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ACDC Home Meet Recap

Four Kayhi decathletes placed in the top 10 overall at their first home meet. Senior Adrian Ronquillo said the meet helped the team get familiar with the competition,
“The fact that we now have a meet established, we know the competition better,” said Ronquillo. “We have a whole month until our next meet so we can start preparing now.”

Meet Results

Senior Lydia Sumrall (3rd overall): 4th in Economics, 3rd in Literature, and 1st in Science

Senior Mackenzie Fousel (5th overall): 3rd in Economics, 2nd in Social Science, 1st in Literature and Music

Senior Charisma Manalo (7th overall) 6th in Literature, 5th in Art, and 2nd in Interview

Sophomore Campbell Sande (9th overall) 4th in Essay, 4th in Music, and 3rd in Literature

Sophomore Evelyn Andersen (12th overall) 7th in Science, 5th in Essay, and 4th in Literature

Junior Daniel Neufeldt (13th overall) 7th in Literature, 3rd in Science, and 2nd in Math

Senior Emme Andersen (14th overall) 6th in Music, 5th Economics, and 2nd in Essay

Junior Franklyn Correa (19th overall) 9th in Social Science, 8th in Art, and 8th in Science

Junior Angela Rodriguez 10th in Art

Junior Ruvelen Correa 9th in Music

Freshman August Cooper 7th in Interview

Senior Adrian Ronquillo 6th in Social Science

Senior Megan Cornwall 3rd in Interview

Freshman Robert Cope-Powell 9th in Science, 4th in Literature

Junior John Luke Calderon 9th in Speech, 8th in Art, 8th in Math

Senior Max Varela 5th in Literature, 3rd in Math, 1st in Economics

Staff Pick

Given last week’s upsets in college football, what teams are going to make the playoffs?


Dante Troina:
Clemson vs. Miami is a win if you’re in game, as is Georgia vs. Auburn. Auburn dominated Georgia just three weeks ago, so Georgia will come out with revenge on their minds, but Auburn will still pull away, as they are just a better team on a hot streak right now. Tigers 31-20. Miami and Clemson are two of the best four teams, but since they play one another, one of them won’t be able to make it. Clemson is the gold standard for consistency over the last three years, but The U has risen to the occasion and then some for every big game this year (Notre Dame). This game could really go either way, but I think on a big stage, Miami will get pressure on Kelly Bryant and force him into turnovers late. Miami 35-31, turnover chain and all. Oklahoma is the next team I think will make it. They already beat TCU with their second stringers in for the second half, so 52-28 Sooners. The Wisconsin/Ohio State game is where the committee can really get in a tough spot. Wisconsin is who I want to win, but they lose games like these every year. Urban Meyer will come up with a gameplan to beat them in a close, low scoring game. That win will give the Buckeyes a slight advantage over Alabama, Ohio State will have 4 top 25 wins to Alabama’s 2, one of which is against a team who lost to Troy at home. The Buckeyes will also have a conference title, so they’re my fourth team for the playoffs.

Kody Malouf:
The college football playoff is a madhouse this year. There is one undefeated team left (Wisconsin), everyone is good, and no matter who the CFB playoff committee selects, people are going to be pissed off. There are so many deserving teams and only four spots, the committee has an impossible job this year. With that in mind, I’m going to just put four teams in that have a chance, knowing that there are at least 10 teams that deserve to make it and I will definitely be wrong. Clemson in currently ranked #1 so they’ve got a very good chance. Oklahoma sits at #2 with the current Heisman front runner under center all while riding a seven game win streak, so I’ll give it to them. Auburn just knocked off the former #1 team in Alabama, and the last seven winners of the Iron Bowl have played for the National Championship, Auburn gets in. And last, it’s hard not to jump on the Miami bandwagon. The swagger, the poise, the confidence, I like the way they play and they could very well get a playoff berth based on those attributes alone, so I’ll sneak in Miami for my last spot.

Wyatt Barajas:
It’s hard to tell even at this point in the season because of the way it is chosen. It’s not all about what your record is. But if I had to choose a team to win it all it would be The U. They have had a strong season beside last week’s loss. They are the most all around strong team with a single mission, victory. The way it is chosen can be good, but also kind of bush league. The lack of watching college football may be why I have this opinion, but I’m still right.

