The Drama Debate and Forensics team is headed to Anchorage tomorrow to compete at the state competition. The team has been researching and preparing since the last meet for the state topic: abolishing the capital gains tax. Co-captain Frances Barry feels well-prepared for her final debate as a Kayhi King. “I feel better prepared than the past, but it’s also the most complex resolve I have ever had to debate,” said Barry. Coach David Mitchel said he is also aware of the difficulty of such an intricate topic. “It’s a tough issue. There are a lot of angles to cover and it’s tough to say stuff that always makes sense, ” said Mitchel. “A lot of parents have joked about that students would ask them about capital gains tax, and they would have to look it up themselves.” Regardless, Mitchel is confident in the team’s ability even with the difficult topic that will be debated. “We have a really good group, and they have all deserved it,” said Mitchell. “They have been studying a lot. They are more prepared than we have been in the past.”
The Kayhi Kings basketball team is facing off against their conference rivals the Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears this weekend at home. Both nights, C-team will play at 4:45, JV at 6:00, and Varsity at 7:15. Going into this weekend having not played Juneau, Kayhi is looking to bring the same, if not more, intensity that they brought to the Kayhi-Thunder Mountain matchup last weekend. Kayhi junior Cody Kemble said the team will bring more energy to the court this weekend. “I thought last week the team lacked intensity in the first half,” said Kemble. “We have definitely been working on bringing it for the whole 32 minutes every game.” Kemble also said that the crowd is a big help during games like these. “It really helps when the crowd gets into it,” said Kemble. “It gets us in a groove, and especially helps during these critical conference matchups.”
On the best day of my life, I got a used Colorado State quarter-zip fleece sweatshirt. Last Saturday at the Rendezvous thrift store there was sheer and utter madness. I frequently visit the shop on weekends with my friends, and have discovered that if you spend over $10 you get to spin their new wheel of fortune. I usually don’t spend enough to spin, so when I finally got to I was more than excited. Little did I know that fortune was on my side that day. I spun the wheel and it stopped on the one-and-only three-minute shopping spree. As a fairly unlucky person, I was shocked that I actually landed on something cool. The cashier pulled out her phone and set the timer for three minutes, and the frenzy began. I had already spent about 30 minutes looking around the store prior to my lucky spin, so I knew exactly where all the cool things were. The plan was simple: cute stuff that I might wear. There was no countdown, the cashier just set her timer and told me to go. I sprinted through the aisles grabbing everything I thought measured up. Little Eiffel Tower statues: yes. Brand new but oversized raincoat: nah. It was a lot harder than I thought to remember where everything was, so you can imagine my regret as I laid awake for hours that night thinking of all the stuff I should’ve grabbed. I left with an oversized garbage bag full of clothes, and a bucket full of of knick-knacks. Needless to say, it was one of the most exhilarating days of my life. I consider it to be my first step to getting shopping sprees to high-end stores like Marc Jacobs when I’m rich and famous. For now, I’m happy with my slightly worn sweaters and brand new Marells. Three days later, I am writing this in my newly beloved CSU quarter-zip that I have deemed to be my journalism Pulitzer pullover.
The Kayhi Kings are facing off against the Thunder Mountain Falcons at the Clarke Cochrane Gymnasium tonight and tomorrow night. C team will play at 4:45, JV at 6:00, and Varsity at 7:15 both nights. The Kings have not yet played the Falcons this season, but went 3-2 against Thunder Mountain last year. Kayhi junior Marcus Lee said that the team should do well in the next conference games. “I think we will do very well the next few games,” said Lee. “The chemistry and the way we play together has been great and we’re just looking to build more of that and use it to our advantage these next conference games.”
