a look of worry in his eye. (6) BREAK A LEG: Two girls joke around in the halls in 1969. (7) ON
THE STARTING LINE: The sprint medley team in 1952, consisting of Alvin Moore, Enrique Ber-
mudez, Miller Merchant, and Mutt Marshall, look on before sprint exercise. (8) EMOTIONAL:
P.K.'s all-state player in 1969, Reggie Davis, is captured all sweaty and gross during a game. (9)
HARD AT WORK: Two elementary students work for achievement in 1969. (10) STUDY BUD-
DIES: In 1969, a high school couple study together in class. (11) TYPICAL NERDS: Two boys
dressed in classy ties, slacks, and jackets are even equipped with pens in the shirt pocket look
to something interesting in the distance. (12) LOOK AT JOHNNY PLAY: Johnny jumps for joy
in the hall in 1961. (13) UF PARADE: In 1969 the Blue Wave Pride marches their stuff in the
annual UF parade.
All photos taken from the
1950s and 1960s yearbooks.
In 1954, the Supreme Co heated a le nda-
tion for the integration of Is, and the law
spread to Gainesville, even m were placed
on the waiting list to get into the school.
Less than 10 years later, UF had its first black stu-
dent start attending the university, and P.K. opened its
arms to its first black students, Gail Griffin and Ronal
Harper. Griffin and Harper had to go through the usual
struggles of attending a new school, but they also had
to overcome so much more. P.K. was learning to be a
"color-blind school," and the students during the 1960s
were learned to handle change with grace and poise.
In 1966, a teacher by the name of Julia Harper was
hired to teach a kindergarten class, the school's first
black teacher. According to "A History of the P.K. Yonge
Laboratory School," written by P.K. alumna Lousia Bo-
hannon Taylor, there were many times where Harper
had a comedic classroom in the 1960s. Taylor notes that
P.K. had collectively broken the color barrier, where
most P.K. students were comfortable and respected,
even while Gainesville itself was still segregated, where
different races lived divided by the railroad tracks.
In addition, in the 1960s, P.K. academics took anoth-
er turn, and the school started to form more programs
based on technology. The future of the student body
was expressed through more student-friendly flexible
schedules, hour-long classes, and independent and
group projects. The administration of the school want-
ed each student to find his or her path and way of life,
even through their school assignments.
And even more change was on the horizon. In the
1970s, P.K. would boast even more extensive athletic
programs, a greater sense of harmony between the stu-
dents, a modification to the waiting list, the usual school
traditions, larger enforcement of academics, and a crisis
when it came to school funding.
FI\c pel sign\ d standing up for
change. ,as what 70s wa bout all over the
In the earl'4. the "Lady Wave" sports programs
were established by Barbra Dalsheimer and Wendell
Abbot Abbot was known for starting many programs
at P.K. during the 70s. The "Lady Waves" proved girls
could in fact play sports, and within the first couple of
years, the Lady Wave basketball, softball, track, and
volleyball teams began seeking state titles in top com-
petitions. The Girl's basketball team was state runner
up in 1978 and 1979.
In the 1970s, students ultimately decided what to do
for all class trips, the prom, and other extra activities. In
1971, the junior class did not host a prom for their fel-
low seniors, and the next year when they were seniors
,they decided to skip the idea of prom all together and
just have a party on the beach.
As the 70s progressed, P.K. started to become more
lax on academics and instead felt inner conflict because
of funding cuts and coordination between the school
and the College of Education at the University of Flor-
However, the academic courses still maintained a
sense of excellence, even though they were not always
as mentally challenging. P.K. couldn't find the funding
to keep an active, successful role in student's academ-
ics, so they did the best they could to effectively adapt
The 1980s would soon bring big hair bands, air pol-
lucourtesy of Aquanet Hair Spray containers, and the
typical "material girl." A closer bond between student
and faculty was provided, as well as the start of Ad-
ministration Council, where the teachers would meet
weekly and discuss their lesson plans. The schools im-
age started to be re-vamped.
(I I GANGSTERS: A group of three students dressed in random garments with guns in 1977. Cloth-
ing in the 70s was quite the eye catcher. (2) LAZY DAYZ: In 1977, two senior boys are captured
lounging on a brick ledge. (3) POOL SIDE: A girl on the swim team dives backwards into a pool
in 1974 14) OVER THE SHOULDER: Without a care in the world in 1974, a girl is tossed over a
inend's shoulder 15)WHEN THE WAVES DIVE: During a pep rally in 1984 students cheer and
ro lo for the learn showing their spirit for the Blue Wave. (6) PRACTICAL JOKE: In the middle of
class. studenLs ioke around and find a way to have fun in 1973. The middle schoolers always found
ways to spite up the long six-hour day. (7) CONNECTING WITH GEOMETRY: In 1984, in the
middle ol a geometry class, a student shouts with joy as he figures out a math problem. (8) READY
THE PAPER: Leslee Von Gunten and Michelle Brooten review the paper to make sure it is perfect
in 1'49 Newspaper deadlines were always hectic, especially when it was time to send them to get
pnnted (91 BO S AT PLAY: Two middle-schoolers rock back and forth on the playground in 1973.
1101 CARDBOARD MAGIC: Ola Hatchett amd Jackie Strappy take their cardboard car for a spin
in 19.,9 1111 BONFIRE: In 1974, a bonfire burned at High Tide. (12) SMELL FEST: Three middle
schoolers crows around a trash can in 1889. (13) COMPETITION: Two students battle it out in a
arm wrestling in 19'9.
All photos taken from the
1970s and 1980s yearbooks.
The early 1980s brought hip to P.K. 0ool
personally. The retirement death of acuity
members and administrators en at P.K. for
many years occurred. Important directors and faculty
such as Dr. J.B. Hodges, Barbra Dalsheimer, Julia Harp-
er, and J.B. Hannum had all died in 1981.
But as the decade progressed, administrators, in-
cluding new director Dr. Jenkins, began to realize that
because of the cut backs in the 1970s, the schools facili-
ties had been ignored.
Once P.K. started receiving more funding in 1981, the
"lab" teachers were finally getting the paid what they
deserved, after being underpaid for years compared to
the other teachers in Alachua County.
Also, the schools attendance fee was brought up
from $30 to $60. But no matter how much the fees went
up, parents were still pining for their children to get into
P.K. In 1983, greater diversity from the city and sur-
rounding areas made P.K.'s student body more diverse,
Because there had been practically no funding for
the school's independent research since the 1970s,
the focus of the school's main objective changed. The
overall education for the students was viewed as more
important than the school's image.
One such elementary program that rewarded every
second-grader with a "special day" received praise for
priotizing education. The program allowed the young
students to receive a book full of letters and allowed
their parents to be included.
Chris Morris, a teacher at P.K. from 1972 to 1981 and
principal from 1984 to 2006, was also an influential per-
son on campus in the 1980s. In "A History of the P.K.
Yonge Laboratory School," Morris says she once found
a student by the name of Fred Lawrence handcuffed
and gagged in the office next to her classroom, taken
captive by a class game.
The 99iys was a d ade of youth culture, body
piercing runge, mir ilfs. The Simpsons, and
techno DuN the er P K Yonge was growing to-
gether as a fa ly and creating their own identity.
In 1990, P.K. drifted away from being apart of U.F.'s Col-
lege Of Education and became its own school district
While it was still not a private school, it officially be-
came a Developmental Research School. Since then,
the P.K. students have often been dubbed the "lab rats."
In the 90s, P.K. was still working through kinks on
how to improve the school's educational methods.
Throughout P.K. Yonge's existence, the administra-
tors have found ways to modify and change what the
school was about, and the 1990s was no exception.
There was, initially, a fear of being different from
other schools in the area, but ultimately that fear was
overpowered by the family-like atmosphere that al-
lowed every student to be confident and included.
Students and teachers loved the excitement
of learning new ideas and trying different tech-
niques in the classroom. While some kids in the
90s got confused by all the research, others em-
braced it and grabbed the unique opportunities.
For instance, in the 1990s, P.K's physical edu-
cation programs took on a drastic change.
The once four-year class was now two years.
And even though the program was cut in half,
P.K.'s sports thrived just as much. In 1991, the
boy's basketball team won the State Class 2A Title
and went on to produce some of the best athletes
of the decade, like Chris Doering, class of 1991.
The history of the 1990s was all about change
in academics and seeking improvement with-
in P.K. programs, research, and student bonds.
The closeness was what brought students and teach-
er's closer, becoming one cohesive unit as they entered
the new millennium.
All photos taken from the
1990s and 2000s yearbooks.
- danielle brooks
i(1 ABOVE THE SHOULDER: Steve Rhodes shows his great strength by carrying Summer
Goodman in l'q2 Students loved to goof around in the halls before and after class. (2) BOOTY
FEVER: In 1999 football players Mose Campbell and Darrel Johnson break it down at a pep
rally The 90s was full of dance and fun. (3) THE CAFE: Grant Cooper, Carly Asse, Jason Antho-
nym Omar Khan and Cedar Lane eat lunch in the cafeteria in 1995. (4) SILLY WELLER: Kristen
Weller in 2inu6 pokes fun at her math class. Even though she is the current geometry teacher,
she is still a.s crazy as ever. (5) DIRECTOR'S CUP : The football team celebrates winning the
Director's Cup in 2006. (6) CHARACTER DAY: Dr. Fran Vandiver and the junior class team
ol 2006 get dressed up on character day as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. (7) SMASH TO
THE FACE; Lauren Bishop hits Steve Rhodes with a pie. (8) COLOR GUARD: Sam Gottschalch
stands proud during a color guard performance in 1999. (9) SAY CHEESE: In 2003, two seniors
are caught % ith hilarious faces. (10) ROWDY: The junior girls of 2002 dance rowdy at High Tide.
I 11) ADRENALINE: In 2006 the lacrosse team gets pumped up for a game. (12) TRENTON SKIT:
In 2003 Jois Rosa mocks the stereotypes of a Trenton student. (13) BODY PAINT: Chet Moody,
Brian Moody. Leigh Scott and Lance Mathis show off their bods with the word 'Wave' written
across their backs in 1994.
Throughout 75 years at P.K. Yonge, certain facets of
existence have always remained the same.
life's moments are carried out through the stu-
dents, their actions, their memories, and their pictures.
Seniors, the head of the school, leave behind
life's legacy, so their memories will linger within
The underclassmen possess life's bond, the
ultimate brother-sister connection between the ages.
Elementary students, P.K.'s youngest, convey life's
gift, the blessing of not having a care in the world.
Faculty provide life's catalyst, modifying their
pupil's brains and helping students in any way they
Clubs and organizations, life's passion, allow for
every student to express their talents and ultimately
let the glimmer in their eyes shine.
Athletes crush their adversaries and bond as a team.
Sports serve as life's actions.
And it all comes together to form a school that has
been open for 75 years and has gone through so
much. P.K.'s pieces of history are left throughout the
pages of old yearbooks, as well as within the alumni
And in this book, the 75th-anniversary-edition of
the Yongester, the history of P.K is represented at the
bottom corner of every odd-numbered page.
There, you will find quotes from alumni, photos
from years gone by, and the voices that have re-
mained hidden in old yearbooks until now.
In volume 74 of the Yongester, you will find a por-
tion of someone's past, right alongside with memories
from the present
Because even while reminiscing about the past, P.K.
knows that it still has a future to build.
We are a spunky and alive student population
whose blood runs blue and white and full of Yonge
pride. And after 75 years of occurrences, we still find
ways to make ourselves unique. This is what makes us
75 alive and yonge.
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days at or
As students sat in sixth period anticipating the bell, thoughts of no homework
and no teachers flooded their minds. Just a few more minutes, and they'd be free
forever. Well, at least for the two scorching hot months of summer.
Everyone waited for the last day of school so they could finally escape from the 'O
familiar halls of P.K. and fill their summers with their own activities. -7
Out of the many things to do in the 2008 summer, traveling to various spots around
the world was a popular choice. .
"I went to Puerto Rico with my family," says Eva Aranda, eighth grade. "My .. .
favorite part was when we went to a hotel called 'El Conquistador' and traveled by '
boat to an island with a really nice beach."
Other students chose to spend their days a little closer to home. Second-grader
Zane Vesper took advantage of his free time and hung out with his friends and
around his house.
"I played board games, video games, and went to the pool at my friend's house," .
Vesper says. "My favorite memory was doing a cannonball in the pool."
Aside from vacations and friends, some students, like senior Cassandra Watkins,
chose to give back to their community this summer.
"I went on an Appalachian Service Project in Tennessee," says Watkins. "We
were assigned to a family that needed help improving their living conditions, and we
ended up working and building their house."
However their summers were spent, either by working, traveling, soakin' up the
sun, going to sports camps, hanging out with friends, or by wasting their lazy days on
the couch, most students dreaded the first day of school.
Some, on the other hand, looked forward to this day.
"I had a lot of fun this summer," says Vesper, "but I'm glad to be back in school."
where would you go?
"I'd go to Egypt and hunt mummies or look for buried
Vincent Hampton, 12th grade
"I would want to go to Hawaii because I like the beaches
there, and it looks really beautiful. I saw a program on TV
about Hawaii, and it looked really unique."
Jonah Stokes, seventh grade
"I would go to Paris and buy a Cairne terrier."
-Taylor Cable, first grade
"I'd go to London and make the guards with the fluffy
hats move by pretending to pass out in front of them."
-Shelby Ptacek, I lth grade
14 9tUd Lht life summer
what would yo ring along?
What would you plan to wear?
If you could only pack three items, what would they be?
(I i SIGHTSEEING IN MADRID: Spanish teacher Ms. Grisell Santiago, aloiii n'Mth
th. spani-h Club, stop to take a picture while touring Spain. Back row (left to right):
Sean Murphy, 11th grade, Mike Perry, P.K. grad, Kaitlyn Sullivan, P.K. grad, Dan-
li-- Wright, llth grade, Erica Wiggins, 12th grade, Emily Walsh, 12th grade, Mrs.
Santiago. Front row: Charles Poindexter, 12th grade, Gisela Fernandez, 11th grade,
Joe Pauly, former P.K. student, Blanca Fernandez, ninth grade, James Mcgill, P.K.
grad, Zac Poulos, Ilth grade, Paula Sullivan, P.K. grad. (2) BARBIZON MODEL-
ING: Seventh-grader Maria Isabel and eighth-grader Valery Torrez share a laugh
while pIrticipating in the Barbizon Modeling program in Tampa, Fla. (3) LONDON
BRIDGES FALLING DOWN: Junior Calli Breil visited the Tower Bridge in London.
(4) PARIS ON FOOT: Breil also walked the streets of Paris while snapping pho-
tos of the Arc de Triomphe. (5 & 6) WARPED TOUR: Senior Danny Gras brings
al. ni a good friend to visit his favorite band, Coheed and Cambria, amongst the
m,.i\, other bands that played at Warped Tour. (7) SPRINKLER ATTACK: Mak-
erz-,- Mott and Emeline Nuri-Prugh, both third grade, huddle and laugh together
lil- being sprayed by a sprinkler at Camp Blue Wave Summer Camp along with
other elementary students from Gainesville. (8) UP, UP AND AWAY: Grace Cox,
kindergarten, plugs her nose and launches herself from the diving board at Camp
Blue Wave. (9) I BELIEVE I CAN FLY: Stacy Dyson, after-school coordinator, takes
a walk on the wild side at Camp Blue Wave while jumping from the high dive. (10)
WATER FIGHT: Kindegartner Grace Cox holds her water gun in preparation for
a friendly water fight at Camp Blue Wave. (11) PENCIL DIVE: Kyle Chappell, first
gr.ad, glides through the air after jumping from the high dive at Camp Blue Wave.
