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Track Heads to Washington

Kayhi Track and Field will be traveling to Washington this week to compete in their first two meets of the season. They will be the only out-of-state team attending both the C2BL Meet in Toutle Lake, WA and the Al McKee Invitational in Stevenson, WA. Head coach Alex Pennino has purposely kept the Washington trip in the season schedule for seven consecutive years because of the exposure it gives the team.
“The best part about Washington is getting to check out some different tracks, meets, and athletes,” said Pennino.
Although the trip is beneficial to the new team, there is also a huge setback due to poor scheduling for the 2018 season.
“The worst part about the trip is that it coincides with Music Fest this year, so we had to leave behind some of our more competitive athletes, including seniors,” said Pennino.
Competing against teams that aren’t in the same conference–let alone the same state– is one of the best ways to start Kayhi’s season: having no pressure or expectations and just getting some experience in. But, because the competition in Washington is at a naturally higher level, any less-experienced team would prefer to bring it’s better, more experienced members. With the absence of those stronger members, the new athletes on the Kayhi roster have been expected to step up.
“We have a lot of new and unproven athletes this year on the trip,” said Pennino. “Hopefully it will be a good learning experience for the kids and get them prepared for the season with some races under their belts.”
With the members that are traveling, Pennino believes the team has a lot of potentials that Kayhi fans can look forward to. He has confidence is some strong upperclassmen on the boys’ side that have been proving their place at practices.
“I’m expecting some strong work out of Seniors Luke Reynolds and Paul Allmendinger,” said Pennino. “Junior John Barron has been a beast at practice and I’m looking forward to seeing him in competition.”
This season, the presence of first-year members on the girls’ side overpowers that of the boys’. From what Pennino’s seen, he predicts there will be a pair of underclassmen runners who will shine at the upcoming meets.
“I’m not positive who will stand out but if I had to bet, I would wager on Ashley Cyr and Rachel Knight,” said Pennino. “We also have a few girls who will be in their first meet ever and it’s exciting to see how they will do.”
Kayhi’s Track and Field has grown significantly over the years, with more and more people wanting to join in. Pennino and the rest of the coaches have taken notice of the newfound interest in the sport.
“We have 60 members on the team this year and I think kids at Kayhi are starting to figure out that track is a pretty dope sport that isn’t just running around in a circle,” said Pennino.
With a large number of members comes a large amount of potential. Pennino makes sure to emphasize the teams’ main focus when asked how the season should play out.
“Our main goal of the season is to see improvement from race to race and meet to meet,” said Pennino. “It’s pretty hard to learn the events and it’s a definite strain on your joints and muscles–but it’s pretty rewarding and I’m really stoked to see what this group can achieve.”
The Kings’ first meet will kick off at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday at Toutle Lake High School, followed by a 12 p.m. meet on Saturday at Stevenson High School.

Washington Trip Roster
Seniors
Keri Thomas- Hurdles, Distance, Sprints
Kaiden Hodges- Sprints
Victoria Adams- Throwing
Luke Reynolds- Distance
Nolan Meyers- All the difficult stuff
Nate Ellis- Distance
Dawson Entwit- Throws
Chris Salita- Throws
German Passion- Jumps
Paul Allmendinger- Distance
Rosie Kacenas- Sprints

Juniors
Elizabeth Knight- Distance
Kaileigh Edenshaw- Sprints, Jumps
Crist Carlson- Hurdles
Brendon Wong- Throwing
Franklyn Correa- Sprints
ER Caparas- Jumps, Sprints
John Barron- Distance

Sophomores
Madi Rose- Sprints, Distance
Ashley Cyr- Distance
Hunter Matthews- Distance, Jumps

Freshmen
Rachel Knight- Sprints, Distance
Carlee Zartman- Sprints

 

Music Fest back on for Kayhi Students

Seth Chernick
Staff Writer

The Alaska State Ferry that was supposed to transport the students to Juneau for the Southeast Regional Music Festival had broken down. Over the course of three days, students wrote letters to the State Representative, Dan Ortiz, and celebrities like Oprah and Ellen Degeneres. Social media pages started with posts that helped spread awareness about the problem. The response from the State Representative and community members alike were strongly supportive of the students. Alaska State Ferry officials later announced that the Leconte would be rerouted to pick up students from southern Southeast Alaska.
Senior Chasina Klein said she is glad to know that the trip is back on.
“Hearing that we would be able to go, is just incredible,” said Klein. “Knowing that our hard work paid off, in just three or four days.”
The Music Fest students will be traveling to Juneau on April 12.

