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The Nutcracker opens tonight

Domenica Troina and Kelsey O’Brien after their second Nutcracker Performance

Nadire Zhuta
Staff Writer

Freshman Domenica Troina was in third grade the first time she was an angel in the Nutcracker and six years later she’s the lead angel. Troina would have never imagined having the opportunity and said with the higher role as the lead angel comes greater responsibilities. 

“As you get older you have to get stronger on point,” said Troina. “I never thought I’d be the lead role, it’s really cool to think that one year you can go from being in a group dance to working hard to have a solo.” 

Senior Bella Roberts has been a part of the Nutcracker for nine years and said her competitive drive has landed her some big roles in the Nutcracker.

“Some of my accomplishments have been me getting some of the biggest roles, such as Clara the main character. But also the more technical pieces such as Snow Queen and this year the biggest one is Sugar Plum,” said Roberts. 

Roberts said there’s a lot of preparation, time and work that come with being in the show. Numerous amount of hours are spent each day two weeks prior to the show as well as individual conditioning needed to maintain a good amount of stamina. 

 “Each of us dance six hours after school two weeks leading up to performance day. We try to maintain the stamina needed. The week leading up to the show I try to make sure I’m doing extra stuff like running after rehearsals and cross training.” 

Senior Carter Thomas got asked to play the role of a dad by Amanda Dale. It’s Thomas’s first year being a part of the show he said that it’s nothing like the sports he has done before, such as basketball and football. 

“It’s a lot different from the sports I’ve been playing like football and basketball, football and basketball you just play and if you make a mistake you can make it up but with dance it’s different because you have to be at an exact location on the stage at an exact time or it’ll mess up your whole performance,” said Thomas.       

The Parents

D Jay O’Brien whose daughter Kelsey is in the Nutcracker said the preparation needed to be a part of the Nutcracker is a big load for kids. O’Brien thinks that juggling school, dance, and any other activities that kids have during this time is a big to take on by kids. 

“It’s a big undertake” said O’Brien. “[The Nutcracker] it’s similar to march madness, or any of the other big events for athletes such as Regions. Are kids really able to juggle all the things that they have in that crucible week?”

Dominick Pader has two daughters in the Nutcracker this year, Pader jokingly stated that he has been their “personal unpaid uber driver”  throughout their years of being involved in the show. 

The Alumni

Largim Zhuta participated in the Nutcracker his senior year of high school which was two years ago (2019). Zhuta was reaching the end of his high school days and said he wanted to take a chance and venture outside of his comfort zone since. 

“An opportunity arose where I could take a risk and venture outside my comfort zone and doing ballet. I simply saw that I had never done anything outside my comfort, and when the opportunity arose for me to satisfy that desire I rationally took it. It was more of a “What have I got to lose?” process.”

Zhuta said that what the performers did was no joke and that the crucial amount of hours they spent perfecting their performance during “Hell Week” was a lot. Zhuta had never done this type of dancing before so he struggled he even explained how he had trouble with simple tasks such as warm ups. 

“The skill the ballerinas had was quite impressive. I remember doing a warm up routine with the some of the younger dancers and ballerinas, and I remember struggling with it,” said Zhuta.  “I do remember dress rehearsals during “Hell Week” being very long. We started right after school and went on till around 7. So actually if you do the math right there. We spent 4 hours a day at the school that week for 4 days. Then we performed two shows, one on friday and one on saturday. So if you add that all up you get a lot

The doors open for the Nutcracker tonight at 7 p.m.  the show will start at 7:30 p.m. On Saturday doors open at 1:30 p.m. and the show will start at 2 p.m. 


Basketball Tryouts

Girls Basketball Tryouts 

Tyler Slick 
Staff Writer

Girls basketball tryouts are this week on Wednesday from 3:00-6:00 in the Kayhi gym. 

Senior captain Nadire Zhuta says that the key to tryouts is a “Mind Over Matter” mindset. 

“The most important thing you need to have to be able to try out for the team is discipline,” said Zhuta. “You have to be able to tell yourself that you can do it and push yourself mentally. It’s all in your mind, if you tell yourself you”ll get through it, you will, but if you doubt yourself and tell yourself, you can’t, then you won’t make it far in tryouts.”

Senior Lianne Guevarra thinks that the best thing to do is to compete regardless of tiredness. 

“I would want the kids to know to try their best,” said Guevarra. “Regardless of the people around them. Coaches like kids who try, it’s not all about talent. It’s about kids who fight through the drill no matter what he [the coach] puts in front of you”

Boys Basketball Tryouts 

Nadire Zhuta
Staff Writer

Boys basketball tryouts are this Wednesday in the Kayhi gym from 6:00-9:00. 

Boys team head coach Eric Stockhausen talks about tryouts.

“I’ve already written up the tryout plan but it depends on the number of guys you have, how many returners and where your starting point is,’ said Stockhausen. 

Senior Kristian Pihl is is very prepared for his last high school basketball tryouts. 

“I am very prepared,” said Pihl. “This is my last rodeo, I feel I have a good idea of what will be thrown at me, and I’ve never been more excited to start this year.” 

