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Staff Picks

Is Halloween important?

Pablo Orta: Is Halloween an important holiday? Heck no! Should we keep it as a holiday? Heck yeah! Who doesn’t love dressing up and walking up to awesomely decorated houses to get candy? Who doesn’t love carving pumpkins and eating pumpkin pie with loads of whipped cream? No one, that’s who. So while Halloween may not serve a religious, cultural, or emotional purpose, it doesn’t need to. Halloween serves one single purpose, to give kids something to look forward to in the gloomy month of October, and that’s perfectly fine.

Avery Olson: Define the word important. We definitely don’t get to miss school for this “Holiday”. Halloween seems like the ugly friend of Christmas. I’ve never been a fan, but it’s fun to have an excuse to eat all that leftover candy.

Tug Olson: If you break Halloween down from a fundamental standpoint, you’ve got costumes, the ability to stay out a little later than usual, and free candy. To me, not a single one of those is important. These aspects make Halloween fun, but as I get older, the interest level of dressing up, goes down, and I have homework, so I can’t stay up all night hyped up on candy. Halloween is even losing it’s pizazz this year, falling on a Monday. We all can attend school dressed outrageously for one day and that’s about it because you’ve got to get up and go to school the next day. Some people love dressing up and getting in the scary mood, but for me, Halloween isn’t that important. I would rather just go home and watch My Name is Earl.

Jacob Smith: Halloween isn’t really a holiday. It’s like an excuse to wear weird, scary, or just gross stuff in public. Through the years, I have found less involvement in the madhouse that is Halloween. I’m in that awkward in between stage where I can’t Trick-or-Treat, but I can’t go to those adult parties, so Halloween turns into my typical night, Netflix and sit alone. So to some people, Halloween is this “WHOO! Chocolate all night long!” and all in holiday. Others just kind of brush it off and wait for Thanksgiving. I like Halloween, and I like my fun-sized Snickers, but I don’t want to leave the couch dressed up as Harry Potter to get some.

Mey Tuinei: We go to school, we go to work- is this even a holiday? Important? Debatable. If I wanted a night of stuffing my face with candy and watching scary movies, I’d just do it. This doesn’t mean I’m against others dressing up and seeking the thrill of being scared. I have my splurge days and girls’ nights to take a break from everyday life, to let loose and have fun and America has days like this, Halloween.


Staff Picks: Clowns, should you be worried?

Gabriel Bowlen: This fall has been full of clown sightings, especially in the southern part of the country. I’m honestly thinking about going to Walmart and buying my own clown mask. Not to join them, but to blend in, like camouflage. But really, the best way to avoid these clowns is to just go the other way, or if you can’t go anywhere else, just notify someone, and especially notify the cops. If an officer of the law is scared of a stupid clown, then I think people should worry. Other than that, you should just stand your ground, and not panic.

Henning Pankow: Many of these people dressing up as clowns are doing it for attention and to get a reaction out of people. In many ways they are like the classic elementary school bully. How were you supposed to deal with a bully? Don’t fight back or show emotion or give them any reason to keep pestering you. Simply remain calm and report him to the principle. This same tactic works with these clowns. Don’t freak out and scream because that’s exactly what they want you to do, just back away and call the cops. If they do inflicted harm against you, you have every right to fight back, so it may be smart to keep a weapon on you if there have been sightings of clowns near you.

Juan Orta: This clown problem is nothing to be worried about. It’s nothing but a couple of immature guys running around the country trying to make the news headlines. But, if you are seriously concerned and think that you and your loved ones are in danger, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to carry around some pepper spray. Although, I wouldn’t go as far as to say that you need a gun or any sort of lethal weapon to keep you safe. If you happen to spot a clown in the street, instead of turning to violence and beating the clowns like many people have this past week, stay out of their way and inform the police. Just to be safe and don’t let your kids run around the neighborhood alone this Halloween.

Izaak Jensen: The clown problem people have been seeing has been nothing real. About ten percent of the clown sightings are real while the rest are fake, planned out videos, fabricated to make a scene. The chances of you driving down a spur road and seeing a clown are not very high. That clown would either have to be very lucky and probably be all hot and sweaty from wearing costume all day with a chance of no one going by at all. It doesn’t seem like there are enough psychopaths in the world to account for all the clown sightings that have been uploaded on the internet. I don’t think this is anything to even be concerned about.

