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Volleyball Heads to Met

Nadire Zhuta
Staff Writer

The Lady Kings are heading to Metlakatla this weekend to play their last set of games before the Region Tournament in Juneau. Junior Zoe Rouleau is hoping to win these games before heading to regions next week. 

“This weekend in Met of course the end goal is to get a win, we’re mainly focused on playing as a team and getting a feel of how we’re going to play at regions,” said Rouleau. 

The State of Reading

Nadire Zhuta
Staff Writer

Only 1 in 4 students age 12-16 say that they enjoy reading.

Are students not getting the right “tools”, is it the constant pressure and push for it, do students not have the time for it or do electronics play a huge role in this? 

Ketchikan High School librarian Caitlin Jacobson thinks that there will always be split between people who strongly dislike or like reading, but there are also people who have not been given the chance to enjoy it. 

“I think there’s a little bit of everything. Some kids have not been given opportunities to read for fun or maybe they just haven’t found the right books for them,” said Jacobson. “Sometimes kids are reading things that are too hard for their reading level or they have been pressured to reading things that are more challenging and they are not given a chance to enjoy the experience. It’s important for teachers to be more flexible and give kids a chance to choose what they want.”

As Jacobson said “there’s a little bit of everything” there are book lovers, book haters and now there’s the internet junkies. Senior Leah Call believes it’s more convenient for kids now a days to pick up their phones rather than pick up a book.

“To teenagers being on our phones or watching netflix is easier and more fun than picking up a book,” said Call. 

Recreational reading can’t compete with the shiny speed of the Internet. 

Over 95% of teens have access to a device while only 45% of 17 year olds say they read a book by choice. Students are ditching the books and picking up their phones. But it’s not just to waste time. Instructional manuals have been largely replaced with instructional videos which are far more helpful. 

Senior Besjan Kamberi would rather pick up his phone and watch haircutting tutorials than pick up a book. 

“For the career I’m going into, which is cosmetology, of course I’m going to spend my free time watching hair cutting and dying videos than pick up a book,” said Kamberi. “It’s pretty useless for me to pick up Shakespeare and start reading it for “fun”, how is that going to help me in the long run?” 

Is recreational reading slowly being replaced by phones? Senior Leah Call doesn’t think so. 

“I think there will always be books and people who like reading, I don’t think technology will ever completely take over reading and those people who love it,” said Call. 

Academic vs. recreational reading. 

There is a profound difference between wanting to read, and having to read. 

“I don’t read books a lot because I don’t have time,” said Hannah Maxwell. “But I read news articles daily because I feel like it helps me to keep learning and growing as a person.”

So can schools and teachers do more to help students appreciate and enjoy academic reading? Junior Amanda Dale thinks if the assigned books that were read for academic purposes in English class were more in the students liking there would be a higher preference in reading among students. 

“I think that if the mandatory reading done in English was a bit more appealing to the students that maybe that would make reading more liked,” said Dale. “I’m more of a fiction type of person but I’m fine with reading anything given to me but I know some of my friends dislike fiction. So it really all depends on the person.” 

But how do you decide what 24 freshmen want to read? Do you ignore the classics that have the most impactful telling of the human condition in favor of vampire books because kids like them more? English teacher Jeff Lund says there’s a bit of both assigned books as part of the freshman curriculum and books that the students get to choose for independent reading.

“Most of the books are prearranged, we all do the same books just in different orders,” said Lund. “I try to allow [students] to read what they want for the independent novels.” 

Kids at Kayhi also get to choose their own English content areas for junior and senior year which almost no high schools get to do. So Kayhi has it good in this regard. If you don’t like Shakespeare, don’t take it. If Sports Lit is more your thing, take that. Same with Science FIction or Lit into Film. What more could kids want? 

“The fact that you get to choose is crazy, it’s been great as a teacher to be able to teach that and the kids can choose a genre that they like,” said Lund. 

The future of the life-long readers

It’s no surprise that Lund reads for fun. He’s an English teacher, but that’s not the reason. 

“I like a lot of nonfiction things that make me think and things can be be applicable to life,” said Lund.

Math teacher Evan Raber reads 5-7 books per year and prefers reading over television.


“I find it relaxing and I feel smarter versus watching TV,” said Raber. 

Wrestling Wins at Haines

Tyler Slick
Staff Writer

The Kayhi wrestling team won at the Haines Invitational Tournament this weekend. Coach Rick Collins said the team did good overall especially with the conditions and is happy with getting a big win before going into the Bill Weiss Tournament.

“We continue to improve and overcome adversity, but saw great improvement in more areas that we need to improve on,” said Coach Rick Collins.

While suffering a big loss to Nick Tipton last year at the Region V Tournament, senior captain Sully Shultz was looking to redeem himself but fell short of three matches to Tipton this weekend. 

“Base line is that I need to work harder on bottom, I got in on so many shots on Nick and didn’t finish and rode bottom the entire match. I am dropping a weight class down for Bill Weiss and I’ll see how I do down there,” said Sully Shultz.

Junior Charles Blair has started his wrestling season with a record of 10-0 and is very happy with his wrestling so far. 

“It really feels good representing Kayhi by winning matches and improving my wrestling skills,” said Blair.

Coach Collins is ready for this upcoming weekend of wrestling and is trying to overcome the lack of practices that the team has gotten due to traveling.

“This is a tough week for us, but we will be ready to roll and have a great home event,” said  Collins.

Debaters Back From Sitka

Leah Call
Staff Writer

Kayhi ́s Drama, Debate, and Forensics team returned from their first meet of the year this past Sunday. 

