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Kayhi says goodbye to staff members

“This year, Ketchikan High School is saying goodbye to five educators who have served the students of this district faithfully for nearly 100 years combined.  And while no brief “thank you” could ever adequately express the gratitude of this community for their service, we hope you will join us in this humble effort.  

Thank you, Tracie Halverson, for the heart you bring to serving the unique and individual needs of our students. Thank you, Julie Landwehr, for bringing your love of science to our students both in and out of the classroom.  Thank you, Bob McClory, for your commitment to guiding and supporting our students on their path to post-secondary success.  Thank you, David White, for teaching our students the value of good health and for helping to develop the practitioners who will continue to serve the health of our community.  Thank you, Suzi Williams, for the positive energy and the dedication you show to meeting the needs of each student you serve.

The five of you have left very big shoes to fill.  And you have left a mark on the lives of thousands of students and on the beating heart of Ketchikan High School.”

– Jason House, Cole Maxwell, Linnaea Troina

Other staff members saying goodbye to their colleagues:

“Mrs. Landwehr always brought an abundance of enthusiasm to anything related to science and the process of discovery.  This manifested in the success of the Ocean Science Bowl teams over the years. Mr. White single-handedly revitalized the Medical Terminology program here at Kayhi and rekindled relationships with the community’s health sciences professionals so that students could once again job shadow. Both of these teachers have left a lasting, positive impact on our school and community and will be sorely missed.” – Mr. O’Brien 

“Julie is smart, brilliant, and very logical. She is a problem solver who can take on just about any problem without getting ruffled” – Mr.Powell

“Interesting, meticulous, and sciency. Great modeling and sharing of ideas and practices.”- Mr. Sivertsen

Mr. White

“Mr. White has a huge heart for his students and works tirelessly to ensure they have quality and fun opportunities for learning. He has a great sense of humor and is a person of great humility. He has done immeasurably good because of his dedication and love for teaching.”
– Mr. O’Brien

“[He is] Friendly and positive, always had a nice smile and was friendly to everyone.” – Mrs. Campbell

“He’s probably the most jolly guy I know. It was fun working with him, having someone to always make you smile no matter what.” – Mr. Pader

Mr. McClory

“I would describe Mr. McClory as a life-long educator who is dedicated to serving students.  He has never stopped working to make sure that students have the information and the support they need to succeed.  He has a great heart for students, for school, and for his community.” 

– Mr. House

“Mr. McClory has endless energy and an uncanny ability to find scholarships for students.  He has a style all his own and always strives to get students to reach their potential.”

– Mrs. Whyte

“David is the utmost professional.  He is willing to take on new projects with full enthusiasm.  His desire to teach the students and have them engaged and enjoying his class is his #1 priority.  To take on high schoolers in his last years of teaching says something about HIS desire to keep learning.  I will miss David’s humbleness and kindness that he emulates every day to his colleagues and students.”

– Mrs. Loreli

  • Compiled by Carter Effenberger-Adams

Track sends 9 to state

Makena Johansen
Staff Writer

The Kayhi track team took 23 athletes to the Region V meet in Juneau, and left with 26 personal records, two school records, and nine athletes advancing to state.

Senior Riley Deal said he felt pretty good about his performance at Regions. Deal is ranked 8th in the state and hopes to make finals at the state tournament.

“I was surprised I did so well because we didn’t have practice,” said Deal. “If I can make it to finals, maybe I’ll do better from there,” said Deal.

The Kings had a total of six official practices in the last month prior to regions. 

Senior Rachel Knight ended Regions with 3 wins in the 200, 400, and 4×200.

“I gave it my all. After all the hard work I’ve put in throughout the past year I knew it was my last chance so overall I’m proud and happy with my performance,” said Knight.

Knight said she hopes to break 1:00 at state on her 400.

“If I could do that I could be looking at running college and a state title,” said Knight. “I’m not looking to do anything special or extraordinary, I’m just going to stay relaxed and focused and do what I’m already capable of,” said Kight.

Head Coach Alex Pennino said Knight was awarded a spot in the Brian Young Invitational in Kodiak, with 6 other top athletes in the region.

“Knight turned heads on the track with an absolutely dominant performance in the 400 meter.  She began to pull away from the field at the 200 meter mark and kept up a blistering pace through the finish line for a PR of 100.59,” said Pennino.

