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Sports update

Baseball starts bid for state
Boys baseball will play Colony at 10:00 a.m. in the state quarter finals. They will enter the state tournament as the 1 seed. Last year the Kings placed 3rd in state, losing 5-2 against South  Anchorage in the semi finals, and then beating Colony 7-1 for third place.

Softball looks for redemption
Softball will play Homer at 10:00 a.m. Thursday in the division 2 6 team pool play. Then, tonight they will play Hutchison at 5 p.m. Last year the Lady Kings went all the way to the state championship before losing to Thunder Mountain.  The Kings beat TM 7-6 in the morning to send the Kings to the state championship on a 3-run walkoff home run by Payton Simmons.
Then Thunder Mountain worked their way through the losers bracket. They then beat Kayhi twice in a row to win their 3rd consecutive championship.

Soccer gets 3rd at state
Boys soccer took 3rd in Anchorage at the state tournament. This was the first time in Kayhi history that the boys soccer team qualified for the state tournament. They went 2-1, beating Homer their first game and Thunder Mountain for the 3rd place championship game. The Kings final record is 5-11-1.

Track competes at state
Nine track members traveled to the state tournament in Anchorage. The Kings high flier was Ada Odden, who placed 4th in the 300m hurdles. Odden was Kayhi’s only placer. She placed her personal best (38.53) and missed first place by about 3 seconds. With the season coming to an end, the Kings will lose 15 seniors.

Football pre season in full swing
Last year, the football team went 6-2, making it to the first round of the playoffs. This year, because of the loss of seniors, the Kings have put more effort into recruiting. New head coach Ryan Varela has been holding meetings at Kayhi and Revilla to try and recruit new members. Many up and coming seniors have been recruiting bigger students who they think would be a benefit to the offensive line, where they argue the team needs the most improvement. Many of the players have been going to the field on Saturdays, doing drills and playing 7v7. They will continue to meet on Saturdays, until school is out. Then they will move to daily pre season practices at 3 p.m.

Former assistant coach hired as head coach
Former defensive coordinator Ryan Varela has been hired for the head coaching position. Coach Varela is already working with the team as he settles into his new position. He has sent out weight lifting packets, ordered team gear, and has already started working on offensive and defensive schemes for the new season. While coach Varela is still looking for assistants, he has recruited help from former Wisconsin running back Quincy Landingham, who is here working for the summer. He is expected to help improve some of the skill positions.

Volleyball camp approaching
The Lady Kings will host a volleyball camp for girls on June 12-14 at 6:00-8:30 p.m. It will be held in the Kayhi gym. Kayhi’s new volleyball coach, Kevin Johnson, will be there to introduce himself and instruct the camp. The camp is for 7th-12th grade athletes.

Nine track athletes start state

Tarrant Sasser
Staff Writer

Kayhi has nine track and field athletes at the state competition in Palmer, Thursday.
The Kings placed 2nd overall at regionals last week in Juneau and had five 1st place finishers in the shot put, discus, and hurdles, and had 1st place relay team in the 4x200m Relay.
Kayhi also had three seniors throw over 42 feet in the shot put who qualified for state. The ASAA Division 1 Championships will start on Friday at 9 a.m. and continue on Saturday at 9 a.m.

State competitors:
Brendan Wong (12) – Shot put
Cristopher Carlson (12) – 110m Hurdles, 4x200m Relay
Tarrant Sasser (12) – Shot put
Cody Zartman (12) – 4x200m Relay
Ivers Credito (12) – 300m Hurdles, 4x200m Relay
Ivan Credito (12) – 4x200m Relay
Justice Yoder (12) – Shot put, Discus
Ada Odden (9) – 300m Hurdles
Jenae Rhodes (9) – Shot put


An all natural solution

Madison Rose
Staff Writer

For years Kayhi staff member Kelli Auger has dealt with a severe chronic cough. From medications to throat surgery, nothing has helped ease this constant coughing. It wasn’t until Kayhi senior Maia Caballero notice the trouble Auger was having and decided to gift her a diffuser (a machine used to disperse small molecules of essential oils through the air, that way it can be breathed into the body.)

Auger finds that having the diffuser in her office helps her relax and be more productive. Although it does not cure her condition, it has helped soothed and change the atmosphere.

“I enjoy having it in my room,” Auger said. “It makes the work environment more friendly and gives a more welcoming feel to my office space.”

After being introduced to dōTERRA products and seeing them in stores, Auger sparked an interest and looks forward to further research.

“I want to learn more about it and see the benefits it has for others,” Auger said. “I definitely recommend it to other people and suggest that they take the time to invest in this product.”

