Staff Pick 2/13


School climate surveys are…

Micah Britt: I think the school climate surveys are a waste of time. The school forced us to take it and unlike last year not give out any type of incentive. Last year the school gave out prizes like a laptop, a fitbit, and tablet. Without the incentive most of my peers put in random answers so they could get done faster, or they wouldn’t do it at all. In my opinion all of the information from the surveys never gets used to improve the school, and the school only wants the money for tests for upperclassmen.

Cristopher Carlson: The school climate survey is a good resource for our school and staff to know how the students really feel. I feel like if you’re in high school you are mature and old enough to answer the questions honestly and take them seriously. Based on how our classmates answer the questions they can change the direction of our school and how our school safety operates. The questions that were on the survey are very important and relevant for high schoolers. Our staff is trying to understand what goes on in students lives and how to help them out and make the high school experience safer and better for everyone.

Carter Thomas: I think that school climate surveys are a great way to get a deeper understanding of how our students at Kayhi are feeling. Our staff needs to know if students feel safe at school and at home, what the drug and violence atmosphere is like, and many other questions these surveys ask. They may seem like a drag when you are forced to sit and take them with your class, but they provide good intel for the school. They can move our district to change the way they do things. At the strategic planning meeting for our district, they used many of these surveys when discussing different topics. Those numbers moved the committee to take action on certain topics such as safety. They take 20 minutes to complete, but can have drastic effects on our schools.

Seniors battle TM

Cody Kemble
Staff Writer

Three Region championships ago, Emmie Smith and Payton Simmons were freshmen on JV, Ashley Huffine was enrolled at Klawock High School, and Nora Agoney wasn’t even playing basketball.
This Saturday will be their final game at the Clarke Cochrane Gymnasium.
“It’s bittersweet, we’re getting close to the end,” said Smith. “I’m very grateful for everything that has happened and the memories that I have made.”
Head coach Kelly Smith has coached the girls throughout each of their Kayhi basketball careers.
“These girls have worked hard in practice and in games. They represent well on the road and in the community,” said Smith. “Those traits carry on a strong Lady King tradition. I am proud of them for helping to keep those things alive in our program.”
The Lady Kings (8-10) will look to extend their 20-game win streak against Thunder Mountain. Kayhi has already beat the Falcons four times this season. Varsity will play at 7:15 in the Clarke Cochrane Gym.

Senior Night

On Friday night, the Lady Kings will be holding their annual “Pink Night” to promote breast cancer awareness. When Kayhi takes the court they will be wearing their all pink uniforms.
“It’s something great we do every year” said senior Emmie Smith. “It is a really fun game and it is a good feeling seeing all the people who come out to support our team and a good cause.”
There will be pink long sleeve and T-shirts for sale during the game, or they can be bought from any Lady Kings player.
All proceeds go to the First City Council on Cancer.
Before Friday nights game, the Kayhi Pep Band seniors will be recognized as well.
On Saturday night when Kayhi takes on the Falcons again, Kayhi Dance and Cheer teams will all be wearing 1 Billion Rising Revolution shirts to support the movement.
The 1 Billion Rising Revolution is a movement that was started in 2012 to end violence against women. The event is held in February each year.
Prior to the game on Saturday, the Lady Kings seniors will be recognized.

Lady King seniors:
Payton Simmons
Emmie Smith
Ashley Huffine
Nora Agony

Pep Band seniors:
John Luke Calderon
Andrea Short
Jaret Warstler
Warren Balluta
Mackenzie Fousel
Joey Biss
Dan Neufeldt
RJ Danao
Maury Meiresonne
Ezrie Anderson
Alphege Dulay
Collette Rhein
Jacob King

Tarrant Sasser contributed

Kings face Edgecumbe

It’s crunch time.
Kayhi (12-8) will play Mt. Edgecumbe (4-10) this weekend to secure the number one seed in the region.
Junior Kristian Pihl said that the Kings cannot overlook the Braves.
“We can’t underestimate them,” said Pihl. “They are only 3a, but they still have a strong team. We can try some of our strategies, but we need to keep it locked in on defense.”