Baseball off to Regions

Hayley Gilson
Staff Writer

The Kayhi baseball team will be battling for a Region V championship in Sitka this weekend.

Coach Andy Berntson is ready for the competition they will face, and knows how bad the team wants to play. 

“These guys are ready to play, so it depends on if they show up to play,” Berntson said. “We’ll never know what it would be with 3 more weeks of practice.”

The baseball team is going into the region tournament as fourth seed, with a 0-0 record for their season. That doesn’t change the mentality the boys have for the tournament, though. All of the teams in Region V have been going back and forth with each other.

“The competition is going to be very strong and balanced,” Berntson said.

Senior Hayden McGarrigan said though the team has not been able to play thanks to Ketchikan’s Covid spike in May, he is confident.

“We play Juneau Douglas in the first round,” senior Hayden McGarrigan said. “Even though we have been out of practice, I feel pretty confident we are going to do just fine as a team.”

The Kayhi Kings will be playing the 3:00 game on Thursday. The two other teams, Thunder Mountain and Sitka High, will be competing on the bottom side of the bracket at 6:00 on Thursday as well.



Linne falls in State Final

Hayley Gilson
Staff Writer

The Kayhi wrestling team competed at the state tournament on the 21-22nd of May. The D1 division was held at Bartlett High, and the girls competed at Chugiak High. 

The team went up with 12 wrestlers, and came out with 4 placers, with Degan Linne as a finalist.

Linne faced Kobe Ames of East Anchorage in the finals, losing by decision 10-4. Degan’s brother, Brayden Linne, also faced Ames in the state finals Braydens freshman which came out to be Ames first championship. This was Ames’ third and final championship. 

Linne is ready to come back his senior year and take the championship his brother didn’t have the chance to get his senior year, due to injury. 

“The thing I’m most excited about next year is to take home the state title, since my brother didn’t get the chance to his senior year,” Linne said. 

Linne wasn’t the only wrestler who stood out from Ketchikan, senior Charlie Blair and junior Kollin Houthoofd came out placing 5th, and sophomore Liam Moseng placing 6th at the state tournament. 

Coach Rick Collins said that it was hard for some of the wrestlers’ stamina from being out of competition for so long, but they still persisted to perform at a high level, especially Blair.

“Charlie has come along way,” Collins said. “He’s really good at a few things. He has a good mat return, a nice shot, and good escape skills.” 

Collins was also impressed with the effort given from Houthoofd, and is excited to see him excell in the upcoming year. 

“Kollin stepped up and wrestled really well,” Collins said. “I was really proud of him this year, to take that much time off and wrestle with stitches. I was very impressed with his overall performance.”

The wrestling team is graduating two seniors this year, but that shouldn’t change the outcome of the upcoming season.

“Andy and Charlie are the hardest workers in practice, so we’re going to miss that leadership,” Collins said. “I always miss having the old seniors on trips and in the practice room.”

Besides all of the roadblocks for the wrestling team this year, the team is happy for the opportunities they got. Coach Collins is excited for the next season, and is happy with the way this season ended. 

“We were so lucky to be able to have a state tournament this year,” Collins said. “If I didn’t love coaching I wouldn’t be attached to the kids.”

Late Covid spike forces changes

Olivia Berg 
Staff Writer

Senior year is supposed to be the most memorable year of high school. For the class of 2021 this is true, but for the wrong reasons. 

Both softball and baseball teams had to cancel Senior Night games, as did soccer teams and have instead planned scrimmages. The wrestling team was unable to host the Region V tournament and defend its streak of 12-straight titles, but was able to send wrestlers to state. However, one was sent immediately home after being listed as a close contact.

While graduation will happen, there will be no spectators. Senior Delaney Neilson said that many traditions were cancelled or postponed because of the latest Covid spike.

“Don’t get me wrong there are people out there and communities that have it so much worse than ours,” said Neilson. “I just wish we were able to have the special events we’ve been hoping to take part in all these years.” 

Kayhi had gone 36-straight days at 100% capacity, and 101 days total at full-capacity. That changed in late April. Kayhi went Remote for the last three days of April, returned to 100% on Monday, May 3, but was back to Remote the rest of the week. Ketchikan went into the high risk level and Kayhi has been at the 50% capacity level since then.

