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AC/DC Takes 3rd at State

Grace Parrott/Staff Writer 

Kayhi’s Academic Decathlon team took third place at the state meet last week.

Peter Stanton, Kayhi AC/DC coach, said he was happy with the performance of his team this weekend. 

“Placing third in the state was the best performance I could have possibly hoped for this year, given that the Interior Distance Education of Alaska (IDEA) homeschool program (which took second) and Lathrop High School in Fairbanks (which took first) have much larger student bodies to recruit from,” Stanton explained. “ Our Kayhi decathletes persevered in staying together, attending practices, and studying hard throughout this difficult year, and I think they all have a lot to be proud of.”

As the competition drew to a close on Saturday, Kayhi walked away with a total of 26 medals; 6 gold, 5 silver, 4 bronze, and 11 alternative medals, as well as a $1,000  scholarship.

“I am incredibly impressed by our team’s performance.” Stanton said. “ The decathletes won many medals that they worked extremely hard to earn, and they also won a few others that were more of a surprise.”

August Cooper, the team’s Co-captain, said he was also pleased with the performance of his team. 

“We all worked really hard to prepare for the competition, and I am very happy with the way things turned out.”

Paul Whaley won the top alternate medal in Economics. 

Sandra Johnston won the top alternate medals in Art, Interview, Music and Speech. 

Austin Ronquillo won the top alternate medals in Economics, Essay, Literature, Mathematics, Science, and Social Science. 

Elliot Yoder won silver in Interview and gold in Speech.

Phillip Smith won bronze in Music and gold in Interview. 

August Cooper won gold in Social Science. Franchezca Correa won gold in Interview. Matthew Nutt won bronze in Mathematics and 

gold in Essay. 

Evelyn Nutt won bronze in Interview, bronze in Literature, silver in Essay, and earned the highest total score on the team.

Sarah Short won silver in Art, silver in Interview, silver in Speech, gold in Essay, and won a $1,000 scholarship with the third-highest scholastic total score in the state.

Basketball Previews

Dyllan Borer/Staff Writer 

The Kings and Lady Kings both left to go to Sitka and play Mt. Edgecumbe and Sitka High. 

The Lady Kings will play Mt. Edgecumbe Wednesday and Thursday then Sitka on Friday and Saturday.

The Kings will face Sitka on Wednesday and Thursday and Mt. Edgecumbe on Friday and Saturday.

Weekend Sports Recaps

Dyllan Borer/Staff Writer 

Boys Basketball 

The Kings split over the weekend with The Juneau Douglas Crimson Bears. Friday night the Kings beat the Crimson Bears in a close game in over time 78-70 then lost the following night 80-59. 

On Friday night the Kings were down 59-56 with 5 seconds left in the game. Junior Josh Roads gets the ball at the three-point line with 3 seconds left, he shoots it and it goes in, making the score 59-59.

The Kings had no plan on who was going to shoot it exactly. It was whoever got the first open shot was supposed to take it, said Roads.

“I was just thinking ‘holy crap I just made that’ then they called timeout and everyone was going crazy,” said Roads. “But then it was over because it was time to play defense.”

Juneau tried to put up a shot in the last 3 seconds but didn’t make it, sending the game into overtime. The Kings scored 19 points in overtime securing the win. 

Saturday night sophomore Clayton Olstad lead the Kings with 14 points. 

Olstad isn’t satisfied with the outcome of the game he said. 

“I know we can beat them, so now we just have to work hard these next two weeks and beat TM

(Thunder Mountain) so we can play them in the Region Championship,” said Olstad. 

The Kings have a packed next two weeks. Due to Ketchikan being at high risk for a month their games got cancled for a and they will now make them up. They will go to Sitka on Tuseday till Sunday then come home and play Thunder Moutain next week.

Tyler Slick/Staff Writer

Girls Basketball 

The Lady Kings (7-1) sweep the weekend against Juneau Douglas (5-7) at home. 

Junior Paige Boehlert scored 11 points in Friday night’s 37-31 victory.

Shaelyn Mendoza set the tone Saturday and guided the Lady Kings to a 47-43 victory 

Junior Gabby Mas said the team was apprehensive for the game with not playing for a month.

“We were nervous because they have been playing for a month and we haven’t, we were scared they would one up us,” said Mas.

Staying confident and being solid on defence helped take the game over. Had to keep up with their ‘scrappy’ playstyle and use that to get easy buckets.

