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Cheer tryouts

Kayhi cheer team is hosting tryouts on Tuesday Jan.5 through the 7th for the 2021 season. Tryouts will be held at the Ketchikan gymnastics place in ward cove from 7:15 to 9:15pm all three days. Anyone who is interested is encouraged to try out.

Kayhi junior Shelbi Johansen said she’s happy the season is starting and excited to be involved in the sport. 

“I’m excited for the season to start because cheer is my favorite sport to do because it’s so positive and fun,” said Johansen. “Everyone in cheer is very focused on being part of a team and I love working together to get stunts”

Kayhi Senior Noelle Tilson said she’s excited for the new season and grateful they get to have a season this year because of covid.

“I’ve been looking forward to trying out for captain sense senior year and once covid hit i was scared that we wouldn’t have a season but now i’m hopeful for the new opportunities and the new uniforms.” said Tillson.

Basketball Tryouts

Both Kayhi basketball teams are having tryouts next week on Jan. 11th. The boys will be on Jan. 1th1 from 3-6 pm, and the girl’s tryouts will be on Jan.11th and Jan. 12 from 6-9 pm. The tryouts will be held in the main gym at Kayhi, anyone is welcome to tryout. Kayhi junior Josh Rhoads said he’s glad the team is getting to start and maybe play.

“I am excited to try out because that means we can start to play games and I was worried we would not get to play this year because of wrestling getting postponed for a long time, it made me think that was going to happen to basketball too,” said Rhoads. Captain of the girl’s basketball team Shae Mendoza said she can’t wait to be able to play.

“I’m excited but a little bit scared to be captain because of the expectations and all but I’m looking forward to playing games the most,” said Mendoza.

Researching Pikachu

Henry Clark/ Staff writer

    Thank you Mr. Mitchel for helping get better at video games! 

I’ve been playing video games since I was old enough to pick up a control, but studying at school taught me my habits for winning video games. Now, thanks to my amazing teachers showing me how to research, I can dominate video games competitively.

    When it comes to gaming, I’m not an expert. Not even close. However, I realized very quickly that if I applied all the study and research habits that I accumulated over my years of schooling, I could learn how to literally be the very best.

    For turn based games and strategy games such as the mainstream Pokemon game series and Pokemon GO, I find it crucial to approach them as research papers. The topic of the research paper is simply put: what is the easiest way to win this game? From there I research this topic with a scholarly passion, using multiple sources, and finding the common denominator between sources. Then I combine all that information and tactics into my game play.

    As for action games based games, such as Super Smash Brothers, Clash Royale, Brawl Stars and Minecraft it’s much easier to approach them as a speech or a piece of music. In other words, the two best ways to get better is simply to listen to someone better than you perform it and then consistently practice. Meaning it’s best to watch other people play the game and that in these games consistent playing will help you perform better. It’s also important to remember your basics, just as a musician practices their scales and a speaker practices tongue twisters. 

The basic technique of the game is crucial, regardless of what game it is. Whether it’s rapid tapping, constant moving, or even just a push of a button. This has always been the homework of playing a video game. A part of the game that may not be very fun, but once you learn how to do it masterfully, the rest of the game play is like taking an easy class.

All of these skills they teach at school may seem boring or, completely useless even, at first but when I take them and apply them to something that makes me happy, well, then those skills are extremely crucial to have. 

Learning how to transfer these scholarly skills into the parts of my life that help me relax and that I enjoy has probably been the most important thing I’ve learned at school. That is the habits Mr. Mitchel has taught can be used for more than writing a nice research paper . With these studying habits and researching skills I suddenly have the capabilities to do whatever I, quite literally, want to do.

News briefs

Henry Clark/Staff writer

Kayhi’s ACDC team participated at their first regional meet with JDHS and Craig.

Elliot Yoder placed 2nd in Social Science. August Cooper placed 5th in Literature, and 3rd in Social Science. Logan Cope-Powell placed 5th in Social Science, and 4th in Literature. Sarah Short placed 5th in Essay, 4th in Literature, 2nd in Art, 1st in Social Science. Franchezca Correa placed 4th in Economics, Music, and Social Science, 1st in Essay, and she took 4th place overall. Matthew Nutt placed 5th in Literature, 4th in Essay, 3rd in Math and Music, 1st in Economics and Science, and he took 3rd place overall. Evelyn Nutt placed 3rd in Essay and Social Science, 2nd in Economics, Literature, Math, and Music, and she took 2nd place overall.

Kayhi’s DDF team hosted their first ever virtual meet.

