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Senior Goodbye

Jake Smith:
Being the first kid in my house to graduate is very emotional. I have seen some of my closest friends do it, but everything they have told me has not helped, at all. I have been in denial since day one of senior year. I am going to keep my stuff very simple. I would like to thank my family, mostly my beautiful mother and strong father. I would like to thank all my teachers who got me to this point in my educational life. As far the education goes, I would like to thank the man who helped me discover my love of writing, Sir, GOAT, and King of the Journalism Wing, Lund. It will be a tough goodbye. But I think the closing of this chapter, and the beginning of the next is something I look forward to. Peace out Kayhi.

Kyra Welker:It’s not a lie when people say that high school goes by fast. It went by faster than Usain Bolt runs the 100 meter dash. Looking back on these four years I’ve learned more than my brain can contain. I mean I can’t recall what I learned in some of my classes, and yeah that sounds bad, but it’s inevitable. What is more important than all the miscellaneous knowledge you’ve gained is the routines and habits you make while you’re here.
High school is the prime place to make habits, habits that will stick with you for the rest of your life. It’s the trial and error stage before being flung into the real world. This is a place where timeliness is needed, which we all struggle with, myself included (I apologize to all my teachers for the tardiness.) Work ethic, which is important and shouldn’t even need an explanation. I mean, you get what you put into your work. Work hard and you’ll get good grades. Good communication skills are especially important (Don’t forget to tell the teacher who’s handing you your diploma at graduation, that they’re handing you your diploma). Not to get all sentimental, but I might actually just miss this place. Thank you, Kayhi for all the years of homework, learning, and fun times.

Pablo Orta:
So this is it… Walking into this school as a freshman, I never thought this moment would actually come. I didn’t believe that time went by as fast as everyone said it did, turns out it was true. High school went by faster than I could have ever imagined. I thought that by this point I would be ready to move on from high school and take the world by the horns, but now that it’s my last day here, I’m not sure I want to leave. From eating Mr. Edwards breakfast every morning to simply walking down the halls and seeing the faces of people I’ve known since elementary, I’ll miss it all. In my mind I know that this is the end but my heart still hasn’t quite accepted it, I still feel like I’ll be showing up here after summer is over. I think that the fact that I’m actually done with high school won’t really hit me until I enter that first college classroom and realize that I’m at a new point in my life. It’s a bittersweet feeling saying goodbye to the place and everyone that I’ve become accustomed to seeing each day and I know I’m not ready to go but no one goes when they’re ready, they go when they’re ready enough. Thanks for everything Kayhi.

Staff Picks

Which artist would you most want to see perform at prom?

Gabe Bowlen:
Frank Sinatra could easily perform at a high school prom. Once the announcement comes on for the “last song”, he could slide in with the good o’l classic “The Way You Look Tonight”. It would be the subtle, yet perfect, transition from some upbeat dance music, to some slow smooth dance.

Shirlie White:
Oh for sure the Jonas Brothers, who wouldn’t want to see the band get back together at prom? Yeah I know this sounds silly but you can’t go wrong with the Jonas Brothers. The best boy band everyone grew up with, and how amazing would it to see them perform in a tiny town like Ketchikan? Having the Jonas Brothers perform would be lit.

Joey Karlik:
I was probably born in the wrong generation music-wise, but I have to go with the best live performer of all time. As soon as he goes on stage and his first song comes on, everyone would know who entered the room. Starting off with “Wanted Dead or Alive”, my choice is the man, the myth, the legend, Jon Bon Jovi. Not only would he out perform all of the rap genre artists combined, he has the perfect playlist to go along with it too.

Justin Albecker:
I hate following the large amount of basic teenage girls screaming for this man to come on stage and perform, but I have to say the 6 God himself, Drake. Drake has the largest variety of music, ranging from traditional rap to his sad R&B songs, he would fit perfectly in today’s prom.

Dante Troina:
There’s only one song that gets everyone at once lit at any dance ever “Crank That” by Soulja Boy. Soulja Boy is possibly the greatest rapper of all time, and has the best dance moves of any artist ever; rumor has it that “Crank That” was originally written for Michael Jackson, but he insisted Soulja kept it because it was “too emotional”. Big Soulja would perform his one hit, and then get off the stage, which is all we need.

