Kayhi says goodbye to staff members

“This year, Ketchikan High School is saying goodbye to five educators who have served the students of this district faithfully for nearly 100 years combined.  And while no brief “thank you” could ever adequately express the gratitude of this community for their service, we hope you will join us in this humble effort.  

Thank you, Tracie Halverson, for the heart you bring to serving the unique and individual needs of our students. Thank you, Julie Landwehr, for bringing your love of science to our students both in and out of the classroom.  Thank you, Bob McClory, for your commitment to guiding and supporting our students on their path to post-secondary success.  Thank you, David White, for teaching our students the value of good health and for helping to develop the practitioners who will continue to serve the health of our community.  Thank you, Suzi Williams, for the positive energy and the dedication you show to meeting the needs of each student you serve.

The five of you have left very big shoes to fill.  And you have left a mark on the lives of thousands of students and on the beating heart of Ketchikan High School.”

– Jason House, Cole Maxwell, Linnaea Troina

Other staff members saying goodbye to their colleagues:

“Mrs. Landwehr always brought an abundance of enthusiasm to anything related to science and the process of discovery.  This manifested in the success of the Ocean Science Bowl teams over the years. Mr. White single-handedly revitalized the Medical Terminology program here at Kayhi and rekindled relationships with the community’s health sciences professionals so that students could once again job shadow. Both of these teachers have left a lasting, positive impact on our school and community and will be sorely missed.” – Mr. O’Brien 

“Julie is smart, brilliant, and very logical. She is a problem solver who can take on just about any problem without getting ruffled” – Mr.Powell

“Interesting, meticulous, and sciency. Great modeling and sharing of ideas and practices.”- Mr. Sivertsen

Mr. White

“Mr. White has a huge heart for his students and works tirelessly to ensure they have quality and fun opportunities for learning. He has a great sense of humor and is a person of great humility. He has done immeasurably good because of his dedication and love for teaching.”
– Mr. O’Brien

“[He is] Friendly and positive, always had a nice smile and was friendly to everyone.” – Mrs. Campbell

“He’s probably the most jolly guy I know. It was fun working with him, having someone to always make you smile no matter what.” – Mr. Pader

Mr. McClory

“I would describe Mr. McClory as a life-long educator who is dedicated to serving students.  He has never stopped working to make sure that students have the information and the support they need to succeed.  He has a great heart for students, for school, and for his community.” 

– Mr. House

“Mr. McClory has endless energy and an uncanny ability to find scholarships for students.  He has a style all his own and always strives to get students to reach their potential.”

– Mrs. Whyte

“David is the utmost professional.  He is willing to take on new projects with full enthusiasm.  His desire to teach the students and have them engaged and enjoying his class is his #1 priority.  To take on high schoolers in his last years of teaching says something about HIS desire to keep learning.  I will miss David’s humbleness and kindness that he emulates every day to his colleagues and students.”

– Mrs. Loreli

  • Compiled by Carter Effenberger-Adams

Track sends 9 to state

Makena Johansen
Staff Writer

The Kayhi track team took 23 athletes to the Region V meet in Juneau, and left with 26 personal records, two school records, and nine athletes advancing to state.

Senior Riley Deal said he felt pretty good about his performance at Regions. Deal is ranked 8th in the state and hopes to make finals at the state tournament.

“I was surprised I did so well because we didn’t have practice,” said Deal. “If I can make it to finals, maybe I’ll do better from there,” said Deal.

The Kings had a total of six official practices in the last month prior to regions. 

Senior Rachel Knight ended Regions with 3 wins in the 200, 400, and 4×200.

“I gave it my all. After all the hard work I’ve put in throughout the past year I knew it was my last chance so overall I’m proud and happy with my performance,” said Knight.

Knight said she hopes to break 1:00 at state on her 400.

“If I could do that I could be looking at running college and a state title,” said Knight. “I’m not looking to do anything special or extraordinary, I’m just going to stay relaxed and focused and do what I’m already capable of,” said Kight.

