News of the year

Top news story of the year…

Gavin Salazar: I believe that the biggest news of the season would be the ACDC winning nationals and the boy’s soccer team beating Juneau for the first time in forever. I thought it was really cool to see the Academic Decathlon team win state and then about a week or two later I heard that they won nationals. It was a great thing for not only this school but our community. On to the soccer team, I felt very happy for them to finally beat their big-time rivals Juneau-Douglas. It was very exciting to see that happen.

Kyle Smith: I would have to say that it is the ACDC team winning Nationals is the top news story of the year. Not a whole lot of people really knew what the ACDC team did until they had won nationals. It was the first time they have ever taken first at the state tournament and then went on to win Nationals as well, the first team from Alaska to do that. There were some insanely smart seniors on the team that were the main reason they went as far as they did which is really cool to see. It was the best achievement and top news story this year by far I would have to say.

Verona Kamberi: Hands down ACDC but Y’all… I would say me joining PE class was the news of the year. Congrats to all the sports teams and clubs for winning, but I think Verona Kamberi doing PE was more of a surprise than any of that. Y’all know I was beyond terrified of sweating and running, but that changed. I remember walking out of class the first day with my big hair and my flaming red forehead thinking this was going to be a long semester, but I was wrong. I have enjoyed a year of kickball, handball, and my favorite dodgeball. Now, no athlete leaves a sport without an injury and for sure I’m not leaving PE without an injury. I now have a pinched nerve in my pinky finger and a big fat bruise on my leg. Anyways, good luck to everyone next year!

Wyatt Barajas: The soccer team beat Juneau. That hasn’t happened in so long. I know we won’t ever hear the end of it but it’s a big thing for Kayhi. Every year as a school we know it won’t happen but this year they proved us wrong. Maybe next year they could continue on and beat them again.

Marcus LeeThe biggest news story this year was for sure the Academic Decathlon Team winning nationals. They are the first Alaskan team to win a national championship and you can definitely see that their hard work had paid off. The ACDC team spends more hours practicing in school and out than any other sport at Kayhi. The hard work and dedication to be on the Academic team really take a special person to endure that much time of your day. When I heard they won state I was not surprised at all, especially when they took second last year. When I heard that they were going to Nationals, I had no expectations of them winning. I remember vividly Mr. Lund telling Largim, “You guys are going to get creamed.” You were wrong Mr. Lund, congrats to ACDC.

Chanell Browne: The girl’s basketball team winning regions for the 5th consecutive year in a row. Keeping the winning streak going, this was a record breaker in the Kayhi books and made history for winning five region V tournaments in a row. This was a huge accomplishment for the team to succeed in “The Drive For 5” and for the seniors who are now able to say that they’ve never lost a region tournament. What made this even cooler was the fact that it was on our home court in front of our town.

 

Softball Heads to State

The Lady Kings season was dead until they had a big inning against Juneau-Douglas. Nineteen big runs put the team over the Bears. That wasn’t even the highlight of the day. The Lady kings went all seven with the Sitka Wolves and lost, but a challenge on a home run call overturned the loss and the Lady Kings won with a 7-6 score. With that win, the Lady Kings qualified for state and leave today for Fairbanks. Junior Payton Simmons said the win electrified the team after being down the night before.
“The team was disappointed because of the loss,” said Simmons. “After hearing the challenge was granted we had a whole new mindset for the game ahead. Knowing we had another shot at going to state the moral of our team was amazing, the energy changed and we kept our momentum up which won us the game.”
The Lady Kings will compete in the state finals starting Thursday playing Delta Junction.