Fall Ball

Nadire Zhuta
Staff Writer

Kayhi Dance Committee is hosting the “Fall Ball” dance this Saturday night in the Kayhi commons from 8-11 p.m. This is a formal dance so semi-formal attire is encouraged. 

Tickets will be sold this week during lunch in the commons, tickets are 10$ at lunch and 12$ if you buy it at the door on the night of the dance. 

The theme of the dance is “Casino Night” there will be two Dj’s (Alex Malouf and Besjan Kamberi) and there will be food and drinks sold as well.  

National Art Honor Society

Nadire Zhuta
Staff Writer

The National Art Honor Society is a Kayhi club that spreads art work throughout the school and the community. Senior Dearly Villaflor stated how people apply and the requirements needed to be a member.

“It’s just like applying for any other club, you need at least a semester of Art and a 2.0 or higher GPA,” said Villaflor. “The people who join are usually the people who tend to love and enjoy art and want to do more of it.”

NAHS allows for Kayhi’s artists to have an opportunity to express their artistic talents. Senior member Ada Hu likes to have a place where she can show her artwork.

“I like it a lot, I get to show my creativity throughout the town,” said Hu. 

The members try to take on as many projects as they can at one time. Villaflor explained the projects that NAHS has done. 

“We painted chairs and sold them for charity, we are currently painting the walls for WF Family Entertainment Center for free as well as making things for the Winter Art Fair” said Villaflor. 

NAHS consists of ten Kayhi members, eight seniors and two juniors. Hu likes like how well the members connect.

“We work pretty well together, we bounce ideas off of each other,” said Hu. 

Dearly Villaflor (Senior)
Ada Hu (Senior)
Tyler Merle (Senior)
Sarah Palaruan (Senior)
Anne Coss (Senior)
Nicole Embree (Senior)
Talisa McKinley (Senior)
Madison Rose (Senior)
Charlie King (Junior)
Lauren Scarzella (Junior) 

Gilson makes history, Collins 5th for boys

Sully Schulz
Staff Writer

The Kayhi Lady Kings wrestling team had their first ever first place winner in the Lancer Smith Memorial Tournament. Hayley Gilson (25-3, undefeated in her weight class) took first beating Jaron Mute of Bethel 5-3. Fellow sophomore Ada Odden finished second losing 4-3 to Sadie Blake of Homer.  Together Gilson and Odden went 8-1 with seven pins .

Head Coach Rick Collins said he is proud of the lady’s performance this weekend.

“The ladies had a great weekend.” Collins said. “They all worked real hard, and we came out with our first ever Lancer Smith champion. Ada had a rough match in the finals, but I think she’s more than capable of beating her in the state tournament come December.”

The boys varsity team did not perform as well. Amongst all 15 weight classes the boys had only one place taker, junior captain Andy Collins (19-6) who took 5th in the 152 pound weight class. Collins said he wishes he went into this tournament with a different mindset. 

“If I could go back and change something about this weekend it would be my mindset,” said Collins. “I underestimated the 3rd and 4th seed and I suffered for it, definitely wish I could have a do over on those 2 matches.”

Captain Charlie Blair (18-2) said that everyone didn’t have the right mindset this weekend. 

“Everybody just looked shocked this weekend,” said Blair. “I don’t know if it’s because of the mere size of the tournament or lack of rest, but on Friday our team did not look ready to wrestle. I’m hoping by the state tournament we’ve all got our heads in the right place.” 

Both teams will travel to Sitka this Thursday and will wrestle Friday and Saturday. 

DDF Heads to Skagway

Nadire Zhuta
Staff Writer

The Kayhi Drama,  Debate and Forensics team is headed to Skagway this Thursday to compete against Sitka, Juneau (JDHS and TMHS), Petersburg, Skagway, and Haines. Senior captain Carter Thomas is looking forward to this weekend in Skagway.

“We have a very talented team and I think that we will do very good this weekend individually and as a team,” said Thomas. 

The team will compete all day Friday and Saturday. 

Volleyball Places Last at Regions

Lindsey Byron and Madison Purcell Block Jenae Pusich

Nadire Zhuta
Staff Writer

The Kayhi volleyball team gets last place at the Region V tournament. On Thursday night the Kings played the Crimson Bears and lost 1-3. On Friday night the Kings fell to the Falcons 0-3 and were eliminated from the tournament. Senior captain Madison Purcell was named All-Conference Team. Purcell speaks on her last Region tournament experience. 

“It was a lot of fun, I’m happy and feel fulfilled with how this season went,” said Purcell.

Quarter Final: JDHS defeats KHS 3-1 (25-8, 25-14, 14-25, 25-20) 

Semifinals: JDHS defeats TMHS 3-0 (25-22, 26-24, 24-20)
Loser-out Semifinals: TMHS defeats KHS 3-0 (25-8, 25-14, 25-13) 

Championship: TMHS defeats JDHS 3-1 (25-20, 25-20, 17-25, 25-19) 
Championship Tie Breaker: JDHS defeats TMHS (30-24) 

All Conference Team:
Jojo Griggs (JDHS)
Addie Prussing (JDHS)
Sophia Harvey (TMHS)
Bridget Gehring (TMHS)
Mariah Tanuvasa (TMHS) 
Madison Purcell (KHS)