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Senior Goodbye

Jake Smith:
Being the first kid in my house to graduate is very emotional. I have seen some of my closest friends do it, but everything they have told me has not helped, at all. I have been in denial since day one of senior year. I am going to keep my stuff very simple. I would like to thank my family, mostly my beautiful mother and strong father. I would like to thank all my teachers who got me to this point in my educational life. As far the education goes, I would like to thank the man who helped me discover my love of writing, Sir, GOAT, and King of the Journalism Wing, Lund. It will be a tough goodbye. But I think the closing of this chapter, and the beginning of the next is something I look forward to. Peace out Kayhi.

Kyra Welker:It’s not a lie when people say that high school goes by fast. It went by faster than Usain Bolt runs the 100 meter dash. Looking back on these four years I’ve learned more than my brain can contain. I mean I can’t recall what I learned in some of my classes, and yeah that sounds bad, but it’s inevitable. What is more important than all the miscellaneous knowledge you’ve gained is the routines and habits you make while you’re here.
High school is the prime place to make habits, habits that will stick with you for the rest of your life. It’s the trial and error stage before being flung into the real world. This is a place where timeliness is needed, which we all struggle with, myself included (I apologize to all my teachers for the tardiness.) Work ethic, which is important and shouldn’t even need an explanation. I mean, you get what you put into your work. Work hard and you’ll get good grades. Good communication skills are especially important (Don’t forget to tell the teacher who’s handing you your diploma at graduation, that they’re handing you your diploma). Not to get all sentimental, but I might actually just miss this place. Thank you, Kayhi for all the years of homework, learning, and fun times.

Pablo Orta:
So this is it… Walking into this school as a freshman, I never thought this moment would actually come. I didn’t believe that time went by as fast as everyone said it did, turns out it was true. High school went by faster than I could have ever imagined. I thought that by this point I would be ready to move on from high school and take the world by the horns, but now that it’s my last day here, I’m not sure I want to leave. From eating Mr. Edwards breakfast every morning to simply walking down the halls and seeing the faces of people I’ve known since elementary, I’ll miss it all. In my mind I know that this is the end but my heart still hasn’t quite accepted it, I still feel like I’ll be showing up here after summer is over. I think that the fact that I’m actually done with high school won’t really hit me until I enter that first college classroom and realize that I’m at a new point in my life. It’s a bittersweet feeling saying goodbye to the place and everyone that I’ve become accustomed to seeing each day and I know I’m not ready to go but no one goes when they’re ready, they go when they’re ready enough. Thanks for everything Kayhi.

The Odd Couple

Verona Kamberi and Farren Linne
Feature Editors

I sit next to Farren and Verona every day during 5th period in journalism. For every common interest they share, they have two differences that set them apart. They work well together and have their priorities set straight. However, where Farren seems to be a social butterfly outside of school, Verona is more of a caterpillar that just spends time curled up in her cocoon. -Carlos Orta

Farren: Hey Verona, what’re you doing after school?

Verona: Oh you know just going straight home, wbu?

Farren: I have soccer practice.

Verona: Gosh I can’t stand sports I don’t know how you can manage playing a sport and controlling your grades.

Farren: You don’t like sports are you kidding me?!(jaw drops)

Verona: Yeah they don’t entertain me whatsoever.

Farren: You’re crazy! Well, if you don’t like sports then what do you like?

Verona: Uhm…. not really sure what I like (laughs).

Farren: Hmm… well what about hiking, or fishing, or camping?

Verona: No way those things are wayyyy out of my interests.

Farren: You live in Alaska and you don’t enjoy the outdoors… who are you?(puzzled)

Verona: Hahaha I myself don’t even know why I hate the outdoors. Just the fact of being outside, especially somewhere where trees surround me, I start to freak out and get uncomfortable.

Farren: I’ve literally known you since first grade.. How did I not know this? What do you do on the weekends?

Verona: You have my friend, but you don’t really know the “Verona” outside of school. I am very boring in some cases. On the weekends I stay at home or go over to my cousin’s house or I do my homework.

