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Tips for Driving in Bad Weather

Richard Stuart
Staff Writer

During the winter months driving becomes dangerous for many reasons, such as snow, black ice, and impaired vision. All these winter conditions greatly reduce a driver’s capability to make a smooth and safe stop, and make a turn around a snow or ice-covered corner, but what are some tips to drive safe during these conditions? What are the best ways to drive during winter?
Kayhi maritime teacher Rick Collins has some knowledge for winter drivers.
“Make sure you watch the road conditions. If you see sparkly ice in your headlights, you know reflecting from your headlights at night okay, that would give you an indication that you have icy road conditions,” said Collins. “You have to think about the temperature – were the roads wet today? And is the temperature now down below freezing? And if that’s the case than you really need to pay attention for black ice and things like that.”
Some people say black ice is the most dangerous part about driving in the winter; others say it’s the wet snow that don’t allow your tires to grip the ground causing you to slide when you try to apply pressure to your breaks. What most people don’t know is the right time to use your brakes and how much pressure to use.
“You want to apply reasonable amount of brake pressure before you turn, because that will shift the momentum of your car forward, and put a little bit more weight on your front tires. When you make a corner your front tires will be a little bit more weighted and less likely to push through the corner,” Said Collins. “I think it’s really important to get out to a really open parking lot somewhere, and practice a little bit. Like learn to correct slides, but you know don’t drive reckless to where you are going to run into something but, get used to cars sliding a little bit and get used to how they handle in the snow.”
Another important factor during winter driving is the type of vehicle that you use, with the right type of tires. A two-wheel drive vehicle is probably not the best choice if you were going to drive with snow or ice on the road. Kayhi junior Brayden Linne knows a little bit about what type of vehicle to drive during the winter.
“All-wheel drive or four-wheel drive and four wheel drive vehicles are a must in Ketchikan. We don’t get a lot of snow but when we do, we have hills and we have congested traffic, and you know those are a bad combination,” said Linne. “Having good tires and make sure you have tires that are suitable for winter driving conditions, but if your running out with slick worn out tires your maneuverability and braking is going to be greatly reduced. Basically go slow so you don’t rear end somebody when you try to stop. Pump the brakes so you don’t slide”.
What’s the most dangerous part about winter driving?
“Black ice. You don’t know it’s there and it’s slick,” said Linne. “Drivers are unaware driving at a high rate of speed on poorly lit highways and not realizing that they hit black ice, so I think that’s a really dangerous combination,”
Many people have crashed and have gotten in close calls because of winter driving conditions. Rick tells his close call.
“One time driving down the hill from Smithers, we had cold weather up on top of the mountain where we were skiing. Partway down the mountain, a layer of snow and the ice melted and made a lot of water on the road. The temperature dropped and the ice kind of flooded over the rocks. It became a gravel road so there weren’t any rocks to grip from, and we ended up with about a half inch to an inch of snow to about an inch of snow covering the ice.” said Collins.  “We were then driving in an inch of fresh snow with gravel underneath but we found out later that we were driving on an inch of snow with ice underneath. There is this one corner on that hill that is sloped the wrong direction and we barely caught the edge of the snowbank and we were able to get out. Later that day there were about fifteen cars that got wrecked.”

Senioritis at its Finest

Photo By: Rosie Kacenas

Rosie Kacenas
Staff Writer

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.”

