Kayhi Students Prepare for 2018 Tourist Season

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Photo By: Megan Webb

Kyle Smith
Staff Writer

May 3rd officially kicks off the start of the 2018 tourist season in Ketchikan. It’s the busiest time of the year for the people of Ketchikan and students at Kayhi play a crucial role in the tourism industry during the summer.
John Malouf owns several tour companies in the summer where he benefits from employing Kayhi students in the summer.
“It would definitely make my job harder without them working for me,” said Malouf. “They do quite a lot. I hire quite a few high school kids as dock reps, salespeople, and tour guides. They are usually great employees who represent the company name well.”
Students work in a variety of different locations revolving around tourism. Anywhere from selling Ketchikan merchandise, candy, popcorn, trinkets, and working for tour businesses, many students work as crossing guards in the summer as well. During the month of May, students are still attending school. It’s hard for students participating in spring sports to be able to focus on work and compete at the same time.
Port and Harbors Director Steve Corporon said most of the high school students have the qualities they are looking for.
“We can’t load up on high school students or we wouldn’t have enough people for the months of May and September,” said Corporon.
Workers starting off crossing guards will make $14 an hour and work around nine hours a day. Without high school students, businesses would have to raise the starting pay to make the jobs appeal to adults, which can be kind of hard noting that the starting pay is already $14 an hour.
“If high school students were not available in the summer to help fill out our roster we would likely have to look at offering a higher wage in order to attract more quality adults and college-age applicants,” said Corporon.
Being a crossing guard isn’t the most exciting job. It involves a lot standing in the same place in the rain for long periods of time, therefore it would hard to recruit workers from the lower 48. Without students working, jobs like this would be hard to fill.
“Some of the tour companies recruit college students and young adults from the lower 48 looking for an adventurous Alaskan job experience for the summer,” said Corporon. “They often even provide housing for them.  We would not be in a position to be offering housing and I doubt Port Security and crossing guard positions would be perceived as ‘adventurous’ so raising our starting pay is all we could realistically do.”

 

Kayaking in Southeast Alaska: From a Kayak Guide

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Photo By: Brittany Slick

Brittany Slick
Staff Writer

Last summer I guided over 100 tourists on assorted kayak adventures. My tour is scripted but genuine and my goal is to come back safe, but also have a good experience.
It’s easy to have a good time because it’s kayaking in Alaska, but there are some basics that can’t be looked over.
If guided:
Bring water
Kayaking can be relaxing, but also vigorous and exhausting depending on your effort. In either levels of activity, I highly suggest bringing water. You are using your muscles to fight the tide or waves so your body needs to hydrate.
Wear layers
You never know what the weather is gonna be like, especially in Southeast Alaska. It could be super sunny one hour and then pouring down rain the next. I would definitely wear multiple layers that are easily removable. You may get hot and sweaty while paddling, but it might also be raining and blowing sideways. Just always be prepared.
Waterproof everything- NO COTTON
This one is especially geared to outer garments. While paddling, water comes up in your lap, you might even find yourself dipping your arm in, let me tell you, you will definitely get a little wet no matter what. The most important thing is wearing and bringing things that you can waterproof as much as possible. Any gloves that are not neoprene material are the worst things you could ever bring kayaking. Once they get wet, they will never dry and your hands will slowly become numb leaving you miserable the entire trip. Same with sweatshirts or pants, NEVER WEAR COTTON. I recommend a fleece material for warmth and a rain jacket and rain pants over.
Dry Bag: The Ultimate Alaskan Purse
Waterproof camera, waterproof phone case, waterproof GoPro– all these things are great, but they won’t be so great at the bottom of the ocean with the whales. A dry bag is a great solution to bringing what you want on a kayak without having to worry about waterproofing everything and making it float. The handy dandy little floating neoprene bag of goodness can fit anything and everything you would need: phone, camera, sunglasses, extra layers, snacks, water, etc.
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If unguided:
Bring a radio
You never know what will happen out on the water, so you always want to be prepared with a communication device. When crossing major traffic areas, especially cruise ship paths, you need to do a “securite” call to make other boats aware of your crossing. They can call back on the main channel and tell you to wait for them to pass or go through.
If you can’t go with me, always go with a buddy
Kayaking is even more enjoyable when you have someone alongside you. But, bringing a buddy isn’t just for enjoyment purposes. You never know what is gonna happen out on the water, and it is crucial to have at least one other person with you in case of an emergency.

