Verona Kamberi: (Pacific Lutheran University, Nursing)
Dear Kayhi Current… I’m graduating. Life as a high schooler has been nothing but amazing. I never believed others when they told me that my high school years would go by super fast… guess they were right. Every single day for the past four years this school has not only been like a second home to me, but every single person here has helped me be where I am right now. I’ve had the strongest support system here at Kayhi and there are not enough thank yous I could say in the world to everyone here. I will definitely miss greeting people as I walk down the hallways and saying good morning to my teachers. The beginning of senior year I promised myself that I wouldn’t let stress keep me from enjoying the year and I did just that. I’ve enjoyed myself each day and right now I’m wishing that these last days don’t end. Kayhi you have opened your doors and because of you I have made many memories and now have the chance to attend college. I want to thank everyone for helping me be where I am right now… couldn’t have done it without Y’all. Well, Kayhi Current… it has been a pleasure to be able to write and post for you. Guess I got it done.
With much love,
Editor in chief: Verona Kamberi
Hannah Maxwell: (Utah State, Engineering)
I never understood how people don’t cry at graduation. Just thinking about the end makes me all teary-eyed. Kayhi has been very good to me. I learned a lot. I learned that your GPA doesn’t define your intelligence, that being liked isn’t as important as being respected, and that change is good. And I learned that it’s okay to like English class.
Largim Zhuta: (Santa Clara University, Engineering)
No matter how many people tell you high school goes by quick, no matter how many times you hear it, you won’t believe it — until you get to the end. I didn’t. It’s honestly a little sad. You don’t think about all the relationships you have cultivated, the things you have done, everything you have until you get to the end and look back before you move on. I don’t mean to make it overly dramatic, but it’s real.
I don’t know how I am feeling about the end of high school. My emotions are so mixed that they look like that ugly brown diarrhea color kids make when they mix all the watercolor paints together.
We have grown up with our classmates. We have been going to school together not for the past four years, but for the past 12 years. That’s 2,484 days, 19,872 hours.
So many hours have been invested in friendships, reputation, and social lives that it feels unfair that we have to leave it behind and make a new one. I don’t need a new one. The one I have now worked just fine!
But the goodbyes are inevitable. I owe thanks to Mr. Pader for letting me leech his wisdom out of him every day during 5th hour. Mr. Lund, you were right — about a lot of stuff — but you were right about journalism. It kicked my butt. It nearly ruined my 4.0 and honestly, it frustrated me. I’m not saddened to be done with it, but it has made me a better student and worker. I must give it the credit it is due.
Kayhi and the people of Kayhi have been way too good to me. I can’t thank everyone enough for what they have done and for all the great memories. I’m sure there were bad ones as well, but frankly, I can’t remember them. Thank you and farewell Kayhi, it’s been fun.
Brittany Slick: (University of Idaho, Business)
It shouldn’t take leaving to be on this level of appreciation. But in a way, it did for me.
At times I’ve looked around and known that one day, all of my high school days would become a thing of the past. But it wasn’t until I was packing up my locker and decorating my cap that it really hit me. I am so lucky to have had Ketchikan. The people that I’ve met, the experiences I have had– all of it has impacted my life in ways I can’t even describe. All I can really say is thank you. Thank you to the teachers and coaches who have taught me countless life lessons and supported me through everything. Thank you to my classmates and friends for all the amazing memories that I will remember for the rest of my life. And thank you Ketchikan for your adventures and sense of community that has shaped me into who I am today.
I am truly so blessed to have grown up in the coolest place, with the coolest people. I will be forever grateful for all of the experiences and memories Ketchikan gave me.
Joey Karlik: (University of Texas, Radio, Film, Television)
With less than 10 days left, everything is starting to become too real. I am actually going to have to leave the island. I am actually going to go to the 2nd biggest state in the US to continue my education. I am going to miss all of these people. Sure I don’t hang out with all of them, but whenever one of my classmates I only see in class talks to me or even just being apart of one of their groups. I am going to miss that.
I grew up in this school. I walked around as a toddler in my mom’s classroom. I ran into corners of tables in that classroom. I played with geometry toys in that classroom. I played Pinball on the old desktop Macs with that huge backside in that classroom. I sold boy scout popcorn in these hallways. That was my turf.
There are some things I will miss. I will miss playing soccer with my team, beating up on Thunder Mountain and playing Anchorage teams. I will miss goofing off on wrestling trips with my wrestling team after a long weekend of matches. I will miss the encouraging and friendly teachers always interacting with me because I was “Mrs. Karlik’s kid”. I will miss all the people in my classes, whether we talked or hung out after school or not.
There are things I’m not gonna miss though. Stuff I will be glad to leave behind. The people who were mean and didn’t believe in me and my future. All the painful homework is given by teachers that almost ruined my GPA. All the annoying lowlifes who ruined the classroom environment.
Everything you ever do will have its lows and highs. So it’s refreshing to have a brand new start in a place where there are very few Alaskans. Now, this isn’t a goodbye for Ketchikan itself, but a goodbye for the high school life. It will be missed. For those people who are excited and rushing to leave here, I will say one thing. Before you say that, take a moment to look up at everyone once in a while. Life moves pretty fast and if you don’t, you’re gonna miss it.