Kayhi takes first at home debate

Staff Reports

Kayhi hosted and competed in the December DDF meet Dec. 12 and Dec. 13. Ketchikan Debate Drama and Forensics team competed against five other high schools from Southeast Alaska.
Debate team members Audrey Kistler and Cheyenne Mathews placed first in public forum debate. Kistler and Mathews won the final debate with a unanimous decision by a panel of three judges.
Kayhi debate coach Mrs. Woodward said that she was very happy with how the meet went.
“The Ketchikan home debate meet went very well,” Woodward said, “I was very proud of my students and all the time and effort they put forth.”
The resolve of the debate meet was ‘For-profit prisons should be banned.’ Kistler and Mathews debated the negation of the resolve in the final debate.
Woodward said that Kistler felt prepared and her efforts showed in the final debate.
“Before the debate even started Kistler told me she felt more prepared for this resolve than ever before. I guess she was right because with a 6-1 record her team with Mathews was on fire.” Woodward said.
Kayhi teams Kinani Halvorsen and Claire Landis along with Frances Barry and Anthony Joslyn also ranked within the top ten debate teams.
Mathews placed fourth in speaker points and Landis placed 11th.
In original oratory Kistler placed third with a speech on patience.
In extemporaneous speaking Mathews placed fourth and Joslyn took seventh.
Kayhi also placed high in Drama events. Sophomore Bella Posey took second place in solo acting and extemporaneous commentary. Posey took first in dramatic interpretation and did a command performance for the second time this season.
Woodward said that Posey impressed her with her performance in dramatic interpretation.
“Posey did an incredible job on her dramatic interpretation. She performed a compelling rendition of Edgar Allan Poe’s “A Tell Tale Heart.” She finished first place in both of the rooms she competed in and ended up 1st in finals as well.”
This meet was the first time Kayhi debate took first the entire season. There is one more Southeast meet in Juneau. DDF state is in February.

Upcoming events

Dec.18th
8:00am– GBB @ Petersburg
5:00pm– Wrestling Team Dinner at Kayhi in the Commons

Dec. 19th
8:00am– GBB @ Petersburg

Dec. 20th
8:00am– GBB @ Petersburg

Dec. 29th
8:00am– CCCC Basketball Tournament (Home)

Dec. 30th
8:00am– CCCC Basketball Tournament (Home)
7:00pm– Homecoming/ Homecoming Dance

Dec. 31st
8:00am– CCCC Basketball Tournament (Home)

Jan. 7th
5:00pm– BBB & GBB @ Lathrop

Jan. 8th
5:00pm– BBB & GBB @ Monroe Tournament

Jan. 9th
5:00pm– BBB & GBB @ Monroe Tournament
3:00pm– Academic Decathalon @ Metlakatla

Jan. 10th
5:00pm– BBB & GBB @ Monroe Tournament
3:00pm– Academic Decathalon @ Metlakatla

Jan. 14th
8:00am– Semester Finals

Jan. 15th
5:00pm– GBB @ Juneau
8:00am– Semester Finals

Jan. 16th
5:00pm– BBB Home VS. TM
3:00pm– Kayhi Debate @ Juneau
5:00pm– GBB @ Juneau
8:00am– Semester Finals

Jan. 17th
5:00pm– BBB Home VS. TM
3:00pm– Kayhi Debate @ Juneau
5:00pm– GBB @ Juneau

Jan. 19th
No School for Students
Work Day for Teachers

Jan. 22nd
8:00pm– BBB @ South Anchorage

Jan. 23
5:00pm– GBB Home VS. TM
8:00pm– BBB @ South Anchorage

Jan. 24th
5:00pm– GBB Home VS. TM
8:00pm– BBB @ South Anchorage
8:00am– SAT Testing

Jan. 28th
7:00pm– Jazz Concert Jerry Gallery

Jan. 29th
5:00pm– BBB @ Juneau

Jan. 30th
5:00pm– GBB Home VS. JD
5:00pm– BBB @ Juneau

Jan. 31st
5:00pm– GBB Home VS. JD
5:00pm– BBB @ Juneau

Martin, Fousel win state

By Jake Stout
Sports Editor

Over the weekend seventeen wrestlers wrestled on Friday and Saturday at Bartlett High School, Marcus Martin (138) and Nate Fousel (195) became state champions at the 1A/2A/3A state tournament.
Martin won 6-3 decision and Fousel won 9-3 in the finals.  Martin had an undefeated season, standing 32-0.  T Mcburnette and Sean Tavares finished 2nd at the state tournament.
The Kayhi wrestling team had no team points in the state tournament because Kayhi is still a 4A school.

