The Kayhi Cross Country Team competed at Regions in Juneau last weekend, and seven of the runners will be competing again this weekend at the state meet. The runners in the top ten qualify for the state meet, Kayhi had four boys in the top ten this year: Sylvan Blankenship, Leif Svenson, Trent Rodanhisler, and Leif Stephens. The girls had three runners qualify: Erika Rodanhisler, Sarah Cool, and Elizabeth Knight. The girls team placed third overall, with Juneau Douglas in first, and Thunder Mountain in second. The boys team ended second, barely trailing JD and beating TM by a wide margin. For seniors Cool, Katie Powers, Svenson, Rudy Pankow, Blankenship, and Leo Jackson this is their last Regions. The state competitors leave Wednesday Sept. 30 to attend the State race in Anchorage on Saturday Oct. 3.
The French have a history of being grandiose by nature which leads to a history as rich as their cheese. How to be French according to Alison Blair: “Basically be a really big snob and think that you’re better than everyone else, but you also have to look presentable.” This past summer you could have had witnessed France first hand with Madame Z. and a handful of Kayhi students. For roughly $6,000, a group 15 Kayhi students and chaperones had a one of a kind experience. The group flew to London and from there went to Paris on June 15. Then the trip started to get exciting. Although the group arrived exuberant and ready to go, some of the luggage did not get the memo and missed the flight to Paris. “Five people were without their suitcases because the connection at Heathrow [Airport] was too quick,” said Madame Z. Several hours later luggage and owners were reunited and the trip continued on without further complications. In order to get an authentic experience, the group sometimes spent up to ten hours on the tour bus daily. Because the group from Ketchikan was the only group on the bus, they were able to visit extra stops and had a more personal experience. “It was a sweet trip because we were the only people on the bus. We had the bus driver and tour guide all to ourselves. We were able to load our stuff onto the bus quickly and because of that we got to visit additional stops,” said Madame Z. The majority of French people don’t ride tour busses but instead choose to lead more active lifestyles. “French people do a lot more walking, biking and ride on these cool scooters. The French are a lot more active than Americans,” said Blair. Some of the sites visited were Normandie, Saumande, Loire Valley, Tours, Sarlat Village, Toulouse, Arles, Nîmes and Nice. Humorously enough, the people from Nice were reported to be the nicest. The highlights of the trip included visiting two chåteaus (castles), cooking an authentic French dinner and learning how to fence. Throughout the journey, the Kayhi students met many local French citizens. Some were nice and some were, to say the least, not. When asked if the French were rude Blair replied, “Yes! Oh my God they were so offensive. I literally got shoved down at the Mona Lisa. In general people were pretentious, especially the Parisians.” However, outside of Paris the people were much nicer and more accepting towards Americans. An additional benefit of traveling to another country is getting to eat exotic cuisine. Croissants were eaten everyday and students were given the opportunity to try new and different foods., “Madame Z tried to get me to eat snails and frogs but I was like ‘no thanks,’” said Blair. The drinking age in Paris for wine is 16 and Parisians are able to order wine everywhere at anytime. Spencer Landis was an advanced French student who participated on the tour. Her favorite parts included seeing historical sights and communicating with the native people. “Seeing famous, historical sites, like the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Roman Arena, which are really old was definitely one of my highlights,” said Landis. Sitting in French class learning French for one hour a day provides decent exposure, but immersing yourself in the birthplace of the native language provides a much more in depth experience with the language. “Hearing French spoken at normal speed was really interesting and good for practical purposes,” said Landis. “Having to get medicine at a pharmacy gave a real world example for using the language.” Blair added, “A lot of the French actually speak a lot of English. If a French person recognizes an American they will often reply in English, even if it’s a student attempting to learn French.” Blair also added, “Even though I tried speaking French they still thought I was speaking English.” This was Madame Z’s seventh time taking students to France and she said just how important it is for her curriculum. “[For] Students who can afford to go, it solidifies the things that they learn about France and about the French language [in class],” said Madame Z. It also helps teach this year’s up and coming class because Madame Z brought back goodies for this year’s Advanced French students. Such items include apple cider and paté, a French delicacy made from goose liver. The two week trip provided a small glimpse of France and historical and cultural knowledge was gained first hand. “[The trip was] overwhelming at times but really inspiring. It made me want to see more of the world,” Landis said.
