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Parent-teacher Conferences

Kayhi hosted parent-teacher conferences Monday and Tuesday. Two hundred and seventy-nine students were represented ora a total of 49% of the student body – down from 344 last year.
Principal Bob Marshall said the decrease might be a product of the grading program that allows students and parents to view grades from home.
“The system we use is kind of inadequate,” said Marshall. “You can access everything so people wonder why you need to wait in line and show up when you can just look online and find the one teacher you have a question for.”
Overall, Marshall said he was pretty happy about the turnout.
“A lot of good things happening out there,” said Marshall. “The teachers were really trying to keep positive.”


Brandon Wieber
Staff Writer

Kayhi’s cross country team had a successful year with plenty of runners reaching their goals and getting their PR’s and being able to qualify and get five kids to state.
“Times were faster this year compared to last year,” said head coach Leigh Woodward. “We had a younger team this year since we had a lot of people graduate last year.”
The 2018 season was filled with a bunch of good times, plenty of girls getting 21:16, 22:33, and 22:07. Two freshman boys in specific, Brent Capps and Mickey Lapinski really out showed this year.
“Mickey and Brent were beating everyone,” said Woodward. “Mickey did have a bad race during regions and wasn’t able to qualify for state, but throughout the season they both were very very good.”
Jacob King really surprised a lot of people. He never took top three in any meets until regionals, he took 10th, the top time of his career at 18:05.
“Jacob just came and destroyed,” said Woodward. “He didn’t want regions to be his last race.”
Over the 2018 season there were 34 runners (24 boys, 10 girls). Out of the girls Ruby Mccue cut her time by 2 ½ minutes.
“She really did amazing her first year,” said Woodward. “I definitely feel like she’ll be one of our top runners again next year.”
The cross country team traveled to Sitka, Metlakatla, Petersburg, Juneau and Anchorage. They also had one home meet. First year Senior Ivan Credito had a PR of a minute and 45 sec.
“I really like how he came out on his only season ever and did pretty good,” said Woodward. “In our home meet he finished with a time of 18:44.”
Dwight King, brother of senior Jacob King had a time difference of six minutes and seven seconds. He had a time of 24:25 in the first race and ended with 18:18 in the home meet. By far the most outstanding time difference of the season.


Staff Pick: PFD

College savings (or frivolous spending) accounts got $1600 richer yesterday when the Permanent Fund Divided checks were deposited.

If you could spend your PFD on anything in the world, what would you spend it on?

Jared Valentine:  Fortunately and unfortunately, I don’t get my PFD. I’m told it all goes to college funds. If I did get my PFD, however, I would spend it on a bunch of stupid stuff I don’t need. I can save money when money is limited but the $1600 dollars we get this year would be more than enough to justify reckful spending. I would probably start by buying clothes and “necessities” that make everyday life easier. After that I would slowly embrace a vicious cycle of me telling myself “I might need that someday.” For example, I’ve always wanted a paddle board. In Ketchikan specifically the seasons for paddle boarding are very limited and during those seasons I’m usually caught up with work. Even with all this in mind, I would tell myself again, “I might need that someday,” before proceeding to invest in one just for storage in my garage.

Olivia Kinunen: If I could spend my PFD on anything I would put it towards a vacation to Italy or Ecuador. Traveling the world has always been something that I want to do so I can experience different cultures, meet new people, and see new things. One of the worst parts of traveling is the cost, though, so if I save up money from work and my PFD’s it will all add up eventually so I can take a trip somewhere around the world. The reality though is that I will probably end up using my PFD to pay for gas, food and for college which is super lame.

Madison Rose: Extra money is always a good thing to have. Even though I am a heavy shopper and do enjoy buying things that benefit me, I am also a smart shopper and usually invest my money towards something with more worth. Some of the many things that I do not wish to spend money on but need to include gas, food, movies, fees, activities, material, fundraisers, and fanciest of them all a trip to Europe. This is something I have been working for, because it does not come cheap. With the help of a PFD, I can accomplish this goal more easily. College is another important thing for me to consider saving for.

Connor Wodehouse: The cost of the Close Up trip to Washington D.C is around $2000, that would be a quick and easy use of a PFD. That, or there’s this pretty sweet accordion on Amazon I found for $178.99. Like, who can you think of that plays accordion? That’s right, after this year’s PFD Connor Wodehouse is gonna break it down on the accordion, probably. Plus a little college saving on the side never hurt anyone. But the reality is that it’s probably going into savings, that would be the most money-wise thing to do in my opinion. Not all of it though, just most of it. Some would go towards Kayhi activities, some for the accordion, the rest? That’s for either myself to figure out or for college.

Weekend Sports Recap

CC @ State Anchorage
Kayhi’s top finisher senior Jacob King took 56th (of 81) with a time of 18:07 at the state cross country meet in Anchorage. Sophomore Phillip Smith placed 60th with a time of 18:14, and freshman Brent Capps took 74th with a time of 18:43.
“I’m pleased with my time this last weekend,” said King. “I’m just glad I got to lead Kayhi with my time and show it up in state.”
On the girls side Morgan Elerding and Ruby Mccue 54th and 67th respectively. Elerding finished with a time of 21:44.9. Mccue finished at 22:31.
“I knew in overall I could’ve done better but that’s what next year if for,” said Elerding. “I dropped 11 seconds off my time from last year in state and I am very pleased with that.”

