Kayhi uses tech for temperature check

Photo By Kelleigh Nickich

The temperature Kiosks are used to screen body temperatures with infrared technology to confirm students are not over the standard body temp of 98.6. The school has 4 of these kiosks, they were provided by government funding we received due to covid.
Kayhi senior Savannah Yeisley said it is a good idea to save time in lines, but has its problems.
“I feel like they are useful as we don’t need as many staff, but it does have flaws while scanning temperatures it occasionally stops taking temperatures.”Said Yeisley.

Kayhi celebrates Peace Week

Students made posters for Peace week today in advisory. The posters prompted them to express how they shape Peace.
Kayhi junior Jashlyn Abigania said she is thrilled to be apart of our school Peace week.
“I shape Peace by being respectful to all and staying positive.” said Abigania. -Photo By Kelleigh Nickich

Kayhi’s (mostly) smooth start

One of the new safety protocols is a check in/check out form that will allow for contract tracing if need be. Students can scan in and out quickly using their cell phones. PHOTO – Kelleigh Nickich

By Noelani Tillson-Diorec

Kayhi students have completed their first week of school at full capacity. SBA president Henry Clark said that the first week of school went way better than it could have gone.

“It’s pretty impressive that the staff made it go so smoothly with still following protocols,” said Clark. “I personally think the longer class periods are nice, I’m able to focus and spend more time on work. It does get tiring being in a class for so long but I’m able to get a lot done.” 

Students enter the school in one of four lines based on their first hour class. Each student is asked if he or she has any symptoms and their temperatures are taken. First hour started 17 minutes late Monday as lines were long, but by Thursday the issue had been fixed and students were on time.

In addition to screening, the school district has decided to cut down the amount of time in the hallways by decreasing the classes during the day from six periods to four but increasing class time to 80 minutes. Lunch is divided into two sessions and there is a two student per table limit.

Teacher Allegra Machado said it helps meet the need to reduce contacts and puts kids on a fast track toward graduation.

“It’s nice essentially because people are able to get more credits in less time. On the down side kids are done with high school at a younger age. What are they supposed to do after that?”

After Graduation Party Schedule

The class of 2020 will have an after graduation parade party starting at 7 p.m.

7:00 p.m. – Graduates may arrive to The Cedars Lodge Docks (1471 Tongass Ave)

7:00 -9:00 p.m. – Graduates will eat, drink and hang out. There will be a live band playing

9:00 p.m. – Tug Boat will maneuver out to the bay

9:15 p.m. – Fireworks will be released


Zero tolerance for alcohol, drugs or anything else illegal or inappropriate. Once you enter the party you cannot leave and come back in. 

Disclaimer: If you have any questions or need more information please contact Liz Thomas at lizz_in_ak@yahoo.com. This event is not a school sponsored event and any questions should not be directed to Kayhi Staff or administration.

Senior Parade Schedule

The class of 2020 will have a Parade Promenade on Saturday 30th starting at 1:15 p.m. This event will be broadcasted on channel AM 930 and on 97.5 FM or you can come watch in person.

Seniors please bring a sign with your name on it or make one at Berth 1 to carry throughout the parade.

1:15 p.m. – Radio Station will being broadcasting music

1:30-1:45 p.m. – Students get dropped off at Berth 1 by Christmas in Alaska store in CAPS and GOWNS

1:45 p.m. – Radio announcers will begin a “pre-game commentary” 

2:00 p.m. – Temsco will fly over the the docks

2:03 p.m. – Parade will begin 

2:10- 2:15 p.m. – Graduates will begin reaching Berth 3

2:30-3 p.m. – Graduates will finish parade by entering Berth 4

3:00 p.m. – Get a group picture with all the graduates

Disclaimer: If you have any questions or need more information please contact Liz Thomas at lizz_in_ak@yahoo.com. This event is not a school sponsored event and any questions should not be directed to Kayhi Staff or administration.

Senior GoodBye

Nadire Zhuta
Staff Editor

I absolutely hate goodbyes, I hate crying in front of people and barely being able to get a sentence out without choking up. I try to avoid goodbyes as much as possible but I never quite can. But it’s time to say goodbye to Kayhi, the people and the memories it holds and essentially to a part of myself. 

Kayhi will always have a special place in my heart. It felt like home away from home. I actually spent more time there than I did at home. 

What made Kayhi so great was the people and the little things they did. Like for example when I would see my that my friends left my favorite parking spot open for me in the morning, or when I was a bit late to my first hour class on game day but the teacher wouldn’t count me tardy he would just guilt trip me into not doing it again or knowing that when I saw Coach Stock in the morning he would always say “Morning, scrub” in a jokingly way or hearing Edward say “Good Game Nadire” on a Monday morning after a weekend of basketball. It was the little stuff that didn’t seem like much at the time that made going to Kayhi special.  