Head Coach Alex Pennino said Knight was awarded a spot in the Brian Young Invitational in Kodiak, with 6 other top athletes in the region.

“Knight turned heads on the track with an absolutely dominant performance in the 400 meter.  She began to pull away from the field at the 200 meter mark and kept up a blistering pace through the finish line for a PR of 100.59,” said Pennino.

Baseball off to Regions

Hayley Gilson
Staff Writer

The Kayhi baseball team will be battling for a Region V championship in Sitka this weekend.

Coach Andy Berntson is ready for the competition they will face, and knows how bad the team wants to play. 

“These guys are ready to play, so it depends on if they show up to play,” Berntson said. “We’ll never know what it would be with 3 more weeks of practice.”

The baseball team is going into the region tournament as fourth seed, with a 0-0 record for their season. That doesn’t change the mentality the boys have for the tournament, though. All of the teams in Region V have been going back and forth with each other.

“The competition is going to be very strong and balanced,” Berntson said.

Senior Hayden McGarrigan said though the team has not been able to play thanks to Ketchikan’s Covid spike in May, he is confident.

“We play Juneau Douglas in the first round,” senior Hayden McGarrigan said. “Even though we have been out of practice, I feel pretty confident we are going to do just fine as a team.”

The Kayhi Kings will be playing the 3:00 game on Thursday. The two other teams, Thunder Mountain and Sitka High, will be competing on the bottom side of the bracket at 6:00 on Thursday as well.



Linne falls in State Final

Hayley Gilson
Staff Writer

The Kayhi wrestling team competed at the state tournament on the 21-22nd of May. The D1 division was held at Bartlett High, and the girls competed at Chugiak High. 

The team went up with 12 wrestlers, and came out with 4 placers, with Degan Linne as a finalist.

Linne faced Kobe Ames of East Anchorage in the finals, losing by decision 10-4. Degan’s brother, Brayden Linne, also faced Ames in the state finals Braydens freshman which came out to be Ames first championship. This was Ames’ third and final championship. 

Linne is ready to come back his senior year and take the championship his brother didn’t have the chance to get his senior year, due to injury. 

“The thing I’m most excited about next year is to take home the state title, since my brother didn’t get the chance to his senior year,” Linne said. 

Linne wasn’t the only wrestler who stood out from Ketchikan, senior Charlie Blair and junior Kollin Houthoofd came out placing 5th, and sophomore Liam Moseng placing 6th at the state tournament. 

Coach Rick Collins said that it was hard for some of the wrestlers’ stamina from being out of competition for so long, but they still persisted to perform at a high level, especially Blair.

“Charlie has come along way,” Collins said. “He’s really good at a few things. He has a good mat return, a nice shot, and good escape skills.” 

Collins was also impressed with the effort given from Houthoofd, and is excited to see him excell in the upcoming year. 

“Kollin stepped up and wrestled really well,” Collins said. “I was really proud of him this year, to take that much time off and wrestle with stitches. I was very impressed with his overall performance.”

The wrestling team is graduating two seniors this year, but that shouldn’t change the outcome of the upcoming season.

“Andy and Charlie are the hardest workers in practice, so we’re going to miss that leadership,” Collins said. “I always miss having the old seniors on trips and in the practice room.”

Besides all of the roadblocks for the wrestling team this year, the team is happy for the opportunities they got. Coach Collins is excited for the next season, and is happy with the way this season ended. 

“We were so lucky to be able to have a state tournament this year,” Collins said. “If I didn’t love coaching I wouldn’t be attached to the kids.”

Late Covid spike forces changes

Olivia Berg 
Staff Writer

Senior year is supposed to be the most memorable year of high school. For the class of 2021 this is true, but for the wrong reasons. 

Both softball and baseball teams had to cancel Senior Night games, as did soccer teams and have instead planned scrimmages. The wrestling team was unable to host the Region V tournament and defend its streak of 12-straight titles, but was able to send wrestlers to state. However, one was sent immediately home after being listed as a close contact.