If you could bring along a celebrity, who would you
If you could only bring one kind of food and only eat it the
entire time, what would it be?
If you could only bring one CD, which one would it be?
What do you most often forget when you travel?
"PK was a wonderful, wonderful time in my life. It's a dance I'm
glad I was able to have danced. Wouldn't have missed it for the
world. You folks who are there have no idea how lucky you are!
Enjoy every moment of it!"- Doug Horn, Class of '69
As P.K. piled more than 100 kids into two school buses with no air conditioning,
minds wondered, "Would this year's class trip be as good as the last?"
For some, they didn't care as long as they went somewhere.
But the annual class trip was different this year, seeing as students didn't go to "The
Blob" that most of have become accustomed to going to every year. Still some got lucky,
depending on what grade they were in. Sophomores and seniors were lucky to go to
Camp Kalaqua's water park. The other students went to Camp McConnell, which many
hadn't visited since their eighth-grade social.
"I was really disappointed that we couldn't go on the Blob this year, but maybe
something new will come out of this," says Dr. Russell Froman, assistant principal.
In the beginning of the year, rumors buzzed around campus that there would be no
class trip because of conflicts that occurred during the previous year's trips.
But the class trips did occurred, and the debate is still out between P.K. seniors,
juniors, sophomores and freshmen about whose field trip reigned supreme.
(j) JuaTr nLiiNw': sopnomores play and chill in the lazy
river at Camp Kalaqua. (2) SLIDIN' DOWN: Sophomore Ajay e
Hunt slides down into the lazy river at Camp Kalaqua. (3) A
HELPING HAND: Mr. Gary Boulware's students help him get
over the climbing wall. (4) BALANCING ACT: Seniors have fun
trying to balance on the board. (5) PUSHING PAUSE: Seniors
Renard Bryant and Clay Carodine stop to look around at what
else is going on. (6) BEING A GYMNAST: Seniors Karina Rivera
and Autis Gibson do the beam challenge. (7)TAKIN' A DIP:
Sophomore Nathan Grater takes a dip in the lazy river. (8)
GROUP HUG: A group of seniors stand with linked arms trying
to all stay up on the beam. (9)TRUST ME, I WILL CATCH YOU:
Seniors hold out an helping hand as senior lain Wallace falls.
(10) STRIKE A POSE: Seniors Ja'kya Sheppard, Tyler Peterson
and Faith Lansberry pose before getting in the wave pool.
16 tZUdlh t 11i feclass field trips
It u as rc lltun. I think ".I It
was one of the better trips TCING A WAVE
Morgan Brown, sophomore . ..h TCHING A WAVE
Sopr,,:nores chill out in the wave "
i papool ii :ol off. During the field
I trip r-,me of the activities were
iia fImean ,eam-building, while
Sotherr5 %ere just meant for fun.
(12 .A FRIENDLYSMILE: Seniors
J.T. Mallory and Cassidy Hinson
sit ard smile a for the camera.
It was fun, butI liked last (131 GETrlIN' WET: Juniors
year better." Sara, ,erad, Seun Fagiya, Jatera
- Dallas Williams, freshman Bonds, and Natasha Williams are
the endila rI ridrace. (14) BOO:
Sofh.,rr-ret- Kylee Skidmore,
Tempra rrr-y,, and Karina Kolb
hang in the lazy river.
"As final recreation before being sent overseas for three months, the ninth division held a swimming party at Glen Springs. "- 1943 Yongester 1 7
a ter- hour
During P.K. sports seasons, people often forget that little kids have big talent.
Children in the after-school program, with grades ranging from kindergarten
through eighth grade, are provided with numerous sports and activities to
participate in, including flag football, soccer, softball, and basketball.
Each season they travel to other schools in Alachua County to have friendly
matches in soccer, football and basketball. At the end of the year they decide to
see which one they had the most fun doing, and many of them continue on to
play the sport when they get into middle school.
For instance, Thomas John Llinas, fourth grade, says he likes soccer and
plans to keep on playing it "because it gives you a lot of exercise, and it makes
During after-school, kids of all ages practice and prepare for games in the
middle or end of the week.
Miles Jackson, fifth grade, helps out in practices as the appointed flag-football
"It's fun being able to get the ball and being the leader," says Jackson.
With plenty of fun and energy, kids and sports fit together like two peas in a
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Natasha Fox, second grade
(1) GRIDIRON KNOWLEDGE : Coach Chris tells young fifth-grade player Miles Jackson
about the next play. (2) KICKING OFF DOWN THE FIELD : Fifth-grader Nicholas Pelegrina
kicks the football off after P.K. scored. (3) OWNING THE COURT: Fellow fifth-grader Savan-
nah Branch serves the ball up in the game of Four Square. (4)TEACH TOUCHDOWN: Fifth-
grader Gabriel Pelegrina celebrates with his team-mates after a touchdown. (5) TEARING UP
THE DEFENSE: Miles Jackson throws a pass down field to his receivers. (6) SQUARIN' IT
UP: Fifth-grader Colin Debicki attempts to keep the ball in play during a game of Four Square.
(7) FOUR SQUARE AGAIN?: Fifth-grader Takhia Frazier plays a game of Four Square with
her freinds. (8) FOUL BALL: Third-grader Blake Cox fouls the ball off in a game of softball. (9)
YOU'RE OUTTA HERE: Third-grader Bailey Ledvina is tagged out at third base by Debicki.
18 'SUlU1htft lifeafter school
"Cookies. They're delicious and
- Anthony Echeverria, fifth grade
"I would have to say cookies."
- Michael Holloway, second
Kindergartener Baylee Boothby walks off stage after winning a game at after school in 2007. 19
ne ont qo here...
"Big classes, a lot of online stuff and tons of homework."
That sums up dual enrollment for junior Sean Murphy.
So why do so many juniors and seniors leave the small and
comfortable school they once called theirs?
Many students say it's the college experience that attracts .
new dual enrollees. Others say it's to branch out from the r-_
small community of P.K. Yonge and mature into adults.
Even though some dual enrollees wanted to get out of the
small circle of P.K., they still miss the family-like atmosphere
that makes everyone feel at home and comfortable.
"I miss my friends the most. It's weird not having them
around me all the time, but I am also a lot more focused in
school," says junior Kendall Jones.
However, some students are reaching out and making the
most of the vast variety of people on college campuses. One of
those people is junior Chris Krpan, who says that he likes that
he has the chance to meet so many new people at the Univer-
sity of Florida, "especially college girls."
"Overall, dual enrollment is a great opportuni-
ty for all students who feel like it is right for them,"
says Mrs. Sue Ireland, P.K.'s guidance counselor.
Obviously, many students agree with her and take advantage
of the excellent opportunity given.
"Dual enrollment really opens your mind to what college
life is really like," says junior Kaitlin Brennan, "and I am lov-
ing the college life." anna dvorak
what are the challenges faced with dual enrollment?
"The amount of homework is
crazy. That's the only thing that's
Sean Murphy, junior *g
"Going to class and staying
on top of school work is the
hardest because teachers
don't cut you any slack."
Erin Voss, senior
"Being in a different envi-
ronment and not being with
Kendall Jones, junior
a leavingR, r
At P.K Yonge, being a lifer means a lot. It means you have
been a part of the school your whole life. But what if a lifer
decides to branch out and dual enroll? Junior Jordan Shannon
is one of those people.
"I needed to get away from P.K. I love the school, but I need
to grow in a different place now," says Shannon.
Shannon still stayed close to P.K because he plays on the
football team. You could see him at practice almost every day
wearing the orange and blue jersey other lifers know so well.
"Playing football and dual enrolling isn't too hard, but it's
expensive because of gas," says Shannon.
Even though Shannon wanted to branch out, he will always
be close to his friends here at P.K Yonge.
"My friends are the ones I miss most, but they will always be
there for me, and I can come see them during my free time."
(1) FRIENDSHIPS: Senior Erin Voss stops to
chat with a college friend. (2) LIFER: Jordan
Shannon, a dual-enrolled junior, stops by
every other day of the week to be with his
friends. (3) COLLEGE LIFE: Senior Erin Voss
likes to get involved in the college activities
going on around campus. (4) STUDY SES-
SION: Voss studies for science during her
20 l'dI1ht1lifedual enrollment
"Regardless of their location, dual-enrolled students say the key to going to a college is maturity. Students at UF and SFCC quickly realized that they
had to be responsible for their own educations." 2006 Yongester 21
Let your mind travel to a place where it's normal to sing and dance in the hallways. Where
basketball stars start singing mid-game. If you have traveled to the right place, then you
should be at East High, or what most kids know as High School Musical.
In October, sixth through ninth grade P.K. students performed the on-stage version of
High School Musical, giving the younger students a chance to step up and show everyone
what they had to offer at a school where high-schoolers normally dominate lead parts in
school theatrical productions.
"I like that the play has age diversity because it gives the younger kids a chance to show
what they can do," says freshmen Rikki Baynard.
A lot of the young middle-schoolers got very big rolls, leading them to smile from ear to
"I think that this show is really special because it's the first show that's exclusive to middle
schoolers," says junior Anna Dvorak, who called the show and helped teach choreography.
The high-schoolers, like Dvorak, were mentors to the younger kids. They were very nice
and caring and seemed to get along very well with the younger kids.
"Except for the ninth graders, the kids are crazy all of the time, but that can be a good and
a bad thing," says seventh-grader Whitney Mendez.
This year the kids had very big shoes to fill, but by growing into their newfound theatrical
roles, they managed to fit the bill. taylor nelson
(1) WHAT DO WE DO NOW?: Fresh-
man Tyler Lattimore and seventh-
grader Josh Mauk stand looking at the
director with confusion written all over
their faces. (2)SHAKE YOUR TALE
FEATHER: A group from High School
Musical show their funny side in a
scene. (3) HEY THERE: Seventh-grad-
er Craig Jones plays the announcer fre-
quently throughout the play. (4) YOU
WERE ALWAYS THERE BESIDE ME:
Freshmen Ashleigh Beatty and sev-
enth-grader Josh Mauk sing together
in a duet (5) WE'RE ALL IN THIS TO-
GETHER: Seventh-and eighth-graders
dance together in their last song. (6)
CLAP WITH ME: Freshmen Rikki Bay-
nard dance and clap to the beat.
22 9VZ1 tt i high school musical
do you think high school is like this play?
"In some way, because you will hang out with your friends and
Sgo to classes, but we won'tjust break out in song."
Josh Mauk, seventh grade
"No. I think things here are pretty different. People get along
for the most part. As for the singing and dancing, all 1 can say
is, we do go to P.K You never know who you might be singing
and dancing in the hallways."
Rikki Baynard, ninth grade
about it, you do see how the cliques are really clique-y."
Tyler Lattimore, ninth grade
"I don't think that people are quite as dramatic here at P.K.
Yonge. No offence to High School Musical, but I don't think that
if someone would want to do something out of their element it
would cause so much chaos at P.K. Yonge."
Ashleigh Beatty, ninth grade
(7) LISTEN UP: Senior Brittney Kelly yells and shows some moves to sixth-grader Jasmine
Webb, who played a smart know-it-all character. (8) LOOK AT MY MUSCLES: Freshmen
Tyler Latimore and Ashleigh Beatty and seventh-grader Josh Mauk dance along (9)BELT
IT: Eighth-grader Valerie Torres-Rosario and Jasmine Webb both sing together at the end
of the song. (10) WE GOT SPIRIT: Actors cheer in the final song of the play. (11) PLEASE
DON'T SEE ME: Eighth-grader Winston Cunningham slides down in his chair during class
in the play. (12) NO CELL PHONES: Brittney Kelly collects freshmen Tyler Lattimore's
cell phone. (13) ANIMALS IN THE JUNGLE: Some of the High School Musical cast act
like animals during drama class. (14) GETTING AHEAD: Freshmen Christina Estevez and
Jasmine Webb study to get ahead for school during the play.
"The Dramatics Club is composed of 21 members from grades seven through 10. The group meets for 30 minutes three times a week at the activity period. Three
plays have been presented by the club during the school year. "The Great Allowance Battle"... "Mother Goes on Strike"... [and] "Once Too Often. "- 1941 Yongester 23
Music is an enormous part of the P.K. Yonge lifestyle. Music plays an
intricate part in daily life for Yonge students.
For instance, students sit and listen to music while working on their
assignments in art class.
"My music allows me to concentrate on my work," says sophomore
"It [the music] helps me focus so that I don't get distracted by what's
going on around me," says sophomore Kandice Dixon.
"While creating art, students need to be able to access their subcon-
cious and their right brain. The music helps them connect within and
helps them focus," says Mrs. Leslie Peebles, middle school and high
school art teacher.
As class comes to an end, students anticipate on the bell ringing. Af-
ter a long 100-minute block, they begin pulling out their iPods and MP3
players to listen to music during their five-tolO-minute breaks.
"Music makes me not really focused on anybody.When I listen to my
iPod during the break, I get in my zone," says sophomore Cyarah Welch.
And in weighlifting or other physical education classes, students are
also allowed to listen to music while exercising.
"It [the music] helps me get crunk and push harder to the limit," says
sophomore Joel Hall. alysia scott
what do you like best about your...
why do you think it is better than...
u "I like the fact that I can take it anywhere I
wanna, in the car, on the plane, in the hall-
ways, anywhere. I think that it is better than a
banjo because unlike the banjo you can play
( guitar and please the lady folk."
Mike Lesousky, 12th grade
"It is loud, and you don't have to do so
much work to make so much music. A ban-
jo is basically strings over a drum. So really,
you are a drummer and a guitar payer in
one. That is simply an irresistible superior
combination of charm, intelligence and ten-
derness. Simply unbeatable."
- Mr. Randy Hollinger, seventh-grade sci-
high school students favorite genre of music
Music in the elementary halls
"I like the fact that I can put pictures on it
a and videos, and I like how small it is because
it's not so big, and it's not as complicated as
S the iTouch."
Jacquise Bivens, 10th grade
"That you can surf the web and listen to music
because it has Internet, and the Internet gives
you a better advantage. It's a computer in you
Tomas Tricallota, 10th grade
Gospel Country R&B Rap Rock Pop Jazz Other
A total of 60 students were surveyed to see which genre of music was the most popular among high school boys and girls. Rock was clearly the most popular
among the boys, and R&B was the most popular among the girls.
24 Lutht lifemusic in the halls
Ms. Ashley Pennypacker, second-grade teacher,
plays music for her students every day at 1 p.m. to
ease their minds and to get oxygen and glucose to
their brains. The students love the music, and they
like being able to use the music to help them learn,,
Ms. Pennypacker says.
"Barry McCarter tickles the ivories quickly before his next class. "- 1999 Yongester
a Vesat achine
the sh lWhat is your dream car?
the S e[[w tsor cr
Do you remember the first time you were able to drive? If you haven't reached that point yet, you're
probably counting down the days until you can. However, this seemingly fun privilege does have a hid-
den dark side: gas prices. "Lamborghini Murcielago
Gas prices have become increasingly high in recent years. At the beginning of the 2008-09 school year, Daniel Dvorak, sophomore
in September 2008, gas prices reached an extreme high of $3.29 a gallon, and P.K. students were struggling
to keep up with them.
"I drive to school, the gym, Jonesville Park, and my friend's houses," says junior Allison Cattafesta,
who drives an Acura RSX. She drives around less often now with gas prices as high as they are.
Other students cope with high gas prices in different ways. While some work longer and harder for
more pay, junior Sam Dean says he just takes more money from people that he drives to and from "A vibrant pink Punch Buggy because it
school. .brings out my eye color, and the ladies will
be on me like white on rice."