Football @ Home
The Kayhi Kings football team defeated the Seward Seahawks this weekend 50-40 in their final regular season game. Kayhi recognized 11 seniors before the game on Friday.
Kings lead at half 50-18 over the Seahawks. Kayhi’s head coach Jim Byron pulled the seniors at half, resting the seniors for their playoff game at Eielson.
Three seniors scored against Seward. Quarterback Brendan Wong rushed for two touchdowns. Brandon Wieber caught one touchdown pass and Crist Carlson caught three. Junior Alex Malouf caught a 75 yard touchdown pass from Wong.
The Kings will travel to Fairbanks to take on Eielson for their 1st playoff game.

Volleyball @ Home
The Lady Kings fell 3-0 to the Thunder Mountain Falcons over the weekend. The Lady Kings will play their final games this weekend at home, in a small school tournament.

Swim @ Juneau
Kayhi swim and dive team placed 5th overall at Saturday’s meet in Juneau. The boys placed 4th with 61 points, and the girls placed 5th with 55 points.
Junior captain Caity Pearson is disappointed about the results this weekend but she is ready for the teams next meet on Oct. 12 at home.
“It wasn’t our best meet but we kept our spirits up and cheered through the whole thing,” said Pearson. “We are working very hard for our home meet and we are super excited for it.”
Juneau Douglas won the meet with a combined score of 282.5.


Low voting turnouts in Ketchikan

Cody Kemble
Staff Writer

The saying “every vote counts” is one that holds true in local elections. Direct democracy is something that all educated Americans should participate in. The number of educated voters in Ketchikan is quite low.
“At a local level more than a national level, it makes a huge difference,” Kayhi Government teacher David Mitchel said. “And yet we continue to see much lower rates of voter participation in local government, even though it makes a huge impact on your life.”
In the 2016 Borough Assembly election, 4,892 votes were cast, and 4,146 votes in the School Board election.
Historically, Ketchikan has had pretty low voter turnout for it’s local elections.
“Only 20% of residents vote,” Mitchel said. “So it usually comes down to not many votes.”
Ketchikan will be holding a local election on Oct. 2. The elections will feature candidates for Borough Assembly, School Board, City Council, and City Mayor.
“The first thing in local elections is we need good people to run,” Mitchel said. “And we need to have options, so that’s nice when this year there seems to be enough people to give us some options and good candidates.”
There are plenty of candidates in this years local election, with six people running for two seats on the Borough Assembly. Dan Bockhorst, Austin Otos, Danielle Pratt, Sven Westergard, James Montgomery, and Felix Wong are all battling for those two seats.
Three vacant seats are looking to be filled on the School Board by five candidates. The candidates are Matt Eisenhower, Sonya Skan, Rachel Breithaupt, Bridget Mattson, and Lana Boler.
City Council has two seats and four candidates. Janalee L. Gage, Sam Bergeron, Dragon London, and Spencer Strassburg and looking to fill the two seats.
Bob Sivertsen is the lone candidate for City Mayor.
Mitchel said that voters should vote on the character of candidates, not on political affiliation.
“It’s not based all on ideology,” Mitchel said. “Get to know their perspective on issues and get to know who they are and their character. Have conversations about what they want to do.”

Weekend Sports Recap

Kayhi Kings football improved their record this weekend with a victory against the Barrow Whalers 8-6. The Kings traveled over 1600 air miles for their last regular season away game.
The Kings scored early in the game with a pick 6 from Junior CJ Jasper returning it for 105 yards. Kings Senior Brandon Wieber followed up CJ with a 2 point conversion ending the half on top 8-0.
“It was a great feeling when CJ scored,” junior Jackson Kaye said. “Our defense was holding a strong fight and we needed a touchdown to get us back in the game.”
The Kings take on Seward this weekend for their last regular season game.

Cross Country
The Region V cross country race was held in Juneau over the weekend. The Kayhi Kings boys came in second place, and the girls came in third. Kayhi boys runners Brent Capps (18:01) and Jacob King (18:05) both placed for state. Kayhi girls runners Ruby McCue and Morgan Elerding also qualified for state.

Kayhi Kings volleyball traveled to Craig over the weekend. Kayhi fell 3-0 Friday night, and 3-1 Saturday night.


Weekend Sports Preview

CC to Regionals
Spots at the state cross country meet are at stake this weekend at the Region V meet in Juneau.
The Kings’ best chances to qualify for state are freshman Mickey Lapinski and sophomore Morgan Elerding.
Lapinski finished 6th among 4A runners (12th overall) last week and will try to crack the top 10 and qualify for state. Lapinski said he is going to develop a game plan to put himself in the best position to have a strong race.“I’m going to learn the Juneau course to know how to pace myself,” said Lapinski.
Elerding finished 9th among the 4A runners last week and will try to keep her spot there to qualify.
“I need to stay with the three JD girls and hope to out sprint them at the end,” said Elerding. “They’re all 10 seconds within my time.”  

Football to Barrow
Kayhi Kings football (4-1) will travel 1,300 miles north to take on the Barrow Whalers (3-3) Saturday in their last away game of the regular season. The Kings are coming off a victory at Homer 48-12, and have averaged 51.6 points this season, while the Whalers have an average of 18.8 points.
Senior Tarrant Sasser said he is excited for this weekend’s trip up to the North slope.
“Our defense has been doing great forcing punts,” said Sasser. “And they have been putting the offense in great positions.”

Volleyball to Prince of Wales
The Kayhi girls volleyball team (1-7) will play the Craig Panthers Friday and Saturday with C team starting at 4:30 p.m. both nights.