Kinani Halvorsen:
If I had to choose one person to play live at prom I personally would like to have Queen there performing. My taste in music is very diverse but I think Queen has most of the bases covered. You have the heavy bass line that young folk crave in songs like “Another One Bites the Dust”, you have your soulful slow songs like “Somebody to Love”, and you have your uptempo groove songs with songs like “Don’t Stop Me Now”, and “I Want to Break Free”. Not to mention that lead singer Freddie Mercury is a total babe, just saying.

PEAKS Testing Week a Success

Verona Kamberi
Staff Writer

           The freshman and sophomores at Ketchikan High School took the Performance Evaluation for Alaska’s Schools test these past two weeks. This was the first year PEAKS testing was done at Kayhi, and everything went perfectly fine according to counselor Natasha O’Brien.
           “PEAKS testing went smoothly,” said O’Brien. “It was well organized, students knew where to go, and the computer systems worked well.”
           The tests are given to measure students in the subjects of English Language Arts and Mathematics. Knowing that the test doesn’t affect their grades, the majority of the students don’t take the test as serious as the teachers want them to.
           “The students know that the test doesn’t affect them at all,” said Cole Maxwell. “So they don’t take it serious, it’s like giving a test in class and telling the students that it doesn’t count as a grade, obviously some are going to try while others won’t.”
           Freshman Tacoma Coronel agrees with Maxwell adding that the whole reason behind the tests is to make the school look better.
           “These tests aren’t really important to the students, but they are important to the teachers,” said Coronel. “The teachers want the school to look good in the eyes of other schools, so they definitely want their students to do good.”
           Even though the the test scores don’t affect the student’s grade, science teacher D Jay O’Brien still tells everyone to try no matter what.
“There were a few individuals that had a cavalier attitude about the tests,” said O’Brien. “But I tried to tell them that everything that is done in this place is to help them.”
           Sitting down for hours and testing can be rough. Freshman Leah Call couldn’t have moved on to the second session if it wasn’t for snack break that helped boost her energy after session one of testing.
           “Staying focused was very difficult for me,” said Call. “But having snack break helped me get through testing .”
           Sophomore Donald Rayner thought the test went great, but doing the test on the computer was something that bothered him.
            “Having the test online was something that I struggled with,” said Rayner. “Next year I think it would be better if they revised their strategy on how they gave the test out, and giving the students time to study for it would help.”
            So is there going to be a next year for PEAKS testing? According to O’Brien, the PEAKS are going to be an every year thing at Kayhi.
           “We don’t have a choice on whether or not we want to do this next year,” said Natasha O’Brien. “It’s state mandate and it has taken the place of the SBAs.”

Region V Art Festival

Kinani Halvorsen
Staff Writer

           The Region V Art Festival starts today in Petersburg. At this festival, students from all over Southeast Alaska will be showcasing their art from home, participating in class sessions, and creating even more art.
           Art Fest occurs over the course of four days, each of these days starting at 8 AM with class session A, then going into lunch, coming back for class session B, then going to dinner, and ending the day with a second class session A. The second day is the same schedule with sessions A and B flipped. The final day consists of an ending art show followed with awards for each media category. Students attending will get a total of 30 hours of art during this festival, which would take weeks to get taking the standard school classes at home.
          “It would take weeks for the students to get the same amount of time with their art,” said advisor Louise Kern. “The festival has been going on for a long time. It’s really important and beneficial for the kids.”


Session A Workshop options include:
Special Effects Makeup
Parallel Pen Wizardry
Jewelry with A Twist
Alder Spoon Carving
Copper Etching
Underwater Sea Creature: Acrylic Painting
Paper Relief Sculpture
Quilting Arts
Poetry Collage


Session B Workshop options include:
Formline on Longboards
Reduction Block Printmaking
Paper Sculpture Light Box
Leather Mask Making
Halibut Hook Carving
Digital Photography
Paper Mask Making
Watercolor Exploration
Visual Journal

Staff Picks

Is prom overrated?

Thomas Brooks:
I’ve never been to prom, but I feel like it’s overrated yet not in a bad way. I think it’s great that we put so much hype into prom because it’s one of the seniors’ most memorable nights. The fundraising that goes into prom is crazy, but at the same time it goes to such a great experience for the seniors. This is the classiest thing that some of the seniors will ever experience in their life. Personally, I’m very excited for this year’s prom and even though a lot of money is put into prom, I feel like it’s worth it.  