Kayhi senior Morgan Elerding said that she has mixed feelings about 50% capacity learning.

“On one hand it will be nice to take a breather and have some time to relax before graduation,” said Elerding. “But I will also have zero motivation to do my work these last couple of weeks. I want school to be over, but not like this.” 

Neilson has been looking forward to graduation for quite some time. Her class has worked so hard to receive their diplomas and it will be disappointing if their families cannot attend.

“Graduation is a moment some students dream about years,” said Neilson. “A lot of people don’t see it as a big deal but in reality it is. Most of us worked 12 years for this moment, and I think it would be really sad if we don’t get to experience the full ceremony.”

Neilson hopes that the community can come together as a whole and work to get our community level back down for the senior class.

“Our community did so good for so long and I’m hoping we can do good again,” said Neilson. “Graduation is not just a huge deal, but a privilege and I hope people can stay home and think about all the seniors who want to have their special day be as normal and possible after such a hard year.”

Elerding said that even though her class has missed out on almost every senior tradition, she is happy to have gotten a senior prom and have parents that are trying hard to make things happen for her classmates. 

“I know it is already gone but I missed having the senior carnival and 4th of July float. I am so happy we had Prom, but it wasn’t supposed to jeopardize everything else we had planned too,” said Elerding. “At least we have a ton of amazing parents who are willing to put on a promenade graduation walk and after party for us.”

Instead of making some of the best memories, Neilson is at home without her classmates and friends by her side to cherish what time they have left.

“This is our last few weeks of high school ever and we won’t get to relive these moments that we’re supposed to be experiencing right now,” said Neilson. “Yes, we were more lucky than most seniors in other parts of the world, but that doesn’t make this situation any better.”

Finding the way back

By Dyllan Borer
Editor

“My mom got sick and passed away. Covid was just kicking into high gear, everyone was isolated and unhappy. I wasn’t doing much for my health or anything actually. I was down, the gym was closed, and the weather sucked.”

So Phaedra Painter finally found her way back to the gym after the new year.

“I thought what the heck, you didn’t work that hard for that long to just throw it all away,” said Painter.

There are millions of people looking for the right thing to help them embark on a healthier life. Fitness is a multi-billion dollar industry, but what program should you choose, and how do you stay with it?

Program 

Long-time Ketchikan resident and personal trainer Natalie White takes a different approach than most when building a program. She gets to know her clients personally.

“I think taking that extra step to get personal with them can be the difference in them actually enjoying the journey and sticking with it,” said White. 

“I get to know them, their personalities and what their habits are and how long they’ve been at their current weight,” said White. “What has been their top struggle and they haven’t been able to succeed before.”

After White gets to know them personally she accesses their physical abilities.

She said it’s all about getting to their bodies and finding out what their body likes and dislikes, and what is going to be most beneficial for progress. 

“I go into their physical ability, their strengths, flexibility, stamina,” said White.

The key to a good program is being able to keep it long term and make it a part of your life long term. 

“I try to make them a program that they are most likely to stick with long term and enjoy,” said White.

Andrea Hanchey, a personal trainer at TNA Fitness located at 2727 Tongass Ave, builds workout programs for clients.

“I think it’s key to really know what my clients like and dislike to build a workout plan they will follow through with and enjoy,” said Hanchey.

“Finding out what exercises they like is key to keeping them to stick to it. If they don’t like riding the bike I won’t have them do that for cardio because they are less likely to do it.” 

Eating 

The only way to see results and keep those results is to make a change in your life. Healthy eating is key to seeing results and to having a healthy body. 

“I don’t believe in diets, I believe in lifestyle changes,” said personal trainer owner of TNA Fitness and ex-bodybuilder Angela Morin. “I tell people to look at their life when they say they want to change how they eat. I always tell people to look at the change they are going to make and see if you can make it a lifestyle change. ‘Can I live with this for the rest of my life.’”

In a study according to the National Library of Medicine, 3 years after participants concluded a weight loss program, only 12% had kept off at least 75% of the weight they’d lost, while 40% had gained back more weight than they had originally lost.

Healthy eating becomes a habit after four months, but everything is okay in moderation. 

“Life shouldn’t be all about if you can or cannot eat something,” said Morin. “I say just portion control, and healthy choices and journal.”

The food you consume is fuel that keeps your mind and body running.