Debate Team Results: 

2nd Place: Bella Kershaw & Francis Sherman

3rd Place: Henry Clark & Eddie Gomez

5th Place: Tristan Dahl and Ashley Anzueto

Debate Speaker Points:

3rd Place Henry Clark

5th Place: Evelyn Nutt

Extemporaneous Speaking results:

1st Place: Francis Sherman

Extemporaneous Commentary

1st Place: Jaden Stern

3rd Place: Nicole West

5th Place: Eddie Gomez

Informative Speaking

3rd Place: Kamryn Craig

Original Oratory

1st Place: Bella Kershaw

Eleven musicians from Kayhi made the all State band and choir. For the all State band: Tristan Dahl, Julia Spigai, Matthew Nutt, Sarah Short, Anna Hout. For the all State choir: Robert Cope-Powell, Madisen Lundamo, Alec Lundburg, Shay Ohmer, Annie Paxton, and Aurora Phelps

Returning to full capacity

Jocelyn Cannon/Staff writer

I held my breath walking up the stairs. It’s weird because I didn’t feel that way on the first days of school. I dont think a lot of us did but now that more people are getting the virus who are close to me it feels so much more realistic and I feel like it’s just a matter of time until it’s my turn. 

In French class today we went to write on the board and the teacher said don’t forget to sanitize the marker before you touch it. That’s the new normal for us now and I don’t know how I could ever go back to how I used to be before because now we are used to it as a normal. Before I never used to carry around hand sanitizer now I always do and I think I always will even after it’s over. 

Fifty percent capacity wasn’t ideal but it was a schedule I was used to and I was comfortable with it. Classes were a little sad and felt so much longer but it just made me feel safer. It’s not that I’m particularly scared of getting the virus but the fact that we have to be isolated for so long and miss out on so much especially around Christmas time. I want to be able to be around my family.

That’s what makes full capacity so much more stressful for me this time because I think it’s pretty risky if we keep getting cases at full capacity. It might spread so much only half the school will be out of quarantine anyway. That might not be possible but so many things are unknown that I tend to think alot about the what ifs.

I know that the risk level is down enough for us all to be at school and I do like getting to see all my friends but there just seems to be a lot more at risk right now. Especially when I see people across the classroom not wearing their mask right or other people talking about how they don’t care and they just want to “get it already”. 

We were looking at pictures in the yearbook of us at pep rallys and in big groups all I could think about is how did we go from that to being scared to do something as simple as walking up the stairs to get to class.

The Power of Pancakes

Jocelyn Cannon/Staff writer

Chocolate chip pancakes. That’s what we made for our friend who was grieving the sudden tragic loss of her father. I remember none of us had ever experienced something that sad and we couldn’t even begin to imagine how hard it was for the family, but we knew we had to be there for them during that time so that’s what we did. 

We cooked for them because the only thing to do was be there for them. I remember getting out of the car and one of our other friends’ mom told us to remember that for the family every second that goes by feels like a minute, I’ll always remember that because you really don’t understand at all the only thing you can do is comfort them. My friends and I left school every day that week to be there with her giving lots of group hugs and anything she needed. Even with all the tears we were all so inspired by her with how strong she was. Our group became so close during this time it was full of love and appreciation for each other. It created a special bond we still have to this day, something that is hard to explain but no matter what we knew we would always be there for each other. 

I wonder why it is that tragedy is what brings us the closest. We are a very close community and we come together during hard times and support one another. I will never forget how powerful the feeling of support that this community gave to her family. I have not expierenced many losses but when it happens it’s a feeling of sadness you can’t describe and confusion of why this happened it’s a hard concept to grasp. It makes us realize how valuable life is and that we need to appreciate the important things in it more and the people we are closest to because we are never guaranteed anything. 

Loss is never easy. It is always eye opening and makes us want to change and we should let it change us so we can grow and appreciate things always and not fall back into how it used to be and forget the reason why we made that change.

My friends and I think the biggest thing we learned through all this is that everyone handels loss and grieves differently and sometimes it can take awhile for it to finally sink in which is why it is so important to keep checking in on those people because grief has no timeline.

Christian Albright remembrance

Henry Clark/Staff writer

Chrsitian Albright was a friend, student, musician, worker and son. He will be remembered forever by his friends, family and community in the memories they share of him. For those who wish to share their memories of Christian Albright, there will be a memorial being held in his honor 2 pm, Saturday Dec. 12 at the South Tongass Alliance Church.

