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Jennifer Karlik: friend, mother, educator

Hannah Maxwell
Staff Writer

Ask a teacher what their favorite part of teaching is. The cliché is to say that your favorite part is when a student figures it out and they get it, seeing the lightbulb go on. Jennifer Karlik’s favorite part of teaching may be a cliché but as she said it you could see her eyes light up just at the thought of a student succeeding.
Karlik originally dreamed of being an actress on Broadway, but thankfully she decided her talents could be put to better use as a teacher. 20 years later she is still teaching at Ketchikan High School. Mrs. Campbell, an English teacher at Kayhi, has taught with Karlik for 17 years, but the two have known each other since their youth.
“I’ve been teaching with Mrs. Karlik for 17 years but have been friends since 7th grade. I think she’s an outstanding teacher,” Campbell said. “She’s completely available for her students, she breaks things down in a way that students can understand, and she’s committed to helping them learn and understand the material.”
Being an outstanding teacher is hard enough on its own, but to also be an amazing person is another. I have known Mrs. Karlik since 2008, she was the first person I met when I moved to Ketchikan.
If I were to describe her in one word, it would be happy. Always happy to help, happy to drive me to practice if my parents were busy, and never turned me down if I asked her to make me one of her compound famous grilled-cheese sandwiches.
Mr. Collins has known Mrs. Karlik much longer than I have. He’s been teaching with her for almost 18 years.
“She’s enthusiastic, happy, and bubbly in an intelligent way,” Collins said. “She’s got a ton of enthusiasm and passion for what she’s doing. It’s really fun as a teacher when you have people that are invested in kids and really working hard for kids. It makes other educators jobs also go well. You like to be around positive and happy people.”
Although she may not have known she was sharing, Karlik is not one to turn down someone who needs her help. Cole Maxwell needed a midday snack and she was happy to provide it.
“She used to have 2 bags of fruit snacks in her lunches,” Maxwell said. “Larry Jackson and I used to split them, she didn’t even know she had fruit snacks because Larry and I kept eating them all the time.”
Christopher Salita was adopted by the Karlik family last year. Before the Karlik’s took him in he was staying with friends on a nightly basis and needed a permanent home, Mrs. Karlik has had a big impact on not only Chris’s life, but with all people she encounters.
“Mrs. Karlik is one of the happiest people I know. She’s so good to everyone, she always puts others before herself,” Salita said. “I feel so blessed to have her as a mom, she makes me feel important and loved. She’s the best teacher you could ever have.”

What to expect from Ketchikan

Jackson Pool
Staff Writer

Ketchikan. The First City of Alaska (not chronologically). There is definitely more to this small city than one might think. The key to having a good time while visiting, or living in Ketchikan, is to know the good things to do, and know how to avoid the tourist traps.
Ketchikan’s culinary scene… Sadly, it is quite abysmal. This is the one thing that Ketchikan lacks. However, there is some hidden gems. To get to those, you have to get through the bad ones.

Cape Fox is really a hit or miss restaurant. The view is great, and you get to ride the tram up, but the food is mediocre, and expensive. Service isn’t amazing either.

Bar Harbor is a very popular restaurant in Ketchikan, and widely regarded as the best. However, I have noticed that they lower the quality of their food come Spring/Summer time, it’s a tourist trap.

The Fish House is slightly expensive, but well worth the cost, they are always putting out genuinely good Alaskan seafood meals. Get the fish tacos, best in town by far.

Diaz Cafe is a small, Asian inspired restaurant, and it’s the best place to get food in town, I swear by it. It’s not “Alaskan Oriented”, but it is the best Asian food you’ll eat.

Sushi Palace has some amazing sushi and fast service, making it high on my list, they also serve salmon if you’re looking for that Alaskan vibe.

Lastly, Annabelles. Pretty good food for a good price, and close to the docks.

In short, you are really better off eating at a small shack or small restaurant than eating at our vastly overpriced restaurants.
Tours. We have a lot of tours. Tourism is the biggest part of our economy in Ketchikan. Kayaking, Ziplining, Floatplanes, multiple types of Fishing, Canoeing, the list is endless.

If you’re looking to Kayak, the only way to go is with Southeast Exposure. As a former guide, the Eagle Island Kayak Tour is one of the most informative and hands on tours in Ketchikan. At $90 a tour, you will not find a better bang for your buck. You’ll see plenty of wildlife (seals, birds, whales, starfish, salmon, etc.).

Better yet, if you’re a zipliner, Southeast Exposure has a great 9 zip course along with an obstacle course and a rock climbing wall, all for $125 a person.