Course Fair

Seth Chernick
Staff Writer

On Thursday, Kayhi underclassmen were given a break before their sixth period for the Kayhi Course Fair. The course fair is meant to help give students an opportunity to record what classes they are interested in for their upcoming year. The students’ interests directly influences what classes will be available next year.
“The Course Fair is incredibly important,” said Principal Bob Marshall. “Today helps determine how many classes we will need to offer for our classes. If only two people sign up for welding, then we won’t offer that class, whereas if 30 students sign up for welding, then we know we will need to provide two periods.”
The Course Fair can also provide some useful insight into what new classes are available next year.
“The fair is definitely helpful for new and old students,” said junior Emerald Goodman. “Knowing about these classes can help students prepare. I wish my schedule wasn’t full already, because I found some classes I would definitely have taken.”

Housers Needed for Regions

Verona Kamberi
Editor in chief

A few dozen students are still looking for housing for next week’s regional tournament. Activities Director, Lynn Wadley, said she hopes that everyone will be housed.
“We have no choice but to have them sleep in a classroom at the school if they don’t get housed,” said Wadley. “If they stay at the school we are required to provide one meal for them under the region policy.”
Housing Director, Deidra Nuss, said the kids participating are responsible for housing.
Boys basketball, Girls basketball, Cheer, Dance, and Pep Band are all responsible for housing 2-4 kids​,” said Nuss. “We still need housing for about 30-40 more kids​. [If] the teams get group housed at the school-the problem with that is that there are only 8 showers​.”
English teacher, Linnaea Troina, said she doesn’t mind housing.
“I like housing,” said Troina. We have friends whose house is too small so we are taking two of their people. My husband thinks it’s weird that we are housing,” said Troina. “Since I am from here I am used to it.”

 

ACDC Places First in State

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Kayhi ACDC After Placing First. Photo By: Gilbert Varela

 

Rosie Kacenas
Staff Writer

The Kayhi Academic Decathlon team won the Alaska State Championship for the first time this weekend. Kayhi is the very first team from all of southeast Alaska to win state, scoring the fourth-highest amount of points in all of Alaska’s history. Kayhi’s championship team will be going to Texas in April to participate in the USAD national competition.
Kayhi senior Largim Zhuta has participated in Academic Decathlon for three years, and said he is more than thrilled to have been apart of the team’s success.
“It is totally crazy. Our team has improved every year, and we were very hungry for this title,” said Zhuta. “When the announcer said that we won, we were jumping up and down, cheering – it was definitely special, memorable for sure. We made history, and the atmosphere felt great, there was even some crying going on – but those were definitely happy tears. I can’t even think of the words to describe it.”
Coach Peter Stanton said he is very proud of his team. He explained that Fairbanks ruled the system and no other schools had ever won until two years ago, so everyone was extremely proud when Kayhi was pronounced first this weekend.
“Nationals is going to be very tough. It’s going to be teams from lots of different states, and even some other countries that do ACDC,” said Stanton. “Some kids have broken records with almost perfect scores, so there are some extremely hard-hitting decathletes elsewhere. We’ll probably be competing in the small schools competition, so I’m not sure who our competition will be, but I think we could do really well.”
Kayhi senior and ACDC captain, Max Varela, expressed his excitement for the team and their success.
“It was fun, it was really exciting to beat Lathrop and all the other southeast teams were really excited for us too,” said Varela. “It felt important, and really big. Nationals is a lot more competitive than state, but I think we have a good base and we’ll study really hard, and hopefully take home a trophy.”

Kings Face Bears

The Kayhi Kings basketball team is facing off against their conference rivals the Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears this weekend at home. Both nights, C-team will play at 4:45, JV at 6:00, and Varsity at 7:15. Going into this weekend having not played Juneau, Kayhi is looking to bring the same, if not more, intensity that they brought to the Kayhi-Thunder Mountain matchup last weekend.
Kayhi junior Cody Kemble said the team will bring more energy to the court this weekend.
“I thought last week the team lacked intensity in the first half,” said Kemble. “We have definitely been working on bringing it for the whole 32 minutes every game.”
Kemble also said that the crowd is a big help during games like these.
“It really helps when the crowd gets into it,” said Kemble. “It gets us in a groove, and especially helps during these critical conference matchups.”

Sadie Hawkins

 

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This year’s Sadie Hawkins dance will be held in the Kayhi Aux Gym 9 p.m. – 11 p.m. following the boy’s Varsity vs. JD game on Feb. 16. There will be a $5 entry fee. This year’s theme is unlike any other, it’s a country throwdown. For each cowboy and cowgirl there will be a $5 entry fee. Dance committee co-chair, Keri Thomas, said she was unsure about this change at first, but now she is looking forward to the twist of themes for this year’s dance.
“I’m actually pretty excited to try something new try something new at a dance,” said Thomas. “It will end up being a lot of fun for those who dress up and embrace the theme.”
There will be a live band playing for the first hour of the dance. Kayhi’s very own Mr. Sivertsen and his band will be rocking the stage. His band, The Free Radicals, is a country pick band that will be playing for the first half of the dance. There will be a caller there teaching the Virginia Reel for the people who don’t know how to do it. So, time to get those cowboy boots and leather pants out of the closet, come on down to the Sadie Hawkins Country Throwdown Dance.