Junior Shelby Ptacek took the problem into her own hands by buying a smart car. A smart car is a Dean Foster, sophomore
European-style car that emits much less CO2 into the atmosphere than the average car. According to
fueleconomy.gov, the Smart Car is the most fuel-efficient, non-hybrid gasoline-powered vehicle in the
United States today. It can be easily recognized by its extremely small size.
"The most I have paid for gas is $33 on premium," Ptacek says.
That's a hard price to beat, while others, like Dean, are paying a whopping $56 to fill up their Mustangs.
What, then, is Dean's solution for this problem? "A Prius because it's enviromentally
"We can fix gas prices by killing hurricanes and hiring hurricane bounty hunters," says Dean. -Jenna Kempton, freshman
(1) FRIEND TO THE EARTH: Junior Shelby Pta- (4) GASP: A gas station shows off their high price of $3.14 a gallon in September 2008.
cek shows some love to her gas-happy Smart Car. Gas got more expensive before it fell to below $2 a gallon. (5) NICE RIDE: Junior Sam
(2) TRAFFIC JAM: Students and parents picking Dean is never in a hurry to drive off campus. He'd rather stand around and show
up their children wait impatiently in their cars to off his red Mustang. (6)PAY UP: Students used debit/credit cards to pay for gas. (7)
leave school at 2:40. (3)FILL 'ER UP: A victim of GET OUT OF HERE: Minutes after the bell releases students into the world, junior
gas-guzzling prices fills their tank at the local Shell Allison Cattafesta hurries out to her Acura RSX in order to beat after-school traffic. (8)
Station on Northwest 13th Street. PUMPED: Students pumped a lot of gas just to get from place to place.
26 t h t.life cars '.rn'-'r Autumn Homewood chills in her classic hooptie. She enjoyed the luxuries and responsibilities of owning an automobile." 1994 Yongester 7
(1) VISITING WOMAN: Michelle Obama visited Gainesville. She gave a speech, and her
visit caused hundreds of people to gather to listen to her. (2) TINY THINGS WE DO: Two
stickers show support for Arizona Sen. John McCain and his running mate, Alaska Gov.
Sarah Palin. (3) THE CHANGE MAN: President Barack Obama paid a visit to Jacksonville,
Fla., and P.K. families went to show support. (4) PIN IT UP: Pins were another way to show
support of a candidate. On sophomore Zari Whittaker's back pack is a pin supporting Sen.
Barack Obama. (5) SUPPORT WHAT YOU BELIEVE IN: Freshman Hakeem Hasan was
the original founder of the Yonge Democrat's Club and gathered support for it nearly single-
handedly. Hasan was also the one that many freshman stated got them to vote in the mock
election. (6) RUNNING MATE: Sen. Barack Obama's running mate was Sen. Joe Biden of
Delaware. He visited Jacksonville on the campaign trail and is now the vice president of
the United States.
S what would you do if someone asked
'you how you voted?
"Depends on who asked me. When I enter the voting booth it is my own
business. It really isn't right to tell kids how I vote, though, I must say,
this is one [election] that is much more open."
- Mrs. Jane Schmidt, 10th-grade English teacher
"By taking a piece of paper and tilling in circles with a pen."
- Mr. David Young, master digital educator
Tuesday Nov. 4, 2008. The date may not mean a lot to other schools around, but it meant a lot to P.K. Yonge.
This year, swarms of teachers did their own particular thing to try to encourage senior students to either vote and inspire other, younger studs nu
to care about whatever "side" they chose to support in the presidential elections.
Mr. Gary Boulware, the AP Government teacher, decided to show just how much he cared b. encouraging his class to create a Mock Elecuon on
Oct. 30 and 31. The mock election was done by computers, set up with the help of Mr David Young. senior Morgan Parham and junior Calli Brei
Students were encouraged to vote at the Library and the ISS room. The AP class posted hundreds of flyers on the walls advertising the election
and bribed students to vote by offering them cookies in exchange for their ballots.
Their work was so successful. More than 350 students and faculty voted. The ninth-graders ga e the best showing, with 100 turning out to vote
And just like the U.S., P.K. threw it's support to the Democratic candidate, Barack Obama
Ms. Amy Murphy, eighth-grade English teacher, and Mr. John Bourn, American Historx teacher, put in their ellorts and created the ) onge Democrats
Club, which focused primarily on getting the citizens in Gainesville registered to vote. Several students put in their efforts and volunteered their time al
the Democratic Headquarters in Gainesville and even went on special trips to the University of Florida campus to trn to get college students to vote
The next step was to specifically reach out to supporters of Obama. And even some ol the N onge Democrats took a trip to downtown Gainesville
to see Michelle Obama speak in front of the city's community theater, the Hippdrome
But other students were still divided on whether they wanted to throw their support to Obama or Republican candidate John McCain. Teachers
all over the school forced them to consider the election issues in their classrooms. Either way, 200S will be hard to forget.
Not just because of the candidates, or even the issue, but the mere fact that despite the division, on Nov 5,. 2008. \ e w ere sull a family.
28 1tfftdtht life 2008 election
"[To] anyone, I would tell them. But with students, it's a little more com-
plicated. I usually say, 'Take what you know about me and guess'."
- Mr. Greg Cunningham, seventh-grade English teacher
- Mrs. Linda
The Is3t 1me P K celebrated an eleco'r, n ,as 20114 ,when Republican president George W. Bush was elected.
(1) THAT'S A LOT OF LIGHT: Senior Justin Cummings shines all year-round with his
bright tat. (2) ONE WORD SAYS IT ALL: Senior Clay Carodine has the word "Great-
ness" on his bicep to show his pride in his fitness level. (3) HERO AT HEART: Senior
Clay Carodine shows that he has a hero to protect him with this Spiderman tattoo on
his chest (4) BROTHERLY LOVE: Sophomore Cason Lyons shows his love for his sib-
lings by tattooing their names onto his arm. (5) SHOW OFFS: Seniors Tyler Peterson,
Justin Cumming, Renard Bryant, and Errol Lucas proudly reveal the artwork across
their bodies. (6) BOLD BELIEFS: Senior Errol Lucas tattooed a cross and rosary beads
non his arm to openly share his beliefs. (7) GAUGED OUT: Senior Aaron Buffenmeyer
has his ears gauged beacuse he wants to stand out.(8) BELLY BLING: Sophomore Ja-
mie Dunnell has her belly button pierced with a butterfly-studded ring.(9) PASSION:
Senior Shae Hasson has a tattoo of Jesus Christ on his upper arm for his mother's sick-
ness and his brother's troubles. (10) INITIALS: Senior Justin Cummings tattooed his
initials on his upper back. (11) BEHIND THE HAIR: Senior Kim Bullard has her initials
tattooed on her neck. (12) 1 AM...: Senior Logan Hamilton has the two words, "I am,"
on his bicep. (13) IN LOVING MEMORY: Junior Ashlee Crockrell had her late father's
initials tattoed on her lower back. (14) FLOWER FOOT: Senior Briana Buie shows her
unique tattoo of her name and a flower on her foot. (15) CARTILEDGE: Junior Megan
oil Calton has her cartlidge pierced.
30 sLf t I ietattoos and piercing
WTake a moment and look around P.K. Look at all the students who have
something tattooed on their body or have had something pierced. It's surprising.
Although there are the main piercings, such as earrings, belly rings and even
cartiledge rings, senior Aaron Buffenmeyer chose a different kind.
Taking a big chance of judgement from his peers, he had his ears gauged.
"When I was in elementary school, I wanted my ears pierced, and when I
was in eighth grade, I got into bands and decided I had to look just like them.
Now I can finally feel comfortable in my own body," he says.
Other students, on the other hand, do not have any tattoos or peircings but
tylerpeterson know what they would get if they had the chance to add some body decora-
"I don't have a tat because I am training to be able to perform a self tattoo
on my body. My first tat will be of the Wu-Tang W on my side," says senior
.' Although some, like Gras, make jokes, other students were very serious
about the idea of it.
Junior Stephanie Denardo does not have a tattoo but seriously plans to one
day get one.
"If I could get a tattoo, I'd get a dove on my wrist", says Denardo.
, I. l2i
tylerpeterson tyler pelerson
"Along with piercings, other body art was popular among students." -2001 ) ornusf r!- i 31
at high tide
High Tide is an annual event hosted by P.K.'s Leadership class during Homecoming
Week. This pep rally gives the students a chance to impersonate teachers, introduce
the Homecoming Court for the first time, clap their hands with Pi Kappa Psi, and hear
music from both the band and vocal ensemble.
Of the many members performing in High Tide, there were a few that had a double
role to play because they had to be in two places at once. Members of the vocal en-
semble, like Brittney Kelly and Anna Dvorak, were some of the few girls who had to per-
form and then quickly change into their evening gowns for their first chance to reveal
themselves as a part of the 2008 Homecoming court.
Also performing at High Tide was Pi Kappa Psi, a step team that really knows how
to get low. Their performance rocked the house and got everybody in the audience on
their feet and clapping to the beat.
High Tide also gives the seniors that play a fall sport or participate in the band a
chance to be recognized and honored, as their baby pictures and pictures of them as
high school seniors are flashed before the audience.
"I think it went pretty well. Everything went smoothly, and it was an overall success
in my opinion," says senior Beth Edwards, a member of the Leadership class led by
Coach Kelly Barrett.
(9) GET YOUR GROOVE ON: Seniors Cristina Suarez and Kandace Clif-
ton jam out to a drum cadence named "Endurance." They were known
for these antics in the stands. (10) PERFORMANCE: The seniors put
together a skit that has been a traditional event throughout the years.
Aaron Buffenmyer and lain Wallace continue the Shipwrecked theme as
they act like life guards and capture Randy Scott, the elementary school
principal, played by Renard Bryant. (11) LIFE GUARDS: Senior Tyler
Peterson casually sat in the life guard tower watching the night's events.
Peterson basically acted like a prop, entertaining guests as they walked
through the doors. (12) HITTING THE NOTE: The P.K. vocal ensemble
takes center stage as they performed the National Anthem. At the end
the audience roared with amazement. The National Anthem was a success
and was the perfect opening to the beginning of High Tide.
A bonfire during the 1965 High Tide 33
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32 twOdht lifehightide
te tide is#
(1) '09 TIME TO SHINE: Seniors Danny
Gras, Karina Rivera, Leah Tenbieg, Miranda
Heflin and others donned their black tees to
show pride on "Represent Your Class Day."
Middle school students wore green; fresh-
man wore white; sophomores wore blue,
and the juniors wore red. The Monday
theme was new to the 2008 Homecoming cel-
ebration and had good and bad outcomes.
"I thought it was cool because you represent
your grade, but it made me mad because not
everyone supported it," says sophomore Caitlin
(2) GOT A LITTLE ATHLETE IN YOU?: Sophomores
Dean Foster, Danny Dvorak, Sean Eccles, and Omali Ty-
son showed their spirit on Tuesday, which was "Sports Day."
There were people dressed in very creative athletic at-
tire of every kind of sport, from girls in football uniforms and
guys in cheerleading uniforms to Ultimate Frisbee players.
There was even a "Mathlete," a disguise sported by se-
nior Mike Lesousky, who carried a calculator, as well.
Many students enjoyed the day because it gave them
a chance to show their spirit for their favorite teams.
"I loved Sports Day. To me, it was awesome because it gave me
the chance to wear my rockin' Braves shirt. Go Braves!" says junior
Students ended Spirit Week representing P.K. on "Spirit Day," drenched
in the school colors of blue and white. Spirit Week turned out to be a much
bigger success than last year, according to Coach Kelly Barrett, the adviser
of the Leadership class, which planned Spirit Week.
"We had committees signed to each task that decided on certain things
,then [went] to [the] administration to get approved," says Barrett.
"I loved 'Spirit Day' because we all got to go all out on blue and white.
Everyone was hyped up. Me and my friends dyed our hair blue and white
and painted our faces," says junior Nakiya Sutton.
An improved school band, which marched in 2008 Homecoming parade,
also helped enhance the flavor and sounds of P.K.'s Spirit Week.
Junior Harold Mikolitis,who plays flute, says he enjoyed his efforts being
noticed during Homecoming.
"Marching past the elementary students always feels special because
I knew that somewhere in the crowd a kid is watching me and thinks that
what I'm doing looks fun. If that kid goes on and joins the band because of
that, then all the effort is worth it," he says.
34 slWdi1ht11ifespirit week
(4) APE FOR YOU: Senior Britton Pollitt sported a gorilla suit as
fellow senior Danny Gras was all smiles on "'Back in the Day' Day.'"
While many students wore outfits representing the eras of the
1'4'.11- to the 1980s, Pollitt chose to stand out, but he didn't really
have a particular reason why.
I ore it just because it's a gorilla suit. My friend had a gorilla
suit. and I wanted to wear it for Spirit Week. That's pretty much it
I ar- I think of any other reasons,"says Pollitt.
(3) FORGET THE FASHION POLICE: Freshmen Zach Ayala, Paolo Del CastOi
Ryan Dixon and Joshua Landers show off their wacky clothes on "Clash Day
Many students loved this day because it gave them the oppurt
nity to wear the ugliest looking outfits and compete with each o0
er over who clashed the most Some students, however, disliked
"'Clash Day' was the worst day because they've already done it so much," s
(5) TAKING THE LEAD: Senior Cristina Suarez, sophomore Mariah Berry, and junior Danielle
Brooks, the color guard captain, lead the way with the band as they come down the streets during
the Homecoming parade. (6) DON'T RAIN ON MY PARADE: Junior varsity cheerleader Whitney
Mendez, seventh grade, and sophomore co-captains Tiffany Landers and Kelsey Pederson, wait
up at the top field before the Homecoming parade, anticipating the action and hoping to avoid any
rain. "We had more fun goofing off before the parade, then we did during it,"says Pederson. (7) WE
GOT THAT SPIRIT: Juniors Seun Fayiga, Anna Dvorak, Hailey Goetz, Sarah Gerard, Allison Cattaf-
esta, and Megan Jones pump up the Blue Wave spirit. "It was so fun. I couldn't stop dancing to the
A bonfire during 1965's Spirit Week. 35
life homecoming court
Arms linked, last-minute dress adjustments, one last deep breath, and all topped with a smile,
the members of the P.K.'s Homecoming Court entered the gym one pair at a time in October's
High Tide celebration.
As each of the elected members strutted their stuff down towards the stage, facts and achieve-
ments of each individual were shared with the flashes of the many cameras catching every mo-
ment of it.
"Being able to get dressed up and having the honor of being elected as one of the representa-
tives was a wonderful surprise," says Gisela Fernandez, a junior, who had her first experience as
a member of Homecoming Court.
There were a total of three representatives that were chosen from both the junior and senior
classes, and it was from there that the Prince and Princess and King and Queen were elected.
It was up to the junior class to elect the Prince and Princess, and it was up to the seniors to
select the King and Queen. For the juniors, their Prince was Tiebout McCrea, and their Princess
was Stephanie Denardo.
"It was fun. I planned to be elected Burger King, but being prince was all good, too," says Mc-
The seniors chose JT Mallory as their King and Cassidy Hinson as their Queen. This wasn't all
new to Mallory, though, because it was just last year that he was elected his class Prince.
This year's court was special in a sense that a lot of its members had never been elected be-
N""' .'. "' fore. New faces had the spot light, and old ones got to cherish the moment for another year.
"I thought it was a lot of fun, and I like being so involved with my class," says Anna Dvorak, a
junior meghan roberts
The P.K. Yonge 1946 Homecoming Cour
JIll l'1 3
Some kids hurry up and get
dressed in the morning, while
other kids dress to impress.