Alaska Canopy Adventures specializes in ziplining, and starts at about $189 a person. They have 2 ziplining courses, where you get to both repel and go down a slide.

-Floatplanes are a great way to see our island, especially if you choose to go on a Misty Fjords tour, preferably with Taquan Air ($269 a person). Also, Allen Marine has great boating tours that head into the Misty Fjords, and it is more hands on.

If you’re about walking around by yourself, on a budget maybe, there is still plenty to do. Our downtown is historic and has a lot to offer, aside from the 1,000,000 jewelry stores we have.

Walking historic Creek Street is a good way to go, there is plenty of local shops.
If you feel like going hiking, Deer Mt. is a few hour trek, with amazing views of both the town and the Tongass National Forest.
Walk around downtown and check out all the stores, most have the same things, but all of them have different themes.

Ketchikan has a lot to offer, and is a great place to visit for a day or two. Living here isn’t so bad either. I’d like to think that Ketchikan is a different culture all its own. We aren’t like anyone else, and that’s why we can tolerate living on an island.

Next Week’s Testing Schedule

Kayhi freshmen will be doing PEAKS testing next week on Tuesday and Wednesday. Students will follow this schedule for testing days.

Tuesday: (Classes 1, 3, 5 will meet)
1st hour = normal
2nd – 4th hours = 9th testing or “alternative activities” for 10-12
Lunch = normal time
5th hour = actually 3rd
6th hour = actually 5th

Wednesday: (Classes 2, 4, 6 will meet)
1st hour = actually 2nd
2nd – 4th hours = 9th testing or “alternative activities” for 10-12
Lunch = normal time
5th hour = actually 4th
6th hour = normal

March Madness of Superhero Movies

Dante Troina
Staff Writer

Many brackets were made and broken last month, but not even one is more important than the hypothetical bracket of superhero films. Doing a solid forty minutes of research to come up with the seeds, and being faced with the question of which film is better, the fan of both superheros and film in me has never been happier while being put to a challenge.

Method of Seeding
The seeds for this tournament are based off numbers, combinations of the IMDB score, Rotten Tomatoes Meter, fan following for the film, and box-office revenue all went into consideration when forming the seeds. The Dark Knight is the top dog here, having the fourth best rating for any movie ever on IMDB, a 94% on Rotten Tomatoes, and being a billion-dollar box office movie. Films such as Deadpool and X-Men: First Class received lower seeds, while Deadpool has a cult following, it was reviewed as a good-but-not-great film, whereas First Class was reviewed well, but didn’t have a huge box office or cultural impact.

Matchups:

1) The Dark Knight (2008)
16) Thor (2011)

8) Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
9) The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

4) Spider-Man 2 (2004)
13) Deadpool (2016)

5) Captain America: Civil War (2016)
12) Watchmen (2009)

6) Logan (2017)
11) X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

3) Captain America: Winter Soldier (2014)
14) Doctor Strange (2016)

7) Iron Man (2008)
10) Batman Begins (2005)

2) The Avengers (2012)
15) X-Men: First Class (2011)

Sweet 16 Matchups
Thor is good, but The Dark Knight obviously cleans it up in the matchup. The higher seed wins almost every matchup, with the two exceptions being Deadpool and Batman Begins. The first thirty and final twenty minutes of Begins is what overpowers the original Iron Man; both of which are under-seeded in my eyes. Deadpool beats Spider-Man 2 because of its re-watchability and stronger action sequences. Guardians of the Galaxy and Logan both win close matchups against films that are arguably as good as them.

Matchups:

1) The Dark Knight (2008)
8) Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

13) Deadpool (2016)
5) Captain America: Civil War (2016)

6) Logan (2017)
3) Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

10) Batman Begins (2005)
2) The Avengers (2012)

Elite 8 Matchups
The Avengers in this tournament is comparable to Duke in the NCAA Tournament; an over-placed seed with a lot of style, but not that much substance. Don’t get me wrong, Avengers is a solid, fun, action packed movie, but the middle hour of setup feels like an eternity, whereas Batman Begins sets a pace from the start and all around out does Avengers in pulling together as one movie. Ask anyone to recite the plotline of Avengers, and all they’ll bring up is the crazy end fight, ‘cause it’s cool!’ The Dark Knight blows past Guardians of the Galaxy, because as much as the mainstream audience loves it, it’s just a good movie with a couple solid one-liners, and some above average action sequences, not to mention that the villain is complete garbage when compared to Heath Ledger’s Joker. The Winter Soldier squeezes past Logan, because of its faster pace and better plot; and Deadpool barely beats Civil War, because of its simplicity and enjoyment factors, whereas Civil War has a tone that can feel unnatural at times.