Daytona Review

Dante Troina
Staff Writer

Two and a half years later, it’s finally here. I’m assuming this is what King Push was supposed to be. As a fan, it’s hard not to be let down that after so much time, the album is only seven tracks, but I also expect nothing but the best from Pusha. We all know what we’re here for, Push’s style of rapping isn’t for the faint-hearted, so in the usual fashion, one listens, let’s hear it. DAYTONA.
Track 1 – If You Know You Know
The title screams classic Pusha to me. He starts off rapping over just a tick of a hi-hat, like a calm version of his verse on Don’t Like. I’m so ready for the bars coming my way when this beat drops, the anticipation is killing me but also wonderful. WELCOME BACK MR. WEST, the beat just dropped and Kanye absolutely murdered this production. Pusha is calmly just floating over the beat, controlling the chaos of it. This is what three years of waiting to make a great album sounds like, take notes, rappers who drop albums every six months. Bars are coming in from every angle imaginable, with a subtle, ‘if ya know you know’ by Push. Great intro.
Track 2 – The Games We Play
The beat starts off like a Sergio Leone western. I’m hooked. Is there such thing as a perfect instrumental? Push is gonna fit like a glove on this one. Again, he comes in so smooth but so hard at the same time. He’s not holding back, this is the official re-welcoming into his world. The chorus is so simple but very effective and provides a little breathing room to process before he beats you over the head with subtle references in his second verse. After every bar he gives, I find myself thinking, ‘true’ and, ‘yeah he’s right about that.’ The song is doing a perfect job at making me experience the instrumental but not distracting me from Pusha’s lyrical onslaught. It’s mixed to at. ‘Ain’t no stoppin this champagne from poppin,’ how in the world has no one said that line before? Another winner.
Track 3 – Hard Piano (feat. Rick Ross)
Who would’ve guessed it? A piano. Sounds a lot more suited to Rick Ross than Pusha. Pusha really has that Jay-Z in him, every syllable sounds like it’s the most important thing you’ll ever hear in your life. There’s a certain weight to his tone of voice and the words he’s saying. The beat is getting really repetitive though, I’m not sure how much I’ll be listening to this one again. Rick Ross, eh. Come on man, I’ve heard you do way better. Do not say you ‘keep the coldest flows’ while flowing with one of the blandest flows I’ve ever heard. Alright track. Next.
Track 4 – Come Back Baby
Oh man, this is dangerous. Starting off a song with a sample like that means Pusha is about to go off. Wait for it… Beat drop. Oh no, Push is talking like that cool uncle that you only see at family reunions because your mom doesn’t let you see him the rest of the year. The beat and flow are so simple but they just work. It’s gritty and straight to the point. The chorus just came in and made this a Sunday morning jam on the way to church. Beautiful sampling. Now back to bars. Gosh, this beat hits for being just a couple of distorted sounds. The sample comes in again for the chorus and is just as soulful as the first time. The double message behind this song demands another listen and the sample fits in perfectly with the messaging.
Track 5 – Santeria
I don’t think anyone was ready for that beat switch, and gosh, this song is moving. The first verse is just lyrical excellence, it’s like he’s having a competition with himself to see what the most fire line he can spit is. I’m gonna have to google what the refrain means, but I trust that it’s chalked full of drug references in another language. He’s just rapping over another bassline now, no drums, no nothing, just King Push telling a story. OHHHHH MAN the drums just came in and this is the riding out music to any bank heist ever. The build-up took its time and paid off. What a way to finish a track!
Track 6 – What Would Meek Do? (feat. Kanye West)
I feel like I’ve heard this sample before but I can’t pinpoint where. Building up to be one of the scariest beat drops of all time. Push entered with so much energy and momentum and has me standing by the second line. This beat is nastier than a Kyrie Irving crossover, sheesh Ye. Love the ‘devil on my shoulder what would Meek do?’ This is the official ‘for the whip’ song on the album. Okay Kanye, your turn. HAHAHAHA the scoops and whoops will never stop, that’s great, no entrance to a rap song has ever made me laugh harder. Kanye also comes in with momentum too, this is a lot better than his verse on Watch. He’s flowing perfectly over this, sounding like a villain, like the Joker just broke out of Arkham Asylum. Great Kanye verse. Welcome back.
Track 7 – Infrared
This is a lot like Sunshine, the outro to Darkest Before The Dawn. Uh oh, he’s going at someone, a couple pen bars, goes at Trump, uh oh. He went for Drake, is anyone ever going to forgive Drake for the ghostwriter stuff? I don’t think it should define his career, the diss feels a little late and overblown too. Push better be ready for some smoke though, this could be the beef hip-hop fans deserve. He just intentionally left Drake out of the Cole and Kendrick line. Is there going to be an album this year without some type of Drizzy influence on it in one way or another? Anyways, does Tom Brady ever scramble? I’m questioning the validity of that bar. Lyrically this track is awesome, but I’m not really with the beat, there’s not enough momentum or interest to make it a great lyrical track, something like Family Feud. Solid closer to a great album.
For a seven-track album, there is plenty to digest in DAYTONA. King Push is at his best lyrically and floats over beats with his commanding flow. That being said, it is only seven tracks, leaving much to be desired, but as I can only make a verdict on what is presented here, I’m thoroughly satisfied. Songs like The Games We Play and Come Back Baby are going to be ringing through my ears all summer, the whole album is demanding multiple re-listens.
RATING: 88/100

