Wrestling competes for 12th straight title

Dyllan Borer
Staff Writer

The Kayhi Wrestling team will compete in the Region V Tournament in Craig this weekend. The Girls tournament will begin Friday and the boys will begin Saturday.
On the boys side the Kings have won the last eleven Region V Titles, and hope to keep the streak alive.
“We’re hoping to win again and get out twelfth consecutive title,”said Collins.
Every team in southeast will be competing in the girls tournament. For the boys they will be divided into their divisions. Kayhi boys are Division 1 and will compete against the new combined Juneau Team.
Five of Kayhi’s 11 Region Champs graduated and Coach Collins said that Regions will be a tough tournament for the boys and also that Juneau has a club team and gets way more matches than us.
“That makes it an uphill battle and makes this tournament really close,”said Collins.
Senior Sully Schulz will compete in his last ever regional tournament this weekend.
“I’m sad it’s all coming to an end, but I need to stay focused and ready to wrestle.” Schulz said.
Schulz said he is ready to go and confident this tournament.
“I already have a bye to the finals, since I am the first seed. I’m confident I’ll do well and come home with the bracket.” Schulz said.
Schulz said he believes his teams team will win their twelfth Region title but it will be a tight tournament since 5 of Kayhi’s 11 Regions champs graduated last year.
“I feel confident that we will win but it will be a close one, closer than usual,” said Schulz.“The team really has to show up this weekend if we really want to win. We have to want it.”
Defending state champ Ruby Massin and sophomore Hayley Gilson were both in the 135 weight class at the start of the season. Gilson best Massin every match this season. Massin recently dropped down a weight class two weeks ago.
Gilson said she is excited for Regions but keeping her emotions under control and staying focused.
“I’m ready for regions but I have had a couple set back these last couple weeks,” said Gilson.
Girls will begin wrestling tonight at 5 p.m. and boys will begin Saturday at 9 a.m.

Sande 2nd at ACDC Meet

Campbell Sande took 2nd place overall and Matthew Nutt placed 3rd in the Academic Decathlon meet in Juneau last weekend.

“The team did really great,” Mr. Stanton said. “They actually exceeded my expectations, not that I have low expectations for them, but there were some students I was a little bit worried about how well they were going to do but ended up really impressing me and doing extremely well so I was very happy with the results.”

Kayhi ACDC competed against 2 other schools. With each team members making in the top ten.

“Every time we have a meet I remember why I love ACDC,”  Captain Campbell Sande said.”It’s extremely competitive, I can name at least 4 people that my only goal is to beat.”

Matthew Nutt 5th 
Jacob Pattison 4th 
Evelyn Nutt 2nd
Franchezca Correa 5th 
Campbell Sande 4th  
Franchezca Correa 4th 
Sarah Short 3rd 
Campbell Sande 2nd   
Matthew Nutt 5th 
Franchezca Correa 3rd 
Sarah Short 3rd 
Campbell Sande 1st   
Sarah Short 5th 
Campbell Sande 4th 
Matthew Nutt 3rd   
Sarah Short 4th 
Matthew Nutt 1st 
Matthew Nutt 5th  
Matthew Nutt 3rd   
Social Studies 
Campbell Sande 2nd 
Sarah Short 5th
 Evelyn Nutt 4th
 Matthew Nutt 3rd 
Campbell Sande 2nd 

DDF Heads to Juneau

Nadire Zhuta
Staff Writer

The Kayhi Drama, Debate and Forensics team is heading to Juneau this Friday. The team will compete against teams such as Skagway, Sitka, Juneau and Haines

Senior Bella Roberts said that Kayhi always seems to do good at any meet and is confident in her team.

“Ketchikan usually walks away with good results and scores at meet,” said Roberts. “I’m pretty confident that we’ll do just fine.” 

Hoops Season Tips Off

Nadire Zhuta
Staff Writer

Ketchikan will get its first glimpse of the defending state champs and six-time region champs on Saturday at Meet the Kings. 

 Senior captain Kristian Pihl is reminiscing as his last Meet the Kings approaches. 

“A lot of different emotions go through my head, a lot of memories,” said Pihl. 

Freshman Lindsay Byron is excited and anxious to play at her first Meet the Kings. 

“I’m nervous. Especially being on Varsity as a freshman, it’s a lot of pressure for us three freshman,” said Byron. “I’m very excited though, it’s going to be fun with my girls by my side.” 

There will also be a filipino dinner fundraiser for the boys basketball team during Meet the Kings. Tickets are on sale for 15$ and there are limited quantity at the door. 

Pihl said that Meet the Kings is one of the teams biggest fundraiser due to the fact that the community is willing to donate so much money to the team.

“Meet the Kings has turned into one of our big fundraisers because of how our community supports us and wants to give us money,” said Pihl. “There’s no other place that has what we have, we are so fortunate.” 

Both the boy’s and girl’s Varsity and JV basketball teams will be playing as well as a performance from the K-HighLites, Kayhi Cheer, the SMS Knightlites and Studio Max Dancers. 

Saturday December 14th
6:00-6:30 p.m. Lady Kings JV/C 
6:30-7:00 p.m. Kings JV/C
7:00-7:45 p.m. Lady Kings Varsity 
7:45- 8:30 p.m. Kings Varsity 

Kayhi Shirt and Sock Drive

Destiny Chenhall
Staff Writer

The Kayhi social studies department is asking for donations for the homeless and day shelter. 

