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Senior Goodbyes



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.

Who needs coffee? We Do

Chanell Browne
Staff writer

Coffee has become a popular beverage in this generation were living in today.
For one cup of coffee at B&D, it’s about $6. So the question is, how much money do high schoolers spend on coffee a week?
B&D has never struggled with making a profit. B&D barista Elizabeth Young said that B&D collects a high amount a day spent on coffee.
“We make around $1000 a day on a good day,” said Young. “In a weeks average, we make about $6000-$7000.”
Whenever you go to buy a coffee for the first time at B&D they give you a free punch card. Every time you buy a coffee after that, they punch a new hole in the card that you give them. Once you have 10 punches you get a free coffee and enter your punch card into a drawing for a prize or free trip.
A filled punch card at B&D is a total of about $50 – $60 dollars spent on coffee. The business collects close to 120 punch cards just in one week.
“During my shift, I collect about five punch cards a day,” said Young. “Combined with others, we get a total of about 120 punch cards a week.”
With 120 punch cards rolling in, how much of those are from high schoolers? Junior Morgan Tiffany said she finds herself at B&D quite often throughout the span of a week, which stacks up a lot of punch cards.
“I probably go to B&D 5 times a week, multiple times a day,” said Tiffany. “It takes me about a week and a half to go through a punch card, so I spend about $40 a week I’d say.”
Lunch hour is a busy time for B&D because of its location being near the school. Barista, Elizabeth Young said she sees a lot of high schoolers throughout the span of lunch hour coming to get drinks.
“I’d say we see about 30 or 40 high schoolers a day,” said Young. “But during the lunch rush, we get about 15-20 kids just between the hour of 12-1pm.”
Why is B&D so much more popular than Starbucks though? Junior Molly O’Brien likes B&D because of the convenience of it compared to other coffee places in town.
“I like B&D because I don’t have to go out of my way to get it,” said O’Brien. “It’s on my way to school in the morning, and I can get anything I want without having to wait a long time and without having to get out of my car.”
Coffee has certainly made its way into this generation as a favored beverage by not only adults but by teens as well. And it’s here to stay for a while.

News of the year

Top news story of the year…

Gavin Salazar: I believe that the biggest news of the season would be the ACDC winning nationals and the boy’s soccer team beating Juneau for the first time in forever. I thought it was really cool to see the Academic Decathlon team win state and then about a week or two later I heard that they won nationals. It was a great thing for not only this school but our community. On to the soccer team, I felt very happy for them to finally beat their big-time rivals Juneau-Douglas. It was very exciting to see that happen.

Kyle Smith: I would have to say that it is the ACDC team winning Nationals is the top news story of the year. Not a whole lot of people really knew what the ACDC team did until they had won nationals. It was the first time they have ever taken first at the state tournament and then went on to win Nationals as well, the first team from Alaska to do that. There were some insanely smart seniors on the team that were the main reason they went as far as they did which is really cool to see. It was the best achievement and top news story this year by far I would have to say.

Verona Kamberi: Hands down ACDC but Y’all… I would say me joining PE class was the news of the year. Congrats to all the sports teams and clubs for winning, but I think Verona Kamberi doing PE was more of a surprise than any of that. Y’all know I was beyond terrified of sweating and running, but that changed. I remember walking out of class the first day with my big hair and my flaming red forehead thinking this was going to be a long semester, but I was wrong. I have enjoyed a year of kickball, handball, and my favorite dodgeball. Now, no athlete leaves a sport without an injury and for sure I’m not leaving PE without an injury. I now have a pinched nerve in my pinky finger and a big fat bruise on my leg. Anyways, good luck to everyone next year!

Wyatt Barajas: The soccer team beat Juneau. That hasn’t happened in so long. I know we won’t ever hear the end of it but it’s a big thing for Kayhi. Every year as a school we know it won’t happen but this year they proved us wrong. Maybe next year they could continue on and beat them again.

Marcus LeeThe biggest news story this year was for sure the Academic Decathlon Team winning nationals. They are the first Alaskan team to win a national championship and you can definitely see that their hard work had paid off. The ACDC team spends more hours practicing in school and out than any other sport at Kayhi. The hard work and dedication to be on the Academic team really take a special person to endure that much time of your day. When I heard they won state I was not surprised at all, especially when they took second last year. When I heard that they were going to Nationals, I had no expectations of them winning. I remember vividly Mr. Lund telling Largim, “You guys are going to get creamed.” You were wrong Mr. Lund, congrats to ACDC.

Chanell Browne: The girl’s basketball team winning regions for the 5th consecutive year in a row. Keeping the winning streak going, this was a record breaker in the Kayhi books and made history for winning five region V tournaments in a row. This was a huge accomplishment for the team to succeed in “The Drive For 5” and for the seniors who are now able to say that they’ve never lost a region tournament. What made this even cooler was the fact that it was on our home court in front of our town.