Farren: Oh Verona, do you ever go out to the movies with friends? Go shopping, maybe get a tan! Go on a drive, I mean there’s truly a lot to do in this little town you just gotta open your eyes!

Verona: I’ve gone to the movies about two times this year, I go on drives by myself once in awhile, but yo I have an interest in tanning! How much does tanning cost?

Farren: Hey I finally found something! It’s about $8 I think.

Verona: Eight dollars an hour (shocked face)!!

Farren: AN HOUR?! You’d be a tomato!! Please don’t go more than 20 minutes.

Verona:  Oh my friend sometimes I don’t think of what I’m saying. Any tips for going tanning? Can I bring my cellular device in there with me?

Farren: No it will ruin your brain by blowing up in the bed cause it gets too hot.(smirks)

Verona: Oh lawd thanks for letting me know (laughs)!

Farren: Oh my you’re so gullible! But tbh I’m guessing you’re a phone junkie am I wrong?

Verona: You are 100% right about that. I’m super attached to my phone.

Farren: What do you even do on your phone all day?

Verona: Instagram, Snapchat, Youtube, Facebook, you know teenage stuff.

Farren: Doesn’t that get boring though?

Verona: No my friend, never do they get old. They are like water to a fish (laughs)

A few days later…

Farren: Hey Verona! I saw you at the soccer games! I was so surprised to see you. How was it? Did you have fun?!

Verona: Oh I loved it! I can’t believe that I actually survived watching all of the games. It was a great experience I met a few new people and had fun just talking with them.

Farren: Dang, I’m still so shocked. I knew you’d love it. Well now that you’ve welcomed yourself to the real world what’s next on the agenda?

Verona: Well.. I definitely will start going to games more whether it’s baseball or even track.

Farren: Proud of you Verona.

Verona: Merci Farren! You were totally right about just going out and interacting with people.

Farren: Yeah I know. It may not seem like something you’d like but once you go out and see how much fun these types of things are you open yourself up to even more exciting things.

Verona: Yeah that’s totally true. I dislike how I didn’t start doing this earlier in the year. I will definitely start going out a little bit more. Hey I gtg have to finish my homework, as usual, nice talking to you!

Farren: Haha sounds good. See you at school!

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.”

What to expect from Ketchikan

Jackson Pool
Staff Writer

Ketchikan. The First City of Alaska (not chronologically). There is definitely more to this small city than one might think. The key to having a good time while visiting, or living in Ketchikan, is to know the good things to do, and know how to avoid the tourist traps.
Ketchikan’s culinary scene… Sadly, it is quite abysmal. This is the one thing that Ketchikan lacks. However, there is some hidden gems. To get to those, you have to get through the bad ones.

Cape Fox is really a hit or miss restaurant. The view is great, and you get to ride the tram up, but the food is mediocre, and expensive. Service isn’t amazing either.

Bar Harbor is a very popular restaurant in Ketchikan, and widely regarded as the best. However, I have noticed that they lower the quality of their food come Spring/Summer time, it’s a tourist trap.

The Fish House is slightly expensive, but well worth the cost, they are always putting out genuinely good Alaskan seafood meals. Get the fish tacos, best in town by far.

Diaz Cafe is a small, Asian inspired restaurant, and it’s the best place to get food in town, I swear by it. It’s not “Alaskan Oriented”, but it is the best Asian food you’ll eat.

Sushi Palace has some amazing sushi and fast service, making it high on my list, they also serve salmon if you’re looking for that Alaskan vibe.

Lastly, Annabelles. Pretty good food for a good price, and close to the docks.

In short, you are really better off eating at a small shack or small restaurant than eating at our vastly overpriced restaurants.
Tours. We have a lot of tours. Tourism is the biggest part of our economy in Ketchikan. Kayaking, Ziplining, Floatplanes, multiple types of Fishing, Canoeing, the list is endless.

