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STAFF PICKS

What are you most excited for this year? 

Hannah Maxwell:
I’m excited to get off this island and see what’s out there. Ketchikan has been an amazing place to grow up and the support this town has shown me is second to none. High school has been fun so far and this year should be the best yet. I’m excited to have an amazing senior year full of new experiences and memories that I’ll have for the rest of my life. But I feel like a big fish in a small pond and I’m excited to see how I size up in the real world. I am going to be successful in whatever I end up doing, but I want to start figuring out what that is. College is all about trying new things and learning about what really interests you and I’m ready for that.

Lezille Sagrado:
Now that I’m a senior, it doesn’t even feel like I’m about to graduate. Of course I’m ready to graduate, but I didn’t realize how fast those three years went by. What I’m looking forward to this year is just being able to spend as much time as I can with my friends and doing senior activities before I move schools. Even though I’m really upset that I am moving my senior year, I will try to do my best to make the most of the time I have left. But I am excited to move back to my hometown and reunite with all my friends from my childhood and family I haven’t seen in awhile. Hopefully switching to a different school won’t be as bad as people make it out to be. I’m especially looking forward to our volleyball region tourney because we’re hosting it this year and being one of the few seniors on the team, it’ll be a very emotional senior night. I hope that even though volleyball isn’t one of the popular sports in town, that people will actually come and support us whether we win or lose.

Verona Kamberi:
Yes I started off my senior year by hitting a freshman in the face with a dodgeball. To be honest it felt good, but later I apologized. No I haven’t become a freshman tormentor, I’m still the same ol’ Verona who apologizes for things I probably shouldn’t. But I think I am a new Verona. One who kinda likes PE. Sure sweating everyday and ruining my flawless hair bothers me. But once I finish that workout or game, my hair is the last thing that matters to me. I’m ready to find my true self this year, and yes that means spending more time outdoors wearing my soon to be XtraTufs. Couple of days I go I went kayaking for the first time, but let me tell you it was super relaxing. Was I terrified of hitting other objects in the water or even tipping over the kayak… heck yes. But at the end of the day those fears went away and now I can’t wait to get back on the water and kayak like a pro. Well folks, this is just the beginning of the new and improved Verona Kamberi. TTYL!

Joey Karlik:
I’ve been waiting to become a senior for the past 6 years. Everything that I’ve worked up until now will hopefully be achieved this year and this year only. My last year of wrestling is going to be my last and greatest chance of achieving my goal of becoming a state champion. This is also my last opportunity of becoming an honorable Eagle Scout. Just a couple of more merit badges and the big Eagle Scout project and I get it. Everyone else is focusing on Senior Carnival in October and Senior Skip Day and all that. Senior year is the last time to go and get the big dreams that only very few people could get. But this is all just a tutorial for me. All of it is just practice for the real thing of being an adult and on your own. To most people that’s scary, but I’ll take a different approach. I am going to go into the real world with my head held high, my goal setting on my back and my future dream on my shoulders. That high school practice will help me for how to overcome obstacles and to power through when things get hard. Look out world, I’m coming for you.

Gabe Bowlen:
At first, I was excited about being a senior. I was excited about being on top, and that is what everybody wants, most of the time. So what I’m excited about is leaving. Graduating will be the most exciting thing this year. Yes, I’m excited for baseball and all of the sports that are going on this year, but I really just want to get out of here. I still want to experience everything being a senior has to offer, but I feel like getting out of a place you know and love is still a good thing.

Kody Malouf:
I’m excited for pep club season! Varsity Pep Club is going to be great this year and I can’t wait to get going. Kayhi is hosting the region tournament this year so the pep club can pull all the stops. Unlimited signs, endless themes, and more people are going to take pep club to another level. The basketball team lost some really good players last year, but we’re still looking strong. And wherever there might be a hole, you can always count on Kayhi varsity Pep Club to fill it. The Region V Tournament in general is always fun, and it was awesome my freshman year when we last had it at Kayhi. The other games, the dance, and just the overall buzz around Kayhi that the tournament bring is something I’m really looking forward to.