Softball Heads to State

The Lady Kings season was dead until they had a big inning against Juneau-Douglas. Nineteen big runs put the team over the Bears. That wasn’t even the highlight of the day. The Lady kings went all seven with the Sitka Wolves and lost, but a challenge on a home run call overturned the loss and the Lady Kings won with a 7-6 score. With that win, the Lady Kings qualified for state and leave today for Fairbanks. Junior Payton Simmons said the win electrified the team after being down the night before.
“The team was disappointed because of the loss,” said Simmons. “After hearing the challenge was granted we had a whole new mindset for the game ahead. Knowing we had another shot at going to state the moral of our team was amazing, the energy changed and we kept our momentum up which won us the game.”
The Lady Kings will compete in the state finals starting Thursday playing Delta Junction.

Daytona Review

Dante Troina
Staff Writer

Two and a half years later, it’s finally here. I’m assuming this is what King Push was supposed to be. As a fan, it’s hard not to be let down that after so much time, the album is only seven tracks, but I also expect nothing but the best from Pusha. We all know what we’re here for, Push’s style of rapping isn’t for the faint-hearted, so in the usual fashion, one listens, let’s hear it. DAYTONA.
Track 1 – If You Know You Know
The title screams classic Pusha to me. He starts off rapping over just a tick of a hi-hat, like a calm version of his verse on Don’t Like. I’m so ready for the bars coming my way when this beat drops, the anticipation is killing me but also wonderful. WELCOME BACK MR. WEST, the beat just dropped and Kanye absolutely murdered this production. Pusha is calmly just floating over the beat, controlling the chaos of it. This is what three years of waiting to make a great album sounds like, take notes, rappers who drop albums every six months. Bars are coming in from every angle imaginable, with a subtle, ‘if ya know you know’ by Push. Great intro.
Track 2 – The Games We Play
The beat starts off like a Sergio Leone western. I’m hooked. Is there such thing as a perfect instrumental? Push is gonna fit like a glove on this one. Again, he comes in so smooth but so hard at the same time. He’s not holding back, this is the official re-welcoming into his world. The chorus is so simple but very effective and provides a little breathing room to process before he beats you over the head with subtle references in his second verse. After every bar he gives, I find myself thinking, ‘true’ and, ‘yeah he’s right about that.’ The song is doing a perfect job at making me experience the instrumental but not distracting me from Pusha’s lyrical onslaught. It’s mixed to at. ‘Ain’t no stoppin this champagne from poppin,’ how in the world has no one said that line before? Another winner.
Track 3 – Hard Piano (feat. Rick Ross)
Who would’ve guessed it? A piano. Sounds a lot more suited to Rick Ross than Pusha. Pusha really has that Jay-Z in him, every syllable sounds like it’s the most important thing you’ll ever hear in your life. There’s a certain weight to his tone of voice and the words he’s saying. The beat is getting really repetitive though, I’m not sure how much I’ll be listening to this one again. Rick Ross, eh. Come on man, I’ve heard you do way better. Do not say you ‘keep the coldest flows’ while flowing with one of the blandest flows I’ve ever heard. Alright track. Next.
Track 4 – Come Back Baby
Oh man, this is dangerous. Starting off a song with a sample like that means Pusha is about to go off. Wait for it… Beat drop. Oh no, Push is talking like that cool uncle that you only see at family reunions because your mom doesn’t let you see him the rest of the year. The beat and flow are so simple but they just work. It’s gritty and straight to the point. The chorus just came in and made this a Sunday morning jam on the way to church. Beautiful sampling. Now back to bars. Gosh, this beat hits for being just a couple of distorted sounds. The sample comes in again for the chorus and is just as soulful as the first time. The double message behind this song demands another listen and the sample fits in perfectly with the messaging.
Track 5 – Santeria
I don’t think anyone was ready for that beat switch, and gosh, this song is moving. The first verse is just lyrical excellence, it’s like he’s having a competition with himself to see what the most fire line he can spit is. I’m gonna have to google what the refrain means, but I trust that it’s chalked full of drug references in another language. He’s just rapping over another bassline now, no drums, no nothing, just King Push telling a story. OHHHHH MAN the drums just came in and this is the riding out music to any bank heist ever. The build-up took its time and paid off. What a way to finish a track!
Track 6 – What Would Meek Do? (feat. Kanye West)
I feel like I’ve heard this sample before but I can’t pinpoint where. Building up to be one of the scariest beat drops of all time. Push entered with so much energy and momentum and has me standing by the second line. This beat is nastier than a Kyrie Irving crossover, sheesh Ye. Love the ‘devil on my shoulder what would Meek do?’ This is the official ‘for the whip’ song on the album. Okay Kanye, your turn. HAHAHAHA the scoops and whoops will never stop, that’s great, no entrance to a rap song has ever made me laugh harder. Kanye also comes in with momentum too, this is a lot better than his verse on Watch. He’s flowing perfectly over this, sounding like a villain, like the Joker just broke out of Arkham Asylum. Great Kanye verse. Welcome back.
Track 7 – Infrared
This is a lot like Sunshine, the outro to Darkest Before The Dawn. Uh oh, he’s going at someone, a couple pen bars, goes at Trump, uh oh. He went for Drake, is anyone ever going to forgive Drake for the ghostwriter stuff? I don’t think it should define his career, the diss feels a little late and overblown too. Push better be ready for some smoke though, this could be the beef hip-hop fans deserve. He just intentionally left Drake out of the Cole and Kendrick line. Is there going to be an album this year without some type of Drizzy influence on it in one way or another? Anyways, does Tom Brady ever scramble? I’m questioning the validity of that bar. Lyrically this track is awesome, but I’m not really with the beat, there’s not enough momentum or interest to make it a great lyrical track, something like Family Feud. Solid closer to a great album.
For a seven-track album, there is plenty to digest in DAYTONA. King Push is at his best lyrically and floats over beats with his commanding flow. That being said, it is only seven tracks, leaving much to be desired, but as I can only make a verdict on what is presented here, I’m thoroughly satisfied. Songs like The Games We Play and Come Back Baby are going to be ringing through my ears all summer, the whole album is demanding multiple re-listens.
RATING: 88/100