Jenn Smith was selected Wednesday as the new Athletic Director by a committee of staff, administration, and students. The position opened when Ed Klein, the former AD, announced his resignation in late August. Smith has worked as the secretary for Fast Track Virtual School for the last six years.
The Class of 2015 SBA legacy project teamed up with the district’s wellness Director Emily Henry to provide water bottles for the whole student body. In addition to the water bottles, the project entailed installing a new, self dispensing water fountain. The water fountain came complete with a motion sensor and is located near the bathrooms in Sophomore Hall. The water fountain was installed at the end of last year and the water bottles were distributed Sept. 25 during first hour. Water bottles came in either blue, green, or red.
Ask any student who Ed Klein is, or what he does, and they’ll be able to tell you. Then ask Kayhi students what Klein’s favorite thing to do is and they’ll say golf. That’s why most people know about Klein’s signature shirt: The Kayhi School Golfing Team. Of course Kayhi doesn’t have a golf team, but because, “golf is the purpose of life,” for Klein, he proudly wears it anyways. Because of Ketchikan’s lack of a golf course, Mr. Klein takes every opportunity to go golfing when he’s down south, or to goes to the course in Wrangell, or to his friend’s house who has a virtual golf simulation program. Even though Ketchikan doesn’t have a golf course, Klein has lived here his entire life, except during his college education when he attended Brigham Young University. There he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Justice Administration, and then began law school before he realized he wanted a different career. Since then, Klein has worked as both a paraprofessional and the Athletic Director at Kayhi. His eccentric personality has allowed him to really connect with the students. Swim coach Megan Beattie has worked with Klein for many years, and she said he is one of the hardest working people she’s ever met. “[Mr. Klein is] quirky, and he’s got a personality,” said Beattie. Being the Athletic Director at Kayhi is a monumental task, but because of Klein’s hard working nature he still did an amazing job according to Beattie. “He did awesome. He was here at school more than anyone should have to be. It’s like a 24/7 job, and when I coach I can always call him anytime of the day, and he’ll help out,” said Beattie. But, despite being super busy the job has its perks and combines two of Klein’s favorite things. “You can be at a baseball game, screaming your guts out, and you’re at work,” said Klein. “I love sports, and I love dealing with kids.” Klein doesn’t have any solid plans for what he’s going to do after his resignation, but he’s on the hunt for something awesome.
“I keep looking for a job that’s incredible that’s fascinating,” said Klein, “and I keep not finding it… this job [AD] has been the closest I’ve found to that.” The reason for Klein’s resignation isn’t specific, but he said, “It was just time, it’s been five years, and like any job, it has its good parts and bad parts. It’s a lot of hours.” Athletes here at Kayhi like Mo Bullock will definitely notice his absence.
“Ed is the kind of guy you can get inspiration from, and he’s awesome,” said Mo Bullock.
Current: What is your full name? Marshall: Robert D. Marshall III.
Current: What is your favorite quote? Marshall: “Bob, If no one else is laughing, it probably wasn’t funny.”- Robert Marshall II
Current: Any pet peeves? Marshall: Dishonesty
Current: Favorite Movie? Marshall: Tommy Boy
Current: What experience do you have in administration positions? Marshall: This is my seventh year as an administrator.
Current: Where did you graduate? Marshall: Clover Park High School, Lakewood, Washington
Current: Favorite book? Marshall: Whichever book I’m reading currently.
Current: Do you have any kids? Marshall: Yes, three. Lucas, 8, Sam, 4, and Piper, 2.
Current: Favorite color? Marshall: Blue
Current: What college did you attend and what did you study? Marshall: Pacific Lutheran University with a degree in Education and an endorsement in Social Studies.
Current: Favorite past time for out of school life? Marshall: I enjoy spending time with my family, especially with my kids before they grow up.
Current: Where did you grow up? Marshall: My father was an Air Force technician so we traveled a lot. I lived in Korea for two years, from 1980 to 1982, and spent some time in Canada.
Current: Favorite getaway? Marshall: The living room.
Current: Favorite sport to watch? Marshall: Football
Current: Favorite sport to play? Marshall: Golf
Current: How often do you play golf? Marshall: Six times a year maybe.