Matchups:

1) The Dark Knight (2008)
13) Deadpool (2016)

3) Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
10) Batman Begins (2005)

Final Four Matchups
Batman Begins’ luck has run out. If I were making my four best superhero movies, the first of The Dark Knight Trilogy would’ve been an outsider to the list, but, just like in the NCAA Tournament, there are seeds that get lucky with matchups and win over higher ranked seeds that it is better than. But The Winter Soldier is not overmatched by the underdog; the pacing of the film is key, action is used perfectly to advance the plot, and the villainous Winter Soldier keeps the film thrilling throughout. The thrill ride that is The Winter Soldier is just too much for Begins to handle. The other Batman movie on this list wins sparingly though, Deadpool is a great movie, but The Dark Knight is an all-time, once in a lifetime kind of movie. Knight wins again because of its villains, and the better, more broad plotline.

Matchup:

1) The Dark Knight
3) Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Final Matchup
The Dark Knight was given the number one seed in this tournament for a reason. Its 94% on Rotten Tomatoes, 8.9 on IMDB, billion-dollar box office showing, and Oscar win are very hard to argue against. The one movie that is capable to stand a chance against that on this bracket is The Winter Soldier. The second Captain America film has been given much praise for its complex plot and more personal story than the first. Having Bucky Barnes as a villain also creates an internal conflict that few superhero movies have. The final conclusion, however, is that The Dark Knight is just too good for The Winter Soldier. Captain America’s second crusade seems like a story trying to emulate the themes, tone, and plot of The Dark Knight. Batman’s war with The Joker, the mob, and his city itself doesn’t just make for one of the best superhero films, it makes for one of the best films of all time.

Kayhi baseball goes 1-2 at the Coach Bob Invitational

Joey Karlik
Staff Writer

Kayhi baseball played its first games of the season last week in the Coach Bob Invitational. Kayhi (1-2) started off strong with a 15-3 win against Neah-Kay-Nie (0-3) behind senior pitcher Jack Carson. The game ended after 4 innings due to the 10-run rule.
Friday, The Kings lost 4-2 in a close game against Seaside (1-4). A two out error at first base caused Seaside to take the lead at the top of the last inning.
In their final game of the invitational, Joy Christian (14-0) defeated Kayhi 11-2. Junior Michael Starr started the game and was relieved by senior Jackson Pool at the end of the first inning with a 7-0 deficit caused by walks and errors by the Kings.

Kayhi attends Region V Music Fest in Sitka

Lezille Sagrado
Staff Writer

Ketchikan High School will be participating in the Region V Music Festival hosted in Sitka on April 6-8. Over 600 music students from across Southeast, Alaska will be attending to perform concerts, solos and ensembles, and engage in music clinics. Kayhi’s Jazz Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Vocal Jazz, Concert Choir, and Women’s Choir will all be performing.
Junior Thomas Brooks is feeling stressed, but thrilled about performing in Jazz Band, Wind Ensemble, and Choir.
“I’m definitely stressed because of all the music that I have to learn,” said Brooks. “But I’m also very excited to be performing all the music because it shows the hardwork and dedication. All the bands and choirs put a lot of time and effort into making the pieces their own. I’m mostly excited to perform my ensembles because I’ve put a lot of time into them.”
Senior Kinani Halvorsen is excited to perform in her last Music Fest.
“I’m really looking forward to being able to perform for the Wind Ensemble for the last time,” said Halvorsen. “I feel really good about performing in Jazz Band because I really like the set of music we have and I think everyone has a piece that they really enjoy.”

Kistler and Dossett, fourth in state for DDF

Lezille Sagrado
Staff Writer

Kayhi seniors Audrey Kistler and Luke Dossett placed 4th overall at the State Debate competition this past weekend, the highest placing for Kayhi.
Dossett said he wishes to have spent more time preparing younger debaters.
“I feel pleased with my own performance,” said Dossett. “I’m also grateful for how well my partner Audrey Kistler and I did. However, I wish I got to spend more time with the younger debaters preparing them for their later years in debate.”
Junior Madyson Traudt already looks to prepare for next year’s debate season.
“I think state went pretty well,” said Traudt. “Although our team didn’t place the highest, we all had a lot of fun and reached our personal bests.”

Meet Results
Kistler and Dossett placed 4th overall in debate.
Traudt and and junior Piper Cooper placed 5th overall in debate.
Juniors John Coss and Frances Barry were 2-2.
Dossett placed 6th in extemporaneous commentary.
Coss placed 8th in original oration.