 White said that it’s not always about the scale or the way you look but more about how you feel. 

“It’s all about how the person is feeling, their energy, how their clothes fit,”said White. “Those are the things that matter more than the measurements and the scale because those will come.”

No two bodies are the same, all bodies process food differently and react to things differently. This makes diets difficult to follow and very individualized. 

“I don’t think they are sustainable,” said Morin “They can be useful if you are already in a healthy headspace but the thing is if you can’t do it for the rest of your life then don’t try it because it gets your metabolism all messed up. And then you’re going back to ground zero.”

Being self aware of what you actually put into your body is a big part of making a change. Little things you don’t even realize can be delaying your goals. 

“If you have fitness goals or losing weight, I think the best thing people can do is journal,” said Morin. “Journal what you eat, your exercise, your water intake.”

Support, Results, Motivation 

Painter has been a client of White’s for three years until White  recently moved.

Painter, like many others, was afraid to take the first step.

“Class was hard emotionally and physically. This was so far outside of my comfort zone, and working out in front of strangers but I had to do it for me,” said Painter. 

Painter started to enjoy it and warmed up to it all. It became a part of her lifestyle, she found a group of girls that kept each other motivated.  

“I am thankful for Natalie’s warm welcoming and making me and so many others feel comfortable with who we are and listening to us,” said Painter. “Makes all the difference when you are looking for or have a coach” 

It’s not always an easy battle staying healthy. Painter had a hard time when the pandemic hit and she found herself losing motivation.

Morin competed in multiple physique competitions over the years. It takes a lot of dedication and determination to reach those types of goals. 

Morin had lots of support, her TNA family played a big role in keeping her motivated and on track.

“They motivated me everyday and loved seeing my progress and changes so that kept me going,” said Morin. “Not only did I not want to fail myself, I didn’t want to fail them.”

Morin said she told herself three quotes to keep her motivated throughout the process. 

“‘Never give up, Progress not perfection, I can and I will,’” said Morin.

Students complete first semester

By Henry Clark/Staff Writer

As Kayhi closes out its first semester, students take this time to reflect on how the semester went with the new block schedule, Covid-19, and online learning.  Students were in school 75 days starting Sept. 14, of those days 57 were at 100-percent capacity, 18 at 50-percent and just five were remote.

Kayhi Senior Cade McAllister said that it was hard to adjust to the different schedule, but once he did he got a lot more work done.

“At first it was really hard to get used to, classes felt extremely long, and so I had a tough time being productive,” said McAllister. but then we picked up pace and I got more used to the schedule and it got easier to sit through a class and even get more work done.”

McAllister also stated that with the fluctuation of being at school, he would succumb to senioritis whenever he was trying to work at home. 

“I definitely found it a lot harder to work at home, because once I was at home I really did not want to go back to school even though I knew it was going to be a lot better for me,” said McAllister. “But as soon as I got back to school my productivity went up again.”

Kayhi Senior Tyrel Cook stated that though the new schedule took time to adjust to, he found that he was more productive until Kayhi had to go it’s fifty-fifty schedule.

“I felt like I was a lot more productive until fifty-fifty,” said Cook. “Fifty-fifty slowed it down a bit but besides that I felt more productive.”

Cook stated it was hard for him to work at home because of his home life getting in the way of learning.

“Having to do school at home had a big impact on how much I was able to get done,” said Cook. “I just couldn’t separate home and school very well.”

Though there is still a semester left in this school year, Cook stated that he is already curious about the future of Kayhi.

“I’m interested to see what happens next year,” said Cook. “Even though I won’t be here.”

Series: Social Media

By Paige Boehlert and Jocelyn Cannon

Part 1: The Bad Angles 

Rick Collins was boogie boarding at a beach in Hawaii with his kids and wife for a few hours and the whole time they were out enjoying the waves, there was a group of teenage girls on the beach having what looked like a social media photoshoot.

“It was sad I was just thinking, ‘Go do something’ because it was this shot, that shot and there’s more to life than taking a picture of yourself…I just think the pressures are immense on young people through social media,” said Collins.

Social Manipulation

It is not just a distraction from the real world that impacts teens. Distorted, manipulated, or fake news targets teenagers and younger people who are still developing opinions about the world. 

Most Americans believe that fake news is a serious problem. Facebook has been blamed for spreading fake news, but it has more to do with users and manipulators taking advantage of the platform.

