Slow Boat To Sitka

Gavin Salazar

The Kayhi Pep Club will be taking 25 kids to the Region V tournament in Sitka and will arrive, almost in time. The group will be getting on the Malaspina ferry tonight (Monday) but will not arrive until 30 minutes before the Lady Kings play Thunder Mountain Tuesday night.
“We are all going to have to get to the game as quick as we can,” said Pep Club president Carter Thomas. “But we will be a little late.”
The trip will take about 25 hours and will stop in Wrangell, Petersburg, and then Sitka.
Senior Nikita Burnett said she has a couple different things in mind that will help her kill time on the boat.
“I plan to watch a lot of Netflix as well as do a good amount of homework since there is not usually service,” said Burnett. “Most of all, I want to use the ferry ride to bond with the other pep club members as well as memorize all of the cheers.”
The group had to do quite a bit of planning before the trip.
“We already had a preset list of themes to pull from,” said Pep Club secretary Jacie Johansen. “Housing was just a matter of claiming a church basement to stay in before any of the other groups from southeast do. We were lucky to get one this year, most of the churches had already been taken.”
The kids will be staying in Grace Harbor Church with Phaedra Painter, Kelli Carlin-Auger, and Kevin Johnson being the adult chaperones. Thomas said the church is about a 20 second walk from the grocery store, and there will be showers and a kitchen available.
The themes for the week will be maroon out, white out, camo, American, and Hawaiian.
Some of the members bought items for the themes, and some already owned clothes for them.
“I ended up buying an american bandana for that specific theme of the tournament,” said senior Chanell Browne. “But for the most part I had everything I needed for the other themes.”
Senior Ella Hillberry said that she tried to plan ahead and order stuff in advance, but I didn’t quite work out.
“I ordered a bunch of different fun outfits about two weeks ago,” said Hillberry. “But sadly, they won’t even get here in time so it was kind of pointless.”
Burnett said that each member will be bringing their “Kayhi Pep Club” shirts and the big ESPN booth to add to the atmosphere.
Another big thing that the Pep Club will be doing prior to the tournament is making posters.
Hillberry said that it takes about 2-3 hours to make all of their different posters, and it is sometimes difficult to find ideas.
“Occasionally we’ll have to get inspiration from pinterest or the internet,” said Hillberry. “But most of our ideas we come up with the day of.”
Junior CJ Jasper said he finds it quite difficult sometimes to help the other girls make posters, but he tries.
“Yeah I want to help out,” said Jasper. “But it is hard sometimes because I am not allowed to sketch the letters because I have bad handwriting. So they only let me paint them after they sketch them.”
The school and club had a few main requirements for members to be allowed to travel to the tournament.
“Only the top people on the list of points, they had to get a permission slip signed, and they had to be grade eligible,” Johansen said.

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