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They're Gonna Move Something!

May 06, 2014 01:50AM
“Pirates got the beat... Pirates got the beat... Pirates got the beat... We’re gonna—woop-woop—move something!” the cheerleaders chanted while the Class of 2014 rose to applause from the school. The seniors can feel a change coming as they finish the year, and they are ready to move something big!

“This class has great personalities,” smiles Rob Hicks, Fernandina Beach High School guidance counselor. “Our homecoming queen represented all the Florida homecoming queens at the AutoZone Liberty Bowl; this class started an Ultimate Frisbee Team, which is competing at the national level; one senior is a National Merit Finalist; and there are acrobats, equestrian enthusiasts, professional surfers, and everything in-between in this Fernandina Beach High School Class of 2014!”

Senior Clay Hewett is excited to look ahead to the future, but not without a look back over his shoulder at his years at FBHS. “Our class is full of kind, intelligent, athletic, and humorous people. I am especially going to miss my Ultimate Frisbee teammates, and so many teachers. I love my school, the faculty, my fellow classmates; it’s a fantastic school, not just for the education, but also for a great four-year experience!” he says.

Reeves Simmons agrees. “Our class is unique. When we first started out as freshmen, we were the chaotic class; we couldn’t get anything together. But, over the years, despite the drama, we managed to pull ourselves together and even win homecoming our senior year!” brags the senior. “My favorite memory is dancing in celebration after we pulled off our escapade skit!”

Homecoming is a special remembrance for senior Chelsea Holland, too. “My best memory from FBHS will be homecoming week my freshman year, when my best friend, Savannah Lee, and I stayed up for hours to make our costumes.”

In addition to the homecoming fun, the football, of course, is paramount. One of Hewett’s proudest moments was when FBHS defeated rival Yulee 16-13 with a buzzer-beating field goal. “Since we hadn’t beaten them in five years – and hadn’t even scored on them in four – it was a crazy moment!” he remembers.

And these kids are right. It’s that tight-knit group of students working together that brings them closer and makes the school special to the community. Hicks sums it up well. “One of the best things about FBHS is that we are one high school for one community. Everyone here is a Pirate, and everyone in town is a Pirate. You are able to foster a lot of school spirit that way, and it makes it easy to get the town behind the school.”

Simmons agrees. “I will miss the small-school feel. I’ll miss walking down the hallways and almost always knowing whomever I see around the corner. There is always a friend.” While the seniors take time to reflect on their days at FBHS, they are enthusiastic about what’s ahead. “I like the independence you receive upon going to college, and I’m eager to get into a curriculum geared to my future career,” says Hewett, who is headed to the University of South Florida this fall. “I am excited to see the man I will become.”

Hewett bragged about the athletic talent of the class, and Chelsea is one of its stars. She signed to play softball for two years on scholarship to Florida State College of Jacksonville. “I am looking forward to playing ball and getting into the nursing program to be a radiologist technician,” she says. This year, Chelsea was recognized as WJXT’s “All-Star Athlete,” a student who excels both in the classroom and in the community. Simmons is Tallahassee-bound, and she is eager to meet new friends and, hopefully, cheer the Seminoles to another national championship.

As the seniors relish their final days at FBHS, we congratulate each and every graduate. We can’t wait to watch you and root for you as you “move something” in the years ahead!