Key to the game:
Focus, this weekends games don’t count toward seeding in the region tournament or state tournament. Kayhi can still use these games to clean up any bad habits, though, like their trend of losing the first game of all their away trips.
Regions is also being held at Edgecumbe this year, and playing on their court can give Kayhi an advantage over Juneau Douglas and Thunder Mountain.
Senior Cody Kemble explains the advantage and importance of these games. “First of all we need to end the streak, it’s about time we win the first game on an away trip,” Kemble said. “This isn’t just a normal game though we get to play on the same court as regions and we get to practice some of our new strategies we’ll use against Thunder Mountain and JD at regions.”

Senior Night on the Sideline


By Payton Simmons
Staff Editor

My teammates are playing their last home game of the season this weekend. Instead of joining them, I’ll be hobbling around the sidelines. On Jan. 11, my basketball career ended with the sound of a simple pop.
Knowing nothing about the knee or exactly how it works, I didn’t really think anything of it. I thought it was just a tweak or a sprain. My knee immediately swelled up and felt stiff as if it were a jammed finger. I couldn’t walk, it was just the start of frustration, pain, and discomfort.

The ACL prevents the tibia from sliding out in front of the femur, and provides rotational stability to the knee. The anterior cruciate ligament runs diagonally in the middle of the knee.

After icing and elevating all night and not being able to toss and turn in bed like normal people usually do, I went to see the doctor the next morning. The doctor yanked and pulled on my knee (medically referred to as the Lachman’s test) to test the ligaments and tendons. After he was done, he told me that by the feel of it he thinks its an ACL tear. At that moment my heart honestly did drop. I thought the things I love to do could be over. I thought about dumb things like the what ifs. What if I wasn’t guarding her, what if there was a time out one second before, what if I didn’t run back on defense that fast. There was another thought in the back of my head that he could be wrong. He can’t see inside my knee only the machine can. Maybe it’s not an ACL tear. Maybe it’s just a bad sprain. But in reality it is what it is, it sucks, but it happened and there’s nothing I can do about it.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a medical imaging technique used in radiology to form pictures of the anatomy and the physiological processes of the body in both health and disease. MRI scanners use strong magnetic fields, magnetic field gradients, and radio waves to generate images of the organs in the body.

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The doctor said the next step would be to get an MRI. The swelling makes it harder for the machine to see through. So I had to wait. Each day went by so slow. I continued to ice and elevate to keep the swelling down. A week later, the swelling was down and my knee wasn’t as stiff. I could bend and straighten my leg way better than when the injury happened, but I was still on crutches. The range of motion after the week of icing gave me hope for good news.
I went in for the MRI which took about half an hour laying inside the machine. The waiting started again. The nurse told me the doctor will call when they have the results. I had no idea how long it would take, but I was very fortunate to receive a call the next day. He wanted me to come in to review the results. That being said, I knew it had to be something somewhat serious. I went in and saw him. He showed me all of the MRI pictures and explained each one. The last picture he showed me was my ACL torn completely in half.

There were three different options to repair an ACL – the patient’s hamstring, patellar tendon, or a cadaver.

I had never heard of any of this in my life, I was lost, frustrated, and just had no idea. I did a lot of research and talked to a lot of people to get different opinions on what was the best way to go. My surgeon was very confident that the patellar tendon was the strongest, and from what I read and heard that’s what I felt too. From there, I was scheduled a surgery date. Until then I continued my routine of icing. It was very strange being able to hobble around without crutches feeling like I was healing, but still needing surgery.

Pre-surgery prep is important. Range of motion is important to prevent arthritis in the future. Exercises include heel slides, knee extensions, and heel raises.

