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Solo Spotlight

Senior Jalina Williams practicing her solo routine. Photo by Madison Purcell

Madison Purcell
Staff Writer

Any instrumentalist, whether they play the kazoo or sing or play the clarinet, is going to get an opportunity to solo.
The Kayhi Bands started off the 2019-2020 school year with 10 incoming seniors who are ready to be in the spotlight. 
Jazz band and Wind Ensemble member Senior Jalina Williams has been soloing in school bands since 8th grade year. 
“When I first saw that I had a solo I kind of went, ‘Oh no this isn’t going to be good, help,’” said Williams. 
Soloing in class can be scary. Forming a routine can help ease the pressure.  
“To get comfortable I look at it, listen to it, play it, and practice it,” said Williams. “I really get into the solo.”
When the solo is good enough for personal acceptance, then it would be time to prepare for the real purpose of playing music: performing in front of an audience.
Soloists that thrive off of the audience’s reaction have a hard time with feeling good about their solo, but the ones that can reflect on themselves are the soloists that can adapt and get better. 
“They’re not important to me because the only opinion that matters is my own,” said Williams. “If it was good it was good, if it was bad it was bad… oh well”.
As a professional, things get simpler. 
Ketchikan Rain City Band Drummer Mike Purcell knows that being the only drummer in a band means the entire performance is like one big long solo.
“Because I’m playing the drums, I think about how comfortable I will be soloing,” said Purcell.  “Like the different time signatures and how far I can go with it and my abilities.” 
Soloing is different with each instrument. When drummers also have a solo they are then having to add to the beats and make more of what they’re already playing. 
“It makes a difference for me,” he said. “What time signatures, how capable I am with the beat, and how far I can go with the solo.” 
Soloists should always be comfortable when they solo to be able to please the audience. 
“You’re playing music for somebody usually, so you want to make sure they’re enjoying it,” he said. 
The point of a solo is to enhance the melody with a single instrument while highlighting an individual’s skill. 
“I think less is more,” said Purcell. “If you do it once in a while it is more satisfying. No one wants to listen to someone soloing all the time.” 
In a band setting, soloing takes a lot of hard work and practice. 
“Practice is the only way you can prepare,” he said. “Go over it, try a few different variations. When you actually do the solo it usually ends up different anyways.” 
Soloing is the pathway between being in a band and to being an instrumentalist; use every opportunity to solo and have a plan on how you would prepare. 
“That’s the neat thing about soloing. You might just have a basic idea of what you’re going to do. It’s always going to be a little different each time once you know what you’re doing”.

Nutcracker Preview

Largim Zhuta
Staff Writer

Ketchikan Theatre Ballet will perform its annual, full-length showing of The Nutcracker this weekend in the Kayhi Auditorium. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. on Friday, and 2:00 p.m. on Saturday.
Tickets can be purchased ahead of time online at the KTB website (www.Ketchikan.Dance) or by calling (907)-225-9311. Tickets will also be sold at the door on the day of the performances.


$12 – Students/Senior Citizens/Military

$18 – Adult

$50 – Family Pack (2 Adult tickets/ 2 Student/Senior Citizens/Military tickets)

Kayhi attends Region V Music Fest in Sitka

Lezille Sagrado
Staff Writer

Ketchikan High School will be participating in the Region V Music Festival hosted in Sitka on April 6-8. Over 600 music students from across Southeast, Alaska will be attending to perform concerts, solos and ensembles, and engage in music clinics. Kayhi’s Jazz Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Vocal Jazz, Concert Choir, and Women’s Choir will all be performing.
Junior Thomas Brooks is feeling stressed, but thrilled about performing in Jazz Band, Wind Ensemble, and Choir.
“I’m definitely stressed because of all the music that I have to learn,” said Brooks. “But I’m also very excited to be performing all the music because it shows the hardwork and dedication. All the bands and choirs put a lot of time and effort into making the pieces their own. I’m mostly excited to perform my ensembles because I’ve put a lot of time into them.”
Senior Kinani Halvorsen is excited to perform in her last Music Fest.
“I’m really looking forward to being able to perform for the Wind Ensemble for the last time,” said Halvorsen. “I feel really good about performing in Jazz Band because I really like the set of music we have and I think everyone has a piece that they really enjoy.”