Christian’s auto shop teacher, Clint Mclennan, stated that he was a wonderful young man who was caring as well incredibly gifted in vocational work.

    “Christian Albright was quiet, he had a real gentle spirit so he was always really kind and very courteous all the time even around his friend’s I would watch him interact and he’d wait till everyone else was done talking before he would start throwing in his two bits, and that’s how he worked too,” said Mclennan. “He was your guy if you were taking apart something that needed to be really focused on and done real gently he was the one who could do that for you.” 

    Kayhi Principal Jason House described Christian from the times he would see him coming and going from the front office.

    “He had a big presence and just a really fun, loving guy every time I saw him he had a smile on,” said Principal House. “Even through the mask you could see it through the eyes.”

    One of Christian’s friends, Nena Jones, spoke of how she met him in their Japanese class back in middle school and he used to tease her about her car when she first got it.

“Christian Albright is the nicest and hardest working person I’ve ever met in my life,” said Christian’s friend Nena Jones.

When asked if there was something he would like to say to Christian now, Principal House said he’d tell Christian how much of a positive impact he’s had on everyone in Kayhi.

    “I’d say Christian every single one of us is better cause we’ve known you,” said Principal House. “This world’s a better place cause you’re a part of it and we’re all gonna miss you.”

    Christian’s government teacher, David Mitchel, had a very positive view on the kind of man Christian was going to become and saw him as an intelligent and respectful student.

    “I remember Christian as a nice, smart and humble person and always respected those around him and was always active, he was very sharp, very sharp,” said Mitchel. “So I mentioned him to adults in terms of having a bright future in owning business and going where he wanted to go because he had a proactive mind and was an active thinker.”

    Mclennan was very close to Christian and had a very fond memory of when he and his friends wanted to go sledding in the winter with one of Mclennan’s car hoods and he laughed at the idea.

“He and his friends were always up to something and it was really funny. So one day I was sitting in class here and they came piling through the door and it was right after the bell rang and it was snowing outside and they said ‘Mr. Mclennan do you have a car hood’ and I said ‘Uh oh did one of you run into something? What kinda hood do you need? Who’s car is it?’ and they said ‘Well we don’t care what kinda hood, we just need a hood!’ and I said ‘Wait a second now you guys are you hoping to tie it behind your truck like a sled and pull it?’ and they said ‘yeah!’ and I said ‘get out of here you knuckle heads!’ That was the kinda thing they were always up to, just shenanigans.”

Kayhi completes 2nd week at 50%

Jocelyn Cannon/Staff writer

Kayhi staff and students finished their second week of the fifty percent capacity schedule. Students attended school two days a week according to the letter of their last names. The schedule is expected to continue until thanksgiving break. Kayhi principal Jason House said even though this schedule is a big adjustment it’s going well with everything considered.

“Overall I think it’s working great but it’s clearly a huge adjustment for staff and for students,” said House. “Clearly we would much rather have all the students here every day but we do think this was a really important adjustment to make considering the increased risk level within the community.” 

This situation is clearly best for the students health but adjusting to a new schedule is hard for some students, especially because it isn’t long term and it keeps changing. 

Kayhi junior Shelbi Johansen said she misses seeing her friends at school and it’s harder for her to stay focused during the off days.

“A lot of my friends are in the other group so I don’t get to see them all week. With less people to talk to or people to sit by I can’t just ask one of them for help either,” said Johansen. “On the off days it’s harder to stay on task if I’m at home with nobody to keep me focused. It has also been harder to wake up and be on time on the days that I have school because I’m used to the other 5 days of sleeping in.” 
    During these confusing times teachers are working as best they can to listen to students questions while also following guidelines and protocols. Kayhi science teacher Julie Landwher said she understands that it is stressful for students and wants to make sure she can make the learning as smooth as possible.

“I have ongoing concerns that students feel like their needs are being met and their voices heard in all of this – it seems stressful for them. We need to push forward with the learning but we also need to be responsive to what students need at this time. My hope is that we can get a rhythm that sticks, while still being prepared if things change again,” said Landwher. “It is a challenge to rearrange the lessons, classroom, and flow of things but one I am willing to face with a good attitude so that I can minimize as much stress for my students as possible.” For now we are scheduled to stay on the fifty percent model until after thanksgiving break but it is subject to change depending on community risk level.

NHS Induction Ceremony

Tessa Salazar/Staff writer

Kayhi’s National Honors Society is having a virtual induction ceremony on Nov. 17. In past years NHS has had the members and their families come to the ceremony. This year they have combined virtual and in person to make the ceremony covid friendly. They made it in person by having the members still get together for the ceremony while their loved ones watch from home. While the members are able to be present, they still have to wear masks and social distance. 

