Debate does well in Sitka

Four Kayhi debaters place in the top three in three events this past weekend in Sitka. Arick Mattson took first in HumorousInterpreation, Frances Barry placed second in Extemporaneous Speaking, and Piper Cooper and Chris Brown (5-1) placed third in the Public Forum Debate.
Coach David Mitchell was very pleased with the Kayhi’s performance. Kayhi debaters took 12 of the top 20 speaker points spots.
“There was nothing in the preparation or performance that was at fault,” said Mitchell. “Sometimes it is just the luck of the draw regarding the match-ups and the judging. By the third meet everyone knows what they are doing and there is less separation between the top spots.”
The next meet will be hosted by Kayhi on Jan. 19.

Public Forum Debate
3rd: Chris Brown & Piper Cooper (Won 5, lost 1)
9th: Meriel English & Brendan Roof
10th: Frances Barry & Madyson Traudt

PFD Speaker Points
3rd Piper Cooper
4th Madyson Traudt
7th Henry Clark
9th Chris Brown
10th Thomas Brooks
10th Raevyn Goodson

Humorous Interpretation
Arick Mattson 1st

Extemporaneous Speaking
Frances Barry 2nd
Thomas Brooks 4th
Seth Chernick 5th

Expository Speaking
Chris Brown 4th

Gustafson, Tavares set State Records

Hannah Maxwell
Staff Writer

Freshmen Shania Gustafson and Natalie Tavares both set state records over the weekend in their first powerlifting meet, hosted by Body Mechanics. Gustafson benched 120 and Tavares benched 85 and squatted 165. Gustafson said she works out everyday in Kayhi’s girls conditioning class and started her powerlifting campaign only 3 months ago.
“I wanted to show that I could be more than just a small chubby girl,” Gustafson said. ”Next spring I’m going to try to beat the deadlift of 320.”
Girl’s conditioning teacher Allegra Machado said she was very proud of the girls.
“Shania comes in everyday wanting to lift and get stronger.” Machado said. “As a class we watched some videos and had Kevin Manabat came in from Ketchikan Crossfit and go over proper from with the girls. Come the spring meet they’re going to be even stronger.”

Wrestling Wins Region V title

Matt Rodriguez wrestles Conor Norman from Thunder Mtn. Photo by. Rosie Kacenas

Rosie Kacenas & Gavin Salazar
Staff Writers

The Kayhi wrestling team won their tenth consecutive Region V title this weekend. The team scored a total of 203 points. Eleven wrestlers took first in the regional tournament, and 18 will participate in the state tournament next weekend in Anchorage. Junior Brayden Linne was named  Most Outstanding wrestler for the second year in a row.
Coach Rick Collins said he is very proud of the team’s success.
“I think the guys did a great job. They wrestled really hard, and represented us really well,” said Collins. “They had some really tough matches, but they pushed through and it was really great to see that. We won our tenth title in a row, and we got the Sportsmanship Award again which is also great. I’m really proud of them for that.”
Senior Joey Karlik won his first Region title of his career this weekend.
“It feels really good because I put in so much work these past six years, and seeing something finally come out of it is really big for me,” said Karlik. “I hope to place in the state tournament, and possibly even take a state title too. This season really showed who was willing to actually go the distance, and it whittled out those who didn’t actually care about wrestling. Our team lost a lot of our big names and still came out on top.”

Kayhi 1st place wrestlers:
106(Girls)-Louisee Bueno
120-Matt Rodriguez
126-Vince Tenebro
132-Brayden Linne
138-Joey Karlik
152-Justin Albecker
160-Devin Dalin
170-Dawson Entwitt
182-Brandon Weiber
195-Cameron Harris
285-Joey Rhoads

Kayhi 2nd place wrestlers:
113-Patrick Rauwolf
126-Andy Collins
138-Mark Jasper
145-Richard Stuart
160-Nate Eisenhower
195-Sully Schulz
220-Blaise Boor

Kayhi Debate goes to Sitka

The Kayhi Debate team will travel to Sitka today to compete in their third regional meet of the season. Ketchikan will be competing against six other teams including Haines and Skagway.
The resolve that will be debated is whether or not NCAA student-athletes should be recognized as employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Competing Schools
-Mt. Edgecumbe
-Thunder Mtn.

