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Logan’s Tech Tip: Amazon Dash Button

Amazon.com  rolled out a new product, but it may not be what you expect.
“Amazon Dash Buttons make ordering easy,” said an Amazon representative, in a recent article. “With a simple click, Prime Members can order their favorite products.”

The Dash Button is simple: put the button in a convenient place, link your Amazon account, and press the button whenever you need that specific product. After that, it’s up to the Amazon warehouse to send what you need in as little time as possible. Ranging everywhere from Doritos to Downy, popularity is rising for the Dash Button.

Are these buttons truly a practical convenience? or just another novelty item? For smaller items, like toothbrush heads, there is no hassle, and ordering them is an easy fix, but when it comes to heavier items like toilet paper, you would be better off going to the store and physically buying them yourself.

Lady Kings strive for Six

IMG_0282Cody Kemble
Staff Writer

The quest for a sixth consecutive Region V Title begins for the Kayhi girls basketball team on Dec. 8 at 6 p.m. with the annual Meet the Kings.
The Lady Kings finished last year with a 16-9 record and a fifth consecutive region championship. They qualified for the state tournament as the No. 7 seed, but lost to No.2 East, as well as Anchorage and Chugiak.
Senior Payton Simmons is one of the three returning starters. The Lady Kings are looking to find two new starters to replace graduating seniors.
“We’re a young team,” Simmons said. “We’re going to have to work hard, but we’ll be fine. I’m super excited to start playing with this group.”
The Lady Kings will need to fill the defensive and leadership voids left by Hannah Maxwell and the offensive void by Brittany Slick.
“I think that we will be able to spread the ball around and score with everyone,” Simmons said. “We’re going to have to step it up on defense too.”
This season the varsity team will feature three seniors, four juniors, three sophomores, and three freshmen. Seven of the 13 players are returning varsity letter winners.
“This season will be fun,” Simmons said. “It’s my last year, so I’m going to leave it all out of the floor.”

Varsity

Sr. Ashley Huffine
Sr. Payton Simmons
Sr. Emmie Smith
Jr. Madi Rose
Jr. Lianne Seludo
Jr. Shaye Skillings
Jr. Nadire Zhuta
So. Dyllan Borer
So. Rachel Knight
So. Charlie King
Fr. Janae Rhoads
Fr. Chelsea Johnson
Fr. Shay Mendoza

 

2018-2019 Lady Kings Varsity Schedule

12/08 Meet the Kings
12/20-22 @Colony/ Wasilla
12/27-29 CCCC
@1/11-12 Mt. Edgecumbe
1/18-19 Juneau Douglas
1/24-26 @ Thunder Mountain
2/01-02 @ Mt. Edgecumbe
2/08-09 @ Dimond Tournament
2/15-16  Thunder Mountain
2/22-23 @ Juneau Douglas
3/05-09 Region V Tournament @ Sitka
3/22-24 State Tournament @ Anchorage

Game Times

C 4:00 p.m.
JV 5:30 p.m.
V 7:15 p.m.

 

Staff Pick

I will do my Christmas shopping…

Olivia Kinunen: I will do my Christmas shopping a week before Christmas. I hate to say it but I am terrible at Christmas shopping. I am super forgetful and never know what to get anyone. I end up throwing something together for my family and friends a few days before Christmas and hope for the best. It’s not like I want to be this way, I try to be good and put stuff in my shopping carts online…but I forget to order it until it’s too late. Hopefully by the time I’m an adult with my own family I’ll be better at Christmas shopping, but that’s not anytime soon.

Carter Thomas: I will do my Christmas shopping online and in town. I usually try and order two weeks before Christmas, because of how long the shipping takes. Usually I order through amazon, because my family has a prime membership and gets free shipping.  But, it is hard to remember to get everyone something, and often I end up going to Walmart and Tongass to get the last few presents in the days leading up to Christmas. I have ordered the majority of my gifts online, but I usually procrastinate on a few family members or friends.

Abbigail Gaugler: I tend to do my Christmas shopping at randomly spaced out times. For my family, it’s mostly online shopping because I don’t want to risk them seeing it in the car or at all. If it’s friends then I don’t really care when I get them gifts. It’d be before Christmas of course, but whether it be from Walmart or a fancy gift shop across the world depends on the person. Occasionally I’ll buy something on a summer vacation and save it for a Christmas gift, but that’s only if it’s special.

Jared Valentine: Christmas shopping? For what? Isn’t Santa responsible for all of the presents?

 

Culinary gets $5K Grant

First year culinary teacher Cameo McRoberts was awarded the Safeway grant for education. McRoberts won $5000 for the culinary kitchen.
“This is just awesome” said Kayhi Principal Bob Marshall. “Budget is tight everywhere, so getting a grant like this allows her to purchase something for the kitchen that we normally wouldn’t have. It’s cool knowing teachers can get fundings from other places.”
The Safeway grant is for improving classrooms. McRoberts applied with intent to put a hydroponic garden into the culinary kitchen.
“I saw a hydroponic garden here in town and I knew how great that would be in our kitchen,” said McRoberts. “We live in an area where all fruits and vegetables are imported on a barge and I think it would be great to grow them in our own in class.”
McRoberts presented this idea for the Safeway grant. Now that the grant has been awarded to her she plans to purchase one for her classroom.

 

Quake hits Anchorage area

A 7.0 earthquake shook the Anchorage area Friday causing severe damage to roads in and around town.