Oh, the project is due next Friday? That means I don’t need to start until Thursday night. Second semester, senior hall is a wasteland filled with zombies being strangled by vines of antipathy. Kayhi senior Cole Varela said he feels threatened by the grip senioritis is starting to have on his academic progress. “Senioritis is definitely affecting my motivation to do any school work,” said Varela. “It’s hard for teachers to work around it when they have students who aren’t seniors in their classes, but they should realize that some seniors just aren’t as motivated to put in as much work.” Most adults laugh this off, but in NYU Steinhardt’s article on senioritis, “The Dangerous, Costly Phenomenon (That Only Affects High School Seniors)”, associate professor of applied psychology, Lisa Suzuki, said that it can actually threaten the welfare of high school seniors. “School counselors are intimately aware of the causes, symptoms, and potential negative consequences of senioritis,” said Suzuki. “It is critical that students continue to stay engaged in school to learn critical life skills needed for success in college, and create exciting and fun memories of the end of the high school years.” Suzuki acknowledged that senior year can be incredibly hard, but also stressed the importance of seeking help when it’s needed. “Though senior year is a time for high-schoolers to cherish and celebrate, senioritis can hinder them both in the short-term and the years ahead,” said Suzuki. “However, by recognizing the symptoms and taking steps to avoid the ill effects, parents, teachers, counselors, and students themselves can help mitigate the consequences to succeed in senior year and beyond.” Kayhi English teacher Jeff Lund said that senioritis is often used as an excuse for students to slack off. “People in general are looking for the easiest way out. Very few people are like, ‘I want to do the most difficult thing to get the most out of it’,” said Lund. “Because we look for shortcuts, senioritis ends up being the easiest sort of way to excuse behavior. It’s a kind of culturally accepted way of missing the mark.” Lund explained that losing some motivation toward the end of your high school career is normal, but shouldn’t be an excuse to give up altogether. “The academic stamina that you need to have for your entire four years starts to wane a little bit because you’re tired, and that’s totally a thing, that happens,” said Lund. “But the danger in accepting the whole ‘I just have senioritis’ is giving something else the control rather than you having the control.” Lund said that he tries to be over-the-top negative towards senioritis so as not to encourage it. He said that he’d encourage students to use their future goals as motivation. “If you look into the bigger picture, this is not about chemistry class, this is not about math, it’s not about English,” said Lund. “This is about your willingness to get stuff done rather than using an excuse and saying ‘oh, it’s happening to me’, you can’t do that.” Kayhi senior Largim Zhuta said that he agrees with Lund, but also thinks that senioritis can have a real effect on students. “I do agree that senioritis is basically just a lack of motivation, and laziness on behalf of the student,” said Zhuta. “But in high school, pretty much from my freshman to senior year, I’d say I was a motivated student, and this year I realized that I can get away with maybe putting in ten or 20 percent effort and still have my As.” Zhuta explained that although he’s not worried about senioritis hurting his academic career, he thinks that it could be detrimental to his future. “I think I have to be aware of it, and I have been thinking about it a lot lately, but I wouldn’t say I’m a victim to it,” said Zhuta. “Knowing the problem exists is a great first step, but then you’ve gotta take other actions to curve it.”