I want to thank all the teachers and staff members who made going to school fun throughout my four years, without you guys Kayhi wouldn’t be so awesome. I want to thank some specific staff members who impacted me this year. 

To Phaedra and Mrs. Whyte, thank you for being the two people I trusted the most. Phaedra you  specifically never once kicked us out of your office, even when there were 20 of us loud and obnoxious seniors there fighting to get the last piece of candy. You always enjoyed our company as much as we enjoyed yours. Mrs. Whyte, thank you for always putting a smile on my face and truly being there for us seniors. I want to say thank you to you two for being kind, and welcoming. You are a big part of why I loved going to school everyday. 

Mr. O’Brien I’m truly going to miss hearing your extra cheesy dad jokes. You have played an important role in my education. You’ve taught me to go be a go getter and a fighter and get the education I deserve and in the great words of D’Jay O’Brien “LET’S WIN THIS THING” called life. 

To Lund and your much needed, but not wanted at the time, advice and lessons, thank you. Thank you for teaching me how to be a leader and how to be a confident writer. I spent most of my hours at school in your classroom, either writing, laughing at a bunch of awkward freshmen, or learning valuable life lessons. You made me gain love and respect for Journalism and writing. You taught me how to just “Get it done”. 

Last but not least to all my friends and classmates, thank you for going through this with me and making the last three years and a half memorable.  For knowing that 12 am feeling when you forget that you had a project due the next day, or the feeling when you know you’re about to get McClorinated. You guys were a part of the best memories I have in high school and I can not thank you guys enough. I know that the future holds a lot for all of us. 

Kayhi and the people of Kayhi have been too good to me. I can’t thank everyone enough for what they have done and for all the great memories. Thank you  Kayhi, it’s been fun. See ya later!! 

Your Youth is Gold, but Nothing Gold Can Stay

Senior Class of 2020 Pictured Together Earlier This Year, Picture Taken by Kayhi Yearbook Staff

Nadire Zhuta
Staff Editor

I never thought this time would come as fast as it did. It’s almost time for us to say our final goodbyes to each other, teachers and to Kayhi. Which maybe we already did. Maybe “have a good spring break” or “good luck at Regions” was the last send off in person.

Yes, I know it’s a weird time as we don’t quite get to have the traditional goodbyes as other seniors have had in the past but let’s just ignore that real quick. 

When you’re a freshman you always hear from seniors the most overused but accurate saying “enjoy it, it goes by so fast” you can’t help but roll your eyes and say “yeah right”  but four fast years later you catch yourself saying those exact words to a freshman. 

You don’t realize what you have accomplished until you get to the end and you take some time to look back and reflect and we all know we have had more than enough time to look back. 

We started our senior year strong and together. We had our 4th of July Parade float, we started a new tradition of senior sunrise on the first day, we had our senior walk in, senior carnival and lots of other new and old traditions to start and finish. It was great we were checking things off our lists and waiting for the next senior tradition to come along. 

Although we didn’t quite get to experience as some would say the best three months of it all it was still one heck of a ride, and it’s weird to hear myself say with how it ended that I wouldn’t want it to happen any other way. We’re a special and unique class. I mean look at us we came into this world during 9/11 and are graduating during a world pandemic, I mean what more should I say. 

Lots of mixed emotions and thoughts are circling my head during this time.  Am I ready to take on the real world? Am I really ready to let go of all of this go, say my goodbyes to my friends and to Kayhi?  Do I really have to go and make new friends and create a whole new life for myself?  I’m scared, excited, nervous, and anxious all at the same time. 

There comes a point in everything you do when you know it’s time to let go and move on. I felt it with basketball, I knew I was ready to let it go, you get this feeling of accomplishment, sadness and I would say relief all at the same time. I’ve said my goodbyes with a lot of things, experiences and people this year but I’m not quite fully ready to let go of it all just yet and say my final goodbyes to my fellow classmates, teachers and to Kayhi.  Our youth is gold, but nothing gold can stay. 

School COntinues

Preston McLaren
Staff Writer

Schools are shut down, flights are canceled, sports are stopped, beaches are closed, Ketchikan is in chaos after the onset of the new virus that began in Wuhan China, COVID-19. Amid this chaos, teachers, administrators, and school board members are hard at work developing and implementing an online school program to continue much-needed education.

Bridget Mattson president of the Ketchikan school board is on the front lines and said they are passing motions and focusing on ensuring the safety of the students.

“The school board held two emergency meetings on March 13 and 18 to discuss the situation and to pass the motion to suspend school instruction,” said Mattson. “These actions were confirmed and expanded when the governor mandated that school instruction would be closed until May 1. This is to give us time to address all of the concerns to best serve the students in Ketchikan and give them the continued opportunity to learn.”

