On Wednesday, March 25, the Kayhi bands performed the songs they’re taking to this years Music Festival in April. Along with the Wind ensemble and the jazz band, director Mrs. Pagnotta is taking soloists and ensembles from Kayhi band to Juneau to perform and be adjudicated. The symphonic Band also played, but unfortunately they will not be going to Juneau.
Tuesday, March 31 the Kayhi choirs will be performing their songs for Music Fest in Juneau April 16-18. The woman’s choir and concert choir both have five or six songs they will sing. Director Kim Stone (filling in for Mrs. Percell at Music Fest) is taking talented solos and ensembles with her to Juneau as well. Unlike the bands, all the choirs are attending.
It’s that time of the year – testing time.
Freshmen and sophomores will be taking the Alaska Measures of Progress (AMP) exam April 1-10. Students will take four English tests Wednesday through Monday along with four math tests starting on the following Tuesday through Friday. The tests will take place in two computer labs and students should bring headphones if they have them.
Counselor Mr. McClory has been working frantically to make sure the school is prepared for the exam that is replacing HSGQE’s.
“It’s never been implemented before, it’s brand new and all online,” Mr. McClory said. “It’s designed to help measure how students are doing.”
Because the HSGQE has been discontinued, some upperclassmen are upset after being encouraged to take it seriously and do their best. Junior Leif Svenson said he was excited at the possibility of having a week off while underclassmen took the test he had to take the previous year. “It’s just frustrating. Last year we were looking forward to not having to come to school during testing.”
Kayhi girls started the state tournament with an 58-56 double overtime win over East in first round. Eliah Anderson hit a game winning jumper at the buzzer to win it.
Then the Lady Kings had a rough patch against Dimond 70-46 and lost in OT for the 3rd place game against Colony 53-48. The Lady Kings finished 5th at state and received the sportsmanship award.
The Kayhi Kings had a close game vs East but fell short 75-68. The boys team won their first consolation match against Wasilla 67-61, but was then defeated by West Valley 63-56 in the 4th place game. The Kings took 6th at state.
Mo and Lexi All-Tournament team
The number of students represented at the parent teacher conferences, dropped 13% from the total in the fall.
Last Fall, 217 students were represented on the first night, and 146 on the next; totaling a 58% representation of the 616 student enrollment. Also, the school used the new Powerschool system which sent out an automated message to every family, rather than relying on a mail based notification.
This Spring, the total attendance was lower, as expected, with 172 students represented on Tuesday and 97 on Wednesday.
The total number represented was 269 out of a total enrollment of 591, meaning a 45% representation.
Front desk Secretary, Mrs. Richardson said, “lower attendance in Spring is typical.”
Fresh off a sweep of the Region V titles, the boys and girls basketball teams are focused on preparing for the state tournament next week. The tournament will kick off on Thursday and go throughout Saturday The Kings will tip-off their first game against the maxpreps No.2 ranked East Anchorage Thunderbirds. Led by Senior Captain Desmond Johnson (19.9 points per game) East Anchorage has gone 3-0 against common opponents Lathrop, Juneau-Douglas, Mt. Edgecumbe. Kayhi went 5-3 against those three foes. The Thunderbirds have an impressive overall record of 20-7 and are cruising on an 8-game win streak after winning their region. The Kings have an overall record of 17-9 and have caught fire lately going 11 for 13 and are also riding an 8-game win streak after starting the year 6-7. – Leif Svenson
The Lady Kings will face off against maxpreps No. 2 East Anchorage (23-1) on Thursday at 3:30. Kayhi is 21-7 going into the state tournament after an intense region tournament. This is the second year in a row that the Lady Kings will attend the state tournament. The Kings placed 7th last year at state. – Jake Stout
Kayhi’s ACDC team placed in four categories at the state competition in Anchorage last month. In the interview category senior Tommy Varela won gold, and senior Carly Royer won bronze. In the social science category junior Liz Vossen took silver. The team placed third in the super quiz.
ACDC coach Peter Stanton said he was happy with the performance and looks forward to next year.
“Juneau did better than they have ever done and we were kind of in the middle of the pack,” Stanton said. “I’m very enthusiastic about next year, a lot of good students will be returning.”
Karly Blair and Carly Royer are the ACDC team co-captains and they said the team did its best.
“There’s always room for improvement,” said Royer. “Next year people will get more into it and we were more focused this year than we were last year.”
There were a total of seventeen teams from all over Alaska and our team competed in 10 different categories.