"Vera Bradleys are the best
purses ever because you can
pick any design you want, in
any purse style you however
you want it," says freshman Ka-
Some kids are just absolute-
ly obsessed with their favorite
"Sperry's are very comfort-
able, cute, and they go with ev-
erything," says freshman Caro-
Hollister clothing definitely
stuck out in the halls as the most
worn fashion trend.
But no matter what was hot
and what was not, kids seemed
to wear whatever they wanted.
PATTERN IT UP: Vera Bradleys were a very big
hit They came in all different colors and patterns.
They also came in different styles, like backpacks
and lunch boxes.
LAND OR SEA, BOATING SHOES ROCK: Boat- BRING ON THE KID BACKPACKS: Seniors sh(
ing shoes used to be only seen for boating oc- off their styled backpacks. Kiddie backpac
casions but are now seen throughout the P.K. were a very big style trend seen in the 2008
Yonge halls, school year.
38 YtvIIht lifefashion trends
taylor nelson kelsey pederson
ROLLING DOWN THE HALLS: Rolling back- CROC CHOMP: Crocs are very comfortable, but
packs do keep you from lugging around your they are not fashionable. They come in all colors
heavy equipment, but they do not keep other and styles.
LOOP DI LOOP: Some of our fellow students
seemed to still be stuck in the 80s. Huge hoop
earings used to be very popular at P.K. Yonge.
What did you used to wear or
play or watch when you were a
kid? And what happened when
you got older and so did that sup-
posedly "hot" trend?
Take last year's popular foot
"Crocs as ugly as a horses butt
on fire," says senior Mike Le-
Or the ever-useful rolling
"Rolling Backpacks are the
most aggrivating backpacks you
can buy," says freshmen Larry
Dog chains are not seen that
often in the hallways now, but
that wasn't the case a couple of
years ago. Now, most kids say
they're no longer trendy, but a
few still sport them over their T-
"Acceptance and support [were] so valuable, especially during my senior year. The fact that I was surrounded by people from all walks of life, and there was a
genuine acceptance and concern of each other that was fostered by out teachers." Bob Adamson, class of 1977 39
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Jennifer Aranda EK
My party sopho-
paths you can
go by, but in the
long run there's
still time to
change the road
Camp. All of it!
Don't let them
go to waste."
The Class of 2009 has their
fair share of flirtatious girls and
? -But the two who were voted
the Biggest Flirts were Claudia
Garcia and Danny Latour.
Each of them has their own
:- strategies for flirting.
And oftentimes, they use
flirting to get what they want.
Garcia recommends prac-
ticing in front of the mirror for
five hours a day, buying Flirt-
ing for Dummies, and giggling
Latour uses his flirting to
woo women. He says this gen-
erally leads to baked goods.
carson pennypacker and
46 1 T rsthe class of 2009
class when Clay
sang "I Believe
I Can Fly."
Don't put things
off till the last
Concert... I was
Be honest with
Nard, Re Re
In 10 Years...
I see me and
my lady having
about 10 kids
living in our big
house on the
In 10 Years...
A degree in the
Don't be stupid
in school. It's
not worth it.
1965 P.K. Yonge Senior Silhouettes
to be on broaday
Liam Fitzgerald and Bit J-
hanson have hit the P.K. Per-
forming Arts stage numerous
Johanson worked hard in
42nd Street, The Illusion, Phan-
tom of the Opera, and P.K.'s vo-
cal ensemble. Fitzgerald was
in Les Miserables, 42nd Street,
and Phantom of the Opera, just
to name a few.
And every time Johanson
and Fitzgerald hit the stage, the
audience was mesmerized by
their effortless talent.
Their experience, their tal-
ent, and their willingness to
step out of their comfort zone
make Johanson and Fitzger-
ald P.K.'s Most Likely to Be on
Broadway. emily walsh
B Kathleron Burdette
sneezed on Em-
ily in 10th-grade
Thomas Dow II
If you have lots
Sof friends, don't
"If you know so
much, why do
you keep do-
ing the wrong
In 10 Years...
In the WNBA.
trying to get a
not given. It is
Make the best
of it. Work
"You will never
know what you
have until it's
It'll pay off in
and the Avia-
48 1 rs the class of 2009
most fuq OR -
a oeserteo island
In the class of 2009, the two
people who were voted Most Fun
on a Deserted Island were Stephan
Meeds and Alicia Hernandez.
Though their personalities dif-
fer in many ways, Hernandez and
Meeds are the ones who keep their
class amused on a daily basis.
If these two were stuck on an
island in the middle of the Pacific
Ocean, they would be the most fun
because they always find some-
thing that interests them.
"Being stuck on an island with
Stephan would be fun because he's
crazy, and we both don't care what
people think," Hernandez says.
and emily walsh
Do your work!
In 10 Years...
ried with two
kids and a
on the beach.
Be who you want
Kamaria Faucher-Mutima Liam Fitz
"The slogan for
America is 'Not
Find what you're
afraid of most,
and go live there.
Autis Gibson II
will eat your
soul and suck
your friends in
Dan the Man,
In 10 Years...
kill us all in
,* if,. is tme for us, the seniors, to bid farewell to dear ol'P.K., that institution that has been home to us for the past 12 years, and take a step to higher education. As
'1 fOeat, thfi. school, we take with us many memories. In going, we "reminisce" just a little and take a peep at some of the enjoyable times we've had in those memo-
'-. ear. irn grades nine through 12." 1946 Yongester 49
Ever since Justin Cummings
and Karina Rivera have attend-
ed P.K. Yonge, they have been
known for their great sense of
Both of them apply different
rules of fashion when dressing
for every school day.
Rivera always matches her
shoe color to the color of her
belt. She also avoids mixing
black and brown or navy and
black. She says she doesn't
want to look like a bruise.
Cummings, on the other
hand, always matches his un-
dershirt to the color of the logo
embroidered on his polo shirts.
- carson pennypacker
and emily walsh
Jefferson Griebel R an Grimes
Homeroom Mr. Lemstrom's
with Morgan class
In 10 Years... Advice for
Rich and in Underclassmen
love. Have fun with
it. It goes by
always get what
In 10 Years...
Filthy rich and
"It's my cat's
and it's tradi-
tion that on his
birthday, I get
up extra early
and make him
his favorite kind
ball with Haus
and Neil and
getting a concu-
In 10 Years...
in the Keys.
50 the class of 2009
it will always
Don't do any-
thing that you
have to think
"The will to win
without the will
Don't fall asleep
in class. You'll
be lost forever.
think. They will
be gone soon.
Connor Ho an
In 10 Years...
toilets.., in the
first floor of my
field trip to Is-
land of Adven-
"It's the simple
things in life we
Mo stl kely t
V n nyan
Even though the Class oi
2009 has lots of people who
brighten P.K.'s day, two people
stand out: Mike Lesousky and
Lansberry always smiles
and is aware of everyone's feel-
ings, while Lesousky is known
for carrying his guitar and sing-
ing around campus.
"I take the risk of feeling
dumb or looking stupid to
brighten someone's day," Lans-
Lesousky takes a more
touchy-feely approach by
"looking at someone and
giving them a bear hug."
and emily walsh
"Most Friendly Rose Marie and Dick." Class of 1949 : 51
brings, you take
In 10 Years...
Engineer with a
family and two
or three kids.
Creating a mud
the hill on the
with the cross
52 t rs he class of 2009
poop. It stinks,
but it's natural."
In 10 Years...
kids and work-
ing as a musical
and fell on her
face in front of
all the seniors
There is no question that
Bryan Shaara and Rachel Piper
have the best eyes in the Class
of of 2009.
Shaara's eyes are deep
blue, very similar to a bright
However, Piper's eyes are
an interesting shade of yellow.
Like a mood ring, her eyes
change color depending on
how she feels and whether
she's happy or sad, she says.
Shaara says he loves Rachel's
In fact, the only the
thing he doesn't like about
them is that, upon occas-
sion, she has to close them.
After all, she has to blink.
and emily walsh
When we won
In 10 Years...
"Life is short.
Live it to the
In 10 Years...
ried with kids.
"I find your
lack of faith
I want to say,
we're all count-
ing on you.
I am not going
to spoon feed
That's what I
did, and look
how I turned
In 10 Years...
Look me up
in the Yellow
talk about it.
Hopefully I will
In 10 Years...
"I fell down
once, for three
Cr stal Lucas Errol Lucas Samantha Lussier
Favorite Nickname Favorite Quote
Memory Daddy Choco- "The Lord
Eating lunch late is my shep-
with everybody In 10 Years... herd. There is
In 10 Years... Manager of nothing I shall
In a huge McDonalds want."
house, two Advice to In 10 Years...
cars, owning Underclassmen I see myself
my own busi- Don't go to P.K. married to a
ness (physi- | Yonge. wonderful hus-
cal therapy); band with two
maybe kids. children.
"Learning is like a mind game. It's fun, it's challenging and is very exhilarating. It makes you push yourself to compete. To succeed you have to plan
your moves carefully When you win, you graduate only to begin higher level mind games." 1992 Yongester 53
Never let the
fear of striking
out keep you
Don't take my
video in Mr.
In 10 Years...
nurse or a
Going to States
In 10 Years...
working as a
firefighter or in
Getting Kelly to
give me food.
"Die when you
can do no more
In 10 Years...
Robert Ma weather
In 10 Years...
Joe Barber had shaggy,
bleach-blonde hair, before he
got it all shaved off during the
first semester of his senior year.
And Devan Baird has soft,
hair, which, luckily, still
remains atop her head.
These two were awarded Best
Hair by their 2009 classmates.
Barber's secret to great
hair, when he had hair, is
avoiding conditioner. And
Baird just credits her good
locks to good genetics.
Still, Barber and Baird
have failed to leave the
class of 2009 unimpressed.
and emily walsh
54 Obrcs Sthe class of 2009
These two never have a day
At P.K., you can guarantee
that during lunch time, you'll
find Brittney Kelly and Eric
Shade asking for free hand-
outs, leftover food and spare
snacks from their classmates.
So it's no coincidence
that they were voted Biggest
Moochers by the very same
classmates they mooch from.
"I mooch the most off of
Haus Whitehurst, but Shae
Powers lunch is basically
mine, and I couldn't live with-
out Claudia Garcia's crunchy
low sandwiches," Kelly says.
and emily walsh
for no one, so
don't put off
you can do
math class with
In 10 Years...
Florida with a
decent job and
a UF degree.
say is a good
In 10 Years...
boats and jets
Carson Penn packer
"You must be
the change you
wish to see in
In 10 Years...
"When we entered high school our studies became harder, but we also starting having parties and dates; so life was pretty much of a whiz. During all thirteen years
of school life, we have met many new friends. Some are still with us, and many have gone. Since we know who is here and what they are doing, let's devote the
rest of this history to those who aren't with us." 1947 Yongester 55
"We ride to-
gether. We die
boys for life."
Do your sum-
Mr. Beyer tests.
"Often times it
we live our
lives in chains,
and we never
even knew we
had the key."
In 10 Years...
for States my
senior year in
"Love the life
you live. Live
the life you
Darrell Pons II
"It's all good."
In 10 Years...
Take it all in
Finals 2005 and
Don't slack off
during school. It
will bite you in
ble with Mr.
Mack and Mrs.
In 10 Years...
time of my life
doing what I'm
supposed to be
most r i a
They paint. They take pho- ;
tos. They draw. They create.
They are the Class of 2009's
Most Artistic pair: Christina Su-
arez and Shae Hasson.
"It has always been a tal- -
ent that has run through
the family, and I just _
picked it up," Hasson says.
Suarez says she also al-
ways enjoyed art because
it allows her to express
her feelings and. emotions
In her senior year, Suarez got
to display her own set of pho-
tographs in the P.K. gallery.
And while she's proud of
her work, she' s still impressed
with artists, like Hasson.
"His paintings are
so good," Suarez says.
56 e class of 2009
56 1 )M b rSthe class of 2009
"I'm not going
to spoon feed
at football prac-
Go hard or go
office and Mrs.
Do all your
work. It will
In 10 Years...
my own busi-
The Bry Guy
called me a
seven on the
Have fun but
take it seri-
"For four long years, we've been in high school, years filled with study and lack of it, years filled with fun and lots of it. They've been glorious for us, but do we de-
tectjust a few gray hairs in the heads of our long-suffering homeroom mothers and our teachers? We have run them ragged, yet we all feel that they're extra-special
and that we can never thank them enough for all they've done." 1940 Yongester
Being Best All-Around has its
own meaning for both Leah
TenBieg and D.A. Hinton.
As their P.K. years are com-
ing to a close, these two get
the chance to be recognized
for their great personalities,
their unforgettable class
moments, and the pride and
humor they bring to school
TenBieg says what makes
her an all-round person is that
she stays active and always
tries something new.
Hinton, on the other hand,
says his secret to all-around
success is never passing up
on an opportunity to make
and emily walsh
That fake John
Deere hat I
school one day.
In 10 Years...
As you walk through the
P.K. Yonge hallways or sit in
any P.K. Yonge classroom, you
can hear two distinct laughs
ringing from the Class of 2009.
John Horter and Jas-
mine O'Neal's laughs
are truly one of a kind.
They were the obvious choice
for Best Laugh, according to
their classmates who voted for
O'Neal's laugh carries and
sings, making your ear-drums
Horter's laugh simply makes
everyone around him want
to start laughing with him.
and emily walsh
The video we
made in 11th
Sister Teresa in
Janea Ta lor
First day of 12th
In 10 Years...
school at UF,
plus married or
58 c rSthe class of 2009
In 10 Years...
"If music be the
food of love,
In 10 Years...
On a stage.
Don't slack off.
Alejandro Torroella Erin Voss
For the class of 2009, a great
personality is easy to come
But the personalities of
Cassidy Hinson and J.T. Mal-
lory are unforgettable.
Both are easy to talk to.
Both are always smiling.
And both are the Class of
2009's Best Personalities.
Hinson believes in being
nice to everyone and loves to -
meet new people, she says.
Mallory has a quiet nature
about him and is always kind
to everyone, he says.
Their sweet demeanors
truly endeared them to the
Class of 2009 and P.K. Yonge.
and emily walsh
"Being a senior is leading a school, writing 185 note cards, going "off" for lunch, learning who Marx was, a cap and gown. Being a senior is looking ahead, taking
exams, joining the service, applying to colleges, getting engaged. Being a senior is ending, growing, beginning." 1965 Yongester 59
Dean Ward Jr.
"It's not rocket
brain science." -
tions as soon as
In 10 Years...
Cassandra Watkins Shamir Web
"You put the
happy in my
Good luck and
work for what
you believe in.
In 10 Years...
two kids and
going to my get-
For the Class of 2009, athlet-
ic talent ran rampant.
But Autis Gibson and Ja'kya
Sheppard have the resumes
to prove why they were voted
Most Athletic by their class-
They each play multiple
sports at P.K.
Sheppard has played soft-
ball, volleyball, and basketball,
while also running for the cross
country team, hurdling for the
track team and cheerleading.
And Gibson, not to be out-
done, has excelled in basket-
ball and football, while also
running on the track team.
and emily walsh
60 1 l Tb Sthe class of 2009
"Live life to the
In 10 Years...
Working as an
RN in a hospital
"Never give up.
Leave it on the
In 10 Years...
have my own
Do your work,
and have fun.
When Errol hit
Mr. Locke in
the head with
In 10 Years...
In the future.
Mr. Lem's Eng-
lish class third
In 10 Years...
In 10 Years...
1952 Senior class Representatives 6 6
There are always memories
of certain people that stick
with you as you leave high
school, start a new life, and
enter a new world.
For P.K., those people are
Britton Pollitt and Carson Pen-
nypacker, the Class of 2009's
Most Memorable students.