Ketchikan By the Numbers

Jenna Miller
Staff Writer

There are 13,376 people in town today.
That would be the 4th largest city in Alaska.
That’s 26,752 eyeballs (ideally) 133,760 fingers (hopefully) 133,760 toes (theoretically) Average Snapchat user opens the app 18 times daily so it will likely be accessed 240,768 times in Ketchikan today.
Jack.ramsay just posted him arriving in Ketchikan on a cruise line.
Codieannie “making his way downtown, walking fast, faces pass and he’s homebound” at Ketchikan Creek.
Ketchikan is light__catcher’s favorite town so far.
The average person has seven social media accounts that roughly adds up to 93632 active accounts roaming Ketchikan.
The average person spends about two hours on social media each day.
If I begged a dollar from each of them, I could fly to the Bahamas ($1441) stay at the British Colonial Hilton Nassau ($186) for 45 nights and back with $3500 for spending money.
Or I could take the ferry to Wrangell and back 110 times. If I wanted, I could get berths take all my friends, and go six times.
I could buy a 2016 Nissan Versa SV with only 34,000 miles on it.
I would be able to pay for one year of college tuition at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas.
1 in 10 people have athlete’s foot making an extra 1,300 people wandering around Ketchikan with it.
This is what I think about when Leah stops and lets half the town cross in front of me.

Crossing Guards

Joey Karlik
Staff Writer

The sun’s out, AP tests are over, and you guessed it! Tourist season has returned! Everyone is figuring out where they are going to work. Some people work behind the counter, some give tours, and others guide visitors across the street. The crossing guards are very important when it comes to tourist season. Without them, tourists would probably get run over regularly. Jacinda Leighton is a returning crossing guard and is ready to take on the challenge again.
“You always know something bad could happen in the back of your mind but I try not to let it bother me too much,” Leighton said. “A lot of people can be very rude and not listen, because of that they can put themselves in certain situations. Nobody wants to be responsible if something bad happens which can be tough”.
Kiely Bryce had her first day on the job recently and is super excited to be a crossing guard this season.
“I heard about [the job] from Jacinda and Leah [Benning] and it seemed fun so I am trying it,” Bryce said. “My first day was good, easier than I thought it would be. I’m really excited to interact with tourists and to get to work outside. I’m not scared but I am aware so I’ll be careful obviously and ready if that time comes.”
Leighton has been on the job since last year. Every day usually runs smoothly and no one gets hurt. However, there was once a time where someone almost actually did get hurt. She recalls her one and only close call with tourists and wants to set a standard for future recruits like Bryce.
“There was this one time at the end of the day, and I was crossing the road. The tourists already crossed and I was heading back to my post. There was this bus driver who almost hit me and then proceeded to almost hit not only the crossing guard but the tourists at the other post while running through our signs,” said Leighton. “It was really bad. I actually had to push the tourists out of the way. We eventually talked it out with the bus company and reported it.”
2013 Kayhi graduate, Jacob Potts, has been working as a crossing guard for quite some time now. He recently got promoted to Street lead for his 5th season. He loves his job and can’t imagine working anywhere else. The sun coming out is making him ready to get back to work and be with his friends in the outdoors.
“All of my friends worked here and with the flexible schedule with good pay. It’s nice to come back here. And as long as your calm, it’s pretty easy and fun,” said Potts. “It can be stressful at some points, miserable in the rain but in the end a ton of fun. The job is easier if your outgoing, talk to the tourists and be funny with them. They love it.”