Administrators, teachers and the school board have been meeting via zoom meetings to discuss the process moving forward. They have been meeting since March 23 while students did not start meeting until March 30 and then only with elementary school teachers, middle school homeroom teachers, and high school advisory teachers to stay in touch and give the students some contact.

Nadire Zhuta a high school senior said she enjoys the zoom meetings as it gives her some interaction with her friends which is needed in this quarantined time.

“I’ve liked the zoom meetings so far because I get to see my friends which is good during this time where you don’t see many people besides family,” said Zhuta. “I think the instructional meetings will be really good, a bit awkward at first but I feel like they will get more and more normal and natural for students.”

Teachers at the high school will begin meeting with their classes individually starting April 6 but are unable to begin graded distance learning until a future unknown date. A lunch/breakfast program is in place and since March 23 students ages 0-18 have been able to pick up school lunches in the community.

Bridget Mattson school board president said the overarching goals and desires the district as a whole is trying to achieve.

“All of the logistical concerns that need to be addressed is in the desire to best serve the students in Ketchikan,” said Mattson. “Helping the students have a positive, educational school year in whatever ways we can, is what the district is working to achieve.”

Young Entrepreneurs

Nadire Zhuta
Staff Writer 

Albrim Zhuta was the first victim of Besjan Kamberi’s haircuts. “Don’t do that, don’t do that Besjan” he yelled from the bathroom while Kamberi, his older cousin was experimenting with his hair. 

We all have great ideas of what we want to do in life but it takes that special spark in someone to move forward and to actually make something of them. Besjan Kamberi a young entrepreneur, who has been making strides forward to pursue his career goals.

Kamberi has been cutting hair in a small room in his house for three years, he dedicates about 20 cumulative hours a week to giving haircuts. Kamberi has spent around $600 on equipment. He spends $120 on clippers, $60 on balders, $60 on trimmers, $30 on scissors, $20 on straight razors, and $15 on shaving gel.  

What made Kamberi want to start cutting hair was his drive for change. 

“All I saw was the same hair cut between people in town, I didn’t see any fades or different types of hair styles, so I thought to myself ‘what if I bring something new?” 

Kamberi taught himself how to cut hair by watching videos and by trial and error.

“On my free time I would watch Youtube videos on how to do certain hairstyles and learn the basics of styling hair, my first haircut was on my little cousin he was kind of my practice dummy.” 

Kamberi hopes to pursue this as a career in the future, he sees himself owning a barbershop in less than 10 years and hopes to return to Ketchikan in the future to open a new shop. 

“College has never been something of interest to me, the thought of going to more and more school isn’t how I want to spend my life, I want to go to barber school which isn’t nearly as long as actual college. I can get a degree in cosmetology then open my own barbershop/salon and maybe even come back later and open a good shop down here in Ketchikan and bring something new to Ketchikan.” 

So what made people trust Besjan to cut their hair? Especially since he didn’t have much experience as any other shops in town? Senior Jackson Kaye said he wanted to support a friend willing to take a risk.

“For me it wasn’t really about trusting Besjan to give me a good haircut, when he started out all I wanted to do was support a friend even if there was a chance of it being bad.” 

Kaye has been very satisfied with Kamberi’s work. 

“He’s always given me good cuts, one thing I love about Besjan’s haircut is that he takes his time giving me the best cut he possibly can, you can’t say the same about the other places in town.” 

Kamberi has been an easy and quick resource for high school students. He is available at any time of the day as junior Patrick Garcia said, “He always has time even if it’s 10 p.m. he’ll be ready to cut, he’s easy to contact and he works around your schedule if needed.” 

High school hustle
The term “side hustle” has become the expression for adults who have their career, but a side job that explores a passion at some level. This isn’t typical for high school students but Ketchikan seems to be fostering the teenage equivalent.

Kayhi teacher Allegra Machado has been teaching the enterneruship class for three years and said it is no surprise that every year Kayhi has multiple young entrepreneurs. Machado thinks that this generation is big on doing their own thing and believes that kids want to make a difference and be “unique and successful.” 

“I think it’s this generation in general, if you think about all the young vloggers, youtubers and people reviewing and promoting products online. I think especially with social media, if you have any product you want to market it’s really easy for people to do it from home.” 

While Kayhi has an entrepreneurship class only one student that has their own side hustle is in the class this year, while the others are doing it on their own. 

Riley Deal’s product is wood work, he combines epoxy and resin in a process called fractal wood burning. What got Deal to begin doing this was his love for science and gift giving. 

“I love science and woodworking and I needed a gift for my dad, I came across the process and started doing it.” 

Isabella Schreckhise draws and paints, and is an accomplished graphic design artist. Some of her drawings are featured at Gold Pan, around the city and even in Kayhi. 