Pollitt will always be
remembered for the day he
ran around school in a gorilla
costume during Spirit Week.
Pennypacker will be
remembered for her drive,
confidence, and faith in her
Both are known for their
love and support of P.K.
62 t rs he class of 2009
"" ". Shamir Webb and Shae Pow-
ers have the smiles to make
you happy when you're feel-
So it's not wonder they were
voted the Class of 2009's Best
S .Surprisingly, neither of them
have had braces. Their grins
Webb's secret to a great
it.6 smile is frequent teeth-brush-
ing. He's also grateful to his
Smother, whom people say he
resembles, smile and all.
t Powers agrees and also cel-
ebrates good hygiene.
"I brush my teeth at least
once a month," she jokes.
and emily walsh
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e leVen A
In the first year of upperclassman-ship the juniors certainly have gotten their
share of good luck, with fantastic teachers such as the vegan Mr. Eric Lem-
strom, the new mother Ms. Julie Brown, the ever-interesting Mr. John Bourne,
the magical Mr. Stephen Burgin, and the all-knowing Ms. Cindy King.
So with this dream team of teachers, it's no surprise that the juniors are
happy with their current situation, before the pressure of their upcoming
senior projects and college applications smother them, of course.
The juniors, discovering their first year of freedom behind the wheel of their
family's respective vehicles, have branched out. With extended curfews and a
newfound sense of pride in their age, many are enjoying new privileges, such
as the perk of turning 17 and viewing R-rated movies without the consent of an
With their devil-may-care attitude and glorious independence, the juniors
have much to be happy and thankful for in their next to last year of school.
danny latour and anna dvorak
Calli Breil -
Kaitlin Brennan -
Danielle Brooks ,
Katherine Chance ,
Matthew Dodd .
64 micJ e & high school eleventh grade
(1) RELAX: Michelle Nixon and Tomoka Sumikawa have fun at a group table and
participate in a bushel of giggling. (2) SNEAK CHECK: Danielle Wright puts away
her electronic device in homeroom. (3) BURGINATOR LEARNING: Mr. Stephen
Burgin uses his 30 minutes of homeroom to lecture students about life beyond
high school. (4) STUDY: Tiebout McCrea works on his U.S. History homework in
homeroom. (5) THE LAB RATS: Students are working under English teacher Mr.
Eric Lemstrom as he tries a new ways of teaching students. (6) VID RECORDS:
Shelby Ptacek and other students have the opportunity to watch themselves in the
new video project where students recorded themselves reading poetry watched
the results as a class. (7) NOTICE: Students take notes on what they notice in their
video recordings. (8) TAKING A BREATHER: Mr. Eric Lemstrom, lets his Alex
Acosta, Halley Goetz, and other students in his class relax in his room as they enjoy
the poetry presentations in a leisurely manner.
l aKathrynann Fields
"Fun relaxing after so long...hurry and take your make-up off.. where's Watty?...tired...sleepy...party after junior play...don't
forget your food now...give...let's put plenty in... we are really fortunate..."- Junior recollections from the 1949 Yongester
Emmanuel Payne ll
Shelby Ptacek i,
Tomoka Sumikawa --
iam m mmma lm
gra e: Hale Dean
"Enrolling in the Air Force as soon as "Getting into the college of my
What scares you most about I get out. I'm going to miss everyone." choice."
becoming a senior? -Hailey Goetz Samuel Dean
"My senior project and getting into "Leaving the place I have been my
college, for sure." whole life."
Clyde Byrd Ashlee Crockwell
66 e & high school eleventh grade
66 id e& high schOOl eleventh grade
h xNKayla Van Hamersveld
Justin Broiles Alexander Melendez
Lindsey Cable Ju iors Kelsi Norton
Ryan Chacon s-T Teshiana Parker
Coyia Chandler Jarrod Pate
Celeste De La Llana Pi teyae Glen Robinson
Cristobal Gonzalez nic ured Jordan Shannon
Regina Lee Keona Simmons
Tiara Luckie KeAuna Warren
Tiebout McCrea Ernest White
It's a common sight to see in the parking lot. Andrew Ingram fiddling
with his bright orange beast of a truck.
"I learned how to work on the truck from my dad and Jesus," says Ingram.
Unlike most 16 year olds, Andrew built his own truck.
It all started on his 14th birthday, when Ingram's parents gave him a
really worn-out truck. The bed-less beast was in poor condition from the
He endured many difficulties in the year's long journey he faced in
restoring the mechanical monster, like the fact that he had to start it with
a wrench in the beginning of its career.
"Replacing the clutch was the hardest part," says Ingram.
But the mechanical difficulties faced by Ingram led him to believe a
sort of supernatural belief in the behemoth.
"I'm pretty sure it's haunted," says Ingram, in relation to its numerous
But Ingram takes solace in the little facts about his car, and he truly
believes the good outweighs the bad.
"It's the same color as the General Lee," says Ingram.
danny latour and anna dvorak
P.K. Yonge juniors in 1983 67
Top 10 things
to have at your
2. A band
3. Hamburgers and hot dogs
4. Ice cream
5. Friends and family
Cedric Forson 1
68 Mddte & high sc
6. A dance floor
7. Fun lighting
8. A hot outfit
9. A cake with matching candles
10. The car of your dreams
hool tenth grade
Whats the best thing about
having your license?
"You can go places whenever you want."
"You can go where ever, when ever you
"I can sleep in because I don't have to
wait on my parents."
"You're more independent."
"Sweet sixteen and never been kissed? Yeah right! Being a sophomore and the ripe old age of 16, or 15, made many people realize that being a teen-
ager was fun. The parties, the freedom, the dates..." -1995 Yongester
Roberto Mc Leskey
Mary Ellen Rankeillor
(1) BONDING: Students at Kelsey Pederson's party bonded at a bo -
fire while roasting marshmellows. Sweet 16 birthday parties were a
highlight of P.K. sophomores' weekends. (2) HELLO: Jasmyne Flourn-
oy poses for a captivating profile in the P.K. Media Center during fifth
period. Sophomores sometimes held class in the Media Center or
escaped their before and after school to have a quite place to work on
their assignments. (3) SCHOOL SPIRIT: Rebecca Sargent poses for
a quick picture of her 1980s-inspired outfit for Back-In-The-Day Day
during P.K.'s Homecoming Week at the end of October. Sophomores
wore a variety of funny ensembles to show off their school spirit.
(4) SPOOKY: Sophomores, like Jamie Bailey, used Halloween as a
time to hang out with their friends and trick-or-treat in surrounding
Alachua County neighborhoods. (5) ROCKIN' IN ROCK BAND: The
band of junior Paul Rye and alum Chris Johnson performed dance
music and ballads for Kelsey Pederson's 16th birthday party, held in
her family's backyard. (6) FRIENDS ARE LIKE FAMILY: Senior Mi-
chael Lesousky rocked out and played acoustic tunes for his couson,
I Kelsey Pederson, at her 16th birthday party.
70 N fe & high schooltenth grade
.. Erin Suggs
Il l lLauren Thmpson
Jasmine Van Hamersveld
Buford Carl Brown III
4 Briana Geveshausen Sophom ores
Dina Mason N
Alysia Scott Pictured
Ariel Wilson Tracey Scott re
Devin Wilson William Silva Carmen Walker
ChandlarWitt Jeffrey Smith Cyarah Welch
Come sophomore year, P.K.'s resident 15 year olds started to grow and change.
And before you knew it, they were a year older and throwing sweet 16 birthday par-
ties to celebrate.
Like Kelsey Pederson, who threw herself a sweet 16 bash in her family's backyard.
Pederson's party included many exciting vices for guests to spend their time with,
such as a Ping-Pong table, plentiful foodstuffs, a roaring bonfire, wrestling with Samuel
Dean, and of course, live music.
"The live bands were my favorite part of the evening," Pederson says.
The live entertainment included P.K.'s very own Mike Lesousky, 12th grade, and sev-
eral of the alumni of P.K.'s Rock Band class, plus Oak Hall's Shotgun Diplomacy.
The motive behind the Sweet 16 bash was simply to have fun.
"I wanted to have one because I rarely get to have all my friends together at one time,
and it was really special," says Pederson.
The good-natured red-head did have one regret about the evening, though.
"I would have invited everyone if I could have," says Pederson.
danny latour and anna dvorak
"After the clanging of the bell after the first day of school, there assembled in one certain room, a group of "yonge" people known publicly as the
syncopated sophomores. These swingsters, who are definitely in the groove, under the baton (rod to you) of Mrs. Traxler piped to the tune of history, j
English, and what have you." -The 1965 Yongester sop.om>rs 71
What's your favorite part about being in
"Being with the older kids."
"There's a lot more clubs to be in."
"How everyone gets involved in the
sports and really supports you."
"We have awesome teachers."
72 mciY'e & high schoolninth grade
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The students of ninth grade have voted. '
The winner of favorite ninth-grade teacher is the
lovable and endearing Mr. Thom Anderson.
The ex-U.S. history teacher has been trying his
hand at World History this year with a younger group
If students, apparently to much success.. '
Ninth-grade voters said their vote went out to Mr. -.
Anderson because he is fun and very knowledgeable
teacher His interesting teaching style sunk in with
ilis ninth grade audience.
Mr. Anderson says his key to success is
never sweating the small stuff, and it's clearly '
working, as he's loved by the ninth-grade class.
danny latour and anna dvorak
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74 miaye & high schoolninth grade
n in th N. Ot Alexander Bernhard
Pd e lctured Arthur Thompson
(1) DISTRACTION AT ITS FINEST: Freshman Sophia DeN-
ardo looks onward with an odd mix of confusion and wistful-
ness, the likes of which was not uncommon among the young
freshman class as they navigated the high-school halls for the
very first time. (2) WORKING HARD OR HARDLY WORK-
ING: Maureen Brennan, Brandon Poindexter, and Cameron
Helstrom focus intensely on their studies given the now-dif-
ficult school work they face in their first year of high school.
The workload was an adjustment for the incoming freshmen.
3)PLAYING WITH THEIR FOOD: Gregorio Suarez, Cullen
Fitzgerald, Gentry Allen, and Taylor Nelson laugh it up at their
lunch table. (4) THREE TO FIVE SERVINGS OF DAIRY A
DAY: Freshman Merrit Robbins savors his berry-flavored yo-
gurt during lunch, which many freshmen treasured, as they
had to get used to having a later lunch-time than they had as
"The freshmen class of 1988-1989 proved to be a unique group of excited individuals. "'They have a lot of energy!' commented ninth-grade Eng- ,4
lish teacher, Josh Hellstrom, as he rolled his eyes." 1989 Yongester 75
(1) STARIN' IT DOWN : Eighth-grader Juliana Carrillo finishes her work in the
library. The library was a popular place to do work in the morning and in the
afternoon to finish up various assignments that took extra hours of work to com-
plete. (2) WHAT A SHOT: Sean Kamhoot, eighth grade, looks to take a shot in
Coach Willie Powers' Physical Education class. Basketball was one of the more
popular games to play during P.E. when the class was allowed to have free time.
(3) HONOR ROLL STUDENTS : Eighth graders Marcel Manning and Zeb Buffen-
myer finish up an assignment in Ms. Teddie Bewernitz's Science class. Many of
the eighth-grade classes had students working in groups, so they could complete
their work more efficiently. Plus, the groups allowed the students to share their
opinions, learn from each other, and help each other out on tough assignments. '
(4) ALL I DO IS STUDY: Dylan Batile, eighth grade, studies an assigmnent in his
Enrishment class. Enrichment classes challenged the middle-school students to
think harder and look outside the box for their academic answers. (5) GETTING
THE GRADE : Eighth-grade student Keith Kelsey writes down some calculations
in Ms. Bewernitz's Science class. Like most other students, he had to work hard
to earn his grade, studying after-school and at home so he could remember the
scientific principles the eighth-grade class had to memorize and understand.
Michaela Borsa eg
76 m ffe & high schooleighth grade
(6) TEAMING UP AND FINISHING: Imani West, Jordan Lewis, and Imari Allen, all
eighth graders, work on finishing up an assignment for their Science class. Working
Sas a group was vital in finishing the work in this class, especially, where group work
made up a large portion of their grade. (7) SOAKING UP THE INFORMATION:
Elise Falck, eighth grade, reads a book during her Enrichment class. The class re-
quired students to read quite a bit and find meanings in the literature they read,
processed and discussed. For students who enjoyed reading, the Enrichment
Class was a special one an opportunity to do something they loved. (8) JUST
MEASURING GRAVITY: Eighth -grader Katie O'Dell looks at a gauge on a hand-
held scale to tell how much a bucket weighs. Helping her is fellow classmate Jac-
qkenia Williams, who writes down the many measurements recorded during their
experiment. Learning scientific and math principles, like measuring, weighing and
calculating, was a huge part of the eighth-graders job in Ms. Bewernitz's class.
7 8I 8
'1! P 1.1,Elise Falck
'. ~ "D'karas Fields
i Alexandria Guinyard
U Shayla Johnson
-.-- I Kodiak Kennard
"The class [Consumers Products] was created especially for eighth graders because they are just beginning to realize and take on some real respon-
sibilities in their lives." 1983 Yongester _. 77
ze th president
From a poll of 86 eighth graders
& high schooleighth grade
a I Av
8 life .
Matthew Van Arnam
S Haileigh Beckham
N Not Matthew Rivera
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it Pllbe like...
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"Exciting, more freedom, later lunch." "A lot harder, more challenge
What do you think
high school will be
ng." Awesome, pretty cool."
Eighth-graders Brent Riley, Jennifer Evans, Jessica Weinbaum, Rhonda Ray, Noah Kincaide, with teacher Mr. P. McCall. 1983 Yor' ,. 79.
- Deanna Garcia
Every class has the traditional clown. And in seventh grade, Jona
Stokes gets to wear the figurative class court jester costumer
"I would describe it as stupid-funny," says seventh-grader Jonah Stol ,e
about his style of humor.
Everyone knows who the class clowns were going through school
they are the kids who would make the classroom roar with laughte,
the most inappropriate times.
Stokes is proud to have his funny reputation as a middle school o
"Other people laugh at you and call you funny," says Stokes. "It's uw
a good feeling."
With all that comedic talent Stokes seems to have the entire sev' ni
grade on their feet. What, then, are the downfalls of being a class clo vn
"If you make fun of yourself, it makes others feel comfortable r ,I
ing fun of you," Stokes says. "Oh yeah, and you get in trouble a ot
mesh debicki, tyler stokes, and nick vail i,
Johanna Del Castillo
80 mi fre & high schoolseventh grade
(1) ALWAYS IN THE MOOD FOR A JOKE: Seventh-grader Jonah Stokes is known
by his peers as the class clown because he likes to make his classmates laugh at
his antics and jokes. (2)GO FOR IT: Joshua Mauk, seventh grade, looks to make
a solid effort for his team in P.E., where several students competed in sports, like
basketball, for a grade. (3)SCIENTIST IN THE MAKING: Holly Brennan, seventh
grade, prepares for an experiment in Mr. Randy Hollinger's science class, where
the class experimented with microscopes, so they could see life forms and scientif-
ic experiments up close and personal. (4)A CLOSER LOOK: Craig Joiner, seventh
grade, observes a specimen through his microscope in Mr. Hollinger's Science
class, where learning to use the magnifying lab tool was part of the seventh grad-
ers' assignments and grades. (5)SILENT READER: Morgan Garcia, seventh grade
has his nose stuck in a captivating novel, Brisingr, by Christopher Paolini, during
his English class in Mr. Ron Cunningham's room.
