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Softball Season in Full swing

Cody Kemble
Staff Writer

Softball season is underway. The team features four seniors, six juniors, seven sophomores, and nine freshmen. Kayhi will begin their season in Las Vegas with a varsity trip April 15-17.
The team has twelve returning varsity players from last season. Kayhi is coming off a second place finish at state last season where they lost to Thunder Mountain. The Lady Kings lost two seniors from last season’s squad, Alex Boegler and Molly Murdock. Current senior Payton Simmons is out for the season with a torn ACL.
Senior Jenna Miller said that she is looking forward to this season and what the team can do.
“I think we have a lot of good energy coming out of last year. We only lost two seniors and have been working to fill those spots,” said Miller. “Our first home games are against Thunder Mountain and I’m excited. They lost a few key players last year so as long as we’re able to get on top of them and hit the ball I think we have a really good shot at beating them.”

2019 Schedule
4/19-20 vs TMHS
4/26-27 vs JDHS
5/3-4 @ Sitka
5/9-11 @ JDHS & TMHS
5/17-18 vs Sitka
5/24-25 Regions @ Sitka
5/30-6/1 State @ Anchorage

PEAKS Testing

Wyatt Barajas
Staff Writers

Wednesday wrapped up PEAKS testing for underclassmen at Kayhi. The test is an annual assessment of Alaska schools in English, mathematics and science.
Principal Bob Marshall said the testing went easy with only a few minor hiccups due to miscommunications.
“Other than kids not having their laptops charged, the testing went flawless,” said Marshall. “Luckily the district provided computers for those kids and the actual test had no errors.”
This years testing schedule had student in advisory classes instead of different workshops everyday. Kayhi senior Cody Kemble said he used the time to catch up on some stuff and just have some down time.
“Although I like having 3 hours of dodgeball and a few off days from class,” said Kemble. “This years schedule was very beneficial. A lot of scholarships have early April deadlines and I have been gone a decent amount lately for sports, so the long advisory classes helped me catch up on all of my work.”
The school will be getting the test results in by the end of the school year, and use them to help placement of students in classes.


Liam Kiffer
Staff Editor

Courtney Kemble graduated from Ketchikan High School almost 4 years ago in 2016. Kemble played basketball for the Lady Kings all of her four years at Kayhi. In her junior year, her team started the current streak of 6 consecutive region titles. After high school, she then accepted a scholarship to play basketball for Centralia College in Washington.
Kemble spoke about how she wanted a transition between high school and a 4 year school.
“I think that coming from such a small town and school, I wasn’t ready to jump into a huge school,” said Kemble. “I wanted an easier adjustment from my high school life to my college life.”
Kemble also noted how basketball played a role in her decision after high school.
“I knew I would play basketball right away at a community college,” said Kemble. “This sounded better than going to a 4 year and possibly having to redshirt or sit on the bench for a couple of years.”
Kemble chose Centralia because of the small town feel.
“It felt like home,” said Kemble. “Every game day, the whole town would pack into the gym to cheer on the boys and girls basketball teams and it reminded me a lot of Kayhi.”
In Kemble’s freshman season, she averaged 19 minutes and 4.93 points a game, while in her sophomore season she averaged 28.8 minutes and 8 points per game.
Kemble spoke about the differences between college and high school basketball.
“It was a lot different than what I expected,” said Kemble. “Coach Smith’s practices were a lot harder in high school. In college, it’s expected that you put in work on your own time.”
Kemble also noted the difference in traveling for games from high school and college.
“In college, It’s a lot of driving to the places we were going to play, instead of flying and staying for a whole weekend like in high school,” said Kemble. “Coming from an island, it was something I wasn’t really used too.”
During Kembles two years at Centralia, she received her associates degree in Biology.
After Centralia, Kemble transferred to Washington State University and became a Cougar. Washington State is a 4 year college that is located in Pullman, Washington and has a little less than 30,000 students enrolled.
“I knew basketball was over for me after Centralia, but I still wanted to find a school that gave me a small town feel,” said Kemble. “Surprisingly enough, WSU was exactly what I was looking for. I stepped onto campus during a football game last fall and fell in love with the family feel.”
Though Kemble got her associates degree in Biology at Centralia, she is now studying accounting at WSU.
“At first, I thought I wanted to go unto the medical field,” said Kemble. “After taking a business elective class, I realized that I loved trying to find the business side of things. After taking an accounting class, I found that I really like figuring out problems and numbers.”
Kemble stated how much she has enjoyed her time so far at WSU.
“I love it. I’ve met some of the best people here and can’t imagine my life without them in it,” said Kemble. “Pullman is a super special place!”

