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Your Youth is Gold, but Nothing Gold Can Stay

Senior Class of 2020 Pictured Together Earlier This Year, Picture Taken by Kayhi Yearbook Staff

Nadire Zhuta
Staff Editor

I never thought this time would come as fast as it did. It’s almost time for us to say our final goodbyes to each other, teachers and to Kayhi. Which maybe we already did. Maybe “have a good spring break” or “good luck at Regions” was the last send off in person.

Yes, I know it’s a weird time as we don’t quite get to have the traditional goodbyes as other seniors have had in the past but let’s just ignore that real quick. 

When you’re a freshman you always hear from seniors the most overused but accurate saying “enjoy it, it goes by so fast” you can’t help but roll your eyes and say “yeah right”  but four fast years later you catch yourself saying those exact words to a freshman. 

You don’t realize what you have accomplished until you get to the end and you take some time to look back and reflect and we all know we have had more than enough time to look back. 

We started our senior year strong and together. We had our 4th of July Parade float, we started a new tradition of senior sunrise on the first day, we had our senior walk in, senior carnival and lots of other new and old traditions to start and finish. It was great we were checking things off our lists and waiting for the next senior tradition to come along. 

Although we didn’t quite get to experience as some would say the best three months of it all it was still one heck of a ride, and it’s weird to hear myself say with how it ended that I wouldn’t want it to happen any other way. We’re a special and unique class. I mean look at us we came into this world during 9/11 and are graduating during a world pandemic, I mean what more should I say. 

Lots of mixed emotions and thoughts are circling my head during this time.  Am I ready to take on the real world? Am I really ready to let go of all of this go, say my goodbyes to my friends and to Kayhi?  Do I really have to go and make new friends and create a whole new life for myself?  I’m scared, excited, nervous, and anxious all at the same time. 

There comes a point in everything you do when you know it’s time to let go and move on. I felt it with basketball, I knew I was ready to let it go, you get this feeling of accomplishment, sadness and I would say relief all at the same time. I’ve said my goodbyes with a lot of things, experiences and people this year but I’m not quite fully ready to let go of it all just yet and say my final goodbyes to my fellow classmates, teachers and to Kayhi.  Our youth is gold, but nothing gold can stay. 

Young Entrepreneurs

Nadire Zhuta
Staff Writer 

Albrim Zhuta was the first victim of Besjan Kamberi’s haircuts. “Don’t do that, don’t do that Besjan” he yelled from the bathroom while Kamberi, his older cousin was experimenting with his hair. 

We all have great ideas of what we want to do in life but it takes that special spark in someone to move forward and to actually make something of them. Besjan Kamberi a young entrepreneur, who has been making strides forward to pursue his career goals.

Kamberi has been cutting hair in a small room in his house for three years, he dedicates about 20 cumulative hours a week to giving haircuts. Kamberi has spent around $600 on equipment. He spends $120 on clippers, $60 on balders, $60 on trimmers, $30 on scissors, $20 on straight razors, and $15 on shaving gel.  

What made Kamberi want to start cutting hair was his drive for change. 

“All I saw was the same hair cut between people in town, I didn’t see any fades or different types of hair styles, so I thought to myself ‘what if I bring something new?” 

Kamberi taught himself how to cut hair by watching videos and by trial and error.

“On my free time I would watch Youtube videos on how to do certain hairstyles and learn the basics of styling hair, my first haircut was on my little cousin he was kind of my practice dummy.” 

Kamberi hopes to pursue this as a career in the future, he sees himself owning a barbershop in less than 10 years and hopes to return to Ketchikan in the future to open a new shop. 

“College has never been something of interest to me, the thought of going to more and more school isn’t how I want to spend my life, I want to go to barber school which isn’t nearly as long as actual college. I can get a degree in cosmetology then open my own barbershop/salon and maybe even come back later and open a good shop down here in Ketchikan and bring something new to Ketchikan.” 

So what made people trust Besjan to cut their hair? Especially since he didn’t have much experience as any other shops in town? Senior Jackson Kaye said he wanted to support a friend willing to take a risk.

“For me it wasn’t really about trusting Besjan to give me a good haircut, when he started out all I wanted to do was support a friend even if there was a chance of it being bad.” 

Kaye has been very satisfied with Kamberi’s work. 

