By Nate Eisenhower
Four Kayhi students will be attending the 20th annual WhaleFest Nov. 4-6 in Sitka. Whale scientists from all around the world will be there to educate fellow whale enthusiasts. The festival includes lectures, a marine-themed market, concerts, local foods, an art show, interactive student sessions and wildlife exhibits.
“It’s sort of a hub for whale research,” said science teacher Julie Landwehr. “It’s a symposium so they present their work, kind of like Ted Talks but about whales.”
There’s going to be a Regional Ocean Science Bowl scrimmage this friday to start off the festivities. Along with the experience, Alaskan students acquire a college credit provided by UAS.
“It’s really great because they [UAS Associate Professor in Fisheries Technology, Reid Brewer]. wrote a grant up there and they pay for our lodging, the credit with UAS, and the fee to get into the Symposium,” said Mrs. Landwehr.
Coach Landwehr will be accompanying students Zach Tighe, Ben Ranniger, Chevell Lamar, and Gabe Canfield on the trip.