Ketchikan STAC church staff Beth Fazakerley Is a dedicated dōTERRA user. She not only uses the common oils and diffusers but also uses it as a disinfectant spray, hand soap, shampoo, cream, lotion, toothpaste, cough drops, vitamins and other edibles. She believes that it has made an impact on her and her family.

“I use to have really bad acid reflux, but after taking these vitamins and supplements my symptoms were basically cured,” Fazakerley said. “It helps with a lot of problems, and from personal experience it has kept ear infections, common cold and sicknesses away. It’s nice to have a safe product that isn’t medically prescribed, and actually works. This makes trips to the doctors a lot less and life not as stressful.”

Fazakerley understands that completely switching regular life habits into a more natural herb and oil base one can be intimidating, but she says that it’s worth the research and people should try and experiment with it.

“It might seem like a complex thing, but it’s really easy to get into if you start with one and stick to it,”  Fazakerley said. “It can be hard to remember but after becoming more comfortable with it, you can learn to be more proficient.”

The All Natural Revolution

In addition to dōTERRA, Young Living, Plant Therapy, Rocky Mountain Oils and Revive are just a few companies who are providing people with all-natural alternatives – meaning that their products are naturally made of aromatic compounds that are found in plants and seeds. This goes through a process of extracting in a low-heat steam distillation, while it is pressurized to circulate through the plants materials.

Another known way to produce these oils is to use expression, meaning “cold press”, which is the opposite of steam distillation. Even though this is considered as a type of science, many see it as a form of art that requires skills in harvesting.

The reason people who commonly use oils choose dōTERRA over other brands, is because they are able to determine its superior quality in safety and effectiveness.

Ketchikan Alaska home multi level marketer Dominique King has years of experience using dōTERRA and joined the business of selling these oils because they are a entrusted company that her family can be supported from.

“The CEO sure makes ton of money but they certainly don’t take away from the families involved with their own business, whereas most big corporations are sneaky with their profits and don’t fully share the income,” King said. “This way people can live their lives and get paid fair wage, since we are basically the adveriters employed by the company to make our own business.”

“Anyone can do this, which is why those companies typically fail. But even with the big risk, dōTERRA has been very successful since tons of people want to buy it and need a consistent program,” King said.

She started with selling lotions but made the transfer to dōTERRA because of their goals to create family businesses and provide healing revenues. Their theme is “a healer in every home.” The hope is to get people educated and spread the word about healthy and peaceful living.

“It blows my mind how hundreds of people come together just for this product, and instantly fall in love after using it,” King said. “It seemed bizarre to me at first not knowing what it was, but after being introduced and encouraged by my friends, along with participating in some conventions, I soon learned why people instantly became attached.”

She says that by buying their products you are funding other important associations. This is different from store owners advertising that your money is going to charity, when actually they keep it for themselves. Whereas dōTERRA decides to be independently checked out and look for foundations in need. Research shows that they are consistent with the truth and have proof for what is presented.

“dōTERRA are creators of the healing hands nonprofit organization,” King said. “This helps causes like Days for Girls (DfG), sanitary inspections and anti-sex trafficking programs.”

dōTERRA also uses this money to help support families in need world wide. King says that she loves how it not only benefits her family but also people in poverty.

“Why wouldn’t I want to help people in third world countries,” King said. “The money promised goes directly to those places.”

Wait, teachers haven’t been teachers forever?


Olivia Kinunen
Staff Writer

Working at a restaurant is hard. There have been so many times when I have been yelled at for “messing up” an order, even if it was not my fault. I hate having to deal with angry customers but when I’m working I remind myself that someday I won’t have to handle difficult situations and customers left and right. My teachers are just like me in that way, they have all had some jobs that weren’t their favorite but those jobs helped lead them to a job they love.

“Every job has its virtues and bright sides,” said science teacher Leif Sivertsen.

Sivertsen said his hardest job was working as a stop and slow flagger when the pulp mill was closing.

“I only had four hour shifts but they were the longest four hours of my life,” said Sivertsen. “I passed time by trying to count as many different plants as I could see on the side of the road.”

Being a flagger made Sivertsen appreciate the hard work and long hours flaggers and other road workers do to keep everyone safe on the road.

“One time I let a motorcycle go by and I switched to stop. The dump truck was trying to come up the hill and the rest of the Harley’s blew right through by my sign,” said Sivertsen. “It was terrible and I felt so bad. I ended up only having that job for a week.”
Yearbook teacher Allegra Machado worked at Subway when she was in high school.

“It was the worst. I had to close the store at night and clean the bathrooms, and it was disgusting,” said Machado. “It made me really respect custodians and people who work for minimum wage. Now when I use public restrooms, I am really cautious about cleaning up because they get bombed and it’s disgusting.”