“He’s always given me good cuts, one thing I love about Besjan’s haircut is that he takes his time giving me the best cut he possibly can, you can’t say the same about the other places in town.” 

Kamberi has been an easy and quick resource for high school students. He is available at any time of the day as junior Patrick Garcia said, “He always has time even if it’s 10 p.m. he’ll be ready to cut, he’s easy to contact and he works around your schedule if needed.” 

High school hustle
The term “side hustle” has become the expression for adults who have their career, but a side job that explores a passion at some level. This isn’t typical for high school students but Ketchikan seems to be fostering the teenage equivalent.

Kayhi teacher Allegra Machado has been teaching the enterneruship class for three years and said it is no surprise that every year Kayhi has multiple young entrepreneurs. Machado thinks that this generation is big on doing their own thing and believes that kids want to make a difference and be “unique and successful.” 

“I think it’s this generation in general, if you think about all the young vloggers, youtubers and people reviewing and promoting products online. I think especially with social media, if you have any product you want to market it’s really easy for people to do it from home.” 

While Kayhi has an entrepreneurship class only one student that has their own side hustle is in the class this year, while the others are doing it on their own. 

Riley Deal’s product is wood work, he combines epoxy and resin in a process called fractal wood burning. What got Deal to begin doing this was his love for science and gift giving. 

“I love science and woodworking and I needed a gift for my dad, I came across the process and started doing it.” 

Isabella Schreckhise draws and paints, and is an accomplished graphic design artist. Some of her drawings are featured at Gold Pan, around the city and even in Kayhi. 

Dearly Villaflor paints hydro flasks for friends and even painted hydro flasks for the Cross Country Runners for their end of season banquet. Villflor started painting hydroflasks because no one else was doing it in town at that time. “What’s unique about me painting hydro flasks was that nobody in town was really doing it, I wanted to start something new.” 

Dametre Williams-Martin makes copper and silver native jewelry. Kelleigh Nickich has her own photography page where she takes pictures of categories ranging from senior portraits to basketball game pictures and is also a lead photographer for the Kayhi Yearbook. 

Lyla Seludo hand makes scrunchies she does not sell her product but gifts them for the time being.  

CJ Paule and Micah Britt produce their own videography with their business JMC Productions. Britt and Paule make short films for whoever is in need of them. Paule even got a job with a home rental business and helped them with their photography and videography films. Britt is currently the Social Media Marketing Manager for Cape Fox Lodge and got an offer to film a marriage proposal at his job. 

Distraction vs Product
In the entrepreneurial world, not everything is created equal. There are products that improve or add to a life and there is a separate world of entertainment. It’s no secret that humans want the path of least resistance, which is why many might look to make money on social media by creating a viewership rather than a product. A distraction or entertainment, rather than a tangible item. 

Connecticut teenager Charli D’Amelio is taking over the Tik Tok realm and has gone viral simply by standing in front of her phone and recording herself dancing while Noa Mintz young entrepreneur started executing her ideas at the age of 10, she was running art classes for kids during the summer and two years later she founded a children’s party planning business. Now Mintz is 16 years old and runs a full-service childcare agency in New York City. Mintz has even hired a whole staff to help her execute her big ideas. 

English teacher and freelance writer, Jeff Lund who also co-founded LMT (a lifestyle apparel brand) in 2014 but left the business completely in 2017 believes that selling a product that helps people in some way is what customers want. 

“I think everything ends up being more fun and sustainable when you’re able to provide a quality product for others. Something they can use, whether it be a thing, or words or ideas. I want my readers to be people, not suckers.“

When asked if he would rather be Youtube famous or have a successful business Kamberi was quick to answer “have my own successful hair cutting business.” 

Kamberi likes to serve a purpose to his customers. 

“I like seeing people feel good about themselves with my haircuts. It makes me feel like I’m doing something right when they leave feeling confident and good about themselves.” 

Region V- Day 2



Girls Basketball
Kendyl Carson led the Lady Bears with 25 points and a 49-36 victory over the Lady Kings. Lianne Guevarra had 17 points for the Lady Kings

The Lady Kings will face the Lady Falcons today at 11:30 a.m. in the loser’s bracket.

Boys Basketball

The boys did not have a game Wednesday and await the loser of the Juneau-Douglas/Thunder Mountain game. 