“They are not a huge threat offensively and they play very scrappy which we had to overcome,” said Mas.

PFD Has to Go

Eduardo Gomez/Staff Writer 

One of the biggest concerns I have as a 17-year old is how I will pay for college. Though it’s tempting to count on the Alaska Permanent Fund to be there to help, I don’t expect it will be and I don’t think it should be. 

The state of Alaska is unique in the way that we pay for state expenditures. Alaska historically has paid for most of the state government with surplus oil revenues. The problem is that this cannot continue, the era where we can rely on oil to pay for the majority of state government is coming to an end. 

According to Gunnar Knapp, an economic professor at UAA, There are two major reasons for this, first, oil prices have dropped 75% since 1988, and the other reason is North Slope Oil production has declined as much as 75% in the past 25 years and is projected to decline even further.    

With this drastic change in oil revenue, Alaska is struggling to break even with it’s spending, which is forcing Alaska to be in a $900 million deficit annually. As a result of this deficit, Alaska is forced to cut state spending to a bare minimum, for example, in 2014, Alaska cut its state spending by a whopping 44% or $1.7 billion dollars. 

More decrease to state spending would mean hurting our schools, harming the people that keep our roads and airports running, and our ability to fund troopers. Additional cuts would mean removing the things that keep businesses and workers invested in Alaska. 

Additionally, the PFD is $680 million dollars that is spent by the state government, so if we cut the PFD, it would help solve most of the deficit problem, and it could be put to great use within state spending. 

Think locally for a second, Southeast Alaska has seen plenty of these effects. Our island to island ferry system, which is a huge part of people’s way of life has been drastically affected in recent years. Our southeast fisheries have felt some of these cuts in the form of the Department of Fish and Game receiving major cuts in funding. Many things that provide essential services have been negatively affected by cutting government funding in an attempt to keep a PFD.    

Although I am personally greatly benefited by the PFD, I acknowledge that we must see the bigger picture in regards to the state as a whole, where the harms vastly outweigh the benefits, which leads me to believe that we should eliminate the PFD.

AC/DC Competes at State

Grace Parrott/Staff Writer 

The state Academic Decathlon meet started Thursday. Although some of the team is unfortunately having to compete virtually, co-captain August Cooper, said that his expectations are high for this week’s competition.

“In the current environment with Covid and everything,” Cooper said. “I think that doing a virtual meet will aid our team. There’s something comfortable about being able to be at Kayhi for this meet.”

Peter Stanton, history teacher and Academic Decathlon coach, had similar feelings about the virtual meet. 

“It’s certainly easier for us this year, to have the meet virtually, and safer too.” said Stanton. “It’s also definitely cheaper to stay in Ketchikan instead of flying all the way to Anchorage and paying for hotels and restaurants and all the other expenses of travel.”

In order to prepare for this tournament, the team has been taking on many different modes of study, from flashcards to speeches, to reviewing page after page of material on this year’s subject.

Sarah Short, another member of the team, is relishing her last year at Kayhi, as she is graduating early.

“It’s very emotional for me,” Short explained. “As my last year in ACDC. But I’m excited to crush it.”

Short has been working very hard this year, and especially over the past few weeks to be as prepared as possible for the competition. 

“ Every night I try to work through my flashcards,” Short said. “We have flashcards in sets of six hundred for each topic, so I try to work through those.” 

Cooper said that he is very proud of his team, and how hard everyone has worked to overcome obstacles such as Covid absences and the difficulties of the past year.

“Everyone knows their strengths and weaknesses, and I am proud of my team for all the progress they have made.”

News Briefs

Dyllan Borer/Staff Writer

Girls JV Basketball 

The Lady Kings JV will play Klawock Varsity tonight Wednesday at 7 p.m and tomorrow at 7 again. This will be their first set of home games for the season. 

The Lady Kings usually face Klawock every year. It’s a change of pace to the Lady Kings playing a varsity team that moves at a faster pace.

Gilson is excited to play them because it is a competitive level from the regular JV teams.

“We always need to get better competition so I’m glad we get this opportunity. It is hard to get better when we don’t have great competition so this is a great step for us as a team,” said Gilson. 

ACDC

ACDC will compete in the state tournament this weekend virtually starting tomorrow Thursday after school.

Kings Basketball 

The basketball games this weekend are still scheduled to happen as of Wednesday at noon. The Kings will host Juneau Douglas this Friday  and Saturday after having the last three weeks canceled due to the covid cases rising in Ketchikan. 