While graduation will happen, there will be no spectators. Senior Delaney Neilson said that many traditions were cancelled or postponed because of the latest Covid spike.

“Don’t get me wrong there are people out there and communities that have it so much worse than ours,” said Neilson. “I just wish we were able to have the special events we’ve been hoping to take part in all these years.” 

Kayhi had gone 36-straight days at 100% capacity, and 101 days total at full-capacity. That changed in late April. Kayhi went Remote for the last three days of April, returned to 100% on Monday, May 3, but was back to Remote the rest of the week. Ketchikan went into the high risk level and Kayhi has been at the 50% capacity level since then.

Kayhi senior Morgan Elerding said that she has mixed feelings about 50% capacity learning.

“On one hand it will be nice to take a breather and have some time to relax before graduation,” said Elerding. “But I will also have zero motivation to do my work these last couple of weeks. I want school to be over, but not like this.” 

Neilson has been looking forward to graduation for quite some time. Her class has worked so hard to receive their diplomas and it will be disappointing if their families cannot attend.

“Graduation is a moment some students dream about years,” said Neilson. “A lot of people don’t see it as a big deal but in reality it is. Most of us worked 12 years for this moment, and I think it would be really sad if we don’t get to experience the full ceremony.”

Neilson hopes that the community can come together as a whole and work to get our community level back down for the senior class.

“Our community did so good for so long and I’m hoping we can do good again,” said Neilson. “Graduation is not just a huge deal, but a privilege and I hope people can stay home and think about all the seniors who want to have their special day be as normal and possible after such a hard year.”

Elerding said that even though her class has missed out on almost every senior tradition, she is happy to have gotten a senior prom and have parents that are trying hard to make things happen for her classmates. 

“I know it is already gone but I missed having the senior carnival and 4th of July float. I am so happy we had Prom, but it wasn’t supposed to jeopardize everything else we had planned too,” said Elerding. “At least we have a ton of amazing parents who are willing to put on a promenade graduation walk and after party for us.”

Instead of making some of the best memories, Neilson is at home without her classmates and friends by her side to cherish what time they have left.

“This is our last few weeks of high school ever and we won’t get to relive these moments that we’re supposed to be experiencing right now,” said Neilson. “Yes, we were more lucky than most seniors in other parts of the world, but that doesn’t make this situation any better.”

Finding the way back

By Dyllan Borer
Editor

“My mom got sick and passed away. Covid was just kicking into high gear, everyone was isolated and unhappy. I wasn’t doing much for my health or anything actually. I was down, the gym was closed, and the weather sucked.”

So Phaedra Painter finally found her way back to the gym after the new year.

“I thought what the heck, you didn’t work that hard for that long to just throw it all away,” said Painter.

There are millions of people looking for the right thing to help them embark on a healthier life. Fitness is a multi-billion dollar industry, but what program should you choose, and how do you stay with it?

Program 

Long-time Ketchikan resident and personal trainer Natalie White takes a different approach than most when building a program. She gets to know her clients personally.

“I think taking that extra step to get personal with them can be the difference in them actually enjoying the journey and sticking with it,” said White. 

“I get to know them, their personalities and what their habits are and how long they’ve been at their current weight,” said White. “What has been their top struggle and they haven’t been able to succeed before.”

After White gets to know them personally she accesses their physical abilities.

She said it’s all about getting to their bodies and finding out what their body likes and dislikes, and what is going to be most beneficial for progress. 

“I go into their physical ability, their strengths, flexibility, stamina,” said White.

The key to a good program is being able to keep it long term and make it a part of your life long term. 

“I try to make them a program that they are most likely to stick with long term and enjoy,” said White.

Andrea Hanchey, a personal trainer at TNA Fitness located at 2727 Tongass Ave, builds workout programs for clients.

