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Still time to enroll on EF trip in summer of 2020

Leah Call
Staff Writer

There is still time to enroll to go with Mrs. Machado and Mrs. Woodward for the 2020 EF summer trip to Spain, Portugal, and France. Enrollment will close in February of 2020.

Kayhi teacher and chaperone, Allegra Machado has been taking students all over the world since 2005. Through the program she has been able to accompany groups to European countries such as Greece, Barcelona, Paris, and Madrid. 

“It is truly a once in a lifetime experience. These trips are amazing learning opportunities.” Machado said.

Students across all grade-levels are encouraged to go. As long as the student is in good academic standing and isn’t in legal trouble, they are eligible to sign up for the trip. 

“I know that if you went on a trip on your own to one of these destinations,” Machado said. “You wouldn’t see even a quarter the amount of what you see on one of these organized tours.” 

EF Educational Tours is a program that has been leading guided trips for students and taking them all over the world since 1965. The program’s philosophy is “learn by doing”. They believe a student’s best way to learn about the world and gain experiences and perspectives is to experience it firsthand.  

The overall cost of room/board, transportation, airfare, food, and all the activities included in the trip is approximately $5,000. Machado and Woodward began advertising the upcoming trip almost two years ago. They give lots of time in advance to give families enough time to make up the money. Students are encouraged to fundraise on their own to get their fees paid for, but many just pay out of pocket. 

So far, Machado and Woodward have twenty students officially signed up to go. Of the twenty, there are six returning travellers who also went to Greece in 2018. Erin Shea, who will be going on the trip this summer said she is so excited to be able to experience other cultures through EF Tours for a second time. 

“I have never had an experience quite like the one I had in Greece two years ago. I learned so much and it only makes me that much more excited to go again this summer.” Shea said. 

Junior, Amanda Dale is enrolled and will be going on an EF Tour for the first time. 

“I heard about the Greece trip my sophomore year. I knew a lot of my friends were going and I really wanted to go. I talked to my parents and they said if you really want to go see Europe, then we can save up some money and maybe there will be another option your junior or senior year. It’s my junior year and I talked to my parents about what an amazing opportunity it would be to be able to go this year.”

National Honor Society Induction

Preston McLaren
Staff Writer

Eighteen new members were selected to join Kayhi’s 2020 chapter of the National Honor Society. They will be formally inducted on Tuesday, Nov. 19. at 6:30 p.m.

Sarah Campbell NHS teacher representative explained the requirements needed to be inducted.

“It is very prestigious,” said Campbell. “The student who is applying must meet [these] four criteria: Scholarship, Service, Leadership, and Character. National Honor Society students are usually scholars and help other students around the school or other schools.”

Junior John Call  is looking forward to being inducted.

“I’m super excited that I get to be inducted into NHS,” said Call. “All those late-night study sessions, service projects, and going the extra mile was all worth it in the end. I have looked upon NHS members as examples, and I am excited to be that person for others in our school now!”

Senior Laura Sherill, a current NHS officer plays an important role in the ceremony.

“I will be personally inducting two members of the upcoming class of NHS members,” said Sherill. “As an officer, I will be giving one of the four pillar speeches of NHS: Scholarship, Service, Leadership, and Character. ”

 Campbell hopes for a great chapter of NHS

“I’m really excited for this year we have a nice group; an active group very committed to service and leadership. So I’m very excited to see what the students come up with this year.”

Food and refreshments will be provided.

1st-year Inductees
Lily Auger (S)
Leah Call (S)
Breanna Gentry (S)
Besjan Kamberi (S)
Talisa McKinley (S)
Tyler Merle (S)
Sarah Palaruan (S)
Madison Rose (S)
Campbell Sande (S)
Ashley Yoder (S)
Olivia Berg (J)
John Call (J)
Megan Chau (J)
Jhenna Day (J)
Morgan Elerding (J)
Cade McAllister (J)
Judy Merisonne (J)
Evelyn Nutt (J)

2nd-year members
Nadire Zhuta (S)
Bryce Mattson (S)
Caity Pearson (S)
Dearly Villaflor (S)
Emma Campbell (S)

2nd-year officers
Preston McLaren (President)
Laura Sherill (Vice President)
Kaylen Cadiente (Secretary)
Joshua Nutt (Treasurer)





Wrestling Travels for Lancer Smith Tournament

Dyllan Borer
Staff Writer

Kayhi will travel to Anchorage this weekend to compete in the Lancer Smith Memorial Tournament, one of the biggest high school wrestling tournaments in Alaska.

“This tournament has got all the top large schools [and] small school wrestlers in the state,” said Coach Rick Collins

Kayhi has never had anyone win this tournament. Coach Collins believes sophomore Hayley Gilson (15-2) has a shot at winning a bracket and becoming Kayhi’s first Lance Smith tournament winner. 

“If I was going to pick anyone that had the best chance to final it would be Hayley,” said Collins. 

This tournament is very important for seeding at state, the wrestlers will be wrestling against people that they will see at state. Collins said getting a win against their opponents will help the wrestlers when they get to state.  

“It’s good for seeding in that you’ll see other top wrestlers, and so wins against common opponents or head to head victories will help you when you get to the state tournament,” said Collins.

Lancer Smith has two brackets for the boys, a varsity one and a JV one. On the girls side they only have one bracket, just varsity. Collins is taking 24 wrestlers to Wasilla, nine in the varsity bracket, nine in the JV, and six for the girls bracket. 

On Thursday Kayhi will dual with Wasilla, then start the 2-day tournament Friday. 

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