Kings take 2nd at regions

Kayhi fell 15-0 to the Wolves Thursday. Sitka got on top early shutting the Kings down. Kayhi committed 8 errors.
The Kings rebounded and won two elimination games against Thunder Mountain (2-1) and Sitka (2-0) to reach the championship series.
Juneau shut the door on the Region V title hopes with an 11-1 win.
All conference
Wyatt Barajas
Michael Starr
Kody Malouf

Sportsmanship
Kody Malouf
Azariah Schultz

 

Ketchikan By the Numbers

Jenna Miller
Staff Writer

There are 13,376 people in town today.
That would be the 4th largest city in Alaska.
That’s 26,752 eyeballs (ideally) 133,760 fingers (hopefully) 133,760 toes (theoretically) Average Snapchat user opens the app 18 times daily so it will likely be accessed 240,768 times in Ketchikan today.
Jack.ramsay just posted him arriving in Ketchikan on a cruise line.
Codieannie “making his way downtown, walking fast, faces pass and he’s homebound” at Ketchikan Creek.
Ketchikan is light__catcher’s favorite town so far.
The average person has seven social media accounts that roughly adds up to 93632 active accounts roaming Ketchikan.
The average person spends about two hours on social media each day.
If I begged a dollar from each of them, I could fly to the Bahamas ($1441) stay at the British Colonial Hilton Nassau ($186) for 45 nights and back with $3500 for spending money.
Or I could take the ferry to Wrangell and back 110 times. If I wanted, I could get berths take all my friends, and go six times.
I could buy a 2016 Nissan Versa SV with only 34,000 miles on it.
I would be able to pay for one year of college tuition at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas.
1 in 10 people have athlete’s foot making an extra 1,300 people wandering around Ketchikan with it.
This is what I think about when Leah stops and lets half the town cross in front of me.

Crossing Guards

Joey Karlik
Staff Writer

The sun’s out, AP tests are over, and you guessed it! Tourist season has returned! Everyone is figuring out where they are going to work. Some people work behind the counter, some give tours, and others guide visitors across the street. The crossing guards are very important when it comes to tourist season. Without them, tourists would probably get run over regularly. Jacinda Leighton is a returning crossing guard and is ready to take on the challenge again.
“You always know something bad could happen in the back of your mind but I try not to let it bother me too much,” Leighton said. “A lot of people can be very rude and not listen, because of that they can put themselves in certain situations. Nobody wants to be responsible if something bad happens which can be tough”.
Kiely Bryce had her first day on the job recently and is super excited to be a crossing guard this season.
“I heard about [the job] from Jacinda and Leah [Benning] and it seemed fun so I am trying it,” Bryce said. “My first day was good, easier than I thought it would be. I’m really excited to interact with tourists and to get to work outside. I’m not scared but I am aware so I’ll be careful obviously and ready if that time comes.”
Leighton has been on the job since last year. Every day usually runs smoothly and no one gets hurt. However, there was once a time where someone almost actually did get hurt. She recalls her one and only close call with tourists and wants to set a standard for future recruits like Bryce.
“There was this one time at the end of the day, and I was crossing the road. The tourists already crossed and I was heading back to my post. There was this bus driver who almost hit me and then proceeded to almost hit not only the crossing guard but the tourists at the other post while running through our signs,” said Leighton. “It was really bad. I actually had to push the tourists out of the way. We eventually talked it out with the bus company and reported it.”
2013 Kayhi graduate, Jacob Potts, has been working as a crossing guard for quite some time now. He recently got promoted to Street lead for his 5th season. He loves his job and can’t imagine working anywhere else. The sun coming out is making him ready to get back to work and be with his friends in the outdoors.
“All of my friends worked here and with the flexible schedule with good pay. It’s nice to come back here. And as long as your calm, it’s pretty easy and fun,” said Potts. “It can be stressful at some points, miserable in the rain but in the end a ton of fun. The job is easier if your outgoing, talk to the tourists and be funny with them. They love it.”