Th': iei eni grade experience is what you make of it. Excited about taking one big step and being back on top and unsure of the possibility of taking high-school
le-I.. -..ur,,:s s, enth grade is one big challenge." 2007 Yongester
S O t y Frisbee Golf (3%)
Y Cave Diving
8iould you oo
Bull Riding (18%)
From a poll of 86 eighth graders
82 m ct1 e & high schoolseventh grade
'- Kelsey Saulsberry
_V Jai'rus Williams
Reid Wilson e oti Alexandra Cummings
Cray Winfrey Pic turned Kyra Fulton
David Wright Erin Gadboys
(1) SEE? LOOK HERE: Another classmate looks on as classmate Taylor
Sanford explains an assignment to her. (2) HOLD IT LIKE THIS: Physical
Education teacher Coach Willie Powers shows Stephawn Dixon how to hold
a basketball. (3) READY, AIM, SHOOT FOR TWO: Chykiet Goodley, seventh
grade, practices a free throw shot during his Physical Education class, where
he and other middle-school students practiced two-pointers, three-pointers,
: and other ways to score points in basketball.
"Seventh grade proved a challenge, but also a time that many students looked forward to, because being 'stuck in the middle'meant being that much
closer to finally being on top." 2005 Yongestern 83
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(1) LOCK IT UP: Sixth -grader Blair Nembhard walks by some locLrs ,-,r Cadmpus
K wing. Students were assigned lockers outside their home ro,,mrs (21%% ORK IT
OUT: Fellow sixth- grader William Losch works out some problems n cn a a ~ign-
ment in class. (3)RUNNING AROUND: Adeyemi Young, sixth grade, iunn around
in the gym during Physical Education class. (4) PATIENCE: Studclents suretcrh ir P E
class before beginning their class. (5)CHATTING IT UP : Sixth graders at lunch
talk and eattheir respective lunches. Lunch was the best time to, sciahze lor sMiU-.
William D Ashley
Amanda Barwick x ,
Alexandria Carrasquillo I
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Dominique Erney !W -
84 M ofe & high schoolsixth grade
(6) DEER IN THE HEADLIGHTS: Sixth-grader Orlando Miranda looks on as some
of his fellow classmates pass by during lunch. Miranda usually sat outside with his
fellow sixth graders and ate lunch. With Florida's warm weather, students could
eat outside the cafeteria if they preferred an al fresco meal. (7) SHOOT THAT
SHOT: Quadae McDonald takes a shot at the basket during a basketball game dur-
ing Physical Education class in the P.K. gym. McDonald was a talented player,
and during P.E., all of his shots seemed to go in as he dominated the court. (8)
AIMING FOR THE HOOP : Obed Santana-Rivera tries to score a basket during a
friendly game of basketball in the gymnasium. Santana-Rivera was one of the more
talented players in his P.E. class, which practiced basketball often. (9) SWISH!
TWO POINTS : Two basketballs clank in the hoop as sixth graders practiced their
basketball drills. With so many students in the gym, it wasn't odd for the basket to
get multiple times with multiple balls as they tried to score points.
r 7 *Emily Garcia
S Eliana Garzon
.' Alyssa Lawson
S_ Carlton Litzkow
1 X i Clayton Litzkow
"Sixth graders, the youngest group of students, spent the year finding out their role as they traveled walkways of P.K At the beginning of the year, many were nervous
about their first days after 'crossing the creek.'" 2005 Yongester
William Losch -
Morgan Pinks a U Nj
(1) TECH-SAVVY : Multiple computers B
were set up in the P.K. Media Center,
as students and teachers were utilizing
technology more and more in their class -.
rooms. (2) EXTREME CONCENTRATION:
Lauren Kern, sixth grade, pays attention
during her English class with Ms. Betsy
Creveling. (3) THINKING HARD: Students
in English class pay the upmost attention
during their first year of middle school,
where reading and writing assignments
became more challenging. (4) NOTES
FOR THE BRAIN : Sixth-grader Riley
Stuart writes down important information
in class. His studious habits kept him
abreast of his assignments. (5) EAT UP:
Sixth graders ate lunch later for the first
time in middle school.
86 mfi1ie & high schoolsixth grade
"A lot more homework."
/ Rafael Molina
N ot Morgan Pinks
Pic toured Augustine Posada
What is the biggest difference between
elementary and middle school?
"We actullay get to walk around. "Lunch is better."
- Max Portillo
"Several students smoosh together to chat and chew." 2002 Yongester
Mr. Kirby's Class
Cameron Zachary Madeline
'q. 1Barnes Beaufait Bonahue
Tyler Luke David
Daniels Ettinger Hardaway
(1) GUARDING THE P.K. STREETS: Jamari Boothe, fifth
grade, takes a moment away from being a safety patrol
I member, to strike a pose. (2) WORKING WITH FRIENDS:
Decker Herring and Cameron Markham, both in fifth grade,
are friends who enjoy being in safety patrol together. (3)
-. STANDING TALL: Maya Walker, a proud fifth-grade safety
patrol member, shows off her belt of honor. (4) JUNGLE '
GYM: Mr. Cary Kirby's fifth-grade class poses during recess Destini Lillian Desmond
by the jungle gym. (5)BUST A MOVE: Jacquelyn Siegel Johnson Jones Littles
dances to a beat, during music class, to learn about rhythm.
(6) BREAKING IT DOWN: Maddie Bonahue dances around
during music class.
Getting the chance to visit the Capitol of the United States, Wash-
ington D.C. That's the reward for being in the Safety Patrol. Jackson Emily Uma
May Olmos Patel
It's a big honor for P.K. Yonge students in their fifth-grade year. May Olmos Patel
"I think being Safety Patrol means that you are a leader, and you are a role model
to the little kids, and you show them how to act," fifth-grader Cameron Barnes says.
Barnes says his brother was in Safety Patrol when he
was in fifth grade, so he joined so he could be like him.
His favorite thing about being in Safety Patrol is his "post," where he takes
down and puts back up the flag. It's also a really good way to meet new people Trace Jacquelyn Jac'cara
or spend time with friends, he says. maggie he Raulerson Siegel Walker
90 entaryfifth grade
MVs. Watson's Class
Malik Hannah Audrey Mackenzie
Bakr Bennett Brashears Calton
Khalil Colin Taylor Megan
('nil Debicki Gebhardt Hewitt
Logan James Miles
Hickox Humphrey Jackson
Dock Hunter Darinelle
Luckie Manucy Merced-Calderon
Ms. Zeller's Class
Anthony Giselle Christian Dante
Echeverria Edwards Ellis Feliciano
Emily Stephen Katherine Taylor
Smith-Pennell Tucker Vazquez Vinson
Jesse Maya Takhia Hunter
ereuson Fisher Frazier Holtzworth
Jami Joseph Nicolas
Mansolo Meert Pelegrina
Davis Andrew Nikkia Clay
Poniuan Robinson Robinson Sanders
Alissa Chelsea Alyona
Shupe Vogtle Wade
The 1949 P.K. Yonge Safety Patrol _
Ms. Adimoolah's Class
Thomas Annalise Nathaniel Bryce
t Arteaga Bourn Cameron Cloutier
Abigail Parker Richard Thomas
Foster Gillett Knight Llinas
S(1) TASTY: Ice cream helps Tayler Mark, Joshua
Natividad,Thomas Arteaga, Madison Sagas, and Tiffany Tor-
res-Rosario cool off. (2) ATTENTION: Ms. Amanda Adimool-
ah's class listens intently to a tour guide talk about the histo-
ry of the fort. (3) FIRE: Fourth graders watch a re-enactment
of cannon shots at enemy ships. (4) SEARCHING: Fourth
graders dig and look for shark teeth or bones. (5) LOOK: Ms.
Julie Brown helps a student identify a fossil. (6) BRUSHED Tayler Morgen Austin Joshua
OFF: Students dig around for fossils they can take home Mark Mincey Morrow Nativida
with them. (7) CHECK IT OUT: Alexa Riley shares what she
found in a fossil pit with her friend Renea Adams. (8) PEER-
ING: Neil Hare and Nina Kraft-Owens brush off their findings.
Cameron Jaylen Madison Alexande
St Augustine, Fla. was established in 1585 by the Phillips Richardson Sagas Spelman
Spanish Admiral Pedro Menhndez de Avilms.
And in 2008, P.K.'s own fourth graders set foot
on the country's oldest port city once again.
The three fourth-grade classes traveled
to the East Coast town and got to experi-
ence life inside Fort Castillo de San Marcos, Connor Sabrina Tiffany Jacob
which now stands as a historical monument. 5 Stewart Sullivan Torres-Rosario Zoltek
The students also saw the Foun
tain of Youth and many other me me
orable and unforgettable sighL,-
such as a re-enactment of a battle.
complete with cannon fire, like
many that the Spanish held to pro-
tect their New World settlem-enrt.
maggie he I
92 i e tary photos courtesy of torres-rosario
Ms. Welker's Class
Renea Aja Troy Devin
Adams Altenhof Beckham Berry
g -.- ,"
Jevon Jonathan Nailah Taea
Boswell Castillo Davis English
Fernando Jalen Anthony
Fernandez Girtman Gutierrez
Shane Nina Caleb
Johnson Kraft-Owens Morrow
Tavian Taylor Alexa Cailynn
Nembhard Padgett Riley Saulsberry
Sarah Aranda Adam Bailey Ana Barrientos
Kelsey Chase Deatrick
Biles Bourn Cameron
Kelsey Fondren Callen Sean
Clemons Deloach Delucas Eunice
Gabriel Kailya Alyssa
Gonzalez Jackson King
The fourth-grade class of 1999
vis. Scott's Class
PicNu rted Alexis Kirkland
Ms. Flavin's Class
Benjamin Laksmi Kaelynn
Aaronson Arroyo Ayala
Valeria Diego Daniel
Burgos-Villanueva Castillo Clark
Lev Frederick Eboni
Third-grader Riley Holloway has a dog. Ettinger Fang Harris
But he's not just any dog.
This dog likes to frequent the halls of P.K. Yonge.
In fact, he's on P.K. property so frequently that
he's become the school's unofficial mascot.
a Technically, he belongs to the the Holloway fam-
ily. He's there 2-year-old pure-bred Cavalier King Charles spaniel, named Scotti.
"We rescued Scotti from a Web site," Riley says. Anthony Madelyn Alexander
Landers Martin Mclnnis
Scotti is often seen near the elementary school as students get dropped off and
picked up at the beginning and end of the day. His near-constant presence, Riley
says, makes him the perfect mascot, even if the title isn't official.
"It's because everyone knows and love him. He's very friendly and loves to lick
people. He's very smart. Instead of barking, he talks," Riley says.
Bringing him to school not only makes P.K.'s elementary students happy, but
also pleases Scotti, who doesn't like to be left home alone, Riley says. Dyani
"He hates being in a crate," Riley says. Sheppard
Scotti is also a well-known picky-eater. However, he likes to see the world and
experience all sorts of traditions.
This special dog has traveled to many places with the Holloway family, such as
Washington, D.C., and Virginia, and he always enjoys a ride in the car.
Riley also says that Scotti likes to dress up for Hallow-
een and loves to watch other dogs and animals on TV.
94 i entarythird grade
Ar. Steffen's Class
Christopher Jordan Loren John
Ravnard Brown Castillo Cox
Riley Landon Heston Morgan
Holloway Horton Humphries Kohlhof
Darielis Makenzie Drew Camden
r-ced-Calderon Mott Outcalt Powers
Katherine Amber Veron
Robinson Tillis Van Arnam
EL,. r -
Ms. Tseng's Class
John Tyler Bryce Michael
Rrnlinao Crnlov --nctntlor lnhn-nn
Bronson Bailey Jocelyn Samantha
Jones Ledvina Mayberry Munroe
Noal No i-Praoh
Daniel Delana Jayda Rodrigo
Smith Sowell Teasley Tremura
Third Graders Ebon Henry
Njt Tyreq Hopkins
Pi r d Lyndsey Scott
Pictured Travariona Williams
(1 3) A GIRL AND HER DOG: Riley Holloway, third
grade, with her dog Scotti. Scotti often greeted elemen-
tary students as they left school. (4) DOWN TIME:
John Cox and Daniel Smith hang out at the lunch. (5)
THINK ABOUT IT: Emelingage Nuri-Prugh thinks about
an assignment in Ms. Ting Tseng's class. (6) MAKING
CONTACT: Blake Cox swings his bat in a game of base-
ball during P.K.'s after-school program. (7) SWING
BATI'ER: Austin Neal swings for a flying baseball. (8)
SWEET MOVES: Makenzie Mott dances with her class.
'7"I get to learn a lot of stuff We make posters after we read stories." Takhia Frazer, a third grader in 2007 95
Mr. Escue's Class
Mariah Mary Dillon Evan
Rnic RrnlinO RPtrnn (rntfiar
Jeanina Taylor Christopher Elissa
Del Castillo Dennard Garcia Harris
This year's second-grade class got a hands-on
chance to get outside and have some fun in one of
Florida's all-natural theme parks.
In 2008, all three second grade classes took a field
trip to Siliver Springs in Ocala.
The students got to experience a glass-bottom boat ride, live animal shows, and fun
attractions such as the Lighthouse Ride and the Wilderness Trail Ride, where the sec-
ond graders got to learn about native Florida wildlife while riding around in a Jeep.
There was something for all of the students to enjoy. maggie he
Shane Isiah Cassandra Jaylen
Kennard Malone Mollica Petit
Coleman Emily Brittany Sophia
Renaker Richardson Solis Vazauez
96 ~M lentarysecond grade
M Is. McCoy's Class
Ms. Pennypacker's Class
irisopher Madson _amantha Jonathann
Btes Brooker Castillo Co:]on
John Ta lr Hannah
Derrn DulniJi. F-itka-
Hollow, ai II
Njomri Sarah Jul arnna ale b
Ross Ste\ens Teasley- Tujrrble.son
(I ANIMAL FACES: Ms. Ashley Pennypacker's class visits Silver Springs. (2)WHERE TO
NEa'T?: Colb\ Joiner, John Hollinger, and Jason Natividad enjoy the sights at Silver Springs
in Ocala, Fla 131RAISE YOUR HAND: Vincent Davis, Birlen Linn, Rose Holtzworth, Tay-
Sshaurn D.\on. dand Dalton Smith pose for a class picture on their field trip. (4) LET'S DANCE:
Dalton Smith rocks out during his class dance time. (5) JUMP AROUND: John Hollinger
dance. during Ms Ashley Pennypacker's class. (6) PUT EM' UP: Emerald Sullivan waves
her hands in the air during her dance. (7) DO THE ROBOT: Rose Holtzworth and Anna Liu
dance together 18) LOOK OUT: Jacob King does his dance. (9) AND YOU DANCE LIKE
THIS: Tayshaun Dixon demonstrates the robot to her second-grade class. (10): CHOP IT:
Vincent Da~i i sa s he loves to show off his moves during the class dance.
,lodeIriag th latest second.grade Iashn David Arnold poses during the Hat Parade. "- 1992 Yongester 97
A- ". Ar, .
Rose Daniela Colby Jacob
Hnlt7wnrth Ifin Ininar Kina
Ms. Dolan's Class
Oshiana Kyle Kevin Taylor
Buie Chap ell Concha Doering
Ivan Aleah Colin Joseph
Esguerra Freeze Heatherman MacDonald
I Jo'el Dave Janelle Cheyenne
t m e McNish Mitchum Morant Mortime
It was fiesta time down in P.K.'s first grade this year.
The first-grade students opened their infamous Mexican restaurant for family
and friends, who awaited the tradition all year.
Aaliyah Cameron Arianna Isabel
The students greeted their special customers at the door, took orders from Norris O'Neal Thornton Vernor
them, served their food and had a cashier to take their payments.
There were burritos, tacos, nachos, and for ice cream for dessert.
