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Wrestler’s Guide to Thanksgiving

Max Collins:
Every year I am restricted the amount of food I can have on Thanksgiving day. Unfortunately, my family members around the table really don’t understand how managing weight is so important to the sport of wrestling. My grandma is always trying to stuff me with all these pies she makes and it makes Thanksgiving the most torturing day of my life. My freshman year, I remember sneaking food past my dad/coach and eating it in the garage. The next day of practice I weighed close to 130 pounds and had to get back down to 120 just 4 days later. Learning from my mistakes, I have definitely been more careful about what I eat. Holding myself back during the holidays is worth my achievements towards the end of the season.    

Justin Albecker:
Weight cutting is a real pain in the butt, so I avoid it as much as possible. Every season I have to power through my birthday and Thanksgiving dinner. I have a technique of how to handle the notorious dinner and not have to sweat my soul out the next weekend. I eat my last dinner Sunday night, then only eat bagels, fruit, eggs, and multi-vitamins for the rest of the week. I do not eat anything the day of the feast, then I demolish the diet throughout the night. The next morning, it’s my priority to burn all of the calories I consumed therefore I set up an exercise bike in front of the TV and bike for a good hour. I continue the strict diet until the next Wednesday to be sure my body is set to it’s normal state. Very few people have the determination to diet during Thanksgiving week, but I’ll do anything to not cut weight.

Joey Karlik:
Not only do I have the pleasure of having to manage my weight, but I have a coach/dad watching every bite of food that enters my shrunken up stomach making sure I don’t screw it up. Most people think Thanksgiving is our golden ticket to eat as much as we can, but as the famous Star Wars line, “IT’S A TRAP!” I start this holiday off with a Pre-Thanksgiving run before the actual festival of eating begins. I only get one plate full of salty food and a little bit of football. I then have to try to run most of it off, between short and long runs that take me the entire weekend. For all those non-wrestlers out there, be thankful for having the glory of not needing to manage your weight.

Nate Eisenhower:
My philosophy in wrestling is that I stick to the weight class I’m in at the beginning of the season. I don’t believe in cutting weight but more so managing it responsibly. Most of my teammates are used to cutting weight, and it’s interesting to see everyone’s different methods. Personally, my mom, brother, and I eat rice and beans all week, end it with a run around Ward Lake to get our appetites up and ready for the big feast. This allows my weight to not fluctuate during these times and thankfully, I’ve yet to be forced into cutting back on Thanksgiving.

Whale Fest Preview

By Nate Eisenhower
Staff Writer

Four Kayhi students will be attending the 20th annual WhaleFest Nov. 4-6 in Sitka. Whale scientists from all around the world will be there to educate fellow whale enthusiasts. The festival includes lectures, a marine-themed market, concerts, local foods, an art show, interactive student sessions and wildlife exhibits.
“It’s sort of a hub for whale research,” said science teacher Julie Landwehr. “It’s a symposium so they present their work, kind of like Ted Talks but about whales.”
There’s going to be a Regional Ocean Science Bowl scrimmage this friday to start off the festivities. Along with the experience, Alaskan students acquire a college credit provided by UAS.
“It’s really great because they [UAS Associate Professor in Fisheries Technology, Reid Brewer]. wrote a grant up there and they pay for our lodging, the credit with UAS, and the fee to get into the Symposium,” said Mrs. Landwehr.
Coach Landwehr will be accompanying students Zach Tighe, Ben Ranniger, Chevell Lamar, and Gabe Canfield on the trip.

Six Qualify for State

By Justin Albecker
Staff Writer

Four swimmers and two divers qualified for state this weekend. Kayhi placed third out of three for 4A schools. The girls team earned 63 points, while the boys team earned 79. The state tournament will be held in Juneau next weekend.

Girl State Qualifiers:
Freshman Laura Sherrill: 100 Yard Breast, 100 Yard fly
Freshman Emma Campbell: 200 Yard Free (alternate)
Freshman Jessilynn Sivertsen: 1 Meter Diving

Men State Qualifiers:
Sophomore Maury Meirsonne: 200 Yard Free, 500 Yard free (alternate)
Senior Logan Hammersland: 100 Yard Fly, 100 Back
Senior Kegan Rhein: 1 Meter Diving



Sports Recap

The Lady Kings volleyball team lost both games this weekend against Sitka and Mt Edgecumbe. On Friday Sikta defeated Kayhi by (10-25, 22-25, 11-25). On Saturday Mt. Edgecumbe defeated Kayhi by (14-25, 12-25, 21-25).

This last weekend, four Kayhi wrestlers left the Bill Weiss Tournament as champions: Vince Tenebro (113), Brayden Linne (120), Sean Tavares (126), and Max Collins (145). Seventeen of 37 Kayhi wrestlers won their matches during the the Mix and Match event.