Singing the Star Spangled Banner

Isabella Screckhise
Staff Writer

Many people in American history have sung the national anthem. Whether it be for sports, for a holiday, or in honor of someone who has served our country. YouTube’s most viewed video of all time is Whitney Houston singing the Star Spangled Banner in 2012.
Sophomore Josh Ryan sang the Star Spangled Banner before a Kayhi basketball game.
“I wasn’t expecting much of an audience. I was prepared and I expected it to go decently,” said Ryan. “I didn’t expect it to feel so incredibly slow. Normally, the song is dragged out for as long as possible, but on average it is a minute and forty seconds long.”
Ryan spoke about what he would do differently if he had the opportunity to sing in front of the audience again.
“If I could go back and do it again, I would probably hold the microphone farther away, and used a little bit more technique so I could hear myself better,” said Ryan. “Also, I wouldn’t skip the second verse.”
There are 80 words total to the song so it’s not a surprise when a verse is skipped.
“I got nervous, I wasn’t able to hear myself, because the speakers were canceling out. It was like the perfect dead spot where I couldn’t hear anything that was coming out of me. So I was kind of getting my pitch by holding my fingers to my throat and feeling the vibrations,” Ryan says. “I was so nervous that I was going to get off key and be super out of tune. I was focusing on that more than the actual words.”
As for advice for future performers, Ryan added on how confidence is key to performing well.
“Be confident in yourself. You’ve got it! Just prepare and know it and you’re always going to be a little nervous. Try to do more with it. Stand where you can hear yourself.”

Isabella Schreckhise
Staff Writer

Behind the goofy inside jokes, obnoxious cheers, and a passion for music, pep band does a lot more than just casually play their instruments, especially during regions. While the basketball teams, cheerleaders, and pep club get housed out in hotels or local Sitka volunteers, pep band is being thrown in a church/gym with a microwave for a kitchen.
When preparing to travel, Ms. Nuss has to set very strict rules for her students, as there is a lot more free time given to the band on this trip compared to the annual jazz and music festivals. For example, they are expected to have 9-12 (or more) hours of study time, since everyone will be missing four days of school.
Once we get to Sitka, the band is required to check in with a chaperone before they play with a pep band from another school, and they’re always advised to stick together in groups of three or more for safety purposes. Even when traveling on the ferry, groups of three is the rule of thumb, mostly when out on the deck.
Playing in mass pep band is probably the biggest activity the band gets to participate in upon arriving to Sitka. All of the pep bands join together into one frankenstein band that can be extremely loud. This can be a great experience for the band kids, as they’ll not only meet new people with the same instrumentation as them, but they also get to read new music, try new cheers, share inside jokes (which keep them all together), and other fun social activities.
For senior pep banders, they have the privilege of playing in the All Star pep band. Being their last year in high school, they get special treatment compared to lower classmen. This band is basically the ultimate band. Not in size, but definitely in experience.
During the pep band’s free time, Ms. Nuss has offered them walks around Sitka to get them outdoors, especially after study time. When a pep band student claims they have no homework, Ms. Nuss suggests checking again, because she has access to everyone’s teachers, and is not afraid to contact them and ask if the student really doesn’t have anything to work on.
An issue some students in pep band might encounter is making space for all the instruments in the Kayhi van when leaving for Sitka or coming back home. With roughly fifty kids traveling with the pep band, it can be tough to pack everything into the van, and on the ferry. This isn’t including the numerous percussion instruments, music books, and the chaperones’ luggage, as it is easier for them to monitor the students with both hands.
As suggested, students should ask their parents for $20 per day they are traveling (example: if they are gone for five days, they need $100). If a student isn’t sure if they can handle their own money throughout the trip, they have the option of giving it to Ms. Nuss, who will monitor it for them. Another thing she will be watching out for is students eating/drinking enough, and what they choose to eat. There are several students who might be a concern for her, since some seem to know no limit to caffeine. The most important thing that all students attending regions should know is that they’re there to have fun. It doesn’t matter what rating the cheer team gets, or how many games we win or lose. It is important to make friends, stay active, eat healthy, don’t do drugs, use your toiletries, and for the love, shower. Everything the chaperones, teachers, and coaches tell you, it’s more often than not for your safety.