Six Kayhi Students Off To All-State Choir

Six students from Kayhi’s choir will be attending all-state in Anchorage this Thursday.  Junior Terran Stack is the only boy traveling from Kayhi and is anxious to be singing with other students.
“It will be interesting knowing no one in my section, but I’m fascinated by voice so I’m excited to hear the music with a strong set of singers. Things were a bit more difficult having no one here to practice a part on pieces of music harder than I’m used to, but my goal is to not let that make me behind the other participants around me,” said Stack.
Seniors Kay Fazakerley, Drew Hoyt and Arra Seludo, along with juniors Emme Anderson, Jadyn Lewis and Stack will be attending all-state. This will be all the senior’s second all-state appearance.

Kayhi to host Music Fest

Ketchikan High School will be hosting the Region V Music Festival April 14-16. Over 600 music students from across Southeast will be congregating to perform concerts, present solos and ensembles, and participate in clinics. Kayhi’s Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Women’s Choir, Concert Choir, Vocal Jazz, and Jazz Band will all be performing.
There will be many types of performances over the weekend. Sophomore Danny Suckow is especially excited for the Haines Men’s Choir and other performances.
“Haines has a men’s choir that is really cool. They were awesome last year,” said Suckow.

Mathews wins Alaskan Distinguished Young Women

By Bernie Franulovich
Staff Writer

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Front Row (left to right): Megan Daugherty, Faithe Gray, Marie Nakada
Back Row (left to right): Madison Pope, Alyssa Hampton, Cheyenne Mathews, Talia Bowles, Kiana Wood, Anika Mudge, Brenna Rollman

Kayhi senior Cheyenne Mathews won the annual Distinguished Young Women competition last week in Ketchikan. Three Ketchikan seniors participated in the competition, Madison Pope, Megan Daugherty, and Mathews along with six other girls from around Alaska.
The Distinguished Young Women Program is more than a pageant, with emphasis on academics, confidence, leadership, and talents. The candidates competed in five categories: interview, self expression, talent, scholastics, and fitness. There are also two additional $500 essay scholarships from Rotary 2000 on the topic ‘Service above Self’ and from PEO Chapter A&H ‘Be Your Best Self’, and another $500 scholarship from GCI for whichever candidate best embodies DYW’s ‘Be Your Best Self’ Spirit.
Cheyenne Mathews won the overall competition as well as the interview, self expression, talent, and scholastics portions. The awards for winning the overall competition include a 2-year tuition scholarship to any University of Alaska campus and a $1,250 cash scholarship, as well as $500 for every category that she won. Mathew’s overall cash scholarships from the event totaled $3,250.
Mathews’ is involved in numerous activities around Kayhi including being the Student Body Association President and a Co-Chair of the Youth Advisory Committee to the Forest Service.
She is planning on attending the University of Alaska Anchorage next year to major in journalism and political science, as well as participate in the Seawolf Debate Program. Madison Pope won a $500 scholarship for winning the fitness portion of the competition, as well as being the 2nd runner up and winning $750.
Pope is also very active at Kayhi, she’s on the Kayhi Dance Team, President of Pep Club, and is in National Honor Society. Pope hopes to attend University of Portland to pursue a communications and a dance career.
Alyssa Hampton, who attends Dimond High School, was the 1st runner up winning $1,000, and won the spirit portion of the competition taking away $1,500 from the event. Hampton plans on becoming a neuropathologist in her future.
Anika Mudge, from Nenana, was 3rd runner up winning $500 and the ‘Be Your Best Self’ Essay, with a total scholarship of $1,000. Mudge also hopes to attend UAA and pursue music education.
Hutchison’s Kiana Wood won the ‘Service Above Self’ essay ($500), and hopes to attend George Fox University for nursing.
Last year’s winner was Maire Nakada from Anchorage, won both the state and national competition. The last winners from Ketchikan were Emma Scott in 2013, and Aimee McClory in 2007.
Mathews will be traveling to Mobile, Alabama in June to compete for more scholarships at the national level.