AcDc takes second in state

Lezille Sagrado
Staff Writer

Kayhi’s Academic Decathlon team achieved its best performance ever at the state tournament in Anchorage this past weekend. The team finished second, missing the state title by less than one percent.
Junior Largim Zhuta is already looking forward to another great season and is certain the team can improve to get first place in state next year.
“My plans for improving next year is to start earlier,” said Zhuta. “It’s one of those things with however much time you put into it, that’s the reward you are going to get. As for my goals, I want Kayhi to win its first state title next season. With being so close to winning and seeing the officials bring out the gigantic trophy and give it to Lathrop definitely stung. But I’m still very proud of the entire team, with being the best Kayhi team ever to compete. The dedication, motivation, and the great attitudes everyone showed was phenomenal. With that being said, the future looks promising.”
Junior Max Varela feels content with achievements this year.
“Last year I went to state as an alternate and won only one medal,” said Varela. “This year, my scores were much better and I won five medals total, while also discovering new strategies that improve my study habits. I’m very happy with how the team performed because we were the highest scoring Kayhi team in history.”
Junior Lydia Sumrall competed in the state competition and to have earned a $2000 scholarship for her performance.
“I’m really happy about it, and honestly kind of surprised,” said Sumrall. “I received the scholarship for being the second highest varsity competitor at the meet. I’m genuinely thankful I got it.”

Meet Results
Zhuta won bronze in science, silver in math, silver in social science, and gold in economics. He was also the highest-scoring member of the team.
Varela won bronze in economics, silver in art, and gold in social science.
Sumrall won bronze in music, bronze in interview, silver in essay, gold in literature, gold in art, and gold in science. She also earned a $2000 scholarship as the 2nd-highest scoring varsity student in the state.
Senior Ingrid Anzueto won bronze in music, silver in literature, silver in art, and silver in social science. She also earned a $2000 scholarship as the 2nd-highest scoring scholastic student in the state.
Senior Ingrid Anzueto won bronze in music, silver in literature, silver in art, and silver in social science. She also earned a $2000 scholarship as he 2nd-highest scoring scholastic student in the state.
Junior Charisma Manalo won silver in interview, silver in literature, gold in music, and gold in art.
Senior Gabrial Canfield won bronze in literature and gold in interview.
Sophomore Daniel Neufeldt won gold in science.
Freshman Franklyn Correa won gold in literature and gold in social science.
Junior Megan Cornwall won bronze in essay, bronze in interview, and silver in speech.

Debate heads to State

Piper Cooper
Guest Writer

Madyson Traudt walks quickly through the halls, her heels clicking with every step. Her partner and her pick up the pace, handling piles of papers in their hands, rushing to their next round of debate. After the last round, Traudt returns to the teams table, grabs her speech and begins to practice here, pacing around and speaking to the walls and chairs, perfecting her pace and pronunciation before the speech rounds, all while attempting to snack quickly before she must perform.
Debate is certainly not for the faint-hearted. It requires lots of discipline to prepare, intense courage, and willingness to go in front of strangers who will judge from speech content to posture and confidence. In this current season, there has been a wave of new debaters, all of varying backgrounds and strengths.
“Debate is something that requires a genuine interest and passion as well as a large amount of motivation and great work ethic.” said junior Madyson Traudt. “You have to be willing to do all the prep and then some to succeed at the activity and not everyone is willing to endure that rigor.”
On average, Traudt accounts for at least 1-2 hours a night of research in the upcoming week to a meet, outside of class. Along with that, she is subscribed to several news outlets, such as CNN, Washington Post, and The New York Times, receiving updates on current events as soon as she can read them. Subscribing to these journals and papers can be expensive, as some of them range from $10 a week at The New York Times, and $199 for the year with The Wall Street Journal.
Traudt in particular, has done exceptionally well her first year debating in southeast Alaska, having won her first final debate by a 3-0 decision in November with partner Audrey Kistler. She’s not unfamiliar with debate though, as she has debated before in Oregon, scoring high marks in several events as a freshman and sophomore.
Along with having a impressive debate record 18-22 for the season, only losing 4 debates throughout the entire season, she is active in SBA, Ketchikan Youth Court, which all help in one aspect or another with her debating skills. As a junior, she juggles a full class load as well, keeping up her reputation as a straight A student, along with being one of the students in charge of GSA. Her time in debate has been an extreme benefit to her and her progress in school.
“Debating in southeast has helped me to gain a lot of confidence, meet a lot of new people and overall become a better speaker as well as a better debater” said Traudt. “Going into this next meet, although carrying the usual stress and anxiety that comes a week before hand, I feel great and I’m excited to debate. It’s a rewarding activity that I love to do and I’m glad I have a portion of my high school career to do it.”
She tends to dedicate her spare time in between classes reading articles, and spending some of her lunches researching in the library, among the buzz and usual chatter that lunch brings in Kayhi. With joining debate, she has become considerably more competitive and increasingly more interested in pursuing a career path in the avenue of politics.
“I am currently split between two opposite career fields. As long as I can remember I’ve wanted to be a doctor, as I got into highschool I began to lean towards cardiothoracic surgery.” said Traudt. “More recently, largely due to debate, I have also began to consider law school and/or political science, ultimately my dream would be to work in the White House if I took this path.”
Her interests in politics has grown even more with participating in debate, as she is beginning to research more and more degrees and scholarships to help with her possible career choice. Traudt has shown much excitement from this activity, including her friends and her mother in with all the exciting details of her success in debate and the rewards from it.
“The best part of debate is the feeling you get when you win a debate” said Traudt. “It’s a lot of hard work, research and prep, but the feeling of winning is so worth it and rewarding. If there was one thing I wish people knew about the activity is that the skills you learn in here are skills you will use for the rest of your life. It is arguably one of the most important classes to take in high school.”
Her anticipation and eagerness is contagious, catching the attention and fascination of other students and teachers on a daily basis. Traudt’s hard work and dedication has earned her a spot on the state team, which will be competing in Anchorage February 23rd-25th. Even with the class over for the semester, she continues to demonstrate her individual perspective and represent to others the rewards and enthusiasm that debate brings.