Lancelot’s Crusade


Joey Karlik
News Editor

The holidays are joyous occasions for everyone every year. Kids go out and get candy from complete strangers. Families gather together and eat turkey. Presents are given and received. Every couple is under Mistletoe. Parents are lifting their small children up and hanging ornaments. Life is supposed to be good, right? Four years ago, Christmas wasn’t a very happy occasion for the Karlik and Thompson families.
It was just like any other December for us. Dad and I had just finished our last shift of selling Boy Scout Christmas Trees. Wrestling season was done and I could eat again. Mom had just finished grading all of her assignments. Debi was being Debi in her room with her Pokemon and Sonic. Chris was hanging out with his crew in town. Everything was going right in our world.
On December 16th, Mom suddenly got a call and started crying. She whispered something to Dad and he sprinted out the door toward Uncle Chet and Aunt Alisa Thompson’s house. I had absolutely no idea what was going on. Mom wouldn’t tell me; she said I didn’t need to know yet. I got frustrated because she tells me everything. Then I paused and realized that she tells me everything and that I should trust her. I went downstairs and try to get my mind off of it and played video games.
It doesn’t work and I constantly lost my matches thinking about what it could be. “Are they getting a divorce?” No, of course not; they love each other too much. “Did dad get a new job somewhere else and we have to move?” No, Mom would’ve told me to start packing.
Time eventually passed and I went up for dinner and Mom told us life-changing news, Lance has Leukemia. I was shocked that my little three year old cousin had cancer. It was devastating. I didn’t think he would make it at first. I rarely heard a good story of a person surviving it. I thought I was about to lose my little cousin to cancer.
Over the first couple of months, it was a rough time for Lance. He couldn’t even be home for Christmas and really bummed us all out. January came and the community started a campaign to help raise funds for the Lance and the rest of the Thompson family called “Lancelot’s Crusade”. They made bracelets and T-shirts with this phrase and got donations. The money helped make care-packages to send to them along with the actual money. We did everything we could to help him.
We had no contact with Lance and the only way we got up to date was Alisa writing journal entries on the site It’s a place where cancer families could write updates of their loved ones to people who supported them and even get donations. Those journal entries were the only things getting us through. Alisa was, and still is, an amazing writer. When mom first told me that Lance had cancer, she showed me the first entry. I cried so hard that day.
I couldn’t focus the next day at school. All I could think about was this little child being very sick. It sounded devastating. Mom and I sat down every lunch period for school and read what Alisa wrote that day. I read about Lance and his first reaction to steroids. He was a miniature Hulk destroying everything and even his parents were scared. I thought poor little guy. The next thought was, poor parents. They must being going through so much more than I am by a long shot.
Being the strong little boy he was, he trudged through the long and enduring battle. Lance got to go to a ton of sporting events as an honored guest. He got to tour so many sports teams’ practice facilities. He even got to go meet frickin Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks! When Sherman asked if he wanted to switch shoes, Lance, being the smart little boy he is, answered,
“Your shoes are too big for me.”
Chet was so starstruck and was so frustrated that Lance would miss this once in a lifetime opportunity. The three of them laughed it out. I still have that picture of them; it’s priceless.
We got frequent updates from Aunt Alisa on Caring Bridge. Some days we were joyous. Some days we laughed over her creative writing ability. Some days we heard minor and major setbacks and some of us cried (It was totally mom every single time. I never cried at all. At least in front of people).
Lance did make it and he is healthy and better than ever. He is now probably my favorite cousin (sorry Brian). He is my mini me. He loves sports and we have intellectual NFL conversations together. He looks more like me than his actual father. Considering I look nothing like my parents most of the time, I jokingly wonder if Lance and I are brothers in some other family. I am so glad he made it. I still wear that orange wrist band everyday with the strong and powerful words, “Lancelot’s Crusade”. I will never forget that strong kid and his story.

Kayhi Wrestling Starts Today

Rose Kacenas and Gavin Salazar
Staff Writers

Kayhi wrestling season starts today. Coach Rick Collins said that the team this year looks better than it ever has, holding the largest amount of seniors ever.
“We should have the best team we’ve had in school history, it’s a pretty amazing group.”
Drop-ins also gave the team a chance to practice working with each other before the season actually started, and let them figure out what they wanted to work on improving. Collins said that they get to focus on working on things they feel they need to, and getting their bodies ready for the season.
The team has about six wrestlers that, to Collins, will potentially do really well at the state tournament this year.
“There are six, maybe even seven guys, that if they ended up in the finals, I would not at all be surprised, and I don’t think I’ve ever been able to say that before.”
Although the team is looking strong, there are a few wrestlers who are injured from previous sports. Senior Vince Tenebro who suffered from a leg injury last spring hopes to be healed by November. Tenebro could not participate in drop-ins and said that they are helpful in preparing the other wrestlers for the season.
“It helps quite a bit, just getting back in shape and working on form, because we don’t wrestle year-round like some other places.”
Senior Justin Albecker agreed that the team is as stacked as it’s ever been and is bound for state titles this year. Albecker said that other sports prepare him for the upcoming season, and that Coach Collins’ motivation drives him to work his hardest.
“During summer I grind to get in shape for wrestling, and it’s senior year- you always do your best your senior year,” said Albecker. “ I haven’t made it to state, yet, in my high school career, but I believe that this is the year I’m going to be able to do it.”

Kayhi Returns 18 of 20 State qualifiers, 9 of 11 Region Champs

“There is an expectation around here to win the region team title, advance as many wrestlers as we can to the state tournament,” Collins said.
Winning the 2017 Region V Title this year would be Kayhi’s 10th straight title. Collins also has bigger achievements in mind.
“We have an outside shot at winning the state title if we can hold our team together. Which would be pretty incredible considering that wrestling is a numbers game.” said Collins. “Coming from one of the smallest 4A schools it is really hard for us to qualify as many wrestlers to the state tournament as all of the up north teams are able to do. I am hoping for somewhere in the top 3 as a team.”
A lot of the wrestlers have been getting physically conditioned and mentally ready for the season whether it was working out, changing their eating habits, or participating in drop-ins. This year’s team has high expectations and it will be an exciting group to watch.
Kayhi is returning 9 of 11 Region V Champions and 18 of 20 State qualifiers. Among those is State Champion Matt Rodriguez, Region V Tournament’s Most Outstanding Wrestler Brayden Linne, and 3 time Region Champion Max Collins.
“I have never lost a match in any Region V event. I don’t really feel the pressure when it is a region event as much as up in state,” said Max. “I feel like people expect me to win because it is something I deserve from all of my hard work. Nothing is guaranteed in the sport of wrestling. I have to go all out because I have nothing to lose.”