So far this year, Facebook has shut down 5.4 billion fake accounts on its main platform. That’s compared to roughly 3.3 billion fake accounts removed in all of 2018. Many still remain. 

Kayhi Librarian, Catlin Jacobson said there is a troubling amount of fake news on social media and a huge amount of the information you are given is fake or one-sided.

“There are different types of fake, there is unintentional misleading information, intentionally fake people trying to persuade people into wrong information as opposed to forwarding something and not realizing it’s fake,” said Jacobson. “Teenagers might not be as inclined to look outside your own circle and adults are the same way, its equally troubling no matter your age but when you are still forming your ideas about the world around you it’s a dangerous time for you to be forming thoughts and opinions when so much of what you see is not true.” 

Many adults didn’t grow up being on social media like kids do these days so it’s hard to fully appreciate the pull of social media. Journalism teacher Jeff Lund said he doesn’t understand what it’s like for high schoolers but does understand the addiction on some level.

“It’s really difficult because I went through high school without social media so I don’t know what it’s like to be a teenager and have social media,” said Lund. “In college, I was addicted to playing snake on my Nokia.” 

Lund said it was a Nokia 3310, to a teenager today it looks more like a calculator that you would borrow from Pader’s class than today’s smartphone. 

The PEW Research Center found that 81% of teens feel more connected to their friends from social media. However, teens depression rates still continue to rise. 

Collins is one out of 112 million people in the U.S with an Instagram account and said he thinks the political side of social media is getting out of control with all the fake news spreading and out there.

“My personal belief is that social media is kind of destroying our country on the political side of things,” said Collins. “There’s tons of fake news out there and a lot of people that fall into that trap.” 

Collins said the Netflix documentary The Social Dilemma affected him as a father and teacher. The documentary is a series of interviews by social media engineers and former CEOs of big social media platforms discussing the problems and manipulation of social media on a large scale and the impact it is making on people’s lives. 

“My oldest was right in the teeth of it, I feel like the longer this goes on the better-equipped parents are to deal with it,” said Collins. “I would see emotional highs and lows and not know what’s going on and it’s that online world you’re not really aware of. It’s heartbreaking as a parent to watch your kid stress over exchanges online.” 

According to an article on Media Literacy Now, children ages 8 to 18 now spend an average of 7 hours and 38 minutes per day with entertainment media outside of school. The reality is so many teens are addicted to social media and their devices. 

 “If you can have a product that you can get your customers addicted to it’s like a golden ticket,” Collins said. 

 Founding father of Virtual Reality Computer Scientist, Jaron Lainer said in The Social Dilemma the younger generation does not know the real meaning of communication.

“We’ve created a world in which online connection has become primary,” Lainer said. “Especially for younger generations. And yet, in that world, anytime two people connect, the only way it’s financed is through a sneaky third person who’s paying to manipulate those two people. So we’ve created an entire global generation of people who were raised within a context with the very meaning of communication, the very meaning of culture, is manipulation.”

Having our phones always at our fingertips with all our friends on it and social media to entertain us 24/7 has taught us that we can use it almost as a crutch in uncomfortable social situations. This is causing problems with younger generations because instead of interacting with other humans we are left to our devices. 

Former designer ethicist at Google Tristan Harris said that we are destroying the younger generation’s ability to self soothe and teaching them to depend on technology to make them feel better.

“We’re training and conditioning a whole new generation of people that when we are uncomfortable or lonely or uncertain or afraid, we have a digital pacifier for ourselves. That is kind of atrophying our own ability to deal with that.” 

Part 2: The Good Angles of Social Media

 Who you follow on social media can really impact your day or the way you look at things. If you follow negative people, it’s going to color your day negatively and make you think more negatively. But if you follow positive influencers on social media it’s going to impact you in a positive way and brighten your day.

Connecting to positivity

Instagram can be inspirational or a waste of time depending on who you choose to follow. Junior Hayley Gilson said she only follows positive influencers because she tries to live a happy healthy lifestyle.