Parents, teachers and others raved about how well they students did serving
others and listening to their orders, giving the first-graders a five-star rating.
s98 ehentaryfirst, grade
Ms. Johnson's Class
Ms. Tillis's Class
Destin Kody Torey Andrea Joel Emilio Amara Kaitlyn
Altenhof Brock Buie Burgos-Villanueva Adcock Allan Barnett Bates
Christopher Aurora Maya Liam
r'arpnza Delradin Fmmanmipl FtinaPr
Kamren Kaeman Hailey Marietta
Fort Jones Lone Long
I First Graders
't P bo -'Samyra Lee
nantha Isabella Rachel
Vhite Weil Zuckerman
(1)ORDER'S UP: Arianna Thornton gets customer's orders, and Jo'el McNish prepares a tray of drinks. (2)CLEAN UP: Isa-
bel Vernon Aaliyah Norris clean up customer's trash.(3)SERVING TIME: Joseph MacDonald serves customers their food.
(4)CAN I HELP YOU?: Cheyenne Mortimer asked a table assigned to her what they would like to eat. (5)ORDER IT IN: As
part of the service, Janelle Morant puts in an order with the chef. (6) SERVE IT UP: Cameron O'Neal serves drinks to his
costumers. (7)WHAT CAN I GET YOU?: Cheyenne Mortimer gets a customer's order. (8) ON YOUR TRAY: Jo'el McNish
tells Kyle Chappell what to put on-the tray of food. (9) GIVE THE ORDER: Aleah Freeze gives the order sheet to the chef.
(10) BOX IT UP: Dave Mitchum boxes up the food for a customer. (11) GOOD HOSTING: Kyle Chappell smiles at custom-
S....... ers that enter the restaurant. (12) FRESH INGREDIENTS: The first graders served every ingredient individually so that
every customer got exactly what they wanted on their meal.
"My favorite subject is science. I love learning new things." Bailey Ledvina, first grader from 2007
Ms. Cox's Class
Catalina Cameron Stephanie Ana
Aguirre Baker-Small Baldwin Barrientos
Rafael Taylor Colin Noah
Colon Criss Currin Escue
Every year, on the last Thursday of November, Sophia Alissa David Mckenna
Faulkner Greene Hollinger Humphries
Americans have a day where they give thanks for ev-
They give thanks for their family, friends, lives and
other things around them.
And every year down in P.K.'s kindergarten class-
rooms, the P.K. family gives thanks by celebrating with -i
a Thanksgiving lunch with P.K.'s youngest students. Heston Sangeon lshaan Te'jon
This year was no different, as the kindergarten class- May Park Patel Reshard
es served up the traditional turkey, mashed potatoes,
stuffing, gravy, and pumpkin pie.
And because every family is different, and some have different Thanksgiving
customs, some P.K. families brought along their own traditional foods as well.
So the kindegarteners and their visitors could pick from not only turkey and
stuffing but other dishes that they had never tasted before. Emma Niyah
- maggie he
100 lv Aie ntarykindergarten
Ms. Donnellv's Class
Ms. Krank's Class
Gabrielle Portia Carstyn Jiovanni
fnn.al- Tvrinpc Tinctprman I -nnr
Francisco Aaron Phillip
Flores-Rodrieuez Hardawav Law
Iabitha Janae Christopher
Miller Morant Phillips
(1) DISHING IT OUT: Ms. Jill Cox, kindergarten teacher, serves green beans to her students. The students, teachers and
administrators helped serve each other in the spirit of Thanksgiving. (2) EAT AND CHAT: Ms. Betty Richardson celebrates
Thanksgiving with the kindergarteners by joining in on their lunch feast (3) FOOD FEST: P.K. teachers and administrators help
themselves to Thanksgiving dishes. (4) FAMILY AFFAIR: David Hollinger sits and enjoys his lunch with his mother Ms. Amy
Hollinger. (5)LEARNING THROUGH GAMES: Rafael Colon plays a learning game on the computer in Ms. Jill Cox's class. (6)
LET'S RACE: Third-grader Blake Cox and kindergartener Alissa Greene compete in a friendly bicycle race. (7) MARBLE MAZE:
Heston May and Sangeon Park, both kindergartners, build a maze and race marbles through it. They enjoyed watching their
marbles crash into each other. (8) BEAUTIFUL BEADS: Taylor Criss makes a necklace out of beads. (9)MARKER ART: Grace
Cox works hard on drawing her masterpiece a multi-colored turkey, filled in with her own special blend of brilliant markers. (10)
CASTLES OF SAND: Stephanie Baldwin shovels sand out of the way to make a foundation for her sand castle.
Kindergartners wait on the auditorium steps for the music to start. 2001 Yongester
what do you do when you're not teaching?
"I clean buildings."
Coach Willy Powers, physical
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104 teachers and administrators
'"I run kids off campus and send
them to the 3:10 club."
Mr. Randy Scott, assistant
"I like to make art. Sometimes, I go
to the springs."
Ms. Leslie Peebles, art teacher
While some teachers are the spotlight of their classroom or hard at work grading
papers, Ms. Dee Palmer is in the student clinic working her magic.
As most kids know, Ms. Palmer is an amazing school nurse. But not many kids know
how rewarding her job actually is.
"The best part about my job was that my kids went here, and that I could see them,"
she says. "Now that they are gone, it's the range of the kids."
It's not uncommon for kids to get out of class to go to the clinic just to talk to Ms.
Palmer and share stories with her. Or if they are checking in late at the attendance
office, it is almost impossible for them to resist stopping by the clinic, made warm by
P.K.'s very own nurse, just to say hi.
"I have to be honest and say that sometimes I do feel like getting out of class and
going to see my favorite school nurse," freshmen Taylor Nelson says.
Ms. Palmer has worked as a nurse for 35 years and has been with the P.K. staff for
seven years. She is always someone to go to if you feel slightly under the weather or
if you just need someone to brighten your day.
"I have been here since sixth grade, and I love Nurse Palmer because she feels like
my second mom. She is so bright and happy and full of love," junior Megan Jones
"This is the best job I have ever had," Ms. Palmer says. leah tenbieg
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(1) GUZZLE GUZZLE GUZZLE: Mr. Thomas Beyer, 12th-grade English teacher,
brews coffee in his office so he can sip between classes. (2) WIDE AWAKE: Mrs.
Brittany Rajchel, journalism instructor, drinks coffee while she reads her e-mails.
You probably won't find a teacher at P.K. who doesn't treasure a hot,
steamy cup of joe.
Almost every teacher, whether you realize it or not, needs their daily
dose of caffeine.
While students rush to get in line for a sausage biscuit in between
classes, teachers stock up on caffeine.
Teachers often have to wake up at the crack of dawn to get to
school on time.
Flexibility to come in late is not an option, even though other jobs
may start much later or have flexible start times.
Schools always begin early in the day and go on until mid-afternoon.
They have to keep getting up early, which can be difficult. To avoid
being tired or falling asleep on the job, they instead enjoy cups of coffee
to keep them awake and alert.
"Every single day coffee starts off my morning. I used to have a coffee
maker in my classroom. I usually drink six cups a day, and the timer
on my coffee maker actually wakes me up in the morning. You can
call me a 'coffee junkie'," said middle school civics teacher Ms. Jackie
Sirmopoulos. "If I didn't drink it in the mornings, my students wouldn't
be very happy with me."
Coffee may have some teachers hooked, but a lot of them actually
"I drink probably three cups of coffee a day," said journalism teacher,
Mrs. Brittany Rajchel.
She says it's the best part of her day, when she can savor a cup of
her favorite drink before teaching.
Just about every teacher has their own way of "waking up" in the
morning or their own way of staying awake.
And if you ask around, their main source seems to be coffee.
"When the baby sleeps, I drink two cups a day. When the baby
doesn't sleep, I drink four or more," says English teacher Tom Beyer.
"Mr. [Thom] Anderson gives one of his spectacular lecture/discussions during his prized AP American History class. Many student I ournd
his class challenging but very rewarding by the end of the year." 2003 3 *nwter p- 107
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Language arts is no ordinary class. You can do many things: Reading, writing, and debating.
"I think English is a very interactive class, and you get to learn in many ways," says freshmen Alex
But while language arts can be exciting, there is a lot of work to do. In some classes you have to read for
30 minutes to an hour a day, just to keep up, and depending on the book it can, be, well, a bit boring.
However, if you get the right book, it can be quite enjoyable.
"Language arts is such a special class because of the art of communicating, and it is such a beautiful
thing," says seventh-grade language arts teacher Mr. Greg Cunningham.
Whatever you do in language arts, whether its boring or even hard work, you should love it and enjoy
all the great English teachers P.K. provides, Cunningham says.
Like Mr. Eric Lemstrom, the 11th-grade English teacher, who enjoys using his language arts class to
open his students' eyes to new experiences and interesting people.
"Teaching language arts is important to me because I like to talk to students about writers who have
changed the world and to convince them that they can do the same," Lemstrom says.
what is your favortie part about language arts?
"Mr. Cunningham makes hard and boring stuff W "When Rachel Piper read 'Womanizer' for her
into fun activities, and I have my best friend peom on open mike day."
Kayla in that class." Karina Rivera 12th grade
Justin Hagin, seventh grade
(1) FRIENDSHIPS: Junior Maurice Perry works steadily
to finish his English test. (2) LIFER: Junior Katie Fields
anxiously finishes her work sheet so that she can relax
in class. (3) COLLEGE LIFE: Freshmen Jeanne Landry
works diligently to finish an assignment. (4) LISTEN
EVERYONE: Librarian Penny Chou reads to the first
graders in The Swamp Reading Room. Elementary stu-
dents enjoy this time away from their class rooms. (5)
WHERE'S THAT PAPER?: Eighth-grade language arts
teacher Amy Murphy searches her papers for a certain
student's name. Teachers work hard to get assigne-
ments graded and handed back on time. (6) COLOR-
ING IS FUN: Eighth-grader Dylan Batfle colors his paper
while Ms. Carolyn Harrell gives a speech. (7) ZZZZZZ:
Seventh-grader Samuel Mahom slowly falls asleep in
Mr. Greg Cunningham's class. (8) I'M WATCHING YOU:
Freshman Joseph McCormack stares down at his com-
puter. (9) THIS IS CONFUSING: Freshman Caroline Le-
sousky looks confused as she trys to finish her work.
(10) WRITING AWAY: Molly Bailey writes diligently
during Mr. Cunningham's class. (11) DO YOU UNDER-
STAND?: Dallas Williams helps Kerrin Mosley under-
stand the writing assignment. (12) PATTY CAKE: Mr.
Cunningham slaps his hands together to get his students
to pay attention. (13) READING IS FUN: Seventh-grader
Morgan Garcia reads while Mr. Cunningham talks. (14)
COMFORTABLE?: Eighth-grader Jessica Kidd writes
her assignment on the floor in Ms. Murphy's class.
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112 edm iem ics science
(1) ANIMAL TAMERS: Some of Mr. Randy Hollingers students are allowed to
handle the many different kinds of mammals and reptiles that swarm his class-
room. (2) TENDING TO SCIENCE: Seventh-grader Eric Otero uses an eye dropper
to carefully tend to his science experiment. (3) ANIMANIA: One of the many
m.P.K. Yonge class pets chow down on some tasty crickets for lunch. Many animals
infest P.K. science classrooms around the school, helping students learn about
wildlife and natural environments. (4) NETTING FISH: Junior Hadyn Brasher nets
harmful algae out of a fish tank to protect the delicate marine animals that reside in
Ms. Renee Andrews' science room. (5) SALINITY: Junior Darrel Davis tests many
chemicals in the fish tanks to make sure that the animals have a safe environment
to live in. (6) MICROSCOPIC EVIDENCE: Middle-schoolers use innovative tech-
niques to learn more about their science experiments, and in Mr. Hollinger's class,
6 they use video cameras to record through microscopes.
F ience teacher Mrs. Julie Brown has grown dear to P.K. hearts, but some things just can't
List year, her students found out that Mrs. Brown was going to be a mother, and even
ugh the stress of pregnancy would be be tough, she was planning to labor through as much
aching as she could possibly muster in 2008.
"No one knew for a long time last year," says Mrs. Brown. "I told them that I rode rides at
isch Gardens, but I couldn't because of the baby."
Mrs. Brown did troop through the first semester, grading homework and coming up with
;sons and tests.
"My main concern is that the students aren't taught to the fullest potential," says Mrs.
She had to leave eventually to have her baby. Mrs. Brown made the ultimate sacrifice for
(7) WE'LL MISS YOU: Mrs. Julie Brown teaches one of
her last physics classes before she had her baby, who was
born in December. (8) WATER MONITERING: Science
instructor and P.K. parent Brenda Breil conducts classes
in the creek, studying the water conditions with P.K.'s ma-
rine biology class. (9) BURGIN PLAYS WITH FIRE: Mr.
Burgin puts on a light show for his high school chemistry
class. He says it's one of his favorite past times.
L'.:.r.e SornJ,;r chech_ the br,..ud' u.ngu equipnreni S.tuderis usuall\ rrI nen,' the sci,'n,.e ,:'1 s take care of much of the equipment used to enrich
l. .rmn; e perien~r, in P K ir,n, -1947 Yongester 113
"I'm flippin' sweet at art, and I get to carry around this portfolio bag, and it makes me look cool," says sophomore Mary
Ellen Rankeillor, a Portfolio student.
This year, Portfolio students worked on a huge project titled "Soulful Self Expressionist Self Portrait." They had few limita-
tions. There only requirements were to create a a double self portrait with expressionist colors on a 4-foot by 6-foot canvas. It
was a five-week project, and yet many of the students had to work over time, after school.
On a Teacher Workday, Oct. 27, Portfolio Art students still came to school, during regular school hours, to finish their proj-
Even adding this extra day and many after-school hours, the deadline was edited for those who only needed to add the
Dane Pinks, sophomore, says he got his motivation for the theme of his project from creatures he has created in the past.
"There are new things people can create every day," Pinks says.
Another portfolio student, Ryan Grimes, got his theme from "hanging upside down because I like doing that."
Most of the students say that Dr. Diane Skye, who teaches the Portfolio class, pushes them to thrive in art and express
"She pushes us to our artistic limits," says senior Devan Baird.
(9)ON FIRE: Sophomore Dane Pinks
adds red paint to his masterpiece.
(10)PAINT-SLINGER: Mary Ellen
Rankeillor keeps her focus as she gets
more paint. (ll)CARVING PINK: Se-
nior Beth Edwards carves away the
extra pink on her print. (12)PAINT-
ING WAVES: An overused paint tray
helps build a work of art.
(1)START WITH A SKETCH: Senior Cristiida uarez sLirts
with a sketch before she paints. (2) GETTING INTO DETAIL:
Junior Gisela Fernandez crouches down to perfect her arn
work. (3)PEELING TO PERFECTION: Sophomore Caidin
Doak peels paint to reveal the print she has created under-
neath. (4)PAINTING TO THE EXTREME: Sophomore Cardin
Hare finishes up her project with some final adjustmensi 151
CLEAN UP: Pottery tools are left out and forgortteni e ern.
one cleans up their space. (6) IDEAS ARE EVERYW, HERE:
Fourth-grader Travian Nembhard gets ideas from the gallery
artwork around him. (7) POTTERY TO THE MAX: Sopho-
more Ajay Hunt smoothes out his clay. (8)FLOWER POWER:
Seventh-grader Kassidy Kennard paints her own version of
Ever had a feeling of triumph when it was your art being displayed?
Mrs. Leslie Peebles, P.K.'s own middle school art teacher, has felt that triumph. Her
art was in the downtown art festival. It was even used on the poster to advertise the
Downtown Art Festival in November.