Cops and Clowns

By Joey Karlik
Staff Writer

Two weekends ago, the sinister clown epidemic hit Ketchikan. Two kids were spotted running away from the Recreation Center, and told their parents that two scary looking clowns were behind the rec-center. The clowns did not do anything to them they said, but just the sight of them sent the little kids away in fright. Is there more clowns to come? Kayhi’s school cop, Officer McGarrigan, certainly doesn’t believe so.
“I think it’s a stupid trend and someone’s going to get hurt, most likely a clown. The reason why is that kids are going to get scared when they see the clowns and the parents are going to do anything to protect our kids,” said the officer. “Even if that means going to drastic measures”.
With Halloween on Monday, parents are nervous about their kids encountering these “threats” while out trick-or-treating.
“We don’t expect anything to happen this weekend but we are keeping a very tiny eye out for it,” said McGarrigan. “I know it looks like a perfect time for people to strike and get away with it but I don’t believe people in this town are that stupid.”
The events are labeled as high schoolers’ shenanigans by some community members. Police officers are suggested to take an assembly and discuss the matter with the kids.
“We believe that you guys won’t be stupid and won’t need that talk,” Officer McGarrigan added. “You guys are around 16-17 year olds and are educated and understand that we won’t need to do cautionary things about this so called ‘epidemic’.”
With speculation all around the U.S, the next big question is where will the clowns strike next, but McGarrigan doesn’t think that next place is here.
“We don’t think it will truly come up in Ketchikan just because we are in such a small town,” said McGarrigan. “I can understand this kind of thing happening in big cities or areas, but not in a small town like Ketchikan.”
When and if the time comes, The Ketchikan Police Department will be ready.
“We can’t really do anything unless something happens, it’s like you can’t have a drug awareness program when drugs aren’t being abused in a certain area,” said McGarrigan. “It’s a reactionary thing and we will have to wait and see what happens next.”

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Is Halloween important?

Pablo Orta: Is Halloween an important holiday? Heck no! Should we keep it as a holiday? Heck yeah! Who doesn’t love dressing up and walking up to awesomely decorated houses to get candy? Who doesn’t love carving pumpkins and eating pumpkin pie with loads of whipped cream? No one, that’s who. So while Halloween may not serve a religious, cultural, or emotional purpose, it doesn’t need to. Halloween serves one single purpose, to give kids something to look forward to in the gloomy month of October, and that’s perfectly fine.

Avery Olson: Define the word important. We definitely don’t get to miss school for this “Holiday”. Halloween seems like the ugly friend of Christmas. I’ve never been a fan, but it’s fun to have an excuse to eat all that leftover candy.

Tug Olson: If you break Halloween down from a fundamental standpoint, you’ve got costumes, the ability to stay out a little later than usual, and free candy. To me, not a single one of those is important. These aspects make Halloween fun, but as I get older, the interest level of dressing up, goes down, and I have homework, so I can’t stay up all night hyped up on candy. Halloween is even losing it’s pizazz this year, falling on a Monday. We all can attend school dressed outrageously for one day and that’s about it because you’ve got to get up and go to school the next day. Some people love dressing up and getting in the scary mood, but for me, Halloween isn’t that important. I would rather just go home and watch My Name is Earl.

Jacob Smith: Halloween isn’t really a holiday. It’s like an excuse to wear weird, scary, or just gross stuff in public. Through the years, I have found less involvement in the madhouse that is Halloween. I’m in that awkward in between stage where I can’t Trick-or-Treat, but I can’t go to those adult parties, so Halloween turns into my typical night, Netflix and sit alone. So to some people, Halloween is this “WHOO! Chocolate all night long!” and all in holiday. Others just kind of brush it off and wait for Thanksgiving. I like Halloween, and I like my fun-sized Snickers, but I don’t want to leave the couch dressed up as Harry Potter to get some.

Mey Tuinei: We go to school, we go to work- is this even a holiday? Important? Debatable. If I wanted a night of stuffing my face with candy and watching scary movies, I’d just do it. This doesn’t mean I’m against others dressing up and seeking the thrill of being scared. I have my splurge days and girls’ nights to take a break from everyday life, to let loose and have fun and America has days like this, Halloween.

Marshall looks forward to his second year

Students walking to class during passing period.


By Henning Pankow
Staff Writer

Class is now in session at Ketchikan High School and Principal Bob Marshall has plans for a strict on time schedule and open environment with staff and students.
This is Marshall’s second year being principal at Kayhi and he feels a lot more comfortable and confident. Last year he hardly knew any of the staff or students. He couldn’t even answer questions to where things were in the school. Marshall is now set for what the year has in store for him.
“I know the staff and I know a lot of the students by name now which makes a big difference,” said Marshall. “I definitely noticed it the first day because last year, no one talked to me.”
Marshall and the staff will be putting extra attention on attendance this year keeping students in school. He wants students in class learning and in a safe environment. Last year there was a major problem of students leaving school during classes to go get food. Marshall’s hope to keep kids safe can only be achieved if students are in school, and if kids are not in school he has no ability to do so.
“One of the things I have been talking to our staff about is just helping reduce some of the tardies and focus on absences,” said Marshall. “I just want to make sure kids are in class, they are on time, and they’re not leaving campus to go get coffee”.
Another focus of Marshall’s is a comfortable environment for students. He wants students to be able to talk with him if they have any problems inside or outside of school so they have a personal connection. This is already going well because students have known Marshall for a year now. On the first day of school Marshall had four students come up to him right at 7 o’clock with questions about the year. Another goal for this year is good communication. The school opened a facebook page and a twitter in hopes to get important information out to the community.
“My goal every year is to build relationships with students.”
With good relationships and connections, it’ll make for a successful year for students, parents and staff here at Kayhi.