The Kayhi Baseball team will travel to Sitka Wednesday to play in a pre season tournament. The Kings are coming off a 2-2 annual pre season trip to Arizona. Senior Wyatt Barajas treats the pre season tournament as a chance to gauge teams bound for the state tournament. “I like that we get an Anchorage team to come down and play,” said Barajas. “It gives us a solid opportunity to see how we match up against a team who took 2nd place in the state tournament last year.” Barajas is committed to play baseball at Clackamas Community College next year alongside seniors Cody Kemble and Liam Kiffer. Liam Kiffer is prepared to take on his senior year with college baseball in the near future. “This season will be bittersweet for me and the other college bound guys,” said Kiffer. “It’s our last chance to take care of business at the highschool level, but we aren’t done with baseball just yet. The journey to state starts Thursday.” Kayhi will face Juneau-Douglas Thursday at 4:30 @ Moller Park.
Participating Teams: Juneau-Douglas Thunder Mountain Ketchikan Sitka South Anchorage
Around 600 students from across Southeast will be traveling to Ketchikan High School this week for the Region V Music Festival. Students will be performing concerts, solos, ensembles, and take part in musical clinics throughout the festival. Kayhi’s Jazz Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Vocal Jazz, Concert Choir, and Women’s Choir will all be performing. “The clinics sound really fun and interesting this year,” said Dulay. “We learn how to be pushed out of our comfort zone in singing, dancing or playing musical instruments, and it’s in a non judgemental atmosphere where you can just be you”.
Schools Attending Thunder Mountain High School Juneau-Douglas High School Sitka High School Petersburg High School Wrangell High School Craig High School Klawock High School Thorne Bay High School Haines High School Metlakatla High School Mt. Edgecumbe High School
Though this is Anne Elliot’s first time being a full time teacher at Kayhi, this is not her first time within the walls of Kayhi. Elliot graduated from Kayhi in 2003, and was just recently hired as the new long term sub to replace Mrs.Troina for the rest of the 2018-19 school year. Since 2003, Elliot has taught English is 3 different countries, studied at 4 different colleges and even played a little bit of college basketball. “I graduated from Kayhi and I immediately left and started my life,” said Elliot. “I was so excited to start my life and I didnt really look back.” Elliot left Ketchikan and began her journey after high school at the University of Connecticut. “UConn was my first stop after high school,” said Elliot. “I quickly realized I didn’t fit there and made a change.” After her brief time in Connecticut, Elliot transferred all the way to Arizona and attended San Diego Mesa College. While Elliot was at Kayhi, as well as graduating in the top of her class grade wise, she lettered in basketball, soccer and volleyball. Elliot was good enough at basketball to play in college. “At San Diego Mesa, I actually played basketball, which was certainly an experience,” said Elliot. “I don’t know if it was necessarily what I wanted to do with my life but I had fun doing it.” Elliot spent two years at San Diego Mesa and quickly realized that was not where she wanted to be either. Elliot decided to follow in the footsteps of a teacher who inspired her at Kayhi while she was a student. “After UConn and San Diego, I actually volunteered for the Peace Corps,” said Elliot. “I remembered Mrs. Bowlen telling me all about her experiences working with them and it sounded like something I would be interested in doing.” Elliot applied to the Peace Corps and was quickly assigned to work in a foreign country in Central Asia. “It seemed like it all happened in a day, but next thing I knew I was on my was to Kyrgyzstan,” said Elliot. “While I was there, I mostly did volunteer work and stayed there for about 2.5 years.” Elliot finished her time with the Peace Corps, but was not finished with her time overseas. “I got a for real, non volunteer, teaching job in a middle eastern country near Saudi Arabia called Qatar,” said Elliot. “While I was there, I taught English and history to high school kids, and spent about two years there.” Elliot enjoyed her time overseas, but she decided to finish her education and apply to graduate school. Elliot moved back home and subbed at Kayhi for a little while and then was accepted into Columbia University in New York. “I got accepted into Columbia and even though I was in a 2 year English masters program, I finished in 1.5 years because I studied during the summers,” said Elliot. “I was also able to graduate with little to no student loans because of the money I had saved up from teaching, and with the help of a Peace Corps fellowship scholarship I received while I was with them.” Elliot received her degree and then decided to stay in the New York area. “I earned my degree quicker than usual and I stayed in Harlem,” said Elliot. “I stayed for about a year and again taught high school English.” Once Elliot finished teaching in New York, she once again returned home, and once again left. “I stayed home for a little bit and then decided to move to Phoenix for a job opportunity, “ said Elliot. “I lived in Arizona for about 3 years and worked mostly online.” Elliot worked for a company called BookRags that writes and collects study guides and study resources for literature all around the world. “I was an editor for BookRags and I still do a little bit for them part time,” said Elliot. “Basically what I did was read books and create lesson plans and analyses for them.” After her three years in Phoenix, Elliot again returned home. “I wanted to go back home to see my parents and travel the world a little bit more,” said Elliot. “My plan was to stay home for at least a little while and substitute teach.” 17 days after Elliot returned home, she received a call from Mr. Rafter, who is the Director of Human Resources in the Ketchikan School district. “Mr. Rafter called me almost immediately after I settled in back home, and explained to me the situation of Boyle’s resigning and how that eventually led down to Mrs. Troina’s job being vacated for the rest of the year,” said Elliot. “He offered me the job of being her long term sub for the rest of the year and I accepted.” Mrs.Troina’s job will be posted again at the end of the year for anyone qualified. “I am hoping to be able to continue working here and eventually get a regular teaching position after this year,” said Elliot. “I am excited to be there and would love to be a teacher here for many more years to come.”
It is about a week and a half since the Ketchikan Kings and myself were crowned the 2019 boys basketball state champions. Not even a full 24 hours was given to sit back, take a minute and realize what myself and the Ketchikan team had accomplished for the first time in 45 years. The second we all got off the plane from Anchorage, there was a big parade in town for us. Then about 16 hours later, I had to catch another plane to go down to Arizona to play baseball. In the grand total of four days, my mindset had to change from a Saturday night state championship basketball game in front of about 5,000 people, to a Wednesday afternoon baseball game in Phoenix Arizona. Mentally and a little emotionally, the past couple weeks have been very hard. It has not sunk in at all that we are state champions, it has not sunk in that all of the hard work I have invested my life into was actually worth something. A good portion of our team, myself included, were not able to go to school the next day to be recognized with the other kids that were there, and just that thought itself hurts. Even though I wasn’t able to attend school and get that little bit of extra recognition from our peers, that doesn’t mean that I don’t know how proud the city and the school is of us and what we accomplished.
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
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.