Pep club supports volleyball

Jocelyn Cannon

Staff writer

Kayhi Pep club is making posters Thursday after school to support Kayhi Volleyball in their game against Sitka this weekend for regions. This will be the first time that Pep club is officially coming together to support a team this school year. Pep club president Max Malouf said they’ve had some difficulties getting everything together but they’re really glad that the Pep club season is getting started.

“It’s been tough trying to organize everything but now that we’ve actually got everything we’re just really excited to finally be involved in some kayhi activities and get the year rolling for Pep Club, go Kings!” 

Malouf said that there is a 30 person limit for the Pep Club this year and that’s how they will decide the point system.

Pep club supports volleyball

Jocelyn Cannon

Staff writer

Kayhi Pep club is making posters Thursday after school to support Kayhi Volleyball in their game against Sitka this weekend for regions. This will be the first time that Pep club is officially coming together to support a team this school year. Pep club president Max Malouf said they’ve had some difficulties getting everything together but they’re really glad that the Pep club season is getting started.

“It’s been tough trying to organize everything but now that we’ve actually got everything we’re just really excited to finally be involved in some kayhi activities and get the year rolling for Pep Club, go Kings!” 

Malouf said that there is a 30 person limit for the Pep Club this year and that’s how they will decide the point system.

Journalist Cheyenne Matthews

Tessa Salazar

Staff write

Kayhi class of 2016 graduate Cheyenne Matthews is currently a digital reporter at Alaska News Source, the CBS and NBC affiliate in Anchorage. She graduated from University of Alaska Anchorage in 2019 where she studied Journalism and Public Communications. After graduating she went into the Peace Corps, where she was sent to China. Being there for only a couple months, she was sent home due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

“I was committed to spending the full 27 months in China as a Peace Corps Volunteer, but since we had to be evacuated due to COVID-19, plans changed,” said Matthews.

Matthews was grateful to have had the experience in China even if it was cut short. She said that it strengthened her journalism career.

“My experience in the Peace Corps made me appreciate how journalism connects us to information we wouldn’t otherwise have access to,” said Matthews.

While living in China she grew a new sense of appreciation for journalism. She said that she relied on it more than ever before but was also given the chance to see something new from her own perspective.

“While living in China, the only way I could really connect with what was happening at home or in the U.S was by reading the news and following local reporting,” said Matthews. “In that way, my experience in the Peace Corps made me appreciate how journalism connects us to information we wouldn’t otherwise have access to. I learned a great deal about how journalism is consumed outside of America and it was interesting to live and make my own conclusions about China instead of relying entirely on news outlets.”

Since leaving China she has started working full time as a journalist. She has only been in the position for 6 months but is happy to be telling Alaskan stories. Matthews said how she enjoyed journalism from the very start.

“My first real experience with journalism was through Kayhi’s The Current. I have always enjoyed writing, but that class showed me the opportunities that exist for the medium outside of our literature and language English classes,” said Matthews.

Mr. Lund was her teacher and showed her a whole new side to journalism. She found a way to incorporate herself into a class and how it could help others.

“Mr. Lund always encouraged us to “write about it” for anything that impacted us, and finding that other people wanted to read what I had to say about life was a really remarkable realization,” said Matthews.

Journalists have been under tough criticism in recent years. She said how challenging the job is when so many are looking for flaws in your essential work.

“Being a journalist now can seem like a double-edged sword. Journalism is essential for holding power structures accountable, uniting communities and informing the public, but reporters have come under heat for doing exactly those things. At the end of the day, if you know your work has merit then keep doing it and other people will realize it too,” said Matthews when asked about being a journalist. 

Another obstacle in journalism can be staying ethical. She said that she will always be looking for more ways to stay ethical throughout her career. 

Matthews is also up for trying different types of journalism. When asked to cover women’s basketball in college, she took the challenge head on with excitement even though she had never covered sports in her career.

“It was a good opportunity to learn and even though I don’t cover sports usually, I have always been willing to give anything a try,” said Matthews.

Yearbook ads

Photo by Kelleigh Nickich

Written by Kelleigh Nickich

Kayhis yearbook staff needs the Baby ads and senior portraits turned in by Friday Oct. 30. Kayhi has 124 seniors this year compared to the previous year that is quite a bit more not including those who are graduating early and homeschooling. Yearbook is looking forward to covering new traditions and events this year.

Kayhi yearbook teacher Allegra Machado said she doesn’t know the senior class very well.

“Due to covid the seniors lost a lot of the traditional opportunities to express themselves like no Fourth of July float theme or standing around their lockers were we could put a face with a name.” Said Machado.

