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Lady Kings vs Palmer Moose

Tyler Slick
Staff Writer 

The Lady Kings varsity basketball team is officially kicking off their season with games this Friday and Saturday against Palmer at Kayhi at 7:15 p.m. 

Senior Captain Nadire Zhuta is anxious about her first games and is unsure about how the team will perform this weekend. 

“I am feeling multiple emotions. I’m happy we finally get to play a real game but I don’t know how ready we are to actually play basketball,” said Zhuta.

Senior starter Lianne Guevarra is ready and excited to play this weekend.

“I feel nervous, but more excited. I think our team is really talented and I know we will be ready to show up and show what we can do,” said Gueverra.

Sande 2nd at ACDC Meet

Campbell Sande took 2nd place overall and Matthew Nutt placed 3rd in the Academic Decathlon meet in Juneau last weekend.

“The team did really great,” Mr. Stanton said. “They actually exceeded my expectations, not that I have low expectations for them, but there were some students I was a little bit worried about how well they were going to do but ended up really impressing me and doing extremely well so I was very happy with the results.”

Kayhi ACDC competed against 2 other schools. With each team members making in the top ten.

“Every time we have a meet I remember why I love ACDC.” said Sande. “It’s extremely competitive, I can name at least 4 people that my only goal is to beat.”

Matthew Nutt 5th
Jacob Pattison 4th
Evelyn Nutt 2nd

Franchezca Correa 5th
Campbell Sande 4th  

Franchezca Correa 4th
Sarah Short 3rd
Campbell Sande 2nd  

Matthew Nutt 5th
Franchezca Correa 3rd
Sarah Short 3rd
Campbell Sande 1st  

Sarah Short 5th
Campbell Sande 4th
Matthew Nutt 3rd  

Sarah Short 4th
Matthew Nutt 1st

Matthew Nutt 5th  

Matthew Nutt 3rd  

Social Studies
Campbell Sande 2nd

Sarah Short 5th
Evelyn Nutt 4th
Matthew Nutt 3rd
Campbell Sande 2nd

DDF Heads to Juneau

Nadire Zhuta
Staff Writer

The Kayhi Drama, Debate and Forensics team is heading to Juneau this Friday. The team will compete against teams such as Skagway, Sitka, Juneau and Haines

Senior Bella Roberts said that Kayhi always seems to do good at any meet and is confident in her team.

“Ketchikan usually walks away with good results and scores at meet,” said Roberts. “I’m pretty confident that we’ll do just fine.” 

DDF team members take first in public forum debate

Leah Call
Staff Writer

Jared Valentine and Henry Clark beat teammates Jackson Kaye and Carter Thomas in the final debate in Skagway last weekend. Valentine continued his first place record in duet acting with Brendon Roof. 

Kaye, Thomas, Valentine and Clark battled for the first place title in front of all debate participants. The resolve-or topic-of the debate was that the benefits of the US federal government use of offensive cyberoperations outweighs the harms. Ultimately, Valentine and Clark won and became the meets’ first place winners. 

“It was a lot more stressul than a regular debate,” said Valentine. “Not because they were necessarily better, but because of the bragging rights on the line. Either team would never let it go if they won. Henry and I haven’t abused the bragging rights yet, but it is nice to know we don’t have to hear about us losing either.” 

Thomas however, felt less stress for the upcoming debate. 

“This is the first time we’ve ever had two Kayhi teams in the final. There was a little less stress, because we have competed in class against each other. We knew their debating style beforehand.” 

Valentine’s first place title was an impressive accomplishment considering he had never performed a drama piece before. 

“I have never done a drama piece like that before,” Valentine said. “Brendon and I memorized it on the ferry over. We went in, improvved all the actions, and somehow took first overall, with a command performance.”  Valentine and his partner Brendon Roof performed the Kavanaugh Hearing skit from SNL.

The team spent the past month getting ready for the meet and all their hard work paid off. 

Of the members of the team, eleven placed in the top ten in at least one of the categories they competed in. 

Their next meet will take place on December 13 & 14. For more info on scoring for each event, visit the site below.


Public Forum Debate
1st Place- Henry Clark/Jared Valentine
2nd Place- Carter Thomas/Jackson Kaye
3rd Place- Brendan Roof/Nicole West
7th- Dametre Martin/Ashley Anzueto
9th – Francis Sherman/Phillip Smith

Individual Debate Speaker Points 
2nd- Henry Clark
3rd- Carter Thomas, Jared Valentine (tied)
4th- Jared Valentine
7th- Dametre Martin
8th- Jackson Kaye

Extemporaneous Commentary 
2nd – Henry Clark
4th- Nicole West

Extemporaneous Speaking 
5th- Brendan Roof
6th- Jackson Kaye
7th- Carter Thomas

Informative Speaking
3rd- Jackson Kaye
6th- Axel Hugo

Original Oratory
6th- Carter Thomas

Duet Acting
1st Place- Jared Valentine/Brendan Roof
4th Place- Braxton Zink/Dametre Martin

Duo Interpretation
5th Place- Erin Shea & Francis Sherman

Reader’s Theater
3rd- Nicole West, Ashley Anzueto, Dametre Martin, Philip Smith, Axel Hugo

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.