 

Sports Recap

Kayhi soccer beat Thunder Mountain 3-0 last night in Juneau. Senior Izaak Jensen had two goals and Max Collins tallied one.
The JV team dominated in a 7-1 win.
JV takes the field tonight at 5 p.m. and varsity at 6:45.

Baseball beats Sitka
Kayhi baseball defeated the Wolves 4-3 last night in Sitka. Senior Tug Olson closed the game striking out 3 in the bottom of the 7th inning.

Track to Sitka

Kayhi Track and Field will be heading to the Sitka Invitational this weekend to compete against Sitka, Juneau Douglas, Thunder Mountain, and Skagway.
While Sitka is known for having a beautiful baseball field– track is a different story. Sitka has a gravel track instead of the nice rubberized surface like the runners are used to. Sophomore Ashley Cyr has conflicted feelings about the track.
“I’m nervous about the gravel track affecting my speed” Cyr said. “But it will be a good break for my shins”
Sitka also doesn’t have the 100 and 110 meter hurdles, so most hurdlers will be trying out relays or races at this meet. The meet starts at 2:45 pm at Moller Field and Track on Friday. Cyr is looking forward to attending the meet with her fellow underclassmen.
“I’m excited to hangout with my team” Ashley Cyr said. “I can’t wait to race and improve my mile time.”
Kayhi upperclassmen attending prom will not be traveling to Sitka.

 

Avengers: Infinity War Super Preview

Seth Chernick
Staff Writer

Avengers: Infinity War releases tomorrow. Audience members will finally get to see the summation of a 10-year odyssey, the Marvel Cinematic Universe that Marvel Studios started to create in 2008 when they released the first Iron Man. Anthony Russo and Joe Russo are directing Infinity War which is Marvel’s longest movie to date and the most expensive movie ever made.
With $1 billion split between the two halves, Marvel Studios has decided to split the movie into two parts, with the second planned to release in 2019.
The movie is going to revolve around six mysterious stones and a new villain, the titan named Thanos, with the incentive to collect and use them. A project of this scale required immense planning; casting started all the way back in 2013, although filming started in 2017. With a cast of at least 76 unique and complex characters, it is going to be impressive to see it, and how, Marvel Studios will pull it off.
Marvel Studios’ last project, Black Panther, is creating challenges for this film though. First, Infinity War is already 30 minutes longer than Black Panther. All of the Marvel movies thus far have been faced with an increasing challenge of introducing and developing increasingly strongly characterized villains. Black Panther is unique in that it blew those expectations out of the water. The character development was both complex but also relative. The twists presented and the concepts introduced developed Marvel Studios’ most interesting and relevant villain character yet. With Infinity Wars’ villain Thanos, it is going to take more than just a drive to destroy the universe to make his character more than just another villain trying to destroy things.
Thanos has only appeared as easter eggs after the credits in a few movies, leaving his character mysterious. They’ve built Thanos’ character minimally through subtle hints from quotes about Thanos and the Infinity Stones.
There has also been very strong themes and concepts among each movie, leading to what is suspected to be, the combination of all those ideas being a massive expectation. Marvel Studios has definitely been raising this expectation for themselves. The climax of a decade is will either be unforgettable or the end of Marvel– just one more reason to go and watch it this Friday.
BOLD PREDICTIONS
Justin Albecker: The movie of the century will start off with a flashback scene, yet again, you will see how brutal Thanos is and how he met up with Gamora. He will then appear on the Asgardian ship and reveal he snagged the Power Stone from the Nova Corp in Xandar. After monologuing a bit he shows the true power of the power stone by killing Loki, and take the Space Stone. After Loki’s death, Thor will be sent off into space, where he will link up with the Guardians of the Galaxy. Gamora will tell Thor the Mad Titan’s plan and expect Thanos to go to the collector next to collect the reality stone. Thor tells Tony Stark that they are on a different planet and to meet them there. Meanwhile, The battle of Wakanda is about to ensue and Vision is on Thanos’ death list. So Thanos snags the Mind Stone from Vision’s forehead. Thanos takes off to the planet that Tony, Spiderman, the Guardians, and Doctor Strange is at. T’challa then reveals Wakanda had the Soul Stone the whole time and puts it in Vision’s head. Thanos gets the Reality Stone from Tony, with the cost of his death. The Black Order then overpowers Doctor Strange and takes the Time Stone. Thanos then pulls an entire moon down on the planet. Doctor Strange takes the team back to Earth. They will go back to Wakanda to meet up with the rest of the Avengers to fight for the universe for one last time. Thanos and the Black Order will fight for the Soul Stone. I will be surprised if the movie does not follow these plot points exactly. This 2 hour and 30 minutes of runtime, will officially be the 8th wonder of the world. This is will be the peak of human capability, and there is no going up from here.
Dante Troina: Starting with a flashback scene, just like Iron Man 3, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Ant-Man, Civil War, Spiderman: Homecoming, and (you get it) half of the MCU, Infinity War will quickly establish Thanos as their best villain since Loki was first introduced. Speaking of Loki, he’s gonna die, for good this time. You know who else is going to die? Iron Man and Captain America, and audiences everywhere won’t be able to hold back tears as their favorite superheroes are diminished to nothing. Thor will be saved by his newfound box office power (Ragnarok was a hit), and Hulk, who knows what’ll happen? Bruce Banner’s death is definitely a possibility I wouldn’t rule out at this point. Black Widow will also die, whatever, it’ll be a footnote of the movie. Thanos will absolutely obliterate The Avengers, demonstrating his power by killing at least one of them early on in the movie. Thanos will also tear the mind stone straight out of Vision’s head, place it in his gauntlet, and then wreak havoc on the universe, yeah, it’s gonna be awesome. You thought the airport scene in Civil War was great? Ha. This movie will look back at that as a forgotten stepchild of all fight scenes and blow it straight out of the water. Infinity War will also become the first ever three billion dollar movie, pissing off James Cameron and proving his idiotic comments from earlier this week wrong (Avatar is trash, change my mind). Other movies opening this weekend will combine for absolutely no earnings because no one wants to watch anything but Hawkeye coming in to save the day. President Trump will declare The Avengers theme our new national anthem, and all will be right in the world.
Kody Malouf: Infinity War is going to break Avatar’s record and become the highest grossing movie of all time. It will also be nominated for and win Best Picture at the next Oscars. Iron Man, Captain America, and the Hulk will all die at the hands of Thanos and Hawkeye will come out of retirement only to be brutally murdered in .0001 seconds by Thanos, akin to squishing an ant on his shoe. The movie will end with Thanos collecting all of the infinity stones and completely destroying the earth, with the remaining Avengers escaping into space on board the Guardians’ spaceship. The movie will literally melt off my face with its pure power and mind-blowing twists. It will replace The Shawshank Redemption as the highest ranked movie on IMDb and earn the site’s first ever perfect 10 rating.

