Staff Pick

There’s one quarter left in the school year. I feel….

Keri Thomas:
Ready. Not just for school to be over and summer to begin but for everything that will happen in these last few months. I will finally find out decisions on scholarships and make my last decision on choosing a college. I’m also ready for all the events like senior skip day, paper toss, and prom that seniors experience in this last quarter of school. This will be my first prom and first for the other events as well and I’m excited to be a part of these special events that I’ve been looking forward to since freshman year. Other things I’m ready for are spring sports and the, hopefully, sunny weather during the last few months of school. The nice weather makes students want to go outside to lay out in the sun or watch baseball games– two of my favorites things to do. The end of the school year is a stressful time but this year, as a senior, I won’t have to worry about a ton of finals and can just focus on college. Although I’m ready for all these events to happen I don’t want it to all rush by. The last quarter of school is always fun and I want to enjoy this last one as much as I can.

Joey Karlik:
Stressed out. I have so much stuff I have to do with that one quarter left. Everywhere I go I hear ghosts whispering, “Scholarships…. Eagle Scout work… UT requirements… AP Classes… Summer Job…” How is one person supposed to do all this by the end of May? That’s in pretty much 1 month and I am freaking out. Soccer is also throwing a wrench in it, but it’s a good stress reliever. This is a wake-up call for me and now isn’t the time to relax and coast. Senior year was supposed to be the “least stressful year” I was told. That turned out to not be the case. I can do this though. I knew that this would happen when I signed up for these goals. I just gotta power through it.

Rosie Kacenas:
I feel excited. I’m so ready to start life after high school – I feel like at this point in the school year I’m just sitting and waiting for my life to begin. Growing up in Ketchikan has its perks, but there are so many new opportunities to be had outside of Alaska. Four years in the same building, going to the same store, seeing the same people day after day… it’s a lot of the same over and over again. However, I’m definitely going to miss the security high school life brings. Not having to pay bills or rent is something that I’ve definitely taken for granted. I know that college is going to be a lot different, but it’s something that I’m ready to experience. I’ve worked hard to get all of my ducks in a row, now I’m ready for the adventures to begin. Struggles are inevitable, but going through difficult things is what make people stronger and more well-rounded. I’m excited to be an adult and start my life in the real world.

Verona Kamberi:
Ecstatic! Sure it will be bittersweet to graduate from Kayhi, but y’all, I’m ready for the next chapter. Summer is around the corner and college is just in a couple of months. I could use a little more knowledge on balancing a checkbook or even paying bills, but I guess I have to learn all that before college. High school has been great, but man I need to grow up and by that I mean teach myself how to adult. It’s tough y’all, trust me, doing all those adult stuff is very stressful, but we’ll see how it goes. Anywho, one more quarter left and that means it’s time to enjoy the quality time with the teachers and students.

Kody Malouf:
Scared because I am in no way ready for the real world. The only food I can make is cereal and I don’t understand how I’m going to survive in the cold dark vaccum of real life. What am I going to do for a living? How do you even figure that out? Can I get one of those jobs where you get paid for existing like Kylie Jenner? That’d be nice. How do you balance a checkbook? How do you apply for a home loan? How do you pay taxes? Hell, it took me like four hours just to fill out the FAFSA, but hey at least I can recite the quadratic formula through song. I feel scared and unprepared for life, but I’ll probably just figure all of that out on my own at some point or another I guess.

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