 

Back to School

Payton Simmons
Staff Writer

Ketchikan High School started this Wednesday and principal Bob Marshall said he is excited about this upcoming school year.
“There’s just something special about fresh starts, and every year is an opportunity to do just that, and it’s my hope all of our students are ready to make it happen this year.”
His goal is to be more engaged with students and their overall success.
“I am going to get out into the classrooms more. I had a lot of distractions last year which kept me from seeing what’s happening in our classes,” said Marshall. “I love seeing what all the students are up to.”
Marshall will try to find ways to get students at Kayhi more involved. Ketchikan is hosting four regional tournaments (cross-country, volleyball, wrestling, and basketball) this year, and it’s a way to show how great of a community the school has.
“I am very excited for the new school year. I have a lot of things planned for this year and ways we can positively engage all of our students at Kayhi,” said Marshall.

 

Dela Cruz Named 3rd Team All-State

“I watched her play in fourth grade,” said girls basketball Coach Kelly Smith. “She dominated, even though she was small, she was skilled, that’s when I knew she was going to be special.”
     AJ Dela Cruz could be described in the same way her senior year as she was in fourth grade; small, skilled, and dominant. She is now a four-time region champion, a member of Alaska’s all-state team (third team), and is recognized as one of the best shooters in the state of Alaska.
     Despite her accolades, AJ was forced to watch from the bench as her team lost to Dimond in the state semi-finals last season. Her ACL betrayed on a simple jump stop late in the season against Juneau. 
     “It felt horrible missing regions and state last year,” said Dela Cruz. “I had played basketball with those seniors from 6th grade on, so it hurt at first, but it was good to see them still playing well.”
     AJ is also not just about All-Conference this, and All-State that; she makes a big impact for her team off of the court as well.
     “Her passion for not just basketball, but life is contagious,” says Coach Smith when asked about AJ off the court. “I am proud to get the chance to not only coach her, but to know her as a person. She is a class act.”
     When she came back to the court this year, it wasn’t an immediate success, but as she slowly built up confidence in her leg and in her skills, she became the short, dominant force again.
     “At first I was just excited to be back there and win,” said Dela Cruz. “We didn’t win my first couple games, but we eventually got to where we wanted to be and started winning.”                 

  Kayhi went 7-1 down the stretch to win the region title. At the state tournament AJ averaged 15 points and ended her career with 21 points in a loss to Chugiak. Most basketball players don’t get the chance to go to state four years in a row and be all-state after a potential career ending injury. AJ Dela Cruz has done it all during her four years as a Lady King.

 

ACDC HEADS TO STATE

Lezille Sagrado
Staff Writer

Kayhi’s Academic Decathlon team will be competing in its last meet of the season at state in Anchorage from Feb. 13-25.
Senior Ingrid Anzueto believes that her and her teammates will do well.
“As a senior in Academic Decathlon, I look forward to seeing the hard work pay off not only to me but also for my team,” said Anzueto. “I also look forward to having a good time in my last state meet of ACDC. We’ve worked so hard and I have a ton of confidence we will do amazing at state. I’m really hoping we’re able to take home a trophy as well as many medals.”

Kayhi ACDC performs well in Juneau

Kayhi decathletes placed first in four out of ten events at the first regional meet of the year in Juneau this weekend.
“I was really happy with the results. We have a lot of new recruits this year who are very serious and are committed to the team,” said coach Peter Stanton. “For example, I was impressed with freshman Campbell Sande because she placed first in music out of everyone in the meet. The returning decathletes Max Varela, Largim Zhuta, Ingrid Anzueto, and others also did really well.”

Meet Results
Junior Max Varela 1st in economics, 1st in social science, 2nd in essay, and highest overall score in the meet.
Junior Largim Zhuta 1st in economics, 1st in mathematics, 5th in social science, and 6th place overall.
Senior Ingrid Anzueto 2nd in interview, 3rd in social science, 4th in economics, and 5th in music.
Campbell Sande 1st in music and 4th in literature.
Sophomore Daniel Neufeldt 3rd in science.
Junior Charisma Manalo 4th in mathematics.
Junior Mackenzie Fousel 4th in music.
Junior Lydia Sumrall 4th in science.
Senior Gabrielle Canfield 5th in economics.
Sophomore Franklyn Correa 5th in science.
Junior Emme Anderson 5th in music.