Region V- Day 1

Senior captain Chris Lee defending the inbound pass
Sophomore Janea Rhoads lined up at the free throw line after Kayhi is sent to shoot a pair of free throws

Dyllan Borer
Staff Writer

Boys Basketball
Chris Lee had a double-double with 23 points and 14 rebounds in the 55-39 loss to the Bears. Cooper Kreigmont and Brock McCormick combined for 22 points. The Kings will play Thursday at 1:15 p.m. against the loser of Wednesday’s Bears vs. Falcons. 

Girls Basketball
Janea Rhoads scored 12 points to lead the Lady Kings in a 41-21 victory over the Lady Falcons. Riley Traxler had 12 points to lead the Lady Falcons. The Lady Kings will face the Lady Bears tomorrow at 6:30 p.m.

Kayhi’s environmental club

Michael Thacker
Staff Writer

The new Environmental Club had its first meeting on Thursday, Feb. 20.

Joey Fama, the teacher in charge of the new club and math teacher at Kayhi, says he started the club because he feels students and staff don’t try nearly hard enough to improve their surroundings.

“There is definitely a lot that gets overlooked and most of it is stuff that students and teachers could do as they walked to class. That’s why I started the club,” Fama said. “To reduce the number of things that get looked over.”

Fama has high hopes for the club to interact with the community and other teachers at the school.

“While most of what we do will be around the school we plan on talking to the local elementary schools and getting the kids involved,” Fama said. “I even plan on having our students in the club “grade” teachers based on how they care for the environment.”

While the club just now started, they already have 4 members and plan on teaming up with the Rotary Club in the near future.

“Rotary has been working on helping the environment so it only makes sense to team up,” Fama said. “Plus they have close to 50 members, so it’ll be much easier to get things done around town if we work together.”

Top seeds advance in 1A Tournament

Players warm up before the second day of games at the Region V 1A basketball tournament

Sterling Nagy
Staff Writer

The top-seeded Thorne Bay Wolverines crushed Yakutat 71-21 in their first round game of the 1A Region Tournament yesterday.  It was Yakutat’s second game of the day, their first being a 17-point win against Hoonah in the 8 a.m. contest. 

On the girls’ side, Angoon defeated Hoonah 48-32 and will play No. 1 Klawock Chieftains later today.

Hydaburg 70 vs Angoon 33
Klawock 57 vs Gustavus 36
Kake 41 vs Skagway 34
Yakutat 47 vs Hoonah 30

Skagway 47 vs Thorne Bay 26
Kake 64 vs Yakutat 34

New look at the course list

Preston McLarem
Staff Writer

Kayhi will be offering up to 22 new courses along with core classes next year. Teachers pitched course ideas to students and, depending on interest, the school will offer them said vice-principal Cole Maxwell. This is similar to how junior and senior English classes work. 

“The new classes just come from teacher interest,” said Maxwell. “It’s the teacher having an idea of a class or a need for a class and student interest in the class that gets new classes going. It really just comes down to student interest for which classes will be offered next year.”

Students will be selecting their courses for the upcoming year today in their advisory class period. Junior Morgan Elerding said it will be difficult for her to choose between the classes she needs and the classes she wants. 

“The new classes being offered are super fun,” said Elerding. “It’s difficult to decide between all the new and fun classes I want to take and the classes that I am required to take. I’d love to spend all day being a nerd with Mythology and Astrology but I have to worry about American Government and my other required classes next year.”

The courses that do not receive enough student interest will not be made available next year. Julie Landwehr science teacher who is offering the new Anatomy and Physiology class said the new courses will benefit students on specific career paths. 

“I feel like there are a lot of students going into the medical field and I just feel like it gives you such an advantage,” said Landwehr. “I know how hard it is to study Anatomy and Physiology in college so I just want to give the students a chance and some exposure to it.”

Possible New Courses Next Year
Native American Literature

Anatomy and Physiology
Forest Ecology
Science Through Art
Survey of Astronomy

Social Studies:
Indigenous History

Food Truck Nation Entrepreneurship
Microsoft Office Specialist 1
AP Computer Science A
Game Design and Programming concepts
Prostart 1- Baking and Pastries
Prostart 1- Culinary Immersion (Mexico)
Prostart 1- World Flavors and Cuisine
Prostart 2- ADV Baking and Pastries
Prostart 2- ADV Prostart Capstone
Prostart 2- Local Foods
CTE Vocational Survey
Textiles and Sewing 1
 Work Study

Fine Arts
Intro to Guitar
Theatre Arts

General Electives

AcDc back from State

Francis Sherman
Staff Writer

ACDC just came back from their state tournament last weekend in Anchorage coming in 7th overall against 15 other teams. The 10 decathletes, 5 veterans and 5 new members, went against 200 other people with Matthew Nutt getting gold in the interview topic, and bronze in super quiz.