Juneau Douglas is undefeated so far with their record consisting of 12-0. Juneau has two star seniors the Kings will have to shut down.

Senior Captain Tyler Slick said defense will play a key role in the outcome of the game. 

“We know what we need to do on defense to stop their scorers and just need to all be on the same page,” said Slick.

Senior Captain Joshua Gentry will get his first minutes of the season this weekend, due to a foot injury before meeting the kings he was not able to play the first two weeks. He was finally healed up two weeks ago but never got to play due to cancelations.

Gentry is excited and can’t wait to get out on the court with his teammates, he said.

“I know we are all ready and looking forward to the tough competition against JD,” said Gentry. 

Lady Kings Basketball 

Tyler Slick/Staff Writer

The Lady Kings (5-1) will play at home against the Lady Bears (0-2).

Two weeks ago the Lady Kings handed the Lady Bears both of their losses with close games by a combined 11 points.

Junior Captain Shaelyn Mendoza said she is nervous about losing at home but is confident the team will pull through for more wins.

“It makes me kind of nervous because it really sucks if you lose to your rivals on your home court, but I think we will pull through,” said Mendoza.

Last weekend against Sitka was very different with the Lady Wolves playing a zone defence, but with the Lady Bears playing a man defence Mendoza is confident in getting easy buckets with new set plays.

“We have some new plays that we will probably run that we could not against Sitka’s zone that should help us run up the score,” said Mendoza.

Friday 

2:00 p.m. –  Boys JV

3:45 p.m.- Girls JV

5:30 p.m.-  Boys Varsity 

7:15 p.m.-  Girls Varsity 

Saturday 

2:00 p.m. –  Girls JV

3:45 p.m.- Boys JV

5:30 p.m.-  Girls Varsity 

7:15 p.m.- Boys Varsity

From Getting Laughed at, to 10th in Speaker points

Eduardo Gomez/Staff Writer

”Don’t worry Eddie, they might be laughing because they won right now, but everyone does bad in their first debate, use this as a learning experience and at the end of the season, we’ll be the ones laughing at them.”

Yes, literally laughing, while I was giving a speech.

After the humiliating three losses in my first meet, I realized that I’ll always be bad when I start something new, and that’s fine. But instead of quitting, I looked forward to the next meet so I could do better.

 For the next meet, unfortunately I got COVID-19, so I was locked in my room, and with nothing else to do, I researched for hours to prepare for the debate. Finally when the meet came, my partner was Henry again and this time he forced me to try different things so I could really grow as a debater. Henry and I won five of our six debates that meet.

 At this point, I wasn’t doing debate for my speaking skills, I fell in love with the process of being able to deconstruct other people’s arguments with my own words. The next upcoming meet was regions. The resolve was “On balance, the benefits of urbanization in West Africa outweigh the harms”. When I initially heard this, I had zero clue about what I would build my arguments on.

 With the newly acquired competitive drive I had, I wanted to do very well in regions. Unfortunately, my partner Braxton Zink and I didn’t do as well as we wanted. We only won three of our six debates, which on paper, sounds like a good record, but we wanted to be the best.

 Luckily, in debate, everyone is allowed to compete in the state tournament. At state, we had the same partners and same resolve. With the mental beating we took at regions, we persevered to become one of the best teams in the state tournament. After countless hours of research and preparation, I was ready. Braxton and I started off very strong with a 4-0 record going into the 5th round.

 That is when we encountered one of the best teams in the state coming from South Anchorage, we lost in the 5th round but still qualified for the quarter finals where we lost to the same team again. 

In the end, we finished 8th in the tournament. Personally, I placed 10th for speaker points, being the only first year debater in the top 10 throughout the state. I did get the last laugh after Henry and Bella decimated the duo that laughed at me in the beginning of the season.

The Changes in Nursing Due to Covid-19

Olivia Berg/Staff Writer 

Heroes don’t wear capes, they wear scrubs. Nurses have faced many challenges and changes this year due to the widespread pandemic of Covid-19.

Kurstin Svoboda, the Director of Emergency Services at Matsu Regional Medical Center in Palmer, Alaska has been a nurse for 32 years. Svoboda said she has seen many changes in her job throughout the last year. 

One of the changes that Svoboda has faced is the change in how many hours her and her team have had to work. 