“I try to keep my mind as clear as possible and keep myself as true as I can, I have narrowed my followers in the past year to get rid of anything I felt that was bringing me down. Being a teen girl in society I need to have a stable platform that I can wake up to and make myself feel better with, not tear myself down,” said Gilson. “The only people I follow are either in my community, inspiring athletes and sports content such as Sarah Hildebrandt, Jen Schroeder, Flosports, and pages like @motivation on Instagram are great examples of positive influencers. A lot of people’s platforms are too caught up with the drama in the world and people who make you ‘not want to eat.’ You only have one life and I’d much rather spend mine bringing people up and showing others all of the good things in life, like sports and sunsets.”

Connecting to readers and clients

Even though Lund didn’t grow up on social media, he is a user, but for slightly different purposes. Lund said social media is a great way to promote businesses and that business owners would be crazy not to use free accounts to reach potential buyers, or in his case, readers. Lund said that newspapers use heat maps to see which articles are getting the most hits and he wants his Juneau Empire columns to get as much attention as possible to prove his value. 

“If I don’t use social media to promote my column I’m an idiot, I have to, but at the same time I don’t want to be so attached to social media that I’m using it to promote my article but also as an excuse to get totally distracted,” said Lund. 

Collins said he uses social media to market his business but isn’t very good at it. 

“As far as marketing the business people love to see those fish so I try to get customer shots of the fish as much as I can,” said Collins. “I’m not super great at that sort of marketing but I just try to keep a little bit going and create an interest and a buzz.” 

Collins said it is very important to not take a political stance so he stays away from that.

“From a business standpoint I think it’s really not smart to take a political stance, but if I’m strongly one way or the other I could potentially be alienating my customers who thought and or believed differently,” said Collins. “From a business standpoint you have more risk, and it’s unfortunate the people would boycott your business just because of your political view but that’s just the reality of the situation. So I steer well away from anything controversial on social media for that reason.”

Part 3: Balancing Social Media with your Life

Social media is not going away but there are ways to work to turn it more positive and beneficial and steer away from the negative aspects of it.

An article by the New York Times written by Sree Sreenivasan said an estimated 81 percent of Americans have a social media account. A number that is sure to grow. 

Whether you have your social media habits under control or not, the reality is social media is now a critical part of the way people communicate and a key part of how work gets done. The article said people’s biggest struggle is knowing when to separate your personal life and your professional one on social media.

“The fact is that it’s impossible to separate the personal use of social media from the professional, and everything you say online can and will be used against you,” said Sreenivasan.

Cutting back

Social media is beneficial in many ways so quitting it isn’t necessarily the solution. An average smartphone owner checks their device 47 times per day, and 85% of users do this even while talking to their friends and family. If your social media habits are negative you should consider the following tips for decreasing your social media:

  • Delete the apps from your phone
  • Turn off your phone during work or school
  • Make a certain amount of time for your social media time
  • Leave your devices out of your bedroom

Justin Rosenstein, the former engineer at Facebook and Google, said that turning off your notifications and getting rid of non-useful apps helped him resist the urge to go on his phone.

“I’ve uninstalled a ton of apps from my phone that I felt were wasting my time,
said Rosenstein in an interview in The Social Dilemma. “All the social media apps, all the news apps and I’ve turned off notifications on anything that was vibrating my leg with information that wasn’t timely and important to me right now. It’s for the same reason that I don’t keep cookies in my pocket.”

An article by Mindwise Organizations says users need to maintain a healthy balance between social media and time without it.

“As with most things, balance is the key to having healthy habits on social media. You can set aside time when you can surf the web, and times when you log off and ignore notifications.” 

When using social media it’s important to use other people’s posts as inspiration instead of comparing yourself to others, this can turn into an unhealthy habit and lower your self-esteem. Think before you post. Ask yourself what kind of message you’re trying to send.

“Before you hit send on a post, consider whether it’s spreading positivity. You can help make your feed an encouraging place to be by avoiding trolls or online arguments and fostering a community of support and positivity among your friends or followers,” said Midwise Organizations. 

Most importantly put your mental health first. It’s important to know when to step away and take a break. 

Build a positive profile 

Social media addiction is a more common issue than anyone likes to admit.

Gilson said by stepping away from social media more she is creating a healthier lifestyle.  

Gilson won girls state wrestling as a sophomore, she follows popular girl wrestlers. 

She follows positive influencers like Jen Schroeder and Sarah Hildebrandt,  

Sarah Hildebrandt won a gold medal at the 2019 Pan American Games and a silver medal at the 2018 world championships.