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Two weeks later, I walked into the pre-op room nervous. The nurse gave me a gown, I changed, and got in the hospital bed. She took all of my vitals to then continue to put an IV in my arm. She started me on fluids and talked me through what was happening. The anesthesiologist came into the room and explained what medicines they were giving me through the IV. They not only put me to sleep, but they put a nerve block in my leg. The nerve block is optional and I would recommend it to anyone who is having the surgery. As soon as the doctor put the anesthesia in my IV, I started to feel woozy and things were blurry. It felt like I was going in and out of a dream. The last thing I remember before waking up was a blurry team of doctors rolling my bed through the blurry hallway and into the elevator.

Post-surgery symptoms include knee pain, nausea, amnesia, drowsiness. Some symptoms may last up to a week.


An hour and a half later I woke up in a different room than I started in. Again, everything was blurry but this time I was in pain. My knee was throbbing, my head was spinning, and my stomach was aching. The nurse continued to give me painkillers through my IV. The anesthesia made me dry heave. I felt like I was going to faint, and had lost all of my appetite. The doctors kept me in the hospital for a couple hours after my surgery. When I was discharged I was still feeling the same symptoms. I went home and iced my knee. I woke up multiple times throughout the night with discomfort. Over the next week I got out of bed just one time other than to use the bathroom. Time was the only thing that could help. I still couldn’t eat. I was able to keep down one ritz cracker in three days. I was dehydrated and sick.
My favorite foods didn’t even sound good to me. About the fourth day my appetite started to come back. I ate a grilled cheese. It tasted like the best thing I’ve ever eaten in my life, and I could finally drink water. I was bored out of my mind. I slept almost every other hour because of the painkillers. After the week of nonsense was over the nausea went away but the knee discomfort was still there. I was able to get out of bed on crutches without feeling like fainting.
Since then, I’ve been mastering my crutch skills and have been feeling good. There is still some pain but nothing like before. I started going to physical therapy three times a week. My recovery will be nine months of rehab and muscle building.
It is a long road ahead, but that’s life. 

Students take climate survey Wed.

By Cade McAllister
Staff Writer

Students will be taking the Climate and Connectedness Survey on Wednesday in advisory class. Mr. McClory said that the school uses the survey to discover how to find out what the students like and dislike about certain things in the school, and that they are really trying to help make it a good place for students to work.
“Schools try to use the student data to try to determine whether or not there are things they’re doing well,” said McClory. “They want to create a positive environment in which kids can work, or if there are things where there a deficits.”
For this survey, students do not need a permission slip to participate. This survey occurs every year for the school.
“If they’re not going to do this for themselves, I would hope they would take the survey in an attempt to give data that will help the school come up with plans to make it a better school for the next year of kids,” he said.
It is an opportunity for students to express what they dislike about the school and help the school change it.
“It’s your chance to do more than complain,” said McClory. “It’s your chance to give specific feedback, they want to create a safe environment.”

Kings split at TM

The trend continues.
Kayhi (12-8, 4-2) lost the first game of a road trip for the 4th time in a row this season. The Kings did earn a split with Thunder Mountain after winning Saturday 64-51. The win gave Kayhi sole position of first place in the conference.
“Our first road trip against JD it was more heart for the reason we lost,” said senior Cody Kemble. “This time we just did not play very good defense and not very good basketball to begin with.”
Kayhi had a two point lead at the end of the half, then TM rallied and took a 43-40 lead at the end of the third. Kayhi closed the gap but never lead again and eventually lost, 62-55.

Lady Kings go 1-3 at Dimond

After three losses, two of which featured lost leads, the Lady Kings (8-10, 2-2) had watched a 31-10 lead over Thunder Mountain be cut to 6. Then Nadire Zhuta iced the game with a jumper with 1:32 and Kayhi prevailed 35-27.
The win brought Kayhi’s streak against the Falcons to 20 games and snapped a 4-game losing streak.
“It felt good to play together,” senior Ashley Huffine said. “It leaves a better taste from the trip that we get to go home on a win.”
Huffine said the streak doesn’t impact how the team prepares.
“I don’t really think about it too much, it’s just another game against the Falcons,” Huffine said. “They can be dangerous, so we can’t take them lightly.”
The Falcons gave Juneau-Douglas its only conference loss (40-36) on Feb. 1.


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