Peebles went to Suwannee High school in Live Oak, Florida.
She took art in high school and said that because of that art class, she wanted to
major in art.
"I focused much of my time on art and took nearly every art class that I focused much of my time on art and took nearly every art class that was offered. I have al-
ways been a visual person, and as a child was in several art competitions." Jennifer Vickers, P.K. class of 1990 115
what was the purpose of having
political clubs on P.K. 's campus?
"To get kids who could vote to
Zari Whittaker, 10th grade
"We wanted to make sure
Barack Obama became the 43rd
president of the United States."
Hakeem Hasan, ninth grade
I "We tried to get people to learn
* that it is important to vote."
I| Stevie Njeru, ninth grade
"To get people to register to
Maggie He, 10th grade
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JUNIORS' AMERICAN HISTORY textbook (3lSEN*OR-L
AMERICAN GOVERNEMNT textbook 1(4 FRESHP1ENI'
WORLD HISTORY leaibook 151 BEWARE OF THEI
BLILL: The nes 12th-grade government teacher Mr Gir. I
Boul'.are shares his wealth ol knowledge ith sruderfi
(61 SEARCHING FOR ANSWERS: Freshmen WLaV.,1
Dolan, Barn Banks. Emma Arthur and Iriends in \\ rl,1
History scour through their textbooks lor answ.er- Il1
FOCUSED: Junior Lauren Thompson shnifs throuqhi '
Iormaion 181 THE LEGEND: FreshmaniWorld H, ir
Teacher Mr Thorn Anderson enlightens his freshman sru
dent Elizebeth Tonner (91 MORE WORK: The work no
er ends in World Historn 110) HELPFUL TECHNOLOGI
Senior Renard Bryant uses tie Internet in Mr Bouluar'
class III ITEMH ORK: Senior Errol Lucas help fell.'":
senior Stephan Meads ,ith a dilficult assignment 112l
PRESIDENTS: Seniors use computers to learn history.
116 e em icssocial studies
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inm,rp':,ratingr hi.,.h I-,, and English Ms. Shirley Ann Scarabino, class of 1965 117
History changed in 2008 at P.K. Yonge.
The American History teacher Mr. Thorn Ander-
son is now the ninth-grade World History teacher,
along with favorite eighth-grade history teacher
John Bourn, who is now the 11th-grade American
Juniors Joe Bolinao and Megan Weber had
Bourn for eighth grade before meeting him again in
"He is a completely different teacher," says We-
"The work is a lot more independent," says Bo-
linao. "We actually have to teach ourselves most of
The new teaching style is no mistake.
Mr. Bourn had noticed that teaching high school
students is much different than teaching eighth-
"Their focus is on other things," Mr. Bourn says.
"Sports, friends, relationships: Some students lights
are on, and some are off."
It seems the younger students are focused more
on learning and less on extracurriculars, creating a
perfect environment for teaching history, says Mr.
"The younger kids are more eager for informa-
tion," says Mr. Anderson, who made the opposite
switch from Mr. Bourn and who also noticed a dif-
ference between grades eighth and 11th
Mr. Gary Boulware, the new AP Government
and Economics teacher for 2008, along with Mr.
Bourn and Mr. Anderson were looking to spread
the academics of history to all the grade levels.
For instance, Mr. Boulware hopes to teach many
more AP classes at P.K.
But only history will tell if dreams come true.
"Algebra is a very easy class to pass," says freshman Jes-
But Nathan is one of the lucky ones. Math doesn't come so
easily to everyone.
"Math is hard to me. You have to do too much thinking,"
says sophomore Brittany Presley.
Math, it seems, is a very opinionated subject. Some people
like math, and some people just can't stand it.
And sometimes, it's not just math, but the type of math, that
gets under P.K. Yonge students' skin.
"I like algebra much better then geometrey," says sopho-
more Tyler Hagin.
"No matter what subject it is, math is hard for me. Every
year it get's harder," said sophomore Jenell Hartley-Cook.
Math can be confusing and tough for people and then again
some just see what they are being taught and understand it in
a flash. Everybody learns in different ways, but at the end of
the day all P.K. students had to pass their reading, writing, and
unfortunately for some, arithmetic classes.
"Math is not as hard as it used to be for me. I actually like
the way Mrs. Weller teaches geometrey," said sophomore
(1)WORKING HARD: First-grader Joey Macdonald works hard on his class work. (2) LENT ING
A HELPING HAND: Mr. George Pringle helps some of his sixth-grade students. (3) MAI- ING
IT VISUAL: Sixth-grade Kyle Osfield and Sebastian Galindo understand their math better after
playing a game. (4) CUTTING IT OUT: First-grader Aaliyah Norris cuts out her assignment dur-
ing class. (5) MAKING A MODEL: Algebra II teacher, Ms. Cindy King, stands behind student
sophomore Jazzlynn Watson as she demonstrates an Algebra skill called a slope for her whole
class to see. (6)BEING PRODUCTIVE: Sxith-grader Richman Griffin works on his math home-
work in class. (7) TEACH IT: Algebra teacher Mr. Shane Carnley helps one of his students
understand the material he is teaching. (8) INTERACTING WITH THE TEACHER: Geometry
teacher Ms. Kristen Weller does a question-response activity. (9)TAKING A CLOSER LOOK:
Ms. Weller uses her Elmo so her students can look up at something when they take down notes
and understand the concept of what she is teaching. (10) ITS CALLED EVERYDAY MATH: A
group of girls look over there answers to see if they are wrong or right. (ll)READING ALONG:
Sixth-grader Cameron O'neal reads an interesting book involving math. (12)TALKING: Mr. Car-
nley teaches his class. (13) CONCENTRATING AND THINKING: Freshman Charmian Akins
works on algebra in Mr. Carnley's class. (14) MAKIND A MATCH: Sixth-graders Whitney Har-
rington and Kyle Osfield play a card game. (15)JUST LISTENING: Sophomores Ivi Crawford,
Samantha Eller, Omali Tyson and freshman Billy Hardaway listen to Mrs.Weller.
"I started at P.K. when my daughter was born,
to avoid the long commute to the teaching position
I had at Interlachen," said Ms. Kristen Weller, 10th-
grade Geometry teacher.
Ms. Weller, who in the 2007-08 academic school
year taught seventh-grade Algebra, moved up to
her current high-school position when she found
out that a former teacher was leaving to take a
teaching position at the University of Florida Col-
lege of Education.
P.K. needed to shuffle around math teachers,
she says, and because she loves the environment,
the other teachers, and students at P.K. Yonge, she
agreed to teach at the high school level.
"She is one of the best math teachers I have ever
had. No teacher has ever taught me math like this,"
says Cyarah Welch, 10th grade.
Ms. Weller says she enjoys teaching math be-
cause she has always loved numbers.
She feels that everything has to have a specific
place in her life, and math does that for her.
Ms. Weller feels that math is one of the most logi-
"I love being able to share that logic with others
and that probably makes me a geek."
A 1949 P.K. math class
It's that time of year most students dread: time to take the FCAT and SAT. These two big tests that count
the most toward students' futures is possibly the most dreaded test in high school.
These tests call for many hours of studying and a lot of un-needed stress. It gets so bad that some stu-
dents don't know how to deal with it
"I don't deal with it I keep it inside of me," junior Alex Polefko says.
When asked how he dealt with the stress of these big tests, junior Haydn Brasher says he "just studies
more 'til I'm not stressed, so I know I'm ready."
Stress is a big part of the life of a high school student. There are many ways to deal with it, such as work-
ing out, writing poetry, or playing instruments.
So, which test is more important, the SAT or the FCAT?
"SAT," says senior Sean Richardson. "It's your whole future right there. It matters what college you're
going to get into so you're not stuck at Santa Fe your whole life."
Sophomore Elle Rankeillor agrees.
"SAT is more important. The FCAT is written by a bunch of ludite neanderthal drones," she says.
The "SAT, because it gets you into college, and I want to go to college," says freshmen Taylor Nelson.
She hasn't taken the SAT yet, but she looks forward to acing it.
To get a 1600 on the SAT, you need a good breakfast, lots of pencils, and a good night's sleep, teachers
But no matter what students do or don't do to prepare for the FCAT or SAT, both tests always roll
around, like clockwork, every year.
reba larose, tempra arroyo, tyler stokes
(1) CHOOSE YOUR WEAPON: A group of pencils lay out
on a table. Some might say that, when writing, your pen-
cil is your weapon. (2) FCAT PRACTICE: Reba LaRose,
sophomore, does her FCAT practice handout to prepare
for the mathematics portion on the FCAT. (3) FOCUS ON
THE POSITIVE: Sophomore Sergio Galindo dreads work-
ing on his FCAT practice handout but sticks with it know-
ing it will help him in the future. (4) WORKING HARD
OR HARDLY WORKING: Chandlar Witt, sophomore, gets
stuck on a hard problem on her practice FCAT worksheet.
(5) SCANTRONS: A group of scantrons lay out on a table.
Scantrons are used to help teachers grade faster, and then
they can reuse tests and save trees. (6) THINKING ON
THE SPOT: Freshman Pierce Skidmore ponders a ques-
tion on his geometry quiz. Mrs. Kristen Weller, math
teacher, took her tests and quizzes very seriously. (7)
THE TOOLS TO GET IT DONE: These writing utensils are
all a student needs to succeed in acing that big test.
5 hours (2 percent)
n t h2 hours (11 percent)
how long do you spend studying?
1 hour (20 percent)
30 min. (7 percent)
min. (9 percent) Survey of 65 students
120 Hiemnics testing
"Senior Narayan Hearn rushes to finish his vocabulary in Mrs. Pinder's class. Mrs. Pinder's class challenged students on many levels." 2006 Yongester
.. ... ... ..
"This class is pretty laid back. We learn some skills with computers and then chill the rest of
the time," says senior Sean Richardson.
Although computer science may sound all fun and computer games, Mr. Rob Horter hopes
that his students learn a little about computers when they take his class.
"My main goal is that the students learn some new concepts with applications that might
foster a potential career," Mr. Horter says.
Horter was new to P.K Yonge in 2008 but not new to teaching. He taught at Eastside High
School for 20 years prior to coming here.
"Teaching at P.K is different than I expected. I never taught middle school before. I was a
little apprehensive," he says.
In 2008, the middle-schoolers learned a basic introduction to computers skills, such as how
to use Microsoft Word and PowerPoint. The high school students are utilizing the program Al-
ice, an animation program they used to make their own short animation videos. They are also
making their own Web pages.
So why did Mr. Horter choose P.K, after all?
"P.K Yonge seemed like a really warm, sincere group of people to work with, both faculty
and students," he says.
tempra arroyo, reba larose, & tyler stokes
(1) BLANK STARE: Ninth-graders Paolo Jose Del Castillo and Zach Ayala, plus eighth-grader Ben Foster,
stare blankly at their computer screens. Some students were intimidated by the new skills they learned.
(2) HANDS AT WORK: Freshman Cody Dupuis' hardworking fingers slave over a hot keyboard. Typing is
a key computer skill. (3) WORKING HARD OR HARDLY WORKING: Senior Sean Richardson and sopho-
mores Chase Calvert and Dalton Stevens put off their class assignments to play video games. Computers
proved tempting for students who found many outlets to procrastinate. (4)STAR STUDENT: Sophomore
Manny Kurki-Fox sets a prime example for the class by staying on task and accomplishing her work. (5)
CONCENTRATING CALVERT: Chase Calvert works hard on his Web page. (6) THERE IS NO SUCH THING
AS A BAD QUESTION: Dalton Stevens asks Mr. Horter a question about his Web page. (7) IN THE ZONE:
Sophomore Briana Geveshausen works steadily on her class work.
122 el m 1 c Scomputer science
what do you like best about being in com-
"We are learning about new stuff
Dalton Stevens, sophomore
"All the free time after assign-
Chase Calvert, sophomore
"I like that Mr. Horter is real laid
back. He's handsome and basi-
cally like my second father."
Mike Lesousky, senior
In this day and age, technology has become more than just an elective, it has become an integral part of our day-to-day lives. Now more than ever, techno-
logical skills are an essential part of succeeding in school or in a career. 1999 Yongester 123
The pencil situation at P.K is randomness at its best. Many P.K students use a generic old-fashioned or mechanical pencil.
While mechanical pencils tended to be the more popular choice, they are the pricier option: students spent upwards of $3.50 on
a pack of 4. So many students chose to use unique pencils that tend to express their personalities, cheaply.
For instance, Sam Johnson, eigth grade, sometimes chose to write with the pencil on his compass because he did not have
any other writing utensil. Johnson has a more extreme case of writing utensil unpreparedness, or WUU. WUU is more often
displayed when a student uses a highlighter as a writing utensil.
Some teachers were gracious enough to lend students pens or pencils, if they offered collateral. Students say they've traded
shoes, backbacks, cell phones and lunches to teachers like Ms. Kristin Weller and Mr. Greg Cunningham in exchange for a pen-
cil or pen. Yet, others are too afraid to ask their teachers,
"I mooch my writing utensils off whomever will give me one," admits senior Logan Hamilton.
Other students feel like victims when they fall prey to the pencil-moochers.
"I lend a pencil, but I don't lend the ones I like the most," sophomore Ellie Portillo says, knowing that once you give a pencil,
you probably won't see it again.
Down in the elementary school, students get a thrill out of sharpening their pencils until they are microscopic. This causes a
disruption in the middle of class, and many kids get in trouble, but it is still a popular trend.
WUU was not criticized at P.K., though. Everyone had their days when they came to P.K. unprepared or chose to be a
slacker."'Bring a pencil to school' is the last thing on my mind when there's sleep in the picture," junior Kayleigh Estes says.
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(1) DIRECTION, ANYONE?: Eigth-grader Sam John-
son uses his compass as his pencil. It works pretty
well, he says. (2) COLORFUL SWIRL: Seventh-grader
Chad Liverman holds onto his swirly pencil while
thinking about candy. (3) DOES IT TASTE GOOD?:
Seventh=grader Josh Mauk chews on his pen to relieve
stress or out of boredom. (4) OH THAT LISA FRANK:
Seventh-grader Devonja Roberts loves the butterfly on
her Lisa Frank pen because it moves around when she
writes. (5) PIRATES: Fourth-grader Jalen Girtman's
"Pirates of the Caribbean" pencil is one of his favorites.
He enjoyed this pencil so much he wanted to sharpen
it every day. (6) MINATURE PENCIL: Eleventh-grader
Lucas Heacock is one of the many students at P.K who
enjoys sharpening their pencil's a little too much. You
could say that Heacock wants to get the most out of
his pencil, even if it can't fit into the pencil sharpener
anymore. (7) THE 80s ARE BACK: Fifth-grader Gabrial
Pelegrina decided to use the pencil with an 80s print
on it The vibrant orange and gold pattern takes you
back in time. (8) MEGATRON: Kindergardener Taete
Bost picked out this popular "Transformers" pen from
a basket full of unique pens for the photo. (9) THIS
PEN'S GOT YOUR BACK: Seventh-grader Kristen Da-
na's pen is in the shape of a spine that has scoliosis.
(10) FOUND ON THE GROUND: This lonesome pencil
with no owner actually belongs to the high school art
teacher Mrs Diane Skye. (11) CINDERELLA!: Nonth-
grader Shelby Eller uses her favorite Disney princess
pen in Mr. Thom Anderson's class. The Cinderella pen
makes her feel like a princess everytime that she uses
it. (12) OLD-FASHIONED: Third-grader Jack Broling
uses one of the old fashion No. 2 pencils for the pen-
cil bin at his table. These pencils are less common on
campus because the mechanical pencil is such a popu-
lar pencil of choice.
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