Machado said that it has affected the way that she parents her children and she reminds them they have to clean up their own messes because it’s disrespectful to leave it for someone else.

Similar to Machado, math teacher Evan Raber worked various small jobs, and a few of them still affect the way that he lives today.

One job that Raber had was working as a night janitor at his college’s basketball arena that seated 10,000.

“I’m a clock puncher, you know, go get your job done,” said Raber. “We had a list of duties and everyday there was a task to do, you were able to complete the task and grind away . . . and listen to books on tape.”

Raber also worked in a supermarket making donuts.

“It was the worst because I had to be there at three in the morning and I was young so I was out late,” said Raber. “I only did that for a few months and I still don’t eat donuts, and that was 15 years ago.”

While some teachers like Raber worked jobs to pay their way through school, Vice Principal Cole Maxwell was tired of studying and decided to drop out of college. He ended up taking a job at Missoula Concrete, where he made concrete blocks for septic tanks. Maxwell worked there for five months and made about one concrete block every two days.

“I stopped going to school and I just wanted to work. Then I had that job and said ‘no I have to go back to school and figure this out,’” said Maxwell. “So the best part about it was it made me go back to school but it was the worst job ever making concrete septic tanks.”

History teacher Leigh Woodward was 19 when she had her most difficult job. She came back to Ketchikan for the summer after her first year of college and worked in Misty Fjords National Monument for the Forservice.

“I thought that I was going to be doing interpreting on kayaks, but when I went out on one of the first trips and they saw that I could hike and work, so they immediately moved me to trail and cabin crew,” said Woodward.

She would spend two weeks out in the field making trails, camping the whole time. Woodward and the rest of her crew could only travel by kayak, and they weren’t allowed to use any power tools.

“I’ve never worked that hard in my entire life, we built trails and spent all day digging for 8 hours. That was it,” said Woodward. “We had honest eight hours everyday and we would have to pack everything, dig holes to poop, and hang our clothes to dry.”

Since Woodward was working such a labor intensive job, she didn’t have the kind of summer that she imagined she was going to have, but is happy she did it.

“It was almost perfect for me as a 19 year old because I probably would have gotten into a lot of trouble that summer if I wouldn’t have been out in the wilderness every single night and not in town with my friends.”

As well as keeping her out of trouble, Woodward said working in the Forservice made her more appreciative of her home.

“I grew to have an appreciation for the outdoors that I don’t really think I had before that,” said Woodward. “You grow up in Alaska and you’re like ‘oh it’s pretty’ but you don’t have a deep appreciation, and I think some of those deep appreciations come from when you’re with people from other places and they’re seeing how beautiful Alaska is.”

SBA Elections Today

Class elections for SBA will be happening today during Advisory.
All positions are unopposed except for Senior Class President, and Parliamentarian. Juniors Carter Thomas and Talisa McKinley will be running against each other for Senior Class President, and junior Laura Sherill and sophomore Henry Clark will be competing for the role of Parliamentarian.
Voting will start at the conclusion of speeches. Winners will be announced Friday after school. 

Year in review

The 2018-2019 school year started off with an element of turmoil. However, Kayhi showed its resiliency and had one of the best school years, academically and athletically, maybe in school history.

News Of The Year:

  1. Jason House will be the new Kayhi principal next school year. House taught science in Barrow in 2001-2004, he will be currently moving up from Arkansas.
  2. Kayhi’s NOSB team won the state championship and competed at Nationals. 
  3. Former culinary teacher, Doug Edwards was sentenced to jail for 18 years with 12 suspended.

Sports Stories Of The Year:

  1.  The boys basketball team won a state championship after beating Dimond 57-53 in an overtime thriller for the first time since 1974.
  2. Kayhi cheer also won the state championship. 
  3. The Kayhi boys soccer team qualified for the state tournament for the first time ever.

Band dinner tonight at 6 p.m.

Kayhi wind ensemble, symphonic band, and selected jazz band combos are performing tonight at the annual band dinner at 6 p.m. in the commons.
Tickets for the chicken and salad feed are $25.
This year, band director Ms. Nuss is trying something different when it comes to serving.
People who plan on attending the dinner can expect a self-serving buffet table, versus ordering ahead of time and relying on the students to bring the dish to your table. This results in less stress for the student staff, as their minds will most likely be focused on the next performance.

When it comes to choosing your table, parents especially need to consider where their child will be when it’s their turn to perform their piece. It is important that parents communicate with their child, as it will assist in their ability to hear them play.
Keep in mind that the dinner is a fundraiser, and we appreciate everyone who attends due to this fact. This dinner also enables the students to experience their first performance in front of a larger crowd, as music festival is right around the corner.