Kyle Smith:
I don’t watch college football very much at all. That being said, the four teams that will make the playoffs this year will be Clemson, Oklahoma, Auburn and Alabama. I have no idea who is good and who is not, but by looking at the rankings I feel like this is a good educated guess. All of the teams I have picked are in the top five. A couple of years ago when I used to watch more college football, these teams that I’ve picked were good. History repeats itself, so I know these teams will be in the playoffs.

Liam Kiffer:
I have to agree with Kyle on this one, I watch maybe one college football game a year. Even though I’m not too familiar with who’s good and who’s not, I certainly know who the most popular teams are, and I mean if someone like me knows about them they have to be good. My four picks for the college football playoffs, in no particular order, are Alabama, Auburn, Wisconsin, and Oklahoma. My boy Baker Mayfield is on track to win the Heisman and take his Oklahoma all the way. If I were old enough to bet, I’d put all my money down on Oklahoma.  

Nutcracker Preview

Largim Zhuta
Staff Writer

Ketchikan Theatre Ballet will perform its annual, full-length showing of The Nutcracker this weekend in the Kayhi Auditorium. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. on Friday, and 2:00 p.m. on Saturday.
Tickets can be purchased ahead of time online at the KTB website (www.Ketchikan.Dance) or by calling (907)-225-9311. Tickets will also be sold at the door on the day of the performances.


$12 – Students/Senior Citizens/Military

$18 – Adult

$50 – Family Pack (2 Adult tickets/ 2 Student/Senior Citizens/Military tickets)

ACDC Home Meet Preview

Largim Zhuta
Staff Writer

Kayhi will be hosting Juneau-Douglas, Craig, and Metlakatla in the first Academic Decathlon regional meet of the season this weekend in the Kayhi Library.
The meet officially starts on Thursday at 3 p.m. with the Essay event. All the decathletes will write their essay online at their respective schools. They will compete in the other nine events and SuperQuiz during the following two days in the Kayhi Library. Only the SuperQuiz event and the Recognitions are open for the public to watch.

This year’s theme for Academic Decathlon is “Africa”

Thursday, November 30th
3:00-4:00 p.m. – Essay Online, from each team’s school

Friday, December 1st
3:00 p.m. –  Introduction KHS Library (all Friday tests)
3:10-3:40 p.m.  – Mathematics
3:45-4:15 pm. – Social Science
4:15-4:30 p.m. – Break
4:30-5:00 p.m. – Art
5:05-5:35 p.m. – Economics
5:40-6:10 p.m. – Literature
6:10 p.m. – Onward Dinner and games! Rooms 125, 128, 130

Saturday, December 2nd

8:00-8:30 a.m. –  Judges Meeting Room 130
8:45-11:00 a.m. –  Speech Rooms 109, 110, 122, 124, 125, 127,128, 129
Interview (Arena Style) KHS Library
11:00 a.m.-12:00 – Lunch teams on their own
12:00-12:30 p.m. – Music KHS Library (all remaining events)
12:35-1:05 p.m. – Science
1:05-1:20 p.m. – Break
1:20-2:00 p.m. – SuperQuiz (open to the public)
2:00 p.m. – Recognitions (open to the public)

Staff Pick

Snow is…

Hannah Maxwell:

Snow is a reminder of how beautiful nature can be when it’s left alone. I love snow capped mountains. I’m sure if you zoomed in on them you could see all the boot prints that go from ridge to ridge but from afar they look like a snow cone before you pour the syrup on it. I’ve been privileged enough to grow up in Alaska and Montana, two of the prettiest places on planet earth. Both of which have gorgeous mountainscapes which are covered, almost year round, with a layer of glistening white powder. Honestly I never loved playing in the snow, I hated how cold and wet I got, but I will never get tired of looking at it. Flying into Anchorage as the sunsets behind the snowy mountains, is a view that cannot be paralleled.

Joey Karlik:
Snow is lovely. Untouched snow is like a work of nature’s art… unless you live in Ketchikan. The word “snow” doesn’t exist in these parts. The word is replaced with slush. Everywhere else it’s amazing. Back in the day, snow here was the best. My particular favorite was the winter of 08’. I loved waking up with my little sister and throwing snowballs at her. Then my uncle would come in and stuff our faces into the snow, freezing our faces off. We would go inside and sip on hot chocolate and watch the classic christmas movie series–Star Wars. We would repeat this sequence every day ( sadly, we fell for our uncle’s pranks every single day) until the snow went away. I do miss those winters and I would kill to get that type of snow back. I really don’t care for this brown slush we have to call “snow”. Take me back to 2008!

