Midterm elections were held Nov. 6. Alaskans had the opportunity to choose a new governor and Lt. governor and United States representative.
Alex Malouf: Voting is important. It is your duty and right as a citizen of the United States. Get out and vote for what you believe in and stay true to your opinions. Don’t stand for slogans. It will be interesting to see the outcome of the midterms, but specifically the Alaska elections. With multiple strong candidates throughout all levels of elections, this election should be a good one to follow.
Olivia Kinunen: Voting is a very valuable privilege that us Americans have. We are blessed to be able to participate in a direct democracy, and to be able to choose who our representatives are. It is disappointing to me that the voter turnout is not very high, especially in young voters and minorities, but that means my own vote would count even more. Since voting is very important to me, when I turn 18 registering to vote will be one of the first things that I will do.
Crist Carlson: Now that I’m 18 and paying attention to the news and finding my political identity I’m realizing the importance of voting. Voting is very important to me and our country. Voting gives the people a voice and the opportunity for the people to speak and stand up for who and what they want. Knowing that the voter turnout is very low in my community and country really motivates me to get out and make sure I cast my vote and try to make a change. This election is really important for our state because it decides who our governor is going to be for the next 4 years and the direction of the state.
Cody Kemble: Is important to our country. We have to opportunity to participate in direct democracy, which means that we get to choose who represents us and runs our government. Americans must educate themselves and vote on candidates they believe will best serve their community, state and country. America is of the people, by the people, and for the people, so we should participate in voting.
Brandon Wieber: is important and shapes how America and our states are prepared in a way. Even though a lot of high schoolers cannot vote it still is important the ones that can do. I will vote once I’m able to because every vote counts. It is kinda ironic though that a lot of adults say it is important to vote even though this years midterms elections only had a 54% turnout of voters. So where exactly is the other 46%? Do they not care or do they not understand politics?
It’s no question hunting in the Last Frontier is a big deal to every hunter in the lower 48. One of the biggest reasons my family and many others came to Alaska was because of all of the stories of the outdoor lifestyle and the wildlife the 49th state has to offer. My parents and family grew up hunting whitetail, duck, and hare in northern Michigan surrounded by the Great Lakes. Almost every Thanksgiving I fly down to northern Michigan to enjoy a winter whitetail hunt. The hunting atmosphere is way different down there compared to Alaska. Everytime I go I have to mentally prepare myself to be bored, sitting in a blind waiting for a deer to walkout isn’t exactly an exciting style of hunting. Being active and hiking to find a good spot or track the animal is a way better experience in my opinion. Growing up being a mobile hunter and fully participating in the hunt makes the sport so much more enjoyable and meaning to me. My uncle, Earl Robinson came along with my parents strictly for the hunting and the fishing he had heard about up in Alaska. “I never thought that anything would beat a good whitetail hunt in the middle of November when you’re freezing in your blind with a cup of coffee waiting for one to walk out,” said Robinson. “That all changed when I went on my first moose hunt with your father when we got up to Alaska.” Hunting is an amazing experience in general but something about Alaska just makes it extra special. Alaska gives off a presence of being wild and untamed and that carries onto the wildlife and hunting experience as well. D Jay O’Brien is a former resident of California where he spent many years hunting and enjoying the outdoor lifestyle the Golden State has to offer. “The quality of hunting in Alaska is just absolutely phenomenal, you can park your car or anchor your boat and just be on your own in the pursuit,” said O’Brien who grew up hunting pheasant. “The laws are so much more complicated and controlling down south, the areas are fragmented into such minimal zones it’s almost impossible to get anything or truly be focused on the hunt.” Another thing that plays a big role for the favor of hunting in the 49th state is an intact ecosystem. Many states down south control the population of animals and bring in certain wildlife species into areas where they don’t belong or where they might damage the ecosystem. Kayhi Football Coach Isaac Castruita has noticed quite a difference in the ecosystem between Texas and Alaska. “The amount of animals in Alaska is absolutely ridiculous compared to Texas, don’t get me wrong there’s plenty of animals in Texas but the way the animals act up here and respond to each other is crazy,” said Castruita. “It’s almost like they know they belong here together and they have to rely on each other in some sort of way.” Hunting in the most northern state is a true blessing. Residents get to experience sights and hunts that other non residents dream of. “There’s nothing like being a residential hunter in Alaska, it blows me away every time i’m out there,” said O’Brien. “People from down south save up thousands and hundreds of dollars to come up here and hunt our land and our animals, that shows how gifted we are to be able to hunt this land as regularly as we do.”
Wrestling The Kayhi Wrestling team will compete in the Metlakatla Invitational this weekend. The Kings had a successful weekend at home, while eight of the eleven Kayhi finalists placed first. They’ve competed in three tournaments and finished first in all three. Senior Brandon Wieber said the team hopes to bring this momentum into their fourth tournament. “We expect to continue to win every tournament,” said Wieber. “In every tournament so far we have won by a lot.” Brandon Wieber has taken first place in all three of the seasons tournaments, and plans to continue the streak. “I am going to continue to work hard every day in practice,” Wieber said. “I think I can take first place every meet in my weight class. I feel really confident going into this next meet.”
Debate The Kayhi Debate team will be traveling to Juneau to compete against Thunder Mountain this Friday. Many of the students in DDF are looking forward to this weekend, as this is their first and only meet of the season that takes place in the capital city. Junior Dametre Martin says he’s excited to get this first trip underway. ¨I am excited to meet with old and new friends and compete against my rivals,¨ said Martin. ¨Our resolve this meet is about how the United States federal government should impose price controls on the pharmaceutical industry, and it is a pretty hard topic, no matter what side you are on.¨
Swim and Dive State qualifiers for the Kayhi Swim and Dive team will be traveling to Bartlett High School in Anchorage to compete this Friday and Saturday. Qualifiers include Laura Sherrill in the 100 fly and 200 fly, Jessilynn Sivertson in diving, and Emma Campbell in the 200 free. “Our times are really close with our competition- like by a few seconds, but I think we’ll be able to pull something off, “ Laura Sherrill. “We all worked hard to get here and I think this will be our best meet this season.”