Day after day I walk into class with a plan to get things done, rarely does that happen Ah yes, here I am finally coming back to this article weeks after I typed out the first line, you can just assume I got close to zero work done during those weeks. Year after year people create New Year’s resolutions for themselves, most of them being eating healthier or going to the gym twice a week. Often times that doesn’t play out the way people plan it to. But that’s all their resolution really is – a plan. Jeff Lund once told me, “A plan is nothing without action.” That is why this year instead of creating this plan in my head of how I’m going to do better, I am choosing instead to focus on the word “action.” This way I am constantly reminded to take action, do better, get things done, rather than just having another useless plan in my head. Every morning when I wake up, the first word on my mind is “action”. I tell myself to get up, get dressed, and do the things I need to do. Throughout my day I cross things off my to-do list, feels great to actually get things done. Starting the year off this way was easy. At the turn of the year, I was fired up and full of energy and hope. I was getting my homework done, actually learning in class and crossing tasks off my list. But once the days and weeks starting dragging on, I lost that excitement and the word “action” seemed to be moving further and further away from my focus. It has been about a month into 2018 and I am realizing that I really haven’t accomplished much. I haven’t taken action on any of my well thought out plans. For example, I have a google doc titled “Journalism” it has all my article ideas and interview questions planned out, and you can bet I waste away my time every day in journalism just tweaking and editing my plans instead of actually taking the first step to finishing those articles. It is so much easier to sit and think about what I’m going to do and how I’m going to do it, rather than actually typing out the beginnings of each article and starting the interviews. I sit in here for 50 minutes and stare at my screen just thinking about everything that I could be doing. That is why my word for the year is “action.” It’s finally time for me to sit behind the computer and fill out endless scholarships and college applications. You already know I have a plan of how I’m going to tackle all these tasks, I took the time to sit down and write them in my calendar. They’re even color coded! But have I even started any of that nonsense? That’s a big, fat, no. I often feel disappointed with myself. How can I waste away all my time on Snapchat and Instagram making sure my selfies look good and that I like all my friends’ post, when really none of that matters. I know that I need to be doing the not so fun things. It’s frustrating to continue with the same behavior even though I know better. I’ve had enough of sitting back and not accomplishing anything, now is the time to take action and break the cycle of procrastination. Soon enough it will all come back to bite me in the butt when I have eight schools to apply to and 12 essays to write in one night. I know that I can do better, I need to get myself out of the seemingly endless cycle of unproductiveness, and get back on the progress train. I need to stop wasting away the day trying to beat my high score on Crossy Road and start focusing on the bigger, more important things. 2018 is my year to throw mindless plan making out the window and to start taking action.
I crafted a dream schedule this school year. Two aide periods, one online lab, and an English class gives me the freedom to write what I want. I thought I had carved out four hours, five days a week, for scholarships. Instead I have become a pro at many thoughtless games and I check social media fives times more than I used to. Decent plan, poor execution. In an attempt to take back some of that lost time, I deleted all games and social media, excluding Twitter, from my phone. The sad thing is, I still find myself unlocking my phone just as many times a day. Instead of scrolling through posts I’d already seen, I stare blankly trying the think of the reason I opened it in the first place. Initially I thought I was having withdrawals, but then I realized something way worse, constantly being on my phone had become a habit. It would be an easy habit to break if I had a better understanding of what caused my internal need to have my phone in hand at all hours. Even when I’m at my own house I rarely set it down. I get anxious if I can’t feel its weight in my pocket. Because I have made being on my phone essential to my existence, I have trouble focusing on things for more than a couple minutes since my mind is constantly thinking about my stupid phone. I’ve tried to make reading a habit and it’s been a lot harder than I thought it would be. I get distracted at the slightest things and end up scanning the pages without soaking in the information. Someone else’s phone dinging or the phantom vibration in my pocket instantly takes my attention away from what I’m trying to accomplish. I am no longer in control of myself, it feels like part of my mind is on a social media leash perfected by the neurologists employed by Facebook et al. Not once in four years of high school have I forgot my phone at home, not one single day. The scariest thing is that I’m aware of the problem, but haven’t done anything to find a solution until now. I got my first B in Chem 2 and thinking back I don’t think I ever gave Powell my undivided attention. I’m proud of my 3.93 GPA but I can’t help wondering if my addiction to my phone is the reason I let that other tenth of a point slip away. In the long run it hasn’t made a difference, but it’s the principle of it. My lack of prioritization was my demise. I let my phone take over, I watched it reach for the controls and did nothing to stop it. I want to believe I won’t accept this fate. That I will fight back and not let myself be controlled by an inanimate object. That by admitting I have a problem I can start taking steps toward a permanent solution. I will turn off my phone an hour before I go to bed and I will put my phone on airplane mode during class. Well, that’s the plan anyway.