Competitors in DYW:

  • Talia Bowles – West Anchorage High School
  • Alyssa Hampton – A.J. Dimond High School
  • Brenna Rollman – Eagle River High School
  • Kiana Wood – Hutchison High School
  • Anika Mudge – Nenana City Public High School
  • Faithe Fray – Metlakatla High School
  • Madison Pope – Ketchikan High School
  • Cheyenne Mathews – Ketchikan High School
  • Megan Daugherty – Ketchikan High School


The Wearable Art Show

By Cheyenne Mathews
Editor In Chief

The 30th Annual Wearable Arts Show is gold. No really, with the theme of alchemy, many artists used this inspiration to transform wearable art into something golden. The Wearable Arts Show is an annual fundraiser for the Ketchikan Arts Council and it showcases artists all over Ketchikan and from within many of Ketchikan’s schools.
The show was opened by the Ketchikan Theatre Ballet jazz dancers. A majority of the dancers are Kayhi students. Senior Katie Powers is one of the jazz dancers, and she said the show is very fun because of the crowd atmosphere.
“We’ve been working on this dance since before Christmas break,” said Powers.  “We’ve run it over and over again… The crowds are really awesome. They are always cheering and it’s really fun, especially the teachers.”

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High school students from the Ketchikan Theatre Ballet jazz classes pose in their hand made shirts before opening the gala dress rehearsal.      LILY VAUGHN

Bella Posey, Meagan Jorgensen, and Nina Lacroix are three Kayhi students modeling in the show. Lacroix is the French exchange student and she used Wearable as a way to a share a little french culture with Ketchikan. Posey is a junior and she has been performing in Wearable since first grade. This year she took the theme to an entirely new level.
“Well, alchemy is the combination of the mundane and putting it together to create something phantasmagorical and insane and mysterious right? So the inspiration from my piece came from two places, one from that explanation of alchemy and the silly things in life people don’t see as alchemy like baking a cake,” said Posey.  “Or the auto mechanic transmission on your car. So my piece is all of Mr. Shelton’s car pieces that he gave to me last year… I brought all the stuff home and I created a, ‘it’s a steampunk bullet and transmission’ costume.”

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Junior Bella Posey dances in her steampunk bullet and transmission costume. LILY VAUGHN

Interpretations of alchemy varied from artist to artist. Some pieces focused on fire, others the tree of alchemy, transition, gambling as the western form of alchemy, and the phoenix. Posey said that each year artists add their own flare to the theme.
“It’s hard to tell how other people will interpret the theme,” said Posey. “There definitely seems to be a lot of the literal interpretation of alchemy as in precious metals. Last year, in world beat I was assuming that everyone would be doing tribal stuff and every other person was a bird. So just sometimes things get popped into people’s brains and just get taken and run with.”
Kayhi teachers Terri Whyte and Leigh Woodward also strutted down the runway. Whyte ran her piece with her sister and she was dressed as a dragon. Woodward modeled a piece that focused on the transition of a woman from old to young.
“Part of the creative process, I mean did the music for it, she had some ideas but I mixed it and did that,” said Woodward. “I kinda have get a feel of how I want to move. My piece has two… different songs. So I have to transition and change my movement a little bit.”

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Social Studies teacher, Leigh Woodward, models for the Wearable Art Show.  LILY VAUGHN

The Wearable Art Show was sold out for the gala performances on Friday and Saturday days before the actual performance. The large crowd is a very good sign for the Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council. Executive Director Kathleen Light said that Wearable is the council’s largest fundraiser.
“We usually bring in, I think it’s $35,000,” said Light. “It’s our biggest fundraiser. It’s the best one.”
Light said the council raises money with ticket sales, but also with voting on next year’s theme.
“So we have three, we end up with three [possible themes] and then the audience and people online and everyone in Ketchikan can vote on those three suggestions,” said Light. “It’s a dollar a vote. So the one with the most votes is the next year’s theme.”
Light said that countless hours are invested into the show by artists and members of the council alike.
“Some of the artists start their piece immediately following Wearable,” said Light. “Some artists wait till January to start their piece… so the artists can take that long or that little time. In the summer we start working towards it, building the application, making sure we have, you know, all our ducks in a row. We’ve been doing it for 30 years so we do have a template that we can pretty much follow, but it is a lot of planning, it’s a lot of organizing.”

