The Kayhi social studies department is asking for donations for the homeless and day shelter.
“It’s a happy time of the year and we shouldn’t forget about those less fortunate than us,” Social Studies teacher Susan Stone said. “As a government teacher, one point of motivation for this is to show the students the different ways they can earn their community service hours.”
Mrs. Stone enjoys giving back to the community and has friends and family involved in helping those in need. Donations can be made until the last day of school before the winter break.
Common Threads is one of many radio shows aired by local radio station KRBD. This specific show features a playlist of songs which all fall under one theme picked by hosts Rose Hamilton or Nicole Sader, my sister. The interesting part about this show is that it’s interactive, so listeners can call in and guess the theme or suggest a song. Hamilton and Sader are both unpaid volunteers at KRBD, and both have individual full time jobs. Nevertheless, they both enjoy playing their part in the community by hosting Common Threads. “Everyone should try doing some volunteer work at some point in their life,” said Sader. “It’s very fulfilling.” Hamilton added that volunteering not only helps you feel good, but it’s beneficial for everyday things. “It’s good for the resume and it’s good for public speaking. It has helped me communicate better with people,” said Hamilton. “I also like helping our community in some small parts. It’s an enjoyable and rewarding experience.” The two of them joined Common Threads 4 years ago when Hamilton’s boss, a previous DJ of the show, invited her and her sister to come along. Naturally, Hamilton asked her best friend of several years to join them. Preparing for a show may seem simple, but Sader explained that there is a lot of precise planning behind every show. “I usually pick a theme and put all the music together on a playlist,” Sader said. “Then I lyric check and organize the songs based on how they transition into one another.” Hamilton explained that Common Threads isn’t only catered towards one age group as their audience. “Our music varies so much from show to show that we don’t have a particular targeted audience,” Hamilton said. “It can usually touch on different generations and age groups. There’s old songs and a lot of more modern day music as well.” Sader enjoys putting together both familiar and unfamiliar songs onto the themed playlists. “I like making people listen to the music that I like,” said Sader. “And sometimes I like showing Rose the weird songs I find.” Common Threads airs live every Tuesday night from 9:00-11:00 p.m. Hamilton believes Common Threads being an evening show can be a good thing and a bad thing. “We don’t get as much coverage as I wish we did, because there’s not as many listeners at night,” Hamilton said. “But people all over the world can listen, because you can listen to it on the internet.”
When it comes to showtime, each host plays an important role in the show. While Sader usually does all the playlist preparation, Hamilton is responsible for running the board. This means she controls the microphones, fades in and out of PSAs, and makes sure they’re on the air. Although Common Threads isn’t a talk show, sometimes the hosts end up getting a little chatty when they check in at the top of every hour. Regular listeners can hear tangents about scary movies or awkward jokes coming from the hosts at almost every check in. Usually every show of Common Threads is only run by the current hosts, but sometimes they invite special guests. Hamilton and Sader occasionally invite family members or friends to visit during the show as it runs. I have personally been present for the show quite a few times. Because of the fact that the show is a pre-prepared playlist, you may wonder what the hosts do behind the scenes when they are live. Usually they are found playing popular card games and cellular apps together. No matter what it is they’re getting up to, there’s never a dull moment while the show is running. If you are interested in listening to some of Common Threads’ previously aired playlists, you can find them online. The playlists are on Spotify under the account Nicole Marleah Sader. You can tune in to Common Threads by listening live on the radio or a radio app at 105.3 FM or on KRBD.org.
College Fair is back again as 51 colleges from around the US meet at Kayhi to promote their school today. Representatives from these colleges will be at Kayhi for the duration of the day with stats, figures, and pamphlets to help students learn about their college and opportunities provided. All students have an opportunity to go to the fair during the day. It lasts from 10:30-11:50, and resumes from 12:30-1:50.
Explorer Night at Kayhi is an annual event where deans of admissions and representatives from a variety of post-secondary programs speak and teach at sessions the night of Oct. 8 to promote and educate students looking into post-secondary options. The event is from 5:15 to 8:30 in the Kayhi auditorium and science hall. Explore night is open to all students and parents.
Topics covered during the sessions Application Essays Applications, Admissions, Selection Process Financial Aid Finding the Right College Gaining Financial Independence Making the Most of School Visits Quality Educational Opportunities in Alaska Scholarship Organization Still Undecided Post Secondary Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) What is a Liberal Arts College?
Alaska drivers can now schedule a license test online at http://doa.alaska.gov/dmv/ for $20. Applicants must be 16 years old on or before the date of the test, and must have held a valid instructional permit for at least 6 months. Tests can be scheduled a minimum of 24 hours prior to the day of the test, and up to 60 days in advance.
Licenses held for at least 10 years can now be renewed online. Upon renewal, licenses will be replaced with a new design (Introduced in November of 2018). License renewals and replacement start at $20.
An upgrade to a federally compliant REAL ID requires an in-person application and verification of identity documents. A REAL ID will be required to board a commercial plane in the state of Alaska starting October 1st, 2020.
Experienced French teacher Nancy Nish is the newest language arts teacher at Ketchikan High School. Nish taught in Las Vegas, North Dakota, Bethel, and the Bering Sea before coming to Kayhi to continue her love of teaching foreign language. “I just love the language,” said Nish. “So I just got addicted to it, there’s something about studying the french language and culture and learning about France itself that’s addicting.” Nish has been to France four times including a backpacking trip around Europe just out of college. She wants to use these experiences and love of the language to help other kids have similar experiences. “I just love speaking it and love to share the fun of the language,” she said. “Teaching just opens so much and the fact that I’ve been to Europe and that I’ve seen some other places in the world I want other kids to have that experience too.” Nish said that Ketchikan is different from many of the places she has been to or lived in. “It’s given me a keen appreciation of what Alaska has to offer coming from the midwest,” she said. “Coming here is just a real treat, this town is gorgeous, obviously.” Principal Jason House is excited for Mrs. Nish and her great energy to work at Kayhi. “She’s got great energy and positive attitude and a great french accent when she talks in french,” House said. “She has a passion for the work that she does, and will bring it to the kids to get them excited about it.” Nish is ready to begin a new chapter teaching in Ketchikan. “I’m excited to be here and it is a privilege to be working with these students.”