2016 Region Champions:

Connor McCormick *  98,  Matthew Rodriguez  106  Vince Tenebrous 113, Brayden Linne 120, Sean Tavares 126, Troy Harris 132, Tim Rodriguez * 138, Max Collins 145, Grant Collins 152, Brandon Weiber 170, Cameron Harris 182
* = Graduates 

Senior Year

Brittany Slick
Staff Writer

Senior year has its expectations, anticipations, and the dreaded “senioritis”.
With all the excitement that comes with senior year, there’s also a lot of stress that comes with the idea of college. Applications, scholarships, essays, and admissions are all just stepping stones in the beginning of a college career. Senior Keri Thomas believes the stress of senior year can be hard to handle at times.
“It’s like being enrolled in two different schools at once,” said Thomas. “You’re doing scholarships and early applications at the same time you’re writing essays and doing homework for your high school classes.”
Although the demands of college can take a toll on the seniors, Thomas points out the traditions and special events that will relieve some stress for her and her classmates throughout their last year at Kayhi.
“There are a lot of things worked into senior year to make it fun for us; like senior float and senior carnival,” said Thomas. “It’s the little fun things that come with being a senior that helps with the stress of college and the year ahead.”
Every Class is Unique
Math teacher Jennifer Karlik believes this class has a special quality that is not always as prominent as years past.
“The class of 2018 is exceptionally kind,” said Karlik. “I have specifically paid attention to how this class seems to treat their peers and they are so kind and accepting; it’s really something special to see.”
Karlik said that this senior class is very involved with each other.
“The closeness is what’s setting them up for success,” said Karlik. “If they work together and help each other out academically, they will do great.”
Being a Senior in the 21st Century
Science teacher D Jay O’Brien said he notices some major differences between when he was a senior (1980) versus today’s seniors living in the 21st century.
“I think it’s more stressful now,” said O’Brien. “When I was a senior, we only had to worry about getting accepted into a university. Seniors nowadays have to look at if they can afford going to the school before anything; you have to make a lot of decisions based on the costs and not the wants.”
O’Brien recalls hearing “We Are the Champions” at every single pep rally and only worrying about maintaining a high GPA.
“If you had the grade point average that colleges required, you got in,” said O’Brien. “The scores on the state tests (SAT and ACT) weren’t even a qualifier to get in if you met their GPA requirements.”
Kayhi provides students secondary education in preparation for the ideal goal of students continuing on to college. O’Brien acknowledges that is the one thing that hasn’t changed since he was in school.
“This place has the lights on and the hot lunch all for the benefit and growth of the students to eventually be in this senior position,” said O’Brien. “It’s all about you guys, and that’s never a perspective to lose.”
Senior Roles
Senior second baseman Michael Starr said there are some perks that come with being a senior on a sports team.
“You have more authority and your opinion definitely carries over to the rest of the team along with the coach,” said Starr.
Starr points out that those perks don’t mean seniors can slack off.
“Honestly, being a senior means you have to work twice as hard because the rest of the team is looking at you for leadership while you’re carrying your weight on the field as well,” he said.
In addition to being a big part of the baseball team this season, Starr is also the SBA president of Kayhi.
“As the SBA president, I want this senior class to buy into being a senior,” said Starr.
“Try your hardest to walk into everything with an optimistic attitude, because this year is the year that you will get out whatever you put into it. So make the most out of being a senior and you’ll get nothing but positive energy and good times out of it.”

