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.

Day 3 of the Region V Tournament

Girls  Basketball
Lianne Guevarra led the Lady Kings with 11 points to a 41-36 win over the Lady Falcons. Avery Kreicher had 8 points for the Lady Falcons. 

The Lady Kings will advance to the championship against the Lady Bears tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. 

The Lady Kings have to beat the Lady Bears twice to claim the Region V 4A girls title.

The Kings bench celebrates a three pointer made by freshman Joeban Lorenzo

Boys Basketball
Kristian Pihl, Tyler Slick, and Joshua Gentry all put up 12 points in the 60-58 overtime loss against the Bears.

The Kings are officially knocked out of the tournament placing 3rd place in the 4A division.

Cooper Kreigmont led the Bears with 20 points to advance to the championship. 

Region V- Day 2



Girls Basketball
Kendyl Carson led the Lady Bears with 25 points and a 49-36 victory over the Lady Kings. Lianne Guevarra had 17 points for the Lady Kings

The Lady Kings will face the Lady Falcons today at 11:30 a.m. in the loser’s bracket.

Boys Basketball

The boys did not have a game Wednesday and await the loser of the Juneau-Douglas/Thunder Mountain game. 

News Briefs

Staff Reports

Parent turnout low, but not bad for conferences
Over 127 students were represented at Monday’s parent teacher conferences.
“It was a pretty great turnout looking at how bad the weather was, and all the travelling that was going on,” Ms. Laura said. “There was 25% less people than normal.”

Students show art at “Art Walk”
Kayhi students taking French made pieces of art based on styles or paintings by French artists of old. These pieces of art were displayed in the library at snack break yesterday.
This just gave the students had a chance to display their talent in art said Kayhi French teacher Nancy Nish.
“I just wanted to give the students and teachers a chance to see the talent that we have and the pieces were too good not to show,” said Nish.


The Last Year

Noelani Tillson
Staff Writer 

The last year of school can be emotional and stressful. For the Kayhi cheer team it’s a whole other story. 

Senior officer Makenzie Merrill shares just how hard being a senior this time of year is. 

“It’s heartbreaking realizing all I have left are regions and state,” said Merrill. “Cheering my last home game was devastating yet rewarding. I was emotional the whole game.” 

The reminiscence of your high school career makes many nostalgic. This time of year is the end of many peoples childhood. Regions, state, prom, graduation all make this time of year for seniors very hectic. 

“With injuries left and right, stunts falling, Laura tweaking her knee right before regions, many many goose eggs on our heads I think it’s safe to say we are tired. We have been doing this for 4 years. Every year with a worse injury,” said four year member Tacoma Coronel.

These past two months have been all about regions for the team, they have been focusing on making every detail of their routine to make it perfect. It’s now up to the athletes to execute the routine and win regions. Many don’t realize the hours and months put into the routine. These cheerleaders have shared their hard long nights. Their bruises and cuts, but it was all worth it. 

“With cheer and any other sport at the end of the season you are ready for it. You’ve worked hard you’re ready for the break. But looking back, I wish it wasn’t over,” said senior stuntman Carter Thomas.  I’m going to miss cheering for our home crowd. Cheering with the cheerleaders and the student section. I’m going to miss being a part of this team.” 

For most, sports help get you through high school. For these seniors, cheerleading has helped them become more responsible and given them a sense of home while being on the team. 

“It’s exciting because we’re moving forward with our lives but sad because we’re not kids anymore,” said Coronel.


Region V- Day 1

Senior captain Chris Lee defending the inbound pass
Sophomore Janea Rhoads lined up at the free throw line after Kayhi is sent to shoot a pair of free throws

Dyllan Borer
Staff Writer

Boys Basketball
Chris Lee had a double-double with 23 points and 14 rebounds in the 55-39 loss to the Bears. Cooper Kreigmont and Brock McCormick combined for 22 points. The Kings will play Thursday at 1:15 p.m. against the loser of Wednesday’s Bears vs. Falcons. 

Girls Basketball
Janea Rhoads scored 12 points to lead the Lady Kings in a 41-21 victory over the Lady Falcons. Riley Traxler had 12 points to lead the Lady Falcons. The Lady Kings will face the Lady Bears tomorrow at 6:30 p.m.

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