Sports dominance, is it okay?

Hannah Maxwell and Joey Karlik
Staff Writers

Last Monday the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team won its 100th consecutive game, begging the question is this kind of dominance by one team healthy for a sport?

Hannah Maxwell:
The wins that made up UCONN’s streak span over multiple seasons and many different groups of players. I think that that milestone is something to be celebrated not frowned upon. Winning 100 in a row shows that the players and staff of UCONN know what it takes to win and are willing to give the effort needed. They have created a remarkable program that is so far, unbeatable.

Joey Karlik:
No team in any sport should be unbeatable. It makes me want to see that team lose so mine or the underdog have a chance to win the championship. Dominance isn’t good unless it distributed out between multiple teams. People love great teams competing against each other. It’s because everyone wants to see the rivalry between Golden State and Cleveland, Duke and North Carolina, or Dallas and New York.

Maxwell:
If it was your team that was winning I don’t believe you would have the same opinion. People just don’t like to see a team that isn’t theirs win consistently. Also how would you change it? Would you make UCONN get rid of some players so it’s more fair?

Karlik:
If UCONN is so “beatable”, then why haven’t they lost in 100 games over MULTIPLE SEASONS!!! UCONN only seems good and gets noticed when they win 100 times in a row. If they did not reach that milestone, then we wouldn’t be talking about how good they are. Honestly, I can’t change anything. The NCAA should because it’s no fun to go into a game and already know that you’re going to lose.

Maxwell:
So you’re saying that a Board of Directors should take away the scholarships of athletes to give other teams a better chance at winning? Scholarships that allow them to attend high caliber colleges.

Karlik:
I never said anything about scholarships. If you are going to mention scholarships, then treat it like it’s all about the college and not the sports team. But nowadays it’s all about what team you’re playing for. You can still accept the scholarships but if you are going to another school with the exact same program you are looking for it won’t change your plan. It’ll just change the sports team.

Maxwell:
If you were an athlete would you not want to go to play for the best team?

Karlik:
In my opinion, I would go to whatever place offered me the most amount of money. The second priorities would go down to two things, program and location. If they didn’t have the program I’m interested in then I’m not going there. Otherwise it would be best location. Connecticut isn’t exactly the best place to go so they are obviously offering better things to the people so I’m asking the other schools to step it up and offer a whole lot more to get that special player that they’ve always wanted.

Maxwell:
Saying that Connecticut isn’t the best location is completely subjective. You have always lived in Alaska so you don’t find it as appealing as other colleges. But this isn’t about the location. You started your argument stating that “no team should be unbeatable” but never gave a fix.
It does suck for every other team that UCONN has dominated the sport for so long but that’s not their fault. You wouldn’t want the UCONN team to not work as hard or try to lose just so other teams could feel better about themselves. Wouldn’t facing a team that’s on a 100 game win streak give you the incentive needed to work harder in order to have a chance at beating them.

Karlik:
The question isn’t if UCONN should do anything, it’s if it’s good for women’s basketball and I still think it isn’t. I’m not mad at UCONN, I’m mad at the other schools. You can still be the best program in the league and not win that much in a row. Look at New England. They are good but they lose every once in awhile. If New England was winning 100 in a row, you would know that Roger Goodell would start to change things.