Senior and fourth year member of the team, Dametre Martin was the winner of the debate final at the end of the meet as well as taking second place in duet acting along with Braxton Zink, and second in original oratory. Senior Connor Wodehouse took first place in solo acting, and sophomore Nicole West took third place in extemporaneous speaking and duet acting. Senior Jared Valentine rounds out Kayhi ́s top three winners, taking second place in speaker points. 

Members of the team participated in debates, and some form of speech. Each student was required to participate in a debate and write a speech, and then were given the choice to participate in any other two events at the meet. Events at the meet include public forum debate, informative speaking/oratory, duet acting, duo/solo interpretation, humorous/dramatic interpretation, readers theatre, and extemporaneous speaking and commentary. 

Debate team coach Dave Mitchel said this year’s team is one of the most experienced and enthusiastic teams he’s ever had. The team has twenty-eight members, with almost half being returning members.

“It’s difficult in terms of teaching, I have to teach something they haven’t learned yet. I have to push myself and push these guys to improve and get better. I think the general attitude is really forward-thinking. They really enjoy it, they cheer for each other, they have fun.” 

On Friday, members were given the opportunity to attend workshops and work on their speeches and anything else needed to prepare for their debates. The meet officially began Saturday morning. 

Each event is performed twice before the final to find your final ranking; except for debate, which is done six separate times before the final. 

Debate captain, Henry Clark said the schedule and setup of a debate meet is the same as a track meet, just for academics instead of running. 

“It’s like a track meet,” Clark said. “There are different academic meets so they have to be structured. It’s a two day event. I appreciate the event as a whole, because as a captain, I see the actual inner works of the organization and I have to help newer members a lot more.”

Junior Amanda Dale and first year member of the team said the meet as a whole was a learning experience.

“It was definitely a new experience for me,” said Dale. “I learned a lot about public speaking and gaining more confidence when speaking in front of a crowd or audience. I even finaled in the oration category of the meet.”

The team’s next meet will be held Nov. 16-17 in Skagway. 

Final debate winner
Dametre Martin 

Solo acting
Connor Wodehouse, 1st place

Speaker points 
Jared Valentine, 2nd place
Brendon Roof, 4th place
Henry Clark, 8th place

Extemporaneous speaking 
Nicole West, 3rd place
Braxton Zink, 5th place

Duet acting
Dametre Martin and Braxton Zink, 2nd place
Nicole West and Ashley Anzueto, 3rd place

Informative speaking 
Jared Valentine, 4th place

Original oratory
Dametre Martin, 2nd place
Savannah Nieshe, 4th place
Amanda Dale, 5th place




Conferences This Week

Tyler Slick
Staff Writer

Parent teacher conferences are Tuesday and Wednesday this week. 

Parents will be able to ask the teachers any questions they want to know about their child and teachers will be able to give feedback to the parents on their child’s academic success. 

Last October, 297 students (49%) were represented at parent teacher conferences.

“I think parents should go it is very important,” said administrative assistant Phaedra Painter. “You should show your child that you care about them and their grades, so go talk to all of their teachers.” 

Kayhi principal Jason House says the setup for the conferences is going to be the same as it has been in previous years and that he hopes to bring more enjoyment to it. 

“I think parents teacher conferences are important because it helps my parents get to know the teacher and that gives them a more personal outlook on my education, “ said junior Cade McAllister. “Every teacher has a unique style of grading and it helps me out when my parent understand each teacher’s method.”

Due to parent teacher conferences there will be no school this Friday.   

Political involvement is necessary at a young age

Leah Call
Staff Writer

Election results were posted the day after voting took place on Oct. 1 in the city of Ketchikan. Candidates ran for borough mayor, borough assembly, school board, and city council. As a student participating in government class and a newly eighteen year old local, politics have become very apparent to me, very quickly. 

Government has never really had a large presence in my life, until now. The basic principles have been instilled in me since birth, but the intricate details of politics have always eluded me. My curiosity about the ins and outs of our local government happened to come up at the dinner table. My mom had plenty to say about the necessity of political involvement. 

“I proudly voted,̈  said Ketchikan local, Danielle Call. ¨I have expressed to you the importance of taking part in our elections and helping to shape our experiences on a local, state, and national level. It is a right and a privilege that I do not take lightly.¨

I attended the Candidate Meet and Greet the week prior along with my classmates, and was able to participate in a mock election and voted on the candidates I believed were capable, as well as some local issues and policies on the ballot. Though the votes didn’t technically count, it was a beneficial experience for when I will be eligible to vote next year.  

¨I think it’s awesome that our students are becoming more involved in the political issues of our city, state, and country,̈  Call said. ¨They are not too far off from being able to have their votes count and their voices heard.¨

I couldn’t agree more. 

Issues and policies on the ballot included the tobacco excise tax, onsite marijuana use, water line repair, and KPU revenue bonds. Students were briefed on each topic in class before the mock election. It is important to make your voice heard, especially at my age. This generation is the future of our country and being outspoken and involved is imperative in making a difference. 

Other students at Kayhi have also learned from our experiences in government the past couple weeks.  Senior, Nicole Embree, talks about how she felt learning about local politics in class. 

̈ Learning about our government was a very educational experience,̈  Embree said. ¨I learned that a candidate can look completely different on paper compared to in person.¨ 

Borough Mayor
Rodney Dial – 1,381 votes

Borough Assembly
Austin Otos – 1,438 votes 
David Landis – 1,470 votes

3 year term School Board
Bridget Mattson – 1,589 votes 
Jordan Tabb – 1,327 votes 

1 year term School Board
 Leslie Becker – 793 votes 

City Council
Judy Zenge – 861 votes 
Lew Williams – 843 votes