“I think it’s key to really know what my clients like and dislike to build a workout plan they will follow through with and enjoy,” said Hanchey.

“Finding out what exercises they like is key to keeping them to stick to it. If they don’t like riding the bike I won’t have them do that for cardio because they are less likely to do it.” 

Eating 

The only way to see results and keep those results is to make a change in your life. Healthy eating is key to seeing results and to having a healthy body. 

“I don’t believe in diets, I believe in lifestyle changes,” said personal trainer owner of TNA Fitness and ex-bodybuilder Angela Morin. “I tell people to look at their life when they say they want to change how they eat. I always tell people to look at the change they are going to make and see if you can make it a lifestyle change. ‘Can I live with this for the rest of my life.’”

In a study according to the National Library of Medicine, 3 years after participants concluded a weight loss program, only 12% had kept off at least 75% of the weight they’d lost, while 40% had gained back more weight than they had originally lost.

Healthy eating becomes a habit after four months, but everything is okay in moderation. 

“Life shouldn’t be all about if you can or cannot eat something,” said Morin. “I say just portion control, and healthy choices and journal.”

The food you consume is fuel that keeps your mind and body running.

 White said that it’s not always about the scale or the way you look but more about how you feel. 

“It’s all about how the person is feeling, their energy, how their clothes fit,”said White. “Those are the things that matter more than the measurements and the scale because those will come.”

No two bodies are the same, all bodies process food differently and react to things differently. This makes diets difficult to follow and very individualized. 

“I don’t think they are sustainable,” said Morin “They can be useful if you are already in a healthy headspace but the thing is if you can’t do it for the rest of your life then don’t try it because it gets your metabolism all messed up. And then you’re going back to ground zero.”

Being self aware of what you actually put into your body is a big part of making a change. Little things you don’t even realize can be delaying your goals. 

“If you have fitness goals or losing weight, I think the best thing people can do is journal,” said Morin. “Journal what you eat, your exercise, your water intake.”

Support, Results, Motivation 

Painter has been a client of White’s for three years until White  recently moved.

Painter, like many others, was afraid to take the first step.

“Class was hard emotionally and physically. This was so far outside of my comfort zone, and working out in front of strangers but I had to do it for me,” said Painter. 

Painter started to enjoy it and warmed up to it all. It became a part of her lifestyle, she found a group of girls that kept each other motivated.  

“I am thankful for Natalie’s warm welcoming and making me and so many others feel comfortable with who we are and listening to us,” said Painter. “Makes all the difference when you are looking for or have a coach” 

It’s not always an easy battle staying healthy. Painter had a hard time when the pandemic hit and she found herself losing motivation.

Morin competed in multiple physique competitions over the years. It takes a lot of dedication and determination to reach those types of goals. 

Morin had lots of support, her TNA family played a big role in keeping her motivated and on track.

“They motivated me everyday and loved seeing my progress and changes so that kept me going,” said Morin. “Not only did I not want to fail myself, I didn’t want to fail them.”

Morin said she told herself three quotes to keep her motivated throughout the process. 

“‘Never give up, Progress not perfection, I can and I will,’” said Morin.

Lady Kings fell to Lady Bears in Juneau

Korbin Stack/Staff Writer

The Lady Kings (0-4) played the Lady Bears in Juneau last weekend, April 22nd-23rd.

The Lady Bears won both games by a combined 30. Thursday’s score was 17-0, then Friday’s score was 13-0.

Junior Ellie Pickrell, of the Lady Kings thinks they could have played better, although she thinks they have improved over the last week.

“We definitely could have played better this weekend,” said Pickrell. “But there were definitely improvements from last weekend.”

Even though there were some improvements, junior Ruby Lee says with more practice and time the team will blend better. Their whole team will gain skill rather than relying on just a couple players.

“I feel through time our team will develop their own skills so we’re able to rely on each other rather than just a handful of players,” said Lee. “Our team still struggles on working together for the most part, that’s probably our biggest downfall.”