Kayhi fall sports postponed

Kelleigh Nickich

Staff writer

All State Championships scheduled before Jan.1 were cancelled by ASAA Tuesday Oct.13. Ketchikan Volleyball and Swim and Dive teams may only play within their ASAA regions but must complete any competitions by Nov.21. Due to this cancellation Kayhi Winter sport and Spring sports have been impacted. These seasonal sports have been postponed until after Christmas and part of summer. ASAA will meet Nov.9 for further changes.

Pep Club preps for sports season

Kelleigh Nickich

Staff writer

Kayhi Pep Club sign ups are in the auditorium tomorrow Oct.15 for the first 15 minutes of first and second lunch. There will be a sign up fee of $10 for the 2020 Pep Club shirts. Due to covid this year’s Pep Club expectations will be different; social distancing, noise makers and possibly limited number of members per event.

Pep Club president Max Malouf said he expects there to be 30-40 students to sign up. 

“With our limit we have a processing system that’s going to consist of students signing up, but

during large events we will have to pick the top 32 members to be in our Pep Club section.” said Malouf.

Pep club secretary Dyllan Borer said ASAA is allowing noise makers this year. 

“ASAA has never allowed noise makers but since Covid-19 they have said we can use them to try and control the amount of shouting and cheering being done,” said Borer.

The Kayhi Cheer and stunt team started Fan of the Game awards last year. To win Fan of the Game you must be in a Pep Club or Pep Band. Students must be most spirited, cheering louder than everyone else and starting cheers.

Fan of the Game winner Terik Brown said he believes Fan of the Game will become a new tradition amongst kayhi cheer, band and Pep Club.

“I think the Fan of the Game are a great way to get students participating. It made it so much more fun to find out who was gonna win, it was almost like a competition between Pep Club and Pep Band to see what member would win,” said Brown. 

Junior Maggie Boehlert said she is excited to see how this season goes with all the new restrictions.

“I think it is a good idea to have the noise makers so we can be louder since we have to wear masks and social distance. Last year they tried using a cowbell and I remember Mrs. Johnson yelling at us for using it so this year will be a lot of fun,” said Boehlert. 

Overall this year will be super new for Kayhi pep club members. In previous years Pep Club cheered loud and proud on Kayhi’s bleachers, members would link arms and jump back and forth. With the regulations that ASAA has provided there will be a mix of students who will complain about the rules and those who will just appreciate we are able to even have events. For any students with questions you can contact Pep Club President Max Malouf, Vice President Eddie Gomez, Secretary Dyllan Borer.

Weekend sports recap

Swim results to be released later this week

Jocelyn Cannon

Staff writer

Kayhi swim and dive competed from home this weeked in a virtual meet hosted by Petursburg. The scores will be released later this week. Juneau-Douglas, Thunder Mountain and Sitka also participated in the meet. Junior Lauren Olson said she likes swimming with competitors better but she got the best time swimming alone because she was focused on herself. 

“I had to race my 100 backstroke alone in the water and that was the best time I did the whole meet, because it really is just you against the clock,” said Olson.

Olson said that she thinks the team did well and is finally starting to get used to things.

“I think we’re finally starting to realize what the meets should look like because our next meet will have people in it,” she said. “Everyones getting better and more comfortable.”

Volleyball goes 0-2 in sitka

Paige Boehlert

Staff writer

Kayhi volleyball went 0-2 this weekend in Sitka. They lost 3-0 to Sitka and 3-1 Mt. Edgecumbe 3-1. Senior Savannah Yeisley said the team learned and got better from losing.

“Overall the whole time we were there we improved each game, when we were there we showed growth and improvement even from just a week ago,” said Yeisley.

P.E takes a break

Jocelyn Cannon

Staff writer

Rick Collins taught two periods of PE last year. This year thanks to Covid, he’s only in the classroom.
“The thing I’m doing better with this year is my wrist is healing up because it gets chipped and swollen from dunking too much,” he joked.
Kayhi is not offering physical education this year. The close contact of the class and not wearing your mask while exercising was a factor in the decision but it was not the main concern. The new block schedule has reduced class periods to four  instead of six because the P.E teachers at Kayhi also teach other subjects there was not enough staff to teach P.E.

Kayhi principal Mr. House said it was a very difficult decision because the situation at our school with teachers being double certified to teach P.E along with their main subject. 

    “We kind of have a unique situation at Kayhi where our P.E classes were all taught by teachers who were certified in other areas,” said House. “By removing P.E I was able to create multiple additional sections in those apartments so that we could get those core classes down to smaller class sizes.” 

The principal said it was a hard decision for the facility to make but in the end they thought it was more important to prioritize core classes.