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French exchange student, Nina Lacroix models to a french song during the Wearable Art Show.   LILY VAUGHN

Modeling for the Wearable Art Show can be a terrifying endeavor, but First City Player’s Artistic Director, Elizabeth Nelson, advised models on how to work the runway during dress rehearsal.
“Always leave people wanting more,” said Nelson to one of the models. Nelson had other constructive criticism for the models like, “stay in your modeling persona all the way past the curtain” and “always make the way back faster than the way forward.”
Nelson is just one example of the large magnitude of people and time it takes to create Wearable. Light said that it took over 200 volunteers to make Wearable a reality.


Annual Wearable Art Show starts tonight

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Volunteers prepare for the Wearable Art Show during the dress rehearsal Feb. 3.                         PHOTO BY LILY VAUGHN


By Cheyenne Mathews
Editor In Chief

The 30th Annual Wearable Art Show starts tonight at 8 p.m and doors open at 7 p.m. There are gala performances at the same time Friday and Saturday night at the Ted Ferry Civic Center. The matinee performance features younger artists and begins on Saturday at 2 p.m. Doors open at 1 p.m. This year’s theme is Alchemy and many artists incorporated gold into their pieces. Junior Bella Posey has performed in Wearable since she was in first grade and she noticed the gold trend in the art.
It’s hard to tell how other people will interpret the theme,” said Posey. “There definitely seems to be a lot of the literal interpretation of alchemy as in precious metals.”
The Friday and Saturday gala performances are sold out and the large crowd is a very good sign for the Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council. Executive Director Kathleen Light said that Wearable is the council’s largest fundraiser.
“We usually bring in, I think it’s $35,000,” said Light. “It’s our biggest fundraiser. It’s the best one.”

Jerry Galley Jazz Concert tomorrow

By Eliah Anderson
Staff Writer

The 17th annual Jerry Galley Jazz Concert will be held Wednesday, Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. in the Kayhi auditorium. There is no admission but donations will be collected to benefit Kayhi seniors pursuing musical degrees in college.
The concert will feature performances by the Kayhi Jazz band, the Kayhi Vocal Jazz, the Schoenbar Jazz Band and the Dale Curtis Dixieland Band.
The Kayhi Jazz band will perform funk tune Arnge Drank- featuring Dale Curtis on trumpet and Beyond the Sea- featuring the vocal styling of Myra Kalbaugh.
The Kayhi Vocal Jazz will perform jazz standards.
Returning from last year, the Schoenbar Jazz Band will be performing C-Jam Blues by Duke Ellington.
The Dale Curtis Dixieland Band features many of Ketchikan’s music teachers.

KTB Nutcracker performance tonight at 7:30

By Haley Hanna
Managing Editor

The opening night of the Ketchikan Theatre Ballet’s annual Nutcracker is Friday Dec. 4 at 7:30 and Saturday Dec. 5 at 4:00 in the Kayhi auditorium. The cost is $12 for students and $18 for adults.
Senior Clara Stanton is playing the Dew Drop Fairy and encourages families to come and experience the magic.
“It’s a good family show, kids and adults can enjoy it,” said Stanton. “You get to enjoy the experience of learning the story.”
This is also Stanton’s last Nutcracker performance with KTB.
“I hope that I can perform my best so that I can be happy with my last Nutcracker performance.” said Stanton.
Senior Mac Hancock is playing a father and Arabian and is excited for his first performance on the stage.
“I’m getting to perform in front of people for the first time,” said Hancock. “I’m most excited for the finale because we get to leap.”
Hancock has been attending the Nutcracker for years, and being able to finally participate in it is the perfect Christmas present.
“As to why you should come and watch it,” Hancock said “it’s a good way to get into the Christmas spirit.”
Senior Rudy Pankow is playing a father and Arabian as well and he is looking forward to watching the seniors perform their solos.
“I’m excited to see what happens when lifting Avery [lead Arabian],” said Pankow. “I’m also excited to see the seniors do their dances.”
Senior Natasha Bolshakoff is playing the Snow Queen and despite this being her last year she is excited for people to come watch.
“I’ve been doing this forever and then it’s just going to end,” Bolshakoff said. “It tells a story, people can relate to it because it’s a fairy tale.”
Junior Spencer Landis plays many roles including the Guardian fairy, feels like time is flying by.
“It already feels like it’s over,” said Landis. “But I’m just excited to perform.”