Kayhi implements new tardy policy

By Tug Olson
Staff Writer

Kayhi staff members have observed student tardiness and have implemented a new tardy policy. This issues a detention from every three tardies cyclically, discarding the previous protocol. Before this new approach, students would get four free tardies, but every single one after that would cost a detention. As the detention overseer, Mrs. Troina feels that the old policy fostered unfair outcomes and called for a change.
“It was a bit excessive,” said Mrs. Troina.“That being ten seconds late could lead to an hour of detention time”
For students who only acquire just a few tardies per semester, this policy may indicate unfairness, but for the majority that struggle with habitual tardiness, they do not have to serve as many detention. For example, 24 tardies would be eight detention periods, whereas before, those students would be dealing with 20.
“The old policy didn’t seem to be changing attendance issues for those who are habitually tardy,” Troina said.
Last semester, 25-30 students were attending every detention period due to their numerous tardies.
Detentions are held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3-4 p.m. in Mrs. Troina’s room (228). Additional days can be added if necessary.

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.”

Bon Voyage

A group of fifteen students traveled to France this summer.
A group of Kayhi students traveled to France this summer.

Eliah Anderson
Staff Writer

The French have a history of being grandiose by nature which leads to a history as rich as their cheese. How to be French according to Alison Blair: “Basically be a really big snob and think that you’re better than everyone else, but you also have to look presentable.”
This past summer you could have had witnessed France first hand with Madame Z. and a handful of Kayhi students. For roughly $6,000, a group 15 Kayhi students and chaperones had a one of a kind experience. The group flew to London and from there went to Paris on June 15. Then the trip started to get exciting. Although the group arrived exuberant and ready to go, some of the  luggage did not get the memo and missed the flight to Paris.
“Five people were without their suitcases because the connection at Heathrow [Airport] was too quick,”  said Madame Z.
Several hours later luggage and owners were reunited and the trip continued on without further complications.
In order to get an authentic experience, the group sometimes spent up to ten hours on the tour bus daily. Because the group from Ketchikan was the only group on the bus, they were able to visit extra stops and had a more personal experience.
“It was a sweet trip because we were the only people on the bus. We had the bus driver and tour guide all to ourselves. We were able to load our stuff onto the bus quickly and because of that we got to visit additional stops,” said Madame Z.
The majority of French people don’t ride tour busses but instead choose to lead more active lifestyles.
“French people do a lot more walking, biking and ride on these cool scooters. The French are a lot more active than Americans,” said Blair.
Some of the sites visited were Normandie, Saumande, Loire Valley, Tours, Sarlat Village, Toulouse, Arles, Nîmes and Nice. Humorously enough, the people from Nice were reported to be the nicest. The highlights of the trip included visiting two chåteaus (castles), cooking an authentic French dinner and learning how to fence.
Throughout the journey, the Kayhi students met many local French citizens. Some were nice and some were, to say the least, not. When asked if the French were rude Blair replied, “Yes! Oh my God they were so offensive. I literally got shoved down at the Mona Lisa. In general people were pretentious, especially the Parisians.” However, outside of Paris the people were much nicer and more accepting towards Americans.
An additional  benefit of traveling to another country is getting to eat exotic cuisine. Croissants  were eaten everyday and students were given the opportunity to try new and different foods., “Madame Z tried to get me to eat snails and frogs but I was like ‘no thanks,’” said Blair.
The drinking age in Paris for wine is 16 and Parisians are able to order wine everywhere at anytime.
Spencer Landis was an advanced French student who participated on the tour. Her favorite parts included seeing historical sights and communicating with the native people.
“Seeing famous, historical sites, like the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Roman Arena, which are really old was definitely one of my highlights,” said Landis.
Sitting in French class learning French for one hour a day provides decent exposure, but immersing yourself in the birthplace of the native language provides a much more in depth experience with the language.
“Hearing French spoken at normal speed was really interesting and good for practical purposes,” said Landis. “Having to get medicine at a pharmacy gave a real world example for using the language.”
Blair added, “A lot of the French actually speak a lot of English. If a French person recognizes an American they will often reply in English, even if it’s a student attempting to learn French.” Blair also added, “Even though I tried speaking French they still thought I was speaking English.”
This was Madame Z’s seventh time taking students to France and she said just how important it is for her curriculum.
“[For] Students who can afford to go, it solidifies the things that they learn about France and about the French language [in class],” said Madame Z.
It also helps teach this year’s up and coming class because Madame Z brought back goodies for this year’s Advanced French students. Such items include apple cider and paté, a French delicacy made from goose liver. The two week trip provided a small glimpse of France and historical and cultural knowledge was gained first hand.
“[The trip was] overwhelming at times but really inspiring. It made me want to see more of the world,” Landis said.