10 Greatest Baseball Movies of all Time

There are plenty of baseball movies to choose from, but not all of them are good. But on the bright side, there is some amazing baseball movies. Comedy, inspiring, pretty much all genres you can find. The real question is, what are the 10 best?
10. Million Dollar Arm (2014)
Best Line: “[referring to Cricket] It looks like an insane asylum opened up and all the inmates were allowed to play.”
Best Character: Rinku Singh
9. Angels in the Outfield (1994)
Best Line: “There’s a thing called “*talent*”! They don’t have it!”
Best Character: Roger Bomman
8. Mr. 3000 (2004)
Best Line: “You don’t like me because I sign autographs. You don’t like me because I tell you what’s on my mind. But you love me because I am the greatest hitter alive!”
Best Character: Stan Ross
7. Field of Dreams (1989)
Best Line: “If you build it they will come”
Best Character: Ray Kinsella
6. 42 (2013)
Best Line: “We had a victory of fascism in Germany. It’s time, time we had a victory over racism at home.”
Best Character: Jackie Robinson
5. Moneyball (2011)
Best Line: If your enemies are making mistakes, don’t interrupt them.”
Best Character: Billy Beane
4. Benchwarmers (2006)
Best Line: My mom said I should hold off on getting my license for another year. [Extends arms forward and then retracts] You know, just to make sure my reflexes are fully developed.”
Best Character: Howie
3.Bad News Bears (2005) – The amount of hilarious one liners this movie puts it easily in the top 3 baseball movies of all time. Billy Bob Thornton as Morris Buttermaker is literally a perfect fit. People questioned if this remake would be better than the 1976 original… it is.
Best Lines:
“You guys swing like Helen Keller at a pinata party”
“Hey, Hooper, you wanna put that thing in fourth gear and get over here already?”
Best Character: Morris Buttermaker
2. Sandlot (1993) – Simply put, it’s an instant classic. It is probably the most popular baseball movie of all time, and really set the standard for similar movies. It is full of great characters, quotes, and it’s pretty funny.
Best Lines:
“You play ball like a girl!”
“You’re killin me smalls…”
Best Character: Ham
1. Major League (1989) – Yeah, it’s the greatest baseball movie ever. Also, it is one of THE greatest movies ever. Words can’t even describe how hilarious this movie is. Charlie Sheen as “Wild-Thing” is amazing. Also, the supporting cast is full of comedy. It has everything you could want in a movie, as it provides comedy, great characters, romance kind of, and an actual plot you can follow. P.S. Don’t watch the sequels, they will ruin the movie for you, they are historically bad.
Best Lines:
Vaughn, a juvenile delinquent in the off-season, in his major league debut.”
“Cerrano’s looking for some extra power for tonight. He’s looking to sacrifice a live chicken. Hey Jake, man, we can’t have people puking in the locker room before the game!”
Best Character: Cerrano

Jennifer Karlik: friend, mother, educator

Hannah Maxwell
Staff Writer

Ask a teacher what their favorite part of teaching is. The cliché is to say that your favorite part is when a student figures it out and they get it, seeing the lightbulb go on. Jennifer Karlik’s favorite part of teaching may be a cliché but as she said it you could see her eyes light up just at the thought of a student succeeding.
Karlik originally dreamed of being an actress on Broadway, but thankfully she decided her talents could be put to better use as a teacher. 20 years later she is still teaching at Ketchikan High School. Mrs. Campbell, an English teacher at Kayhi, has taught with Karlik for 17 years, but the two have known each other since their youth.
“I’ve been teaching with Mrs. Karlik for 17 years but have been friends since 7th grade. I think she’s an outstanding teacher,” Campbell said. “She’s completely available for her students, she breaks things down in a way that students can understand, and she’s committed to helping them learn and understand the material.”
Being an outstanding teacher is hard enough on its own, but to also be an amazing person is another. I have known Mrs. Karlik since 2008, she was the first person I met when I moved to Ketchikan.
If I were to describe her in one word, it would be happy. Always happy to help, happy to drive me to practice if my parents were busy, and never turned me down if I asked her to make me one of her compound famous grilled-cheese sandwiches.
Mr. Collins has known Mrs. Karlik much longer than I have. He’s been teaching with her for almost 18 years.
“She’s enthusiastic, happy, and bubbly in an intelligent way,” Collins said. “She’s got a ton of enthusiasm and passion for what she’s doing. It’s really fun as a teacher when you have people that are invested in kids and really working hard for kids. It makes other educators jobs also go well. You like to be around positive and happy people.”
Although she may not have known she was sharing, Karlik is not one to turn down someone who needs her help. Cole Maxwell needed a midday snack and she was happy to provide it.
“She used to have 2 bags of fruit snacks in her lunches,” Maxwell said. “Larry Jackson and I used to split them, she didn’t even know she had fruit snacks because Larry and I kept eating them all the time.”
Christopher Salita was adopted by the Karlik family last year. Before the Karlik’s took him in he was staying with friends on a nightly basis and needed a permanent home, Mrs. Karlik has had a big impact on not only Chris’s life, but with all people she encounters.
“Mrs. Karlik is one of the happiest people I know. She’s so good to everyone, she always puts others before herself,” Salita said. “I feel so blessed to have her as a mom, she makes me feel important and loved. She’s the best teacher you could ever have.”