Kayhi Wrestling Hosts the Region 5 Tournament

The Kayhi wrestling team is hosting the Region V tournament today Friday Dec. 8th, and tomorrow Saturday Dec. 9th. Every southeast team is participating, including the combined Juneau teams. The 3A and girls tournament will start Friday at 4 p.m., the 4A tournament will start Saturday at 10:30 a.m., and the finals will kick off at 7 Saturday night.
Coach Rick Collins said that although the team isn’t what it used to be, they hope to have enough remaining wrestlers to take the Region title for the tenth year in a row.
“We’ve got a lot of injuries still, and a lot of people dealing with disciplinary issues as well as people who quit,” said Collins. “Basically we’re just a shell of what we were supposed to be this year, but I’m really proud of the kids who’ve done the right thing and worked hard through the season. We’ve still got a good product and we still feel that we’ve got a shot at another region title.”
Kayhi seniors Justin Albecker and Nate Eisenhower are both very excited for this year’s region tournament. Albecker said he hopes to see some wrestlers take first place.
“I’ve been waiting for this moment all year. Post season is always my favorite time of year,” said Albecker. “I believe we will still have a great impact at regions, but we are a skeleton of the team we used to have. We’ll still have some state placers for sure though.”
Eisenhower said he is excited that his last regions tournament is at home.
“I have looked forward to my senior year of wrestling for a long time now, it is really exciting to have my last region tournament at home,” said Eisenhower. “I expect if the team performs up to their best capability, we’ll take home another title.”

Staff Picks

My favorite Christmas tradition is… singing loud for all to hear.

Keri Thomas:
My favorite Christmas tradition is being with my family and making our chocolate mint Christmas cookies. We’ve made this recipe every Christmas my entire life, and it quickly became my sisters and I’s favorite. We would beg our mother to make them every year. These cookies require a lot of time and effort so, my sister and I decided to learn how to make our favorite cookies ourselves, which are known to my family as “the Christmas cookies”. This tradition has continued every year, no matter what. Even though they are delicious, my favorite part about making these cookies isn’t eating them, It’s making them with my sister. It’s always been a great way for us to bond. Now that she is gone most of the year in college, I don’t get to see or talk to her as often. That makes this special time during the holidays even more valuable to me. My favorite aspect of Christmas traditions are how they bring family together and bring back good memories.

Leighton Bullock:
My absolute favorite Christmas tradition is when everyone is home for the holidays. My mom makes this amazing Norwegian Christmas cake called ‘Julekaka’. Its a traditional Norwegian sweet bread that is topped with some homemade flavored frosting that my mom makes. It’s a recipe/tradition that has been passed down my mom’s side for generations. Every year our family can’t ever get enough of it. As soon as it’s in the oven, we can’t wait for it to finish cooking so we can devour it. Sometimes she’ll spend the entire afternoon making different kinds of it only for it to be gone so fast because the rest of the family can never get enough. My mom normally experiments with the recipe too, sometimes she will add dried cranberries, raisins, or almonds, and extra sugar on top. But, what makes the Julekaka so special, is that it’s something we only get to savor during the Christmas holidays. It’s a holiday staple for our family every year, and I don’t think it will ever get old, But, I know that every year when Christmas is over the whole family is gonna miss it.

Grace Clark:
I don’t celebrate Christmas, but if I did my favorite part would be gathering around a super toasty fire in my living room, and watching a super funny holiday themed movie with my family. I used to celebrate Christmas when I was little, since then, my family’s religion has changed. Although I don’t celebrate it at home, I really enjoy going to Kyle’s house and spending time with his family because they are so welcoming.

Arick Mattson:
I love when my family and I circle around the hospital and say a prayer after singing Silent Night. I love how the community comes together and is able to be of one voice, and of one purpose. I live in a household centered around Jesus Christ, and the prayer around the hospital is a time for me to be at peace with myself, and feel good about my choices in life. In my family, Christmas is a time to give and to serve. What better way is there to serve, than to spend your time singing and praying for the sick and injured? With the additions made to the hospital, and the previous success that the hospital prayer has had, I have no doubts that this year will have more people than ever. I hope that everyone will be able to come so that we can all have a fun experience, and be able to give some of our time in the name of the Christmas spirit.

Kaitlyn Smith:
Every Christmas Eve, my Mom buys these ridiculous Christmas pajamas that we have to wear Christmas Eve night, and on Christmas morning. She purposely buys really bright colored, and kind of embarrassing ones, and it’s a tradition we’ve been doing since I was a little kid.
Jaret Warstler:
My favorite tradition is on Christmas day when our family gets together at my house in the morning for a Christmas breakfast and to open presents around the tree. We normally get together at around 8:30 a.m. in our pajamas and have a breakfast feast. Then we all go down in the living room and bump Christmas music and make a mess with unwrapping presents. After the presents, we open our stockings which is really my favorite part. Later in the day, we all get together again at a relatives house and we have a roast beef dinner. After we eat we then also open a few more smaller presents.


Sam Pitcher Memorial Concert

The Sam Pitcher Memorial Concert will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 7:00 p.m. in the Kayhi Auditorium. There will be a series of performances by groups including the Windjammers, the Scattered Sunshine Trombone Choir, as well as the Schoenbar Jazz Band. The Kayhi Jazz Band and Vocal Jazz Choir will also be performing.
Senior, and first year Jazz Choir member, Adrian Ronquillo, said he is not worried about performing with many talented groups at this concert.
“This isn’t a competition,” Ronquillo said. “We’re just here to show the community what jazz is all about.”