Current: Any experience coaching sports? Marshall: I coached co-ed volleyball in Hooper Bay with my wife. We did okay.
Current: How long have you lived in Alaska? Marshall: Nine years.
Current: Where were you born? Marshall: Wabash, Indiana.
Current: Socks with sandals or are you a normal person? Marshall: No way
Current: iPhone or Android? Marshall: iPhone
Current: Pie or cake? Marshall: Coconut cream pie.
Current: Are you right or left handed? Marshall: Right handed
Current: Do you have any pets? Marshall: A miniature Doxen named Mitzi, My wife insisted on a german name because it’s a german dog breed.
Current: Would you rather have a cat? Marshall: Yes…
Current: What superpower would you have if you could have one? Marshall: Wolverine’s combination of powers (healing and strength).
Current: If you could be any animal what would you be? Marshall: An owl because I like to fly.
Current: Do you prefer the summer or winter olympics? Favorite event? Marshall: Summer Olympics, handball and fencing.
Current: What countries have you traveled to? Marshall: Korea and Canada.
Current: If you were stranded on a deserted island, what three things would you have and why? Marshall:I would have my iPod for music, a Bible because my faith is important to me, and pictures of the people I love so I can have something physical to remember them by.
Current: What is the difference between a taco and a soft taco? Marshall: The crunch. All about that crunch.
Current: Do you drink soda? Marshall: I don’t drink soda, but if I had to, Coca Cola.
Current: What is the weirdest food you’ve ever been offered? Marshall: Either seal in seal oil, or muktuk.
Current: If you could travel anywhere where would you go and why? Marshall:I would go to Australia. There are amazing animals, nice people, and it’s just generally appealing.
Current: Ethnic background? Marshall: Caucasian, Scottish, Irish, and German.
Current: What is the hardest challenge you’ve faced and how’d you overcome it? Marshall:My wife and I experienced a miscarriage. I just had to tell her how much I loved her, and did everything I could to be there and overcome it with her. Thankfully we were blessed with other children later on in life.
Current: What question do you hate to answer? Marshall: I don’t hate any questions really.
Current: What do you think the most valuable thing in life is? Marshall: The most valuable thing in life would be relationships, not necessarily just with your significant other, but everyone in your life.
Current: Would you rather live in the mountains or on the beach? Marshall: Someplace like here, where they are both readily available.
Current: Would you rather travel by plane, train, boat, or car? Marshall: By plane
Current: Worst injury you’ve ever had? Marshall: I broke my leg when I was one, nobody knows how. That was the only significant injury.
Current: Favorite food? Marshall: Teriyaki hot n’ spicy chicken. I can eat that all day long, but you have to go to the right teriyaki place to eat it. Every place does it differently.
Current: How do you like your steak? Marshall: Medium Rare.
Current: How would you describe your humor? Marshall:My wife describes my humor as “deadpan”. They can’t tell if I’m serious, and I have to let people in on the joke.
Current: Out of all the places you have lived which was your favorite and why? Marshall: Massachusetts, there is so much history.
Swimming Kayhi boys won the home meet Sept. 19. The boys beat the Crimson Bears by collecting 158 points over Juneau (109). The Lady Crimson Bears swept the pool with 319 points over Petersburg (77) and Kayhi (74). The Lady Kings only had five swimmers in the pool Friday, but they put up an impressive performance.
Volleyball Kayhi went against rival Juneau-Douglas and Thunder Mountain over the weekend. Thursday the girls beat TM 3-2. Friday they lost against Juneau-Douglas 3-2 and on Saturday they beat both TM 3-0 and went five games against Juneau-Douglas 3-2. -Althea Santos
Cross Country Ketchikan Cross Country boys and girls both came in third place at Ward Lake Saturday. Erika Rodanhisler came in third out of 76 girls. Sylvan Blankenship came in eighth out of 132 boys. This was the last meet before Regions. Regions will be held in Juneau this weekend Saturday Sept. 26.
Football Kayhi football (1-3) traveled to Juneau to play Thunder Mountain last weekend, and came home disappointed after getting shut out 58-0. TM completely picked apart the Kayhi defense in the first half. TM quarterback Q’on Bear-Clark ran for a pair of touchdowns, including a 75 yard rush, both in the first quarter. Kayhi has one last road game at Seward this weekend. -Jake Smith and Tamara Nunley