Brittany Slick:
A precursor to slush. Ketchikan snow has a tendency to show up beautiful, white and powdery one day, only to get washed away and turned into brown slush the next. I feel like it just gets everyone’s hopes up. Don’t get me wrong, I love the snow–the pretty white stuff you sled on and make snowmen with… not the dirty brown muck that gets sprayed up your car window everywhere you drive. Take Monday for example: the first little snowfall of the season that made everyone excited was washed away overnight, leaving the roads bare or clouded with slush. It’s like Mother Nature was like “Look how pretty winter is going to be…..sike!”. How cruel.

Marcus Lee:
…pretty, it’s unique. It’s a privilege and also very overwhelming. Do you remember looking up at the sky and trying to catch snowflakes? Do you remember waking up and school being cancelled due to the crazy amount of snow that went up to your knees. I remember it all, I remember the ups and downs and I mean that literally. Making snow ramps and jumping them with my favorite blue sled. Snow for me is all about making memories, I think it’s awesome to live in place that gets snow. Not everyone is fortunate enough to get that amount of snow and the amount of joy you get while playing in it. With all that said there are times where snow can be very tragic. I’m older now and I don’t play in snow as much as I used to. Being older and having more responsibilities can be very stressful and snow can be another weight on your shoulders. For example snow can be very hard to drive in. With the amount of money I have, I can’t afford to slide off the side of the icy North Tongass roads. Maybe it’s just me but I feel like you grow out of playing in the snow, that being said I would never pass up a snowball fight.

Keri Thomas:
Snow is the symbol of an impactful memory. Often times for Christmas my family goes over to Craig to be with my grandparents for the holidays. This trip was especially snowy and my 8 year old self could not wait to go sledding. My mom couldn’t come over until the next day so my dad’s friend, Pippin, took my sister and I out to go sledding. I’m not quite sure how long we were there before I went down the hill by myself and SMACK I hit a totem pole head on and was knocked out cold. My sister cried and later told me she thought I was dead. Pippin throws me in the car and frantically tries to find a hospital but they were all closed for the holidays. So Pippin decides called up her friend who owns a clinic in Craig and had him open it up to get me X-Rays and medicine. Luckily I was completely fine, but remained unconscious for the next 12 hours. I had to take a lot of pain meds and can’t even begin to explain the headache I had. Of course, I don’t remember any details from this event and had to ask my family members what actually happened but the one thing I do remember about that day was seeing the snow.

Rosie Kacenas:
Snow in Ketchikan is a disaster. One morning you wake up and everything is covered in powdered sugar… but by noon it’s gray, slippery and dangerous. I definitely enjoyed snow more when I was younger, I hate driving in it now. When you’re little you don’t have a care in the world about whether or not the roads are icy or dangerous, because if they are you don’t have to go to school! But now that we all have our own cars, we’re forced to face the third-gear drives up Jefferson to make it to school. However, it’s still so pretty and always reminds me of having so much fun as a little kid that it’s hard to be upset when it snows. It’s also basically the beginning of Christmas, so, obviously I’m excited about it. Last year I wasn’t here for the blizzard, but everyone I talked to said it was terrible. Now that we have snow in the beginning of November, I’m a little nervous to see what this year brings. I can understand why my mom gets so stressed out when it snows!


Swim and Dive Regions Preview

The Kayhi swim and dive team is traveling to Juneau for the Region V Swim and Dive Tournament this weekend. The meet starts Friday evening, and continues on Saturday morning. Last season 6 swimmers and divers qualified for state. Laura Sherrill, Emma Campbell, Maury Meiresonne and Jessilynn Sivertsen are all returning this season expecting to qualify again.


Wrestling takes first in Juneau

The Kayhi wrestling team won the Brandon Pilot Invitational in Juneau with 204 points. Six Kayhi wrestlers placed first in their bracket and five took second.
Coach Rick Collins was happy with the team’s results.
“Overall we did well,” said Collins. “There is always improvements to make and we are just continuing to work hard and hopefully get better each week.”
Senior Izaak Jensen gave nothing but positive things to say about the tournament.
“We beat Juneau, won the tournament, and came back with quite a few titles,” said Jensen. “It was very low-key.”


1st Place Wrestlers:
120- Patrick Rauwolf
126- Mark Jasper
132- Brayden Linne
152- Max Collins
170- Dawson Entwit
182- Cameron Harris

2nd Place Wrestlers:
120- Charlie Blair
126- Andy Collins
138- Paul Allmendinger
145- Troy Harris
160- Nate Eisenhower