Micah Britt: I think the school climate surveys are a waste of time. The school forced us to take it and unlike last year not give out any type of incentive. Last year the school gave out prizes like a laptop, a fitbit, and tablet. Without the incentive most of my peers put in random answers so they could get done faster, or they wouldn’t do it at all. In my opinion all of the information from the surveys never gets used to improve the school, and the school only wants the money for tests for upperclassmen.
Cristopher Carlson: The school climate survey is a good resource for our school and staff to know how the students really feel. I feel like if you’re in high school you are mature and old enough to answer the questions honestly and take them seriously. Based on how our classmates answer the questions they can change the direction of our school and how our school safety operates. The questions that were on the survey are very important and relevant for high schoolers. Our staff is trying to understand what goes on in students lives and how to help them out and make the high school experience safer and better for everyone.
Carter Thomas: I think that school climate surveys are a great way to get a deeper understanding of how our students at Kayhi are feeling. Our staff needs to know if students feel safe at school and at home, what the drug and violence atmosphere is like, and many other questions these surveys ask. They may seem like a drag when you are forced to sit and take them with your class, but they provide good intel for the school. They can move our district to change the way they do things. At the strategic planning meeting for our district, they used many of these surveys when discussing different topics. Those numbers moved the committee to take action on certain topics such as safety. They take 20 minutes to complete, but can have drastic effects on our schools.
Three Region championships ago, Emmie Smith and Payton Simmons were freshmen on JV, Ashley Huffine was enrolled at Klawock High School, and Nora Agoney wasn’t even playing basketball. This Saturday will be their final game at the Clarke Cochrane Gymnasium. “It’s bittersweet, we’re getting close to the end,” said Smith. “I’m very grateful for everything that has happened and the memories that I have made.” Head coach Kelly Smith has coached the girls throughout each of their Kayhi basketball careers. “These girls have worked hard in practice and in games. They represent well on the road and in the community,” said Smith. “Those traits carry on a strong Lady King tradition. I am proud of them for helping to keep those things alive in our program.” The Lady Kings (8-10) will look to extend their 20-game win streak against Thunder Mountain. Kayhi has already beat the Falcons four times this season. Varsity will play at 7:15 in the Clarke Cochrane Gym.
On Friday night, the Lady Kings will be holding their annual “Pink Night” to promote breast cancer awareness. When Kayhi takes the court they will be wearing their all pink uniforms. “It’s something great we do every year” said senior Emmie Smith. “It is a really fun game and it is a good feeling seeing all the people who come out to support our team and a good cause.” There will be pink long sleeve and T-shirts for sale during the game, or they can be bought from any Lady Kings player. All proceeds go to the First City Council on Cancer. Before Friday nights game, the Kayhi Pep Band seniors will be recognized as well. On Saturday night when Kayhi takes on the Falcons again, Kayhi Dance and Cheer teams will all be wearing 1 Billion Rising Revolution shirts to support the movement. The 1 Billion Rising Revolution is a movement that was started in 2012 to end violence against women. The event is held in February each year. Prior to the game on Saturday, the Lady Kings seniors will be recognized.
Lady King seniors: Payton Simmons Emmie Smith Ashley Huffine Nora Agony
Pep Band seniors: John Luke Calderon Andrea Short Jaret Warstler Warren Balluta Mackenzie Fousel Joey Biss Dan Neufeldt RJ Danao Maury Meiresonne Ezrie Anderson Alphege Dulay Collette Rhein Jacob King
Kayhi Pep Club will be hosting their 1st annual dodgeball tournament this Saturday Feb. 9th at 12:30p.m. Teams will consist of seven to ten players and the cost per team is $50. Money will go to Pep Club to travel to the regional basketball tournament in Sitka. Pep Club president Carter Thomas hopes to take 25 students, and estimates that the cost will be around $7000. “We have been fundraising all year. We’ve done doors for basketball games, bake sales, and now a dodgeball tournament. Because we are provided no money from the school to travel, we have to fundraise all of the cost to go to regions,” said Thomas. “We are hoping to bring about 25 pep club members, but because we need close to seven grand, each member might have to pay a small fee to cover the rest.” To sign up email firstname.lastname@example.org with your team name, your captains name, and their phone number, or sign up at the door.
Starting tonight, Kayhi boys basketball (11-7, 3-1) will take on Thunder Mountain (7-11,1-1) with first place in the conference on the line. Though the Falcons lost three starters from last year’s team, junior Kristian Pihl thinks they are the biggest threat in the division. “From what I’ve seen and heard, Thunder Mountain is more dangerous than JD,” said Pihl. “If we show up and rise to the occasion I know we’ll do well.” Thunder Mountain’s player to watch is Puna Toutaiolepo. Puna is only 5’11”, but his athleticism makes him a threat to the Kings. Senior Cody Kemble guarded him last year and spoke about his abilities on the court. “He’s 5’11”, but he plays like he’s 6’4”, said Kemble. “He crashes the board hard. He’s like a big ball of athleticism and energy.” Thunder Mountain has many common opponents with the Kings. They split with Juneau-Douglass 2 weeks ago, and split with Service last weekend. The Falcons also have beaten West Valley, a team Kayhi lost to in the first round of the Alaska Airlines tournament.
Key to the game Kayhi has started its last 3 road trips with losses. In order to reverse that trend, Kayhi will need to approach the game with the focus it had in their dominating 40-point win at home against Juneau-Douglas. Senior Jakeb Taylor is confident about this weekend after beating Juneau. “Beating JD boosted our confidence,” Taylor said. “We can’t underestimate them though, when we lost to JD in our first game, we came out soft and that was a mistake.”
The Kayhi Lady Kings lost 49-45 to the Kenai Kardinals in their 2nd game of the Dimond Lady Lynx Prep Shootout in Anchorage. The Lady Kings were lead on offense by Lianne Guevarra, who scored 20 points with 16 of them coming in the second half.
Scoring Line Kayhi- Lianne Guevarra 20, Ashley Huffine 9, Emmie Smith 6, Nadire Zhuta 6, Madison Rose 4.
Kayhi’s National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) team, the Saber-Toothed Salmon, placed 5th out of 20 teams in the state on their research paper. Kayhi NOSB’s research paper titled “Increasing the Efficiency of Monitoring Coliform Bacteria Levels in the Marine Environment around Ketchikan, Alaska”, placed the Kings in a high seed for the quiz portion of the bowl. fifth place is the highest Kayhi’s team has ever ranked. “We have had a team for 9 years now and this is the highest we’ve ever placed so it will really help us out in the Tsunami Bowl at state,” said NOSB coach Julie Landwehr. The state level quiz will be held from February 21st to 24th in Seward.
NOSB Members: Laura Sherrill (Co-Captain) Caity Pearson (Co-Captain) Anne Coss Remi Howe Talisa McKinley
Winter finally showed up and due to inclement weather, Ketchikan high school has canceled all after school activities and practices today. Loreli Richardson is Kayhi’s office manager and said the decision to call a school day is not the schools. “A snow day is actually called when the buses feel that it is too slick to transport the kids to and from school,” said Richardson. After the bus company decides that the roads are too slick for safe passage, they notify the superintendent, who then relays to the school district and the parents of students that the buses are unable to make routes due to hazardous conditions. “It would be by 6 a.m. because we do have a zero hour,” said Richardson in regards to the timeframe a snow day call has to be made. There is also an option for a two hour delayed start that has school hours begin at 10 a.m. with 40 minute class periods throughout the day. Though snow fall is still expected, its forecast is to stop in the early morning and school is scheduled to start on time.