Slow Boat To Sitka

Gavin Salazar

The Kayhi Pep Club will be taking 25 kids to the Region V tournament in Sitka and will arrive, almost in time. The group will be getting on the Malaspina ferry tonight (Monday) but will not arrive until 30 minutes before the Lady Kings play Thunder Mountain Tuesday night.
“We are all going to have to get to the game as quick as we can,” said Pep Club president Carter Thomas. “But we will be a little late.”
The trip will take about 25 hours and will stop in Wrangell, Petersburg, and then Sitka.
Senior Nikita Burnett said she has a couple different things in mind that will help her kill time on the boat.
“I plan to watch a lot of Netflix as well as do a good amount of homework since there is not usually service,” said Burnett. “Most of all, I want to use the ferry ride to bond with the other pep club members as well as memorize all of the cheers.”
The group had to do quite a bit of planning before the trip.
“We already had a preset list of themes to pull from,” said Pep Club secretary Jacie Johansen. “Housing was just a matter of claiming a church basement to stay in before any of the other groups from southeast do. We were lucky to get one this year, most of the churches had already been taken.”
The kids will be staying in Grace Harbor Church with Phaedra Painter, Kelli Carlin-Auger, and Kevin Johnson being the adult chaperones. Thomas said the church is about a 20 second walk from the grocery store, and there will be showers and a kitchen available.
The themes for the week will be maroon out, white out, camo, American, and Hawaiian.
Some of the members bought items for the themes, and some already owned clothes for them.
“I ended up buying an american bandana for that specific theme of the tournament,” said senior Chanell Browne. “But for the most part I had everything I needed for the other themes.”
Senior Ella Hillberry said that she tried to plan ahead and order stuff in advance, but I didn’t quite work out.
“I ordered a bunch of different fun outfits about two weeks ago,” said Hillberry. “But sadly, they won’t even get here in time so it was kind of pointless.”
Burnett said that each member will be bringing their “Kayhi Pep Club” shirts and the big ESPN booth to add to the atmosphere.
Another big thing that the Pep Club will be doing prior to the tournament is making posters.
Hillberry said that it takes about 2-3 hours to make all of their different posters, and it is sometimes difficult to find ideas.
“Occasionally we’ll have to get inspiration from pinterest or the internet,” said Hillberry. “But most of our ideas we come up with the day of.”
Junior CJ Jasper said he finds it quite difficult sometimes to help the other girls make posters, but he tries.
“Yeah I want to help out,” said Jasper. “But it is hard sometimes because I am not allowed to sketch the letters because I have bad handwriting. So they only let me paint them after they sketch them.”
The school and club had a few main requirements for members to be allowed to travel to the tournament.
“Only the top people on the list of points, they had to get a permission slip signed, and they had to be grade eligible,” Johansen said.

Students Need Cellphones


Sully Shultz
Staff Writer

Yeah I get it. Taking away our cell phones might increase productivity and reduce cheating, but it might also hinder students learning.
Last year, nearly 95% of my phone use in Spanish was specifically to study for upcoming tests. So many classes nowadays rely on the use of phones too. We’ve evolved from copying notes down from the board or going to the library to study. Instead, I now use my phone to take a quick picture of the board or jump on Quizlet to make some flashcards.
I suggest a compromise. Nobody should be on their phone when a teacher is presenting a lesson, but being able to listen to music during work time should be allowed at the discretion of teachers.
I am an aide during 6th period. My teacher keeps me busy with making copies, or grading papers, but sometimes she doesn’t have an urgent job. I could be using that time to make flashcards on Quizlet, or checking my Powerschool to see what class I need to focus on during that free time, but the enforcement of this rule hinders me from doing so.
Some of us will be tempted to check our phones during class, but high school is the perfect opportunity to teach students responsible cell phone use, rather than after graduation.
To my fellow students. I have to admit that this rule is irritating, but don’t fight it. The best thing to do is to show teachers and staff that we can use our cellphones responsibly. That way we could maybe get more freedom to use our phones. If you’re the type of person who refuses the rules, and can’t find a compromise, you’re going to ruin it for all of us. If you’re very passionate and want to voice your own opinion, then bringing it up at the next school board meeting would be the way to go.
The phone rule is understandable but there’s some things that need to be changed. One of the best things about Kayhi is the amount of freedom we get, and as students lets make sure we’re not inviting encroachment on our freedom. I am glad the administration is updating a policy that predates the smartphone, and I hope that it will change to better students productivity in school.