Mr. Maxwell said that Kayhi has a plan in place should Ketchikan experience one during school hours.
“During the earthquake we would be in a drop, cover and hold on situation just to ride it out,” said Maxwell, “The building is made of steel so hopefully the building would hold so the walls don’t crack.”
Maxwell continued to say that, thanks to the quality of construction and backup generators, the school has been designated as an evacuation site in the event the community was greatly impacted by a quake.

Maxwell said that a tsunami would be unlikely because of the amount of islands between Ketchikan and open ocean.

The largest quake in Alaska history was March 27, 1964 which registered a 9.2. On Jan. 23, there was a 7.9 off the coast of Kodiak which caused very little damage. A tsunami warning was cancelled shortly after the quake.

What Winter Means to Me

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Illustration by Isabella Schreckhise

Cristopher Carlson
Staff Writer

Powdered snow sucks. Helplessly trying to pack handfuls of powder together to form a snowball while my two older brothers are rushing at me is like someone being charged by a bear while trying to load a gun. I tried to run but as I got up they were already grabbing at me ready to dump me head first into the snowbank. These are the memories I’ll never forget.
Growing up in Anchorage, winter time has always been a big part of my life. Anchorage averages 102 inches of snow per year while the US average is only 26 inches. According to CNN, the record of 132 inches of snowfall, set in 1954-55, was broken by an inch in 2011-12. I was 12 years old with a backyard filled with 133 inches of snow.
My brothers and I always came up with plenty to do in the winter. With snow towering over our heads the ideas were endless. When our parents weren’t looking we would snow-skate off the lower roof into the giant mounds of powder. The neighborhood kids and my brothers built a treefort about 10 feet or so off the ground in our backyard and by winter time we would be jumping out of it and pushing each other off the platforms carelessly because the soft snow would brace our fall.
Winter time was always our favorite growing up. Winter meant frozen ice, which meant hockey season. We all started playing hockey by age 3, it was one of our favorite things to do competitively or on our own in the cul de sac with our friends. My oldest brother Owen played all the way into the Western Hockey League and the Canadian Hockey League while Jayce and I were running around the stands and rink watching his games and playing around getting in trouble.
My older brother Jayce and I started to get into snowboarding pretty seriously around age 7 and 10. We went almost everyday after school from 3:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at Hilltop Ski Area. We would be out on the hill for so long we would get wind burn on our faces and horrible chapped lips, but that never stopped us from going out again. We would go inside the small crowded lodge, take a break for about half an hour to get a soggy piece of flavorless pizza and a hot chocolate to warm us up, and then we’d be back at it.
I’m always going to be looking forward to winter because of all the great memories it brings back of my brothers and I. Even though half of the time they were giving me a whitewash or locking me outside without a jacket or snow clothes.

 

Behind the scenes with Kayhi Activities principal

IMG_8111Carter Thomas
Staff Writer

Mellisa Johnson is almost a semester into her tenure as Kayhi’s athletics principal. I asked her some questions about how her new job has gone so far.

Current: How has your first semester been as the new athletics principal?

Johnson: My first semester as the Activities Principal has been amazing!  I graduated from Kayhi and love all aspects of Kayhi activities which makes this job the best!

Current: How stressful is the activities principal job?

Johnson: The activities principal position is not stressful because I work with an amazing team of people.  I am very organized and have an amazing aid, Carter Thomas, which makes my job super rewarding.
(Carter Thomas wrote this.) 

Current: What types of things does the activities principal do?

Johnson: Some of my duties are: Eligibility of all activities through Alaska School Activities Association (ASAA), Scheduling all travel home and away, academic grade checks, organizing home events (officials, announcers, concession stand, doors, etc.), ensuring payments of activities fees, talking to the media (like the Ketchikan Daily news), meetings with players, parents, and coaches, drug testing, organizing sport physicals, answering questions from parents, supporting coaches, helping with fundraising, budgets, future scheduling, etc.

Current: With the Clarke coming up, how stressful is setting up the tournament?

Johnson: The CCCC is a tournament that the town expects and the tradition is something that people talk about for years.  I played and coached in the Clarke and watched the tournament when my kids were playing in it so I try to make sure the event is a success! There are many moving parts to the tournament and I want to make sure I don’t drop the ball on any of it.

Current: What goes into preparing a big tournament like the Clarke Cochrane?

Johnson: Preparing for the CCCC is a ton of work but I have a great team of people!  I have Lorelei Richardson, our office manager, and she knows all of the answers to my many questions.  She was the office manager when I was in high school. Phaedra will help anytime I ask, Coach Stockhausen and Coach Smith help with the details of the games.  Mrs Kern has been a great asset to the concession stand. Matt Hamilton and I have worked hard on the Sweatshirts and T-Shirts. Steve Kemble is helping with the officials.  Mr. Marshall and Mr. Maxwell will be at the event helping. Mrs. Bowlen is another good helper. The community will bring their energy and we will have some great games!

Current: What is your favorite part of the job?

Johnson: My Favorite part of the job is working with the students, the students are super fun to get to know and I love watching them kick some Juneau butt!

Current: What made you want to be the athletics principal?

Johnson: I wanted to be the activities principal because I absolutely love Kayhi and watch all of the events. I love to watch kids participate in activities they work hard in.  I love to talk to students and community members. The staff of Kayhi is super fun and I love the environment! I’m an alumni of Kayhi and my grandfather graduated in the 1930’s.  My kids are 4th generation Kayhi graduates and hopefully their kids will graduate from Kayhi too. Go Kings!