Volleyball The Kayhi Lady Kings will travel to Juneau to play in the Region V tournament this weekend. Although this year has been a struggle for the team, senior Louise Peterson said the love she has for the sport has helped her push through. “As an individual I expect to go onto the court with energy, positivity, and overall just have fun,” said Peterson. “As a team, we’re all very excited to make this last trip of the season fun and full of hard work.” Senior Autumn Yeisley said she feels that she has improved tremendously over the season and the other girls have improved a lot individually as well. “I plan on giving it my all for my last regions because I have nothing to lose,” said Yeisley.
If you could be (not wear a costume) any fictional character for a day, who would it be and why?
Madison Rose: I would 100% be Elastigirl. Not only does she have the advantage of reaching the remote without having to move from her position, but with her power, my short body would no longer be belittled by short jokes. Instead everyone can face the wrath of my tallness and cower at the sight of my prolonged legs as I step over, crushing them like ants. Plus, dont get me wrong but she’s curvy like a Mcflurry. Aside from that I could also win MVP on the basketball court. I would just dunk and swat everyone. Last but not least my little legs would no longer be a problem when it came to reaching something on the top shelf, and I can live happily ever after with the giraffes.
Jenna Miller: Stitch is the way to go. Not only is he cute, fluffy, and blue, but he has a personality like no other. Cute, but could decide to tear your head off at any given moment. He’s not only fireproof and bulletproof, but he can also lift anything three thousand times his size. So my understanding is that if I were him I would be indestructible and super strong so what else more could you want? Not to mention that I would have a human waiting on me giving me anything and everything I could possibly want or need. Being Stitch for a day would be a dream come true.
Tarrant Sasser: I would definitely go with Han Solo. Wanted space gangster with a wookie best friend. Cannot beat that. Especially flying around the galaxy on the Millennium Falcon shooting lasers at anything to stand in my way, fighting against the empire with my friends, while ripping people off and smuggling with the fastest ship in the galaxy.
Sullivan Schulz: Batman is hands down the best superhero of all time, that’s who I would be if I were a fictional character. Batman is the ultimate superhero due to his incredible intellect and his wealth. Crime fighting would be the coolest thing, beating up bad guys while also teaming up with some other super cool superheroes. During the day I would be a billionaire and at night I would be the cape crusader who drives around in a tank and fights bad guys. Hands down batman would be the coolest fictional character to be.
House District 36 candidates were featured in a debate on Tuesday in the Kayhi auditorium. Trevor Shaw (R) and incumbent Dan Ortiz (I) answered a series of questions brought forth by Kayhi American Government classes. The debate was moderated by SBA President Chris Brown and Senior Class President Maya Parker. The candidates were asked many questions about the cruise ship docks, Permanent Fund Dividend (PFD), state budget, education, taxes, and the 2018 Alaska Gubernatorial Race. Both candidates had two minutes to answer the question and one minute to rebut their opponents statement. Ortiz and Shaw went back and forth on issues, disagreeing on many, but both worked to convince students to vote in the upcoming midterm election on Nov 6, despite who they would vote for.
Olivia Kinunen: The weather has me feeling really tired and sad. I wake up and it’s dark outside. I get out of school and it’s already dark outside. I’m really not a fan of it, and it makes me unmotivated to do anything. It has messed with my sleep schedule and now I can barely wake up for school. The cold and stormy weather has made me sad that summer is long gone. I’m ready to be back in 70 degree weather with nothing to worry about.
Tarrant Sasser: This weather has me feeling tired and rushed. I look outside and it is dark. Even at lunch it’s cloudy and darker than usual. It is not good to live in the dark, and I know it’s starting to take effect on myself and the people around me. We do not have time do anything outside because it gets dark an hour after school gets out. The weather makes me not want to do anything. It drains the life out of everyone and everything. It just seems to dull everyone down. On top of all the darkness, the constant rain and wind does not help at all.
Jared Valentine: This weather has me feeling warm and cozy. There is a case to be made for staying home in a storm to bake something yummy, curl up in a ball with a heated blanket and some hot cocoa, and binge watch scary movies or a favorite tv show. Like any teenager, I would rather be outside having a bonfire with friends, jumping off the docks, swimming at a lake, or even just soaking up the sun on the porch, but the change in weather isn’t as bad as most make it out to be.
Abbigail Gaugler: The weather has me feeling bored and unmotivated. Of course I’m excited for the upcoming holidays and Halloween, but the weather isn’t really aiding to the joyfulness of Christmas or Thanksgiving. Being able to go on walks was one thing I really enjoyed doing during the sunny days and I probably still can, but only with multiple layers. It’s also really a hassle having to dry everything off when you walk in from being outside so this time of year is when indoor activities or movie nights become the norm.
The Kayhi wrestling team won the Brandon Pilot Invitational in Juneau with a score of 217.5, Mt. Edgecumbe took second with 140. Six Ketchikan wrestlers took first in their weight class. Head Coach Rick Collins was very proud of his teams performance. “Overall we did great this weekend, we’re working hard in practice and it’s paying off for our guys,” said Collins. “Brayden Linne is one of the best wrestlers in school history in my eyes, I expect to see big things coming from him this year.”
1st place Brandon Wieber (189) Senior Brayden Linne (145) Senior Richard Stuart (152) Senior Matthew Rodriguez (130) Senior Deagan Linne (103) Freshman Brock Thomas (119) Freshman