“It’s a happy time of the year and we shouldn’t forget about those less fortunate than us,” Social Studies teacher Susan Stone said. “As a government teacher, one point of motivation for this is to show the students the different ways they can earn their community service hours.” 

Mrs. Stone enjoys giving back to the community and has friends and family involved in helping those in need. Donations can be made until the last day of school before the winter break.

Hard Work Always Pays Off

AJ Malouf
Staff Editor

College is not too expensive. You do not need a 4.0 GPA with honors in order to receive substantial scholarships. You can and will get into college with just an ounce of extra effort and a good work ethic.
The teacher who embarrassed me in front of the class for something stupid I said freshman year was the same teacher who edited the admissions essay that will help decide a large part of my future. With that, I earned a 90% scholarship to my first choice school, with a 3.4 cumulative GPA and sub 1300 SAT scores. If I can do it, so can anyone.
Imagine you are a high school senior looking back, for some this may be a reality. Freshman year was full of new experiences and new people. As long as you showed up to class and stayed awake 50 percent of the time, you most likely achieved good grades. I would guess that 80 percent of freshman get mostly A’s with a few B’s and maybe one C in a subject they struggle with.
You may be thinking it was easy, and that your grades freshman year really didn’t mean much. In reality, you put in the work to set your future self up for success. By laying down a solid foundation of good grades and a solid work ethic, you now have a benchmark that you must at the very least match, if not surpass. Pushing for an A- in freshman english when you had a solid B- may have indirectly earned you a scholarship 3 years later.
When you get your first C, or for a small number of people your first B, it hits different. There is much more regret in getting a new low grade then there is pride and excitement earning another A. You feel this way because when you achieve a goal or a new personal best, in anything, you subconsciously knew you could do it the whole time. When you fail, it hits harder. You didn’t make it. You could have, but you didn’t. Some decision you made along the way blocked your path to success.
As you are enjoying a brief moment of self reflection, or as you look ahead into your future high school career, think about earning $120K in scholarships versus applying for $120K in student loans. Hard work always pays off.

The Nutcracker opens tonight

Domenica Troina and Kelsey O’Brien after their second Nutcracker Performance

Nadire Zhuta
Staff Writer

Freshman Domenica Troina was in third grade the first time she was an angel in the Nutcracker and six years later she’s the lead angel. Troina would have never imagined having the opportunity and said with the higher role as the lead angel comes greater responsibilities. 

“As you get older you have to get stronger on point,” said Troina. “I never thought I’d be the lead role, it’s really cool to think that one year you can go from being in a group dance to working hard to have a solo.” 

Senior Bella Roberts has been a part of the Nutcracker for nine years and said her competitive drive has landed her some big roles in the Nutcracker.

“Some of my accomplishments have been me getting some of the biggest roles, such as Clara the main character. But also the more technical pieces such as Snow Queen and this year the biggest one is Sugar Plum,” said Roberts. 

Roberts said there’s a lot of preparation, time and work that come with being in the show. Numerous amount of hours are spent each day two weeks prior to the show as well as individual conditioning needed to maintain a good amount of stamina. 

 “Each of us dance six hours after school two weeks leading up to performance day. We try to maintain the stamina needed. The week leading up to the show I try to make sure I’m doing extra stuff like running after rehearsals and cross training.” 

Senior Carter Thomas got asked to play the role of a dad by Amanda Dale. It’s Thomas’s first year being a part of the show he said that it’s nothing like the sports he has done before, such as basketball and football. 

“It’s a lot different from the sports I’ve been playing like football and basketball, football and basketball you just play and if you make a mistake you can make it up but with dance it’s different because you have to be at an exact location on the stage at an exact time or it’ll mess up your whole performance,” said Thomas.       

The Parents

D Jay O’Brien whose daughter Kelsey is in the Nutcracker said the preparation needed to be a part of the Nutcracker is a big load for kids. O’Brien thinks that juggling school, dance, and any other activities that kids have during this time is a big to take on by kids. 

“It’s a big undertake” said O’Brien. “[The Nutcracker] it’s similar to march madness, or any of the other big events for athletes such as Regions. Are kids really able to juggle all the things that they have in that crucible week?”

Dominick Pader has two daughters in the Nutcracker this year, Pader jokingly stated that he has been their “personal unpaid uber driver”  throughout their years of being involved in the show. 

The Alumni

Largim Zhuta participated in the Nutcracker his senior year of high school which was two years ago (2019). Zhuta was reaching the end of his high school days and said he wanted to take a chance and venture outside of his comfort zone since. 

“An opportunity arose where I could take a risk and venture outside my comfort zone and doing ballet. I simply saw that I had never done anything outside my comfort, and when the opportunity arose for me to satisfy that desire I rationally took it. It was more of a “What have I got to lose?” process.”

Zhuta said that what the performers did was no joke and that the crucial amount of hours they spent perfecting their performance during “Hell Week” was a lot. Zhuta had never done this type of dancing before so he struggled he even explained how he had trouble with simple tasks such as warm ups. 

“The skill the ballerinas had was quite impressive. I remember doing a warm up routine with the some of the younger dancers and ballerinas, and I remember struggling with it,” said Zhuta.  “I do remember dress rehearsals during “Hell Week” being very long. We started right after school and went on till around 7. So actually if you do the math right there. We spent 4 hours a day at the school that week for 4 days. Then we performed two shows, one on friday and one on saturday. So if you add that all up you get a lot

The doors open for the Nutcracker tonight at 7 p.m.  the show will start at 7:30 p.m. On Saturday doors open at 1:30 p.m. and the show will start at 2 p.m. 


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