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News Briefs

Robert Cope-Powell
Staff Writer

First City Players
A theater class run by Clare Bennet from First City Players will be available to join. These classes will run from 3:00 to 4:30 in the Kayhi Greenroom every Tuesday from March 3rd to April 22nd. The class will require a registration fee. Scholarships available. To register or for more information, call 225-4792 or email

Student Project
Carter Thomas is raising funds for his Eagle Scout project this week. This project will honor Kayhi alumni that have been or are currently in the military. He is currently looking for donations to help him reach his goal of $10,000 so that he can inscribe their name and branch of service on a plaque in front of Ketchikan High School

Essay Competition
The Southeast Alaska Discovery Center is holding an essay competition. The essay will be on “What Civil Rights Mean To Me”. All submitted essays will be on display at the Discovery Center. Winners will receive an Elizabeth Peratrovich Dollar Coin. Submit your essay to  

Honor Choir
Two Kayhi students will travel to Spokane, Washington for the All-Northwest Honor Choir this upcoming week. Students Connor Wodehouse and Robert Cope-Powell have been practicing an array of music in preparation for this event. Their director, Dr. Gary Packwood from Mississippi State University, will be leading them from March 11th to 14th.

Student Course FAir

During the Advisory period today, freshmen, sophomores, and juniors will attend the Student Course Fair in the commons.

This is an opportunity for students to explore and decide which classes they will be selecting for next school year. Both previously existing and newly added courses will be on display during the course fair. 

Students in the first group are to report directly to the commons. Students in the second group must report to their advisory prior to attending the fair. 

Fair Schedule

10:35 – 10:50
All Freshman

10:50 – 11:05 
All Juniors
Stockhausen (S)

Course Catalog

Kayhi Shirt and Sock Drive

Destiny Chenhall
Staff Writer

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.

Kayhi Alumni on Air

Co-host Rose Hamilton works the control board during a broadcast

Devyn Sader
Staff Writer

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.”

Nicole Sader selects a song for Common Threads

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

College Fair

Preston McLaren
Staff Writer

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.

Explore Night

Preston McLaren
Staff Writer

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: License Renewal, Drivers Test

Alex Malouf
Staff Editor

Alaska drivers can now schedule a license test online at 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.

Kayhi adds experience to Language Arts

French teacher Nancy Nish works with students, Monday. Photo by Preston McLaren

Preston McLaren
Staff Writer

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.”

Solo Spotlight

Senior Jalina Williams practicing her solo routine. Photo by Madison Purcell

Madison Purcell
Staff Writer

Any instrumentalist, whether they play the kazoo or sing or play the clarinet, is going to get an opportunity to solo.
The Kayhi Bands started off the 2019-2020 school year with 10 incoming seniors who are ready to be in the spotlight. 
Jazz band and Wind Ensemble member Senior Jalina Williams has been soloing in school bands since 8th grade year. 
“When I first saw that I had a solo I kind of went, ‘Oh no this isn’t going to be good, help,’” said Williams. 
Soloing in class can be scary. Forming a routine can help ease the pressure.  
“To get comfortable I look at it, listen to it, play it, and practice it,” said Williams. “I really get into the solo.”
When the solo is good enough for personal acceptance, then it would be time to prepare for the real purpose of playing music: performing in front of an audience.
Soloists that thrive off of the audience’s reaction have a hard time with feeling good about their solo, but the ones that can reflect on themselves are the soloists that can adapt and get better. 
“They’re not important to me because the only opinion that matters is my own,” said Williams. “If it was good it was good, if it was bad it was bad… oh well”.
As a professional, things get simpler. 
Ketchikan Rain City Band Drummer Mike Purcell knows that being the only drummer in a band means the entire performance is like one big long solo.
“Because I’m playing the drums, I think about how comfortable I will be soloing,” said Purcell.  “Like the different time signatures and how far I can go with it and my abilities.” 
Soloing is different with each instrument. When drummers also have a solo they are then having to add to the beats and make more of what they’re already playing. 
“It makes a difference for me,” he said. “What time signatures, how capable I am with the beat, and how far I can go with the solo.” 
Soloists should always be comfortable when they solo to be able to please the audience. 
“You’re playing music for somebody usually, so you want to make sure they’re enjoying it,” he said. 
The point of a solo is to enhance the melody with a single instrument while highlighting an individual’s skill. 
“I think less is more,” said Purcell. “If you do it once in a while it is more satisfying. No one wants to listen to someone soloing all the time.” 
In a band setting, soloing takes a lot of hard work and practice. 
“Practice is the only way you can prepare,” he said. “Go over it, try a few different variations. When you actually do the solo it usually ends up different anyways.” 
Soloing is the pathway between being in a band and to being an instrumentalist; use every opportunity to solo and have a plan on how you would prepare. 
“That’s the neat thing about soloing. You might just have a basic idea of what you’re going to do. It’s always going to be a little different each time once you know what you’re doing”.