Lezille Sagrado:
I don’t think prom is overrated. I wasn’t able to go to prom the past two years, but I still think of prom as a seemingly interesting and classy event. I think that prom could be a great experience for juniors and especially seniors since we spend a lot of time trying to fundraise so we can make prom fun for everyone and make it the best it can be. Prom can be expensive, but with all the food, picture-taking, and being able to spend time with your friends before college, I think it’s worth it.

Kinani Halvorsen:
I think that prom is overrated. Don’t get me wrong, I am just as excited as anyone else, but I think in some cases it gets too much “hype”. It’s not the magical night that everyone says it is. Is it fun? Yes, it is a very genuinely enjoyable night but I don’t think that it is everything it is made out to be. Prom is a night that people anticipate to be the “best night of their life!” And it can be, and in most cases it is a wonderful night, but prom is still overrated to me.

Dante Troina:
Prom is extremely overrated. It’s supposed to be a magical night of dreams, right? Well, sorry to say, but it’s not. My dream prom would be to take Yanet Garcia in my Lamborghini while dressed in my White Goodman shiny shoes. If only, right? Nope. Maybe my prom could be as thrilling as the one in 21 Jump Street; in fact, that would be awesome, making a drug bust in a whited-out suit. But none of those dreams can come true at Kayhi’s prom, which is why it’s overrated.

Staff Picks

Major league baseball season is underway, here are our staff’s 2017 World Series predictions.

Justin Albecker:
Is this even a real question? The Boston Red Sox has the world series on lockdown this year! From an incredibly dominant pitching staff to their overwhelming offense, the team is slated to be the top team of the year. This year’s pitching staff is the strongest they have had in the last ten years. 2016 Cy Young award winner, Rick Porcello (3.15 ERA for 2016) leads the staff, with newly acquired Chris Sale (5x All Star, 3.34 ERA for 2016) following after, and David Price (5x All Star, 3.99 ERA for 2016, 2012 Cy Young award winner). The Red Sox already filled the hole that David Ortiz left with strong new players, such as Outfielder Mookie Betts, number one prospect Andrew Benintendi, Outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr., First/ DH Hanley Ramirez, Shortstop Xander Bogaerts, and Third Baseman Pablo Sandoval. I predict that the Red Sox will beat the Dodgers in the 2017 World Series.

Gabe Bowlen:
This year, the St. Louis Cardinals will take the title as World Series Champions. After acquiring former Chicago Cub Dexter Fowler, the Cardinals are in prime position for taking their 12th World Series Title. St Louis has a dominant pitching staff featuring Adam Wainwright, Mike Leake, Kevin Siegrist, and many more. The pitchers will attack the strike zone, while Yadier Molina guns runners out on the base path. The infield and outfield roster of the Cardinals is unstoppable. From the lefty power hitter Matt Carpenter, to power righty Stephen Piscotty. The Cards are set with a strong defense and a powerful offense that can, and will take them all the way. I predict that the Cardinals will beat the Red Sox in the 2017 World Series.

Kody Malouf:
The New York Yankees are going to be world champions for the 28th time at the end of this year. We suffered a first round exit in the wild card last year, but we weren’t very good. The Yankees have a full roster and quite a bit of new young talent. Catcher Gary Sanchez and RF Aaron Judge played great in their limited seasons last year. The Yankees also have veteran players like LF Brett Gardner and CF Jacoby Ellsbury coming back to give NY one of the best outfields in the league. And with their bullpen which includes Aroldis Chapman, Dellin Betances, and Chasen Shreve, the Yankees will win almost every game in which they enter the 7th inning with a lead. We have great young hitters including Greg Bird and Gary Sanchez to help on the offensive as well. The Yankees will end 2017 with the World Series Trophy in their grasp.

Dante Troina:
The Los Angeles Dodgers are primed to make a World Series run this year. The outfield is loaded, with six solid players competing for three starting spots, they will be able to switch between lefties and righties at will. The infield is led by standout shortstop Corey Seager, who won rookie of the year and placed third in MVP voting as a rookie last year. In addition, they have undeniably the best pitcher in baseball, Clayton Kershaw, who has won three Cy Youngs and one MVP. With future star Julio Urias, and quality starters in Rich Hill, Kenta Maeda, and Scott Kazmir, the staff rounds up nicely. L.A. is also presumed to make a move for Rays’ star Chris Archer around the deadline. Also, a deep bullpen led by Kenley Jansen figures to be able to close out close games. Taking all of that into account, The Los Angeles Dodgers will beat The Cleveland Indians in the World Series.