“We were at a GPA disadvantage,” Mr. Staton said. “We were also up against some really strong teams. Lathrop almost set a new record.”  

This entire season’s topic has been about sickness and health and next year’s topic is all about the Cold War. 

The Results:
Highest Scoring Team Member – Franchezca Correa

Interview – Matthew Nutt, 1st

Essay – August Copper, 3rd

Super Quiz- Team, 3rd

Kayhi’s art room

Students in the art room working on clay projects for class

Bella Roberts
Staff Writer

From the first years learning the basic concepts of art, to the multiple year students refining their media of choice, Kayhi’s art room is not short on inspiration.

“I have a very open possibility,” said Mrs. Kern Kayhi’s art teacher. “So that there are basic things that I want you to learn like, how to use a paintbrush in draw and painting. How to vary your lines, think about composition, all the elements and principles of art. All of those work with a lot of different media.” 

The classes Kern teaches in Kayhi’s art room are, draw and paint as well as sculpture and pottery all of which use a lot of the same artistic principles.

Some of the things they’ll go over in the draw and paint class include, pencil drawings, water colors, acrylic painting, oil painting, and paper cutting.

“We mainly do two dimensional in draw and painting to were you get exposed to a lot of different ways of making ideas,” Kern said. “In sculpture and pottery I always make students learn the wheel, I always teach basic technique work for clay.”

The sculpture and pottery class focus around, clay, paper mache, non paper mache, polymer clay, wire sculpture, and fabric sculpture.

“I also teach the human form and proportions of the human body,” Kern said “We do mask making were I’ll talk about the proportions of the face, not necessary that their mask has to look like that, I just teach them the skills so they can know and build on them or choose not to.”

Many of the students involved in the art classes at Kayhi have a chance to express themselves as artist. 

“I hope students feel more confident when they leave art class,” Kern said. “I hope they have an understanding of the things they like and the things they don’t like as artists and students.”

Ducks Unlimited Banquet

Devin Dalin
Staff Writer

The Ketchikan Ducks Unlimited chapter will be holding its annual banquet at the Sunny Point Conference Center in the Landing Hotel today at 5:30 p.m.

“The banquet is always a good time with all of your friends,” said Brison Ralph, a 17 year old lifelong member of the Ketchikan Ducks Unlimited chapter and member of the Ketchikan Junior Shotgun league.” It’s fun to meet people that share the same interest in the outdoors as you.”

To enter the event you will need a ticket that can be bought online at and are $ 60 per person this covers the meal and event. 

The Ketchikan chapter has an average of 40-60 people in attendance every year raising   anywhere from $5,000-$10,000 for this one event.

The rest of the profit goes to the Ducks Unlimited Organization, the largest and longest lasting  wetland conservation organisation in the world.

“The fact that the money goes into the future conservation of our wetlands and the future generations of hunters,“ said Caden Thomas, an eighteen year old member of the Ketchikan chapter and member of KJSL.” The fact that I can physically see it moving forward for generations of hunters to come makes this event so special to me” 

The banquet consists of drawings, a silent auction and a live auction and  dinner which is the main event of the banquet.

The auction and drawing both consist of a variety of paintings, decoys for field use, decorative use, knives, guns and other hunting related items.

The dinner is prime rib with potatoes, salads, and other food items.

“The food has been great every year I have attended,”said Ralph.” The food is always something to look forward to because you get to share the experience with your friends and new people.”

At the banquet the local youth shotgun league is presented with a donation from the National Rifle Association.

“The National Rifle Association helps out the Ketchikan Junior shotgun League”he said.”Every year they give us a big donation so that we can travel and pay for the shooting fees.” 

The NRA makes a huge impact on the young men and women that participate on the shooting team and the banquet is a great way to do it publicly as the NRA is both a sponsor of the shooting team and the Ducks Unlimited organisation.

The Ketchikan Junior Shotgun League members help cater the event as a way of saying thank you to Ducks Unlimited and the NRA.