Senior Sky Raymond, Junior Alyssa Caldwell, and Sophomore Aurora Phelps were unable to attend the games in Juneau.

“We were missing three key players this weekend which was kind of rough on us,” said Pickrell.

Kayhi Takes Bill Weiss

Staff Writer/Olivia Berg

The Kayhi wrestling team hosted the Bill Weiss tournament this weekend. Sitka, Petersburg, Craig, Wrangell, and Edgecumb wrestling teams all attended. 

Andy Collins took first place in his weight class of 160lbs this weekend, making it his second Bill Weiss win of his career. 

Collin’s Wrestled Ryan Rooney of Wrangell in the Finals. Collin’s had lost to Rooney this whole season but came out on top with the win on his seinor night. 

“I had a tough semi finals match against Timber Patten (Craig),” said Collins. “I made it to the finals and had another tough match against Ryan Rooney but managed to hold on and win 9-4 with no pin.”

Collins has been watching this tournament since 2008, and this was his fourth year participating as a wrestler.

“I would walk down the hill from swimming lessons and watch the older kids wrestle,” said Collins. “In elementary and middle school I was a towel boy for the tournament and my job was to hit the ref to make sure they knew when the time was up.”

Charlie Blair said he prefers to wrestle at home rather than traveling to other schools for tournaments.

“We run a good tournament. We have three mats and good refs,” said Blair. “I like it because we have our home crowd and I get to sleep in my own bed.”

Collins said it’s a lot more comforting wrestling here because his family can come and support him.

“My dad is with me on every wrestling trip because he is my coach,” said Collins. “But when we wrestle at home, my grandparents, mom and brother get to come watch.” 

The Kayhi Kings took first this weekend at the tournament and are looking forward to wrestling at home again for their region tournament in May.

King’s Go 3-0 Away

Staff Writer/Dyllan Borer

The Kayhi Kings Baseball swept the Petersburg Vikings for their first games in two years. They went 12-1 in the first game one Thursday then, 6-2 and 16-4 on Friday. Kayhis pitchers played a big role in the weekends victories. 

The Kings run ruled the Vikings in the 5th inning with senior Hayden McGarrigan pitching the whole game. McGarrigan struck out twelve and allowing only one strike out. He also went 3-4 at the plate with a double. 

Junior catcher Dylan Nedzwecky caught for McGarrigian. He said worked fast and just wanted to get things done. 

“Up in petersburg his command was good,” said Nedzwecky. “He hit his spots real well and kept calm. I think that affected his batting in a really good way. ”

Senior McKinley Hamilton had 3 hits and 2 RBI’s to lead the Kings in the 6-2 win on Friday.

The Lady Kings start the season off hot

Dylan Nedzwecky/Staff Writer

The Kayhi Lady Kings (2-0) completed the sweep against The Thunder Mountain Lady Falcons (0-2) this past weekend at Dudley Field.  

The Lady Kings started off their season with a 12-4 win in only five innings due to the 8 run rule.  The second game off the doubleheader ended 12-9 with the Lady Kings on top. The non-conference game ended 7-0 giving Kayhi another win.

Senior Dyllan Borer said she was a little nervous coming into her first games of the year.

“I had a lot of pressure riding on me from the previous years,” said Borer. 

Last time Dyllan Borer was up to bat was 2019 when she flew out to the Sitka center fielder to lose the state championship.  Her first at bat of the 2021 season resulted in a triple.

“It was my best friend from my travel ball team pitching,” said Borer. “I’ve caught for her and I know everything about her and what pitches she threw, so I wasn’t too worried.”

Borer said she had a good feeling off the bat that she got a hold of one.

“As soon as I saw the ball coming in I was like ‘I’m gonna smoke this ball’, and then I did,” said Borer. “And it felt great.”

The Lady Kings are set to play a three game series against the Sitka Lady Wolves this weekend at Dudley Field on April 30th and May 1st.

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