When In Ketchikan…

Hannah Maxwell
Staff Writer

Ok, you looked online, saw beautiful pictures of clear days, big fish, and whales watching kayakers so you booked your tickets to Ketchikan. Good job. Here’s what you need to know:

  1. The hike to the Deer Mountain trailhead is almost as long and painful as the hike itself. Your khakis and button-ups aren’t going to cut it. Either call a cab to escort you up or forget it. There’s nothing sadder than seeing poor 8-year old Billy being forced up the mountain by his overzealous dad who was a 3rd team all-conference in high school and won’t back down from anything, and mother who looks like a Lululemon model. I have honestly thought about rolling down the window and telling them to turn back now. I never have, partially because it’s entertaining to see how far dad’s gotten on the way back down the hill.
  2. It’s going to rain. Sometimes it rains and rains and rains for 25 hours a day, 8 days a week. Ketchikan averages 229 days of rainfall a year. You may see more rain in the one day you’re here than you’ve seen your entire life. And not that the plastic ponchos aren’t flattering but the locals will make fun of you for wearing it. Zero percent of people look cool while wearing a poncho. So ditch the clear plastic sheath and bring your own coat. This is a rainforest people!
  3. While I’m on apparel. The docks are made of big long boards of wood. There’s a gap between them just big enough for the heel of your stilettos to fall into. So please don’t forget to pack your three-inch heels because I haven’t seen anyone bite it yet and this summer might be my last opportunity to. Shorts are another must. Even if it’s raining sideways you will assert your dominance over everyone by wearing shorts. And don’t even think about packing a hat and gloves because you definitely won’t need them. When everyone is back home telling their stories of their trip to Alaska, they will remember you and wish they were more like you, shorts guy.
  4. Disclaimer, your tour guide cannot summon whales and bears at will. There are no chain link fences in the ocean or the forest, animals can roam wherever they please. The whales and bears don’t care that you paid to go see them. An authentic Alaskan experience isn’t the pictures shown in your brochure.
  5. You will not catch a record-setting King Salmon on your 4-hour charter. Depending on how the season is going, you’ll be lucky to even catch a king. And honestly, once your fish has been processed and packaged none of your neighbors have to know that it’s just a little pinky. Also! In the same way, your whale watching guides can’t magically produce whales, all your captain can do is put four lines in the water and wait. So, don’t bug them about the lack of fish, you’re in Alaska, be grateful.


Scholarship Assembly Tonight

Largim Zhuta
Staff Writer

The annual scholarship assembly is upon the senior class once again. The event will be held in the Kayhi Auditorium, beginning at 5:30 tonight. Seniors will be awarded and presented with the various scholarships and financial aid they won and received.
This year’s senior class has cumulatively received a little over $200,000 in non-college awarded scholarships according to Kayhi Counselor Robert McClory.
“You guys have worked all through grade school, middle school, and high school career to get to this point. I think this is an acknowledgment of all that hard work,” said McClory. “It’s a nice way to celebrate all [the seniors] accomplishments.”
The senior class valedictorian will also be announced at the scholarship assembly where they will be awarded a $5,000 scholarship for their accomplishment. It is the first time such an award will be granted to a Kayhi valedictorian.

Kayhi Faces a Shortage of Substitute Teachers

Rosie Kacenas
Staff Writer

Due to a lack of substitute teachers, many Kayhi classes have been left teacherless as the year is drawing to a close. Principal Bob Marshall said that the sub-shortage is mostly due to summer jobs starting up.
“Living on an island automatically limits your qualified applicant pool. We also are in direct competition to seasonal jobs and typically see a substitute shortage in the fall and spring due to folks working their summer jobs,” said Marshall. “One of the ideas that has been presented to the school board is the shortage is due to low wages offered to those willing to substitute. I would agree that it may be a factor for some and it would be good if the district could look to see if anything could be done to increase wages.”
Kayhi senior Kadin Hodges said that when classes are left teacherless, students tend to get off track.
“I’ve been in multiple classes that don’t have a teacher or substitute for whatever reason,” said Hodges. “It’s hard to focus because we don’t know what we’re supposed to be doing and there’s always those people that mess around and make it easy to get distracted.”
Marshall explained that although combined classes can be a disruption to students, they must keep up the pace and focus on finishing their end-of-year assignments.
“Students need to keep pressing on with the expectations of their classes,” Marshall said. “It is a disruption when teachers are unable to be present for whatever reason but ultimately it’s still the student’s responsibility to complete all assignments to the best of their ability.”