Dearly Villaflor paints hydro flasks for friends and even painted hydro flasks for the Cross Country Runners for their end of season banquet. Villflor started painting hydroflasks because no one else was doing it in town at that time. “What’s unique about me painting hydro flasks was that nobody in town was really doing it, I wanted to start something new.” 

Dametre Williams-Martin makes copper and silver native jewelry. Kelleigh Nickich has her own photography page where she takes pictures of categories ranging from senior portraits to basketball game pictures and is also a lead photographer for the Kayhi Yearbook. 

Lyla Seludo hand makes scrunchies she does not sell her product but gifts them for the time being.  

CJ Paule and Micah Britt produce their own videography with their business JMC Productions. Britt and Paule make short films for whoever is in need of them. Paule even got a job with a home rental business and helped them with their photography and videography films. Britt is currently the Social Media Marketing Manager for Cape Fox Lodge and got an offer to film a marriage proposal at his job. 

Distraction vs Product
In the entrepreneurial world, not everything is created equal. There are products that improve or add to a life and there is a separate world of entertainment. It’s no secret that humans want the path of least resistance, which is why many might look to make money on social media by creating a viewership rather than a product. A distraction or entertainment, rather than a tangible item. 

Connecticut teenager Charli D’Amelio is taking over the Tik Tok realm and has gone viral simply by standing in front of her phone and recording herself dancing while Noa Mintz young entrepreneur started executing her ideas at the age of 10, she was running art classes for kids during the summer and two years later she founded a children’s party planning business. Now Mintz is 16 years old and runs a full-service childcare agency in New York City. Mintz has even hired a whole staff to help her execute her big ideas. 

English teacher and freelance writer, Jeff Lund who also co-founded LMT (a lifestyle apparel brand) in 2014 but left the business completely in 2017 believes that selling a product that helps people in some way is what customers want. 

“I think everything ends up being more fun and sustainable when you’re able to provide a quality product for others. Something they can use, whether it be a thing, or words or ideas. I want my readers to be people, not suckers.“

When asked if he would rather be Youtube famous or have a successful business Kamberi was quick to answer “have my own successful hair cutting business.” 

Kamberi likes to serve a purpose to his customers. 

“I like seeing people feel good about themselves with my haircuts. It makes me feel like I’m doing something right when they leave feeling confident and good about themselves.” 

From K-Highlite to Coach

Leah Call
Staff Writer 

The K-Highlites Dance Team’s Coach Christain Lorenzo breathes, dreams, and bleeds dance. He has been involved with dance for seven years and with the K-Highlites specifically since his freshman year in high school. He began as a member of the K-Highlites Dance Team, then his junior year decided to take a break and manage for the cheer team. 

After graduating from Kayhi, he decided he wasn’t quite done with dance yet and decided to be the assistant coach alongside the team’s head coach, Alma Parker. 

“I have always loved dancing and movement and wanted to learn and improve in all forms of dance,” Lorenzo said. 

He explained his reasoning behind wanting to coach, despite the difficulties that came along with it.

“Even though I had graduated, I still wanted to improve my skills and thought what better way than to coach and teach what I was taught?” said Lorenzo. “It was very difficult getting into it. Starting so young was definitely tough. The dynamic was very different. I’ve seen both sides- the dancer’s perspective and the coach’s perspective, so I feel that I can understand what the dancers are going through on the floor, and be able to help them succeed as their coach.”

Even though some days it is demanding and stressful, he claims it is all worth it, watching the dancers succeed and improve.

“My favorite part of coaching is seeing improvement in dancers from the beginning of the season to the end,” he said. “It’s a really good moment to see when a dancer has taken criticism and turned it into something beautiful.”

The team leaves Tuesday evening, along with basketball, cheer, pep club, and pep band to the annual Region V tournament, hosted by Juneau. 

“I think Regions this year is going to be very fun and it will be interesting to showcase our routines, in Juneau especially,” he said. “We’ve worked really hard throughout the season for this week and adjudication especially, and I am excited to be able to show other towns and teams what we are capable of.”

“Christain does so much for our team,” said junior and team officer, Jhenna Day. “He is an amazing coach and makes us feel we are all an important part of the team.”

Lorenzo also said his coaching style comes from a few different places.

“It was definitely interesting to go into coaching because I had been coached by a few different people with different coaching styles, and I wanted to take some things from those individuals but also have my own way to set the tone and set the level.” 

With only 13 members, this year the team is the smallest it has been since 2005. Despite their small numbers, they have grown as a team with the phrase ‘13 strong’ as their team motto.

The K-Highlites have a total of 7 halftime routines that are performed at football and basketball games throughout the year. Each routine can be categorized into jazz, pom, hip hop, or funk. This past Saturday at 6 p.m. they showcased these routines at their annual Spring Show, along with their Regions routine that will be adjudicated in Juneau during the Region V Tournament.

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