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Lancelot’s Crusade

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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 CaringBridge.com. 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.”

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.

 

Kayhi Graduates Unprepared?

Verona Kamberi
Carlos Orta
Farren Linne
Staff Writers

A study done by professor Herb Schroeder at University of Alaska, sparked conflict recently when he found that 71.5 percent of students graduating from Kayhi, take at least one remedial class at UA even though many had passed a similar class in high school. This study was used in several publications which lead to the misrepresentation that Kayhi graduates are ill-prepared when moving on to further education.
           Schroeder said the study was intended to better understand why students coming from Alaskan high schools were so underprepared when arriving to a university.
           “There is a disconnect between the grades students earn in high school and the knowledge that they acquire,” said Schroeder. “If a student earns an A in trigonometry that should mean they understand trigonometry. The study showed that for most students, this is not the case.”
           The study has become a controversial topic between Kayhi’s teachers and staff members throughout the high schools mentioned in Schroeder’s study.
           “Our school is listed as one of the top five schools that are needing the most remediation,” said Principal Bob Marshall. “It bothers me because I’m curious to know more about his study because it seems like where he chose to use his data and facts don’t add up to what we know about our students that leave here and go to universities.”
           Schroeder’s study has left many questions regarding the validity of the data. The small sample size in his data left people concerned because it would go on to make the percentages look more substantial than they really are.
           “I don’t think he has enough numbers to draw conclusions,” said counselor Robert McClory. “If he is saying that we have one kid up in Anchorage that’s taking a remedial math course that certainly doesn’t sentence anybody to failure at any university.”
           Though some might believe the study suggests Kayhi, among other schools, are failing their students, Science teacher D Jay O’Brien strongly believes that the teachers go out of there way to help the students learn the material.
           “That data contradicts this study to some degree,” said D Jay O’Brien. “It would be unfair to say that Kayhi as a whole is unprepared, because we have a whole lot of data to show that our students are doing very well in the universities.”
           According to many staff members at Kayhi, the University of Alaska doesn’t attract the majority of our top students. Traditionally top students at Kayhi go on to pursue further education down south where more opportunities are presented.
           “Knowing that we have students that aren’t just qualifying for University of Alaska, but have major universities down in the lower 48 that are accepting our students shows a lot,” said Marshall. “It’s easier to point to the one or two that are going to Harvard or West Point Academy, but the fact that we have students that continue to go to good schools across the country says something about the program that we have here at Kayhi.”
            Superintendent Robert Boyle, is concerned about the misinterpretation that the study has provided and hopes people don’t get the wrong idea about the quality of education at Kayhi.
           “I have spoken with other people that are associated with the University, and they don’t feel that way about our students,” said Boyle. “Instead of me thinking it is a flaw within our school, I see it being a flaw within the University of Alaska system. It doesn’t matter what grades you have or how good you did academically, if you enroll they will make you take the Accuplacer test, which you must score above a certain score, or else you will be placed in a developmental class.”
           Most colleges don’t use the Accuplacer test for student placement because the classes students take in college would then depend on a single score rather than previous grades and academic achievements.
           Though the study was intended to raise awareness of potential unpreparedness, some are concerned about the misrepresentation of these high schools.
           “I feel he has insulted you as students, he’s insulted our former students, our school board, all our administrators, and clearly me by saying I have not been doing my job, all of that based around an alleged study that he’s done on a very small sampling of students from our schools,” said Boyle. “We have had countless incredibly successful students graduate from our school, and to suggest that our teachers are not doing their job well, I think that shows he has a very narrow mind in terms of what happens in the public school system.”