Opinion: I thought senior year was supposed to be fun

Connor Bird
Connor Bird

By Catey Mendoza
Design Chief

Even before the first day of school this year I could already feel the steam shooting out of my ears. I guess that’s what they try to warn you about all throughout high school, but it still doesn’t make senior year any easier. It’s all just a constant worry.
High school is supposed to be some of the best years of our lives, or that’s what everyone told us anyway. At this point, Talkeetna’s cat mayor makes more sense to me than that does. All the confusion, frustration, countless hours of no sleep, stressing and just being overwhelmed does not sound like the memories I want to remember from high school. Does it take away from the “high school experience” and leave you standing at graduation just remembering all those hard times? That’s where I disagree.
You see it may be hard now, but along the way we make friends, try new things, make memories with the people we’ve known for all these years. These are the memories that will make it all worth it in the end. But the journey is what matters now and let me tell you, the struggle is way more than real.
Some days I walk through the halls of Kayhi wondering, “where am I going to be in 4 years from now?” I have no idea. Sometimes I have to ask myself what the point is of going through all these years of school; why do I spend 6 hours of my day sitting in class? What am I ever going to use any of this for? I could be doing so many other things right now. In reality, we may never use any of this in our lives, but some of us might. High school is a time for preparation. It prepares us for what lies beyond the high school diplomas whether it be college, tech school, working, serving our country, or whatever we decide to do with our lives.
The hard part is getting there. And getting there means doing all your school work to keep grades up as well as applying for scholarships and schools. And being able to submit it all means meeting deadlines. And meeting deadlines means not procrastinating to get things done. But who really does that? Procrastination is stupid and we all regret it every time it happens, but that doesn’t stop anyone from doing it. Just like when we begin to grow up and everyone puts that off till the last minute. Who really wants to worry any more than we already are? Not me. But it’s inevitable.
The real question is what are we going to do with our lives? How are we going to be able to afford it? Everything now a days is way too expensive and college tuitions are always rising. This makes me want to give up on everything. How am I expected to just go out on my own after being with my parents and family for 18 years of my life? Do I really want to be that person with 3 jobs and no social life just to be able to afford to do what I want? But wait, what do I want again? There is so much to think about and consider and it’s completely overwhelming. Some days I’d love to just shut off and disengage. To run away and not have to worry about any of it.
In Jon Krakauer’s book Into the Wild, Chris McCandless tried this but unfortunately for him that didn’t work. He ran away from society to live by himself in the woods in Alaska to get away. Some days I feel like that would be a great idea, just to run away from it all. But if you read into McCandless’ story you would know that he died four months later.
Take it as a lesson that no matter how stressful senior year is, running away from our problems is never the solution. McCandless ran away to escape society and ended up dead. People now go visit the bus he died in for some deeper understanding or enlightenment. As nice as running away sounds, I can’t and I won’t. To persist and push through is most important. It doesn’t make it any easier, but it does make it worth it at the end to know that all that you have done is what got us here and it’s what will get us through senior year.

Opinion: mad or idealistic

By Connor Bird
Staff Writer

Was Chris McCandless, from “Into The Wild” by Jon Krakauer, a complete madman, or a mere transcendental idealist? Does it matter? Years after his death, his actions are still being debated by everyone from Krakauer and other columnists to arm-chair psychologists.
Like many young adults trying to find their way, McCandless believed society was a detriment to him, and he would be better off without it. Krakauer didn’t exactly portray the connection between McCandless and his family as a close and loving one, but he had all he needed; such as support, food and shelter.
So why did he do this? What happened?
McCandless studied in Emory, Atlanta, so he clearly wasn’t stupid.
Maybe he had split personalities-or-dissociative disorder? This is possible, and many have considered mental illness was at hand; especially Craig Medred, writer for the Alaska Dispatch. Medred opposed Krakauer’s response to McCandless’ journey and disputed Krakauer’s portrayal of a potential madman. The fact that McCandless had developed a secondary identity (Alex Supertramp) decided to journal his adventures in a third person perspective stating things like, “Alexander is jubilant,” all support the madness theory.
People who suffer from mental illness often have a hard time accepting reality for what it is. Supertramp had showed something similar in the fact that he took in the tales of Jack London as reality; as if his portrayal of the wild was whole, and accurate. The writings of London, such as “Call of the Wild” (a tale of a man trekking into the Alaskan wilderness) had inspired McCandless since he was young, and is likely the tale that lead him up to Stampede Trail to begin the last chapter of his tale. Where McCandless had perhaps gone wrong, was where he built his reality off of the fictional tale of London, and his half-truth portrayal of the very harsh Alaskan wild.
Reportedly a good-hearted man whose spirit was always soaring, McCandless struggled with talking to people. Once he got to know them though, he was as open as any man. Never telling the entirety of his tale, nobody could ever decide why he was on his journey. But regardless of his backstory, people always seemed to know that there was some underlying truth written behind his story.
Another possibility is that McCandless was just genuinely upset with the way society had conducted itself, not unlike many other Americans and people around the world. His studies in college indicate he was well aware of things like famine and hoarding of resources; and McCandless was a man who sought genuine thrill, and total experience. He wanted to live in a world that was perfect in every way, where man had pursued their destiny of personal growth.
But I can’t blame him for it; sometimes I can see myself making the same escape. Society is a bit of a burden; or at least the way it conducts itself today. Now, I wouldn’t go as far as to move into a bus after months of successful experience seeking and view broadening; but that might be because I know how harsh the Interior of Alaska can be, like many other Alaskans around me. I understand wanting to be independent, but in this world, there are necessities that cannot be ignored; like money, food, resources and tools. If he had gathered these things in advance, perhaps his experience and thrill seeking adventure wouldn’t have been the death of him.