“It was a tough call but we felt like with these special circumstances we would have one year where we really focused on our core class offerings,” said House. “Cutting P.E for this year put 7-8 additional sections back into the master schedule.” 

What are kids missing?

Coach Stockhausen, who taught P.E. Last year he now teaches only history and said he understands we have to give up things this year due to certain circumstances but he thinks exercise can benefit kids in many ways especially in the stressful time we are in. 

 “I’m a big proponent of exercise especially in school and P.E. because of the positive benefits it has towards the brain and your brain can produce all the things you need to focus better in school and to cut down on anxiety, and in a time where anxiety in kids is probably at an all time high with all the changes and differences I think exercise would be one of the most important things that could help us combat it,” said Stockhausen.

M.D John Ratey wrote on the Harvard Medical School website that simple exercise every day can help with anxiety and has a great effect on the brain.

“I’ve witnessed firsthand how physical activity affects my patients,” Ratey Wrote. “Research shows aerobic exercise is especially helpful. A simple bike ride, dance class, or even a brisk walk can be a powerful tool for those suffering from chronic anxiety. Activities like these also help people who are feeling overly nervous and anxious about an upcoming test, a big presentation, or an important meeting,” said Ratey.

Collins said how important it is to have P.E here because of the harsh weather in the winter makes it very difficult to get outside and exercise all the time.

“Exercise is really important and that’s the biggest travesty of not having P.E this year, If we think about our winters in ketchikan with decreased sunlight and then we think about Covid having to wear masks and we think about school we do the best that we can but when you take exercise out of that equation and its raining and blowing it makes it very hard to get outside and get that exercise so if a students not able to get that in our gyms it’s going to be hard for them to get that exercise and then anxiety levels go up and health declines,” said Collins.” 

Unique teaching opportunities

Collins said he misses his boys conditioning class and the relationships he built with not just his wrestlers but other athletes.

“I love coaching and I coach wrestling so it’s fun for me to have my wrestlers in my boys conditioning but I really like developing relationships with the basketball players and the baseball players and the people who are doing other sports, it’s fun to help improve them from a strength and conditioning stand point,” said Collins.

Many students planned on taking a P.E class this year and were surprised when they were told it wasn’t being offered. Kayhi junior Degan Linne planned on taking Boys conditioning class all four years of high school and was disappointed he doesn’t get to play basketball and do other activities this year. 

“I was let down that we couldn’t play basketball with the boys and Rick, our coach.” Linne who is also on the wrestling team said boys conditioning gets him into shape for the season. 

“It definitely got me in shape doing physical activities every day, it also prepared me for wrestling because I got to spend time with my coach Rick Collins,” said Linne.

Month long p/t conferences start

Paige Boehlert

Staff writer

Conferences will look much different this year. Teachers will be making contact with parents through phone or on Zoom over the next month. Teachers have until Nov.1 to contact parents.

Kayhi English teacher Sarah Campbell said that the new parent-teacher conferences are going to take a lot of time and effort but hopefully the parents can be understanding and respond. 

“Safety-wise it’s important for us probably not to meet in person for parent-teacher conferences, it is going to require a lot more time and effort on the part of the teacher and the parents to connect over the phone or over zoom but we have about a month to do it so hopefully we can make contact,” said Campbell. 

Campbell said it’s sad teachers can’t meet the parents but for safety that won’t be happening.

“I always enjoy getting to meet the parents and I like it when the students would show up with their parents to conferences. I always thought it was a nice way to begin the school year,” said Campbell.

Schoenbar principal Sheri Boehlert said she likes to meet in person but since that won’t be happening she thinks they have good offerings for parent-teacher conferences.

“My preference would absolutely be meeting with teachers in person because I like to develop a relationship with teachers and find out how I can support them in their teaching, but given that is not the offering this fall at Kayhi I think that they have provided a couple of good options for parents so that they could choose something that would work inside their schedule,” said Boehlert. 

Schoenbar Middle School is having a modified version of parent-teacher conferences. They are splitting the grades into two days for four hours. Parents will meet with teachers alphabetically according to last name, with the first half of the alphabet meeting for the first two hours each day.

Volleyball to play first road match

Paige Boehlert

Staff writer

Kayhi volleyball is finally getting to travel. This week they are going to Sitka to play four games against Mt. Edgcombe and Sitka High. Junior Hayley Gilson said she is excited to be traveling and thinks the team will gain good experience from this.

“I am very excited to be traveling, as a team we have been waiting to be able to travel and I think it’s going to be a great opportunity for growth,” said Gilson. Their first game is today at 7 in sitka.

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