 

Lady Kings Battle Falcons

Largim Zhuta
Staff Writer

The Kayhi Lady Kings soccer team (0-0-2, 0-0-2)  will face off against the Thunder Mountain Lady Falcons (0-0-3, 0-0-2)  tomorrow at 7:00 p.m. at Esther Shea Fawn Mountain field.
The Lady Kings are looking to get the ball rolling and build some momentum this weekend, especially after back to back losses against Juneau-Douglas two weeks ago.
Kayhi coach Neil Kinunen is looking forward to having the team get back out on the pitch this weekend, especially against Thunder Mountain.
“It’s always easier, mentally, to play against Thunder Mountain as opposed to JDHS,” said Kinunen. “They are closer to our level of talent and skill.”
Co-captain and midfielder Sydney Nichols’ goal to help the team succeed this weekend will be to try and connect more passes and get the team on the same page. Both which are crucial roles for any midfielder.
“I will try to talk and communicate more on the field and show them the runs to make,” said Nichols. “Right now, we aren’t seeing a lot of the runs. The ball will be sent one way but when no one sees it, its a lost possession.”
Co-Captain Oliva Kinunen also believes that communication will be an important factor this weekend, especially with a younger team.
“We have a pretty young an inexperienced team this year, so we have been working on fundamentals like clearing the ball from defense and set plays,” said Olivia. “During the game, we will communicate with each other, which will hopefully help us out a lot.”
Coach Kinunen believes the key to the overall success of the games will be playing with intensity and transitioning quickly, especially against Thunder Mountain.
“We need to be sharp in transitioning from defense to offense and vice versa,” said Kinunen. “We simply have to match their level of intensity and energy to compete.”

Game Times
Friday
JV – 5:00 p.m.
V – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday
JV – 12:00 p.m.
V – 2:00 p.m.