Link: https://youtu.be/1vnPDMOGjfA

Inductees: Hannah Moody, Julia Spigai, Jenna Walker, Kaydence Dyson, Lauren Olson, Spring McCarthy, Jesse Loughman, Jodee Paule, Sandra Johnston, Robert Cope-Powell, Sarah Short, Nicole West, Hayley Gilson, Chloe Gosnell, Charlie King, Joshua Gentry, Sam Jackson, Tessa Salazar, Riley Deal, Lauren Scarzella, and John Bernardo

Staff picks: Canvas and Zoom are…

Max Malouf 11

Canvas is a great learning tool and if used correctly not much can go wrong. It might not work for every class but for the most part assigning stuff to students to find and complete is pretty easy and simple on Canvas. Zoom on the other hand, is not. It seems as though Zoom is the best online alternative found yet, but there are still so many issues while using it. For some kids sitting down and following along with the teacher on Zoom is easy and productive to their learning experience, but it tends to allow the majority of students to be on their phone and fake pay attention.

Noelani Tillson 12

For my senior year of high school, obviously Zoom and Canvas aren’t my first choice. I’d rather be in person, seeing my friends and teachers. But none of us can control what’s happening and we all want to be safe. I think the Ketchikan school district is handling this situation to the best of their ability. The work does get difficult, not being in person and having the motivation to do the work while I lay in my bed staying safe at home is even more difficult. It seems that teachers are assigning more work for us to do while at home. I don’t know about anyone else but I do house work when I’m at home. So I don’t have tons of time to sit and finish a 150 pt. assignment in 2 days. I know this is a learning curve for us all but it would be nice to share our voice.

Nena Jones 12

Going into my senior year I thought that things would be normal like in the past. But this year it seems like summer where I never left technology. Everything has moved to Zooms and Canvas. For the most part, I do not like them. Canvas is confusing and I can’t find some of my assignments. Zoom is hard because there’s more distractions versus at school. We want to stay safe and we are controlling what we can over what we can’t. I know that everything that is being done within our school and community is the best they can do.

Charlie King 12

Although I would much rather be in school, Zoom is better than nothing. I think that there are many pros and cons to being on Zoom. On zoom there is less community, when a teacher calls on you feel very singled out, and it is extremely hard when there are technical difficulties. While I am not a fan of zoom I do think it’s the best way to keep connected during these crazy times.

Degan Linne 11

Zoom and Canvas are only good if used correctly. Back in March when we did zoom without assignments nobody did anything and soon no one even showed up. I think if there were graded assignments kids would start trying and would stop being on their phones. Canvas on the other hand is a different ball game then normal class work. I personally like Canvas in moderation but when teachers use it everyday then it starts to get boring and soon kids will either cheat on it or just not do it at all.

News: Recreational Center Update

Photo taken by Noel Tillson

Noel Tillson/ Staff writer

The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Recreation Center has moved to “Level 3 High Risk” when the city as a whole moved up a level. When in level three for the Rec Center employees must wear a face covering, this includes the life guards who can take off their face coverings when on the pool deck. Employees must stay in their “own pods” or perspective areas they work in. Employee Charlie King says it’s strange not seeing as many people in the building.

“I just started working there, but it’s still weird to not be busy to really only be checking people in or cleaning. Before there were sports and activities to watch but the building is so empty. We can’t even let people run into the building and use vending machines or bathrooms.”

Cleaning for employees is more critical than ever.  However temperature checks when coming into the building for employees and patrons are not back. Limits have been lowered for the amount of customers per room. 

The Rec Center helps the continuation of being active during the pandemic as well as a coping mechanism for all of the stress and chaos. For Garrett Mulder, he said going to the Rec Center during the pandemic hasn’t felt any different besides the limitations.

“Going to the Rec during level 3 has been a lot more difficult to get into the rooms I want to be in due to room limits,” said Mulder. “It’s a bummer that the sauna and other rooms are closed because we’re in a higher level. I’m just glad the weight room is still open.” 

Rooms that are open with limits:

Cardio room – 5 people

Weight room – 5 people

Track – 4 people

Lap swim – 1 person per lane

Childrens room – 4 people

Rooms/Activities that are closed:

Sauna 

Locker rooms 

Both gyms

All racquetball courts

All rentals

All classes and programs

All recreational swims (open swim and dollar swim)