“With the rates of depression in mental health for teens being super high, I have learned to control my social media habits to keep a healthy relationship with myself,” said Gilson. “Over the course of the past year, I have begun to change myself in such a better way by normalizing doing activities on my own.”

Gilson said she tries to make her social media feed as positive as possible to help with a good mindset.

“I try to make my social media platform as positive as possible a lot of teens are so focused on the negative influences even if they say they aren’t. I am guilty of this for sure too but I work on bettering myself and controlling my emotions with the addictive thing called social media.” 

Former designer ethicist at Google Tristan Harris said Google services compel people to check their email and smartphone notifications, but that doesn’t mean everyone is doomed.

 “Change like this can only happen top-down, from large institutions that define the standards for millions of people,” Harris said. “And we’re in a great position to do something about all this.

Here is a list of positive social media influencers:

English Teacher Jeff Lund

“They are positive influencers and remind me to be a producer, not just a consumer.”

1. @jayferruggia – Fitness expert

2. @danny_lehr – Entrepreneur

4. @jamesclear – Author and entrepreneur

Maritime Teacher Rick Collins

Rick Collins follows travel pages as a guide for his own personal business.

  1. @Powhub – Powder skiing page  
  2. @Epictravels – Travel page 
  3. @incomesimple – Financial and healthy lifestyle page 

Librarian Catlian Jacobson

  1. @JasonReynolds83 – Jason Reynolds, author of children’s and teen literature, and a powerful and inspirational speaker. I’ve heard him speak a few times at my library conferences. He tweets on issues of children’s and teen lit, Black writing, and social justice.
  2. @Lin_Manuel – Lin-Manuel Miranda, writer of Hamilton, and other Broadway wonders. He tweets uplifting and inspirational thoughts, plus current issues. 
  3. Shannon McClintock Miller, a fellow librarian from the Midwest, is a rock star school librarian. She presents at national conferences and workshops, and always shares wisdom and ideas on school librarianship. 

English Teacher Sarah Campbell

  1. Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education” –they have inspiration and thoughtful quotes and they also share strategies I can use in the classroom to help my students to develop peace within themselves.  
  2. Cute cat videos always pop up on my feed! They make me laugh and I feel happy seeing the cute kitties! 
  3. I also follow a group of AP Literature teachers.  We share ideas for how to teach literature as well as offer support to one other as we learn how to teach during a pandemic.

Kayhi’s (mostly) smooth start

One of the new safety protocols is a check in/check out form that will allow for contract tracing if need be. Students can scan in and out quickly using their cell phones. PHOTO – Kelleigh Nickich

By Noelani Tillson-Diorec

Kayhi students have completed their first week of school at full capacity. SBA president Henry Clark said that the first week of school went way better than it could have gone.

“It’s pretty impressive that the staff made it go so smoothly with still following protocols,” said Clark. “I personally think the longer class periods are nice, I’m able to focus and spend more time on work. It does get tiring being in a class for so long but I’m able to get a lot done.” 

Students enter the school in one of four lines based on their first hour class. Each student is asked if he or she has any symptoms and their temperatures are taken. First hour started 17 minutes late Monday as lines were long, but by Thursday the issue had been fixed and students were on time.

In addition to screening, the school district has decided to cut down the amount of time in the hallways by decreasing the classes during the day from six periods to four but increasing class time to 80 minutes. Lunch is divided into two sessions and there is a two student per table limit.

Teacher Allegra Machado said it helps meet the need to reduce contacts and puts kids on a fast track toward graduation.

“It’s nice essentially because people are able to get more credits in less time. On the down side kids are done with high school at a younger age. What are they supposed to do after that?”

News Briefs

Staff Reports

Parent turnout low, but not bad for conferences
Over 127 students were represented at Monday’s parent teacher conferences.
“It was a pretty great turnout looking at how bad the weather was, and all the travelling that was going on,” Ms. Laura said. “There was 25% less people than normal.”

Students show art at “Art Walk”
Kayhi students taking French made pieces of art based on styles or paintings by French artists of old. These pieces of art were displayed in the library at snack break yesterday.
This just gave the students had a chance to display their talent in art said Kayhi French teacher Nancy Nish.
“I just wanted to give the students and teachers a chance to see the talent that we have and the pieces were too good not to show,” said Nish.