“For the first two thirds of 2020 I probably worked an extra 15-20 hours a week and felt like there was no downtime,” said Svoboda. “My department staff also has had to adjust schedules, take on/call shifts etc in order to meet the potential surges.”

Sarah Martin, a registered nurse of three and a half years, currently works for Capstone Clinic doing Covid-19 tests at the Ketchikan International Airport.  

Martin said that she has had to adapt to many different changes within this past year that she believes will not be going away anytime in the near future. 

“We are constantly having to rethink new safety protocols depending on our work environment,” said Martin. “At times, there have been shortages in PPE and other supplies, bringing increased need for resourcefulness while still adhering to evidence-based care guidelines.” 

Martin said that Covid-19 has created many new opportunities for the nursing field including specialty roles and jobs that would normally pay $2,000/week for working 36 hours/week have gone up to $4,000/week to include crisis pay.

“There is an increased need for Infection Prevention RN’s, swabbers/vaccinators, and Covid-19 crisis unit RN’s.” said Martin “I have had many opportunities come up for travel nursing where I would be able to learn Intensive Care (ICU) skills at a faster pace than what would be typical, prior to the pandemic. Numerous recruiters have been highly motivated to bring on travel nurses, and I have seen rates increasing substantially.” 

Nurses like Svoboda and Martin are also seeing changes in patient care. 

Svoboda said that as Covid-19 cases in hospitals rise, regular patients decrease. 

“Usual patients are not coming in, either from fear that hospitals are dangerous, which they are not or because of lost jobs or insurance. This is concerning because when they do finally come in they are much more ill,” said Svoboda “For example, we have seen a rise in Cardiac and stroke patients who have delayed treatments for various reasons.”

Martin explains how the compassionate care of nursing has diminished due to Covid-19.

“When working in Covid-19 response/testing centers, there is no time to develop connections with the patients as we normally do,” said Martin “The environment becomes more fast-paced which often feels as though the element of compassionate care is lacking.”

DDF Takes 2nd at State

Dyllan Borer/Staff Writer

DDF competed in the state tournament over the weekend and came in second place. Kayhi had both of the teams in the final debate for the Public Forum tournament. 

Senior Captain Henry Clark and Junior Captain Bella Kershaw faced Seniors Evelynn Nutt and Francis Sherman in the final debate. They ended up being co-champions.

Kershaw is a new member to the DDF team, she recently moved to Ketchikan this summer. She participated in debate in Spokane for her High School. Her team did a different style of debate known as Lincoln Douglas. 

Kershaw liked the change, it was relieving having a partner for her and getting to learn about more topics. 

“The team here is a lot closer, more fun, more competitive,” said Kershaw. “I’m learning a lot more about the topics, it’s less competitive, and not as stressful.”

Clark was awarded the Alaska State DDF Student of the year. He also came in 1st for overall speaker points and 6th for Foreign Extemporaneous Speaking. 

Other coaches told me to nominate him, said Coach David Mitchel. He is very well respected around the Southeast, no one has gotten that much respect in a while. 

“He doesn’t attack, always afterwards being very encouraging and supportive,” said Mitchell about Clark. “Certainly always watching other peoples throughout the southeast and being so nice.”

South won the overall tournament for Large Schools. They have a big program usually made up of 30 to 40 kids and compete in all the categories.

Mitchel said South is a strong team and usually has to cut their team down for state and is made up of only juniors and seniors most of the time. It was a big accomplishment to do so well with not competing in all the categories.

“For us to only have debate and some speaking activities and being able to take second against a school like South is great,” said Mitchel.

Activity Cancellations Due to Medium Risk Level

Dyllan Borer/Staff Writer

The EOC moved Ketchikan up to high risk level on Thursday Feb. 4. The school board later had a meeting moving Kayhi to medium risk level which resulted in school closure Friday and 50/50 schedule for the next week. 

School activities either got cancelled or postponed. Juneau Douglas and Mt. Edgecumbe both cancelled their trips down to play Kayhi. 

The Lady Kings were supposed to play their first home games against Juneua Douglas. They will make up those games when the Kings also play Juneau Douglas Feb. 26-27. 

The Kings picked up a home series against Mt. Edgecume but then also got cancelled. They will not make up those missed games. 

The Marry Poppins premiere was postponed until Mar. 12-13 due to no spectators allowed in the school. 

CNA was going to hold their class graduation ceremony Feb. 4 then got postponed also. They have not yet determined a new date for their ceremony.