If you’re looking to Kayak, the only way to go is with Southeast Exposure. As a former guide, the Eagle Island Kayak Tour is one of the most informative and hands on tours in Ketchikan. At $90 a tour, you will not find a better bang for your buck. You’ll see plenty of wildlife (seals, birds, whales, starfish, salmon, etc.).

Better yet, if you’re a zipliner, Southeast Exposure has a great 9 zip course along with an obstacle course and a rock climbing wall, all for $125 a person.

Alaska Canopy Adventures specializes in ziplining, and starts at about $189 a person. They have 2 ziplining courses, where you get to both repel and go down a slide.

-Floatplanes are a great way to see our island, especially if you choose to go on a Misty Fjords tour, preferably with Taquan Air ($269 a person). Also, Allen Marine has great boating tours that head into the Misty Fjords, and it is more hands on.

If you’re about walking around by yourself, on a budget maybe, there is still plenty to do. Our downtown is historic and has a lot to offer, aside from the 1,000,000 jewelry stores we have.

Walking historic Creek Street is a good way to go, there is plenty of local shops.
If you feel like going hiking, Deer Mt. is a few hour trek, with amazing views of both the town and the Tongass National Forest.
Walk around downtown and check out all the stores, most have the same things, but all of them have different themes.

Ketchikan has a lot to offer, and is a great place to visit for a day or two. Living here isn’t so bad either. I’d like to think that Ketchikan is a different culture all its own. We aren’t like anyone else, and that’s why we can tolerate living on an island.

Superficial Valentine’s Day

Lezille Sagrado
Staff Writer

Valentine’s Day used to be the day where you could show extra love and appreciation to your partner, but now it just seems like a day where your partner is basically forced to show their love to you in any way romantically. Why does someone have to buy their partner an expensive teddy bear or get them a dozen roses to show that they care about them?
           My ideal Valentine’s Day isn’t like the expectations in this society. Getting roses doesn’t really mean anything to me because they die so quickly and it just costs more money to keep them alive. But rather than me sounding bitter about it, today is a nice day to simply spend with someone or just to be surrounded by people you love and make you happy.
           In society, people are pressured to give their partner at least a gift. Something that’s expensive or worth posting a picture about on social media. I guess it’s okay to brag sometimes but there’s a difference between showing off your relationship and genuinely caring about the person you’re with no matter what social media or anyone thinks.
           Valentine’s Day doesn’t just have to be about a couple’s relationship, it can also be about your parents simply showing that they care for you or just having a simple hangout with all your close friends, and maybe giving each other a gift. When I do exchange gifts with my friends, it’s not about how much it costs, but more importantly on the sentimental value of it.
           With my mom and step-dad, it’s nice and heartwarming seeing them give each other love everyday and they aren’t even about the gifts anymore. It’s about how much support they give each other and always being there for one another. They also support my three siblings and I a lot, I definitely couldn’t ask for more.
           I’m not saying I hate Valentine’s Day, just that the meaning behind it has changed and if I were to receive gifts, I wouldn’t decline. I’m just saying that I don’t need anything from anyone for them to prove that they care about me, genuine love and happiness is all that matters.

The Super Bowl That Shocked The Nation

Joey Karlik
Staff Writer

Every year football fans look forward to the Super Bowl. Whether your team’s in it or not. Football fans get to temporarily pick one side of the two best teams in the league. This year it was the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots going head to head in Houston for Super Bowl LI.
          This will be a Super Bowl my generation will never forget, whether you’re a fan of the team that lost or won, or not even a fan of football at all! This one is going in the record books and I will never forget where I was or what I did that day.
I had a soccer game where my team got crushed 14-5 and I was frustrated with myself because I felt like it was all my fault even though it really wasn’t. On my way home I was dripping with my sweat and tears when I heard a song on the radio by my favorite country artist Carrie Underwood. I asked Siri on my phone what the name of the song was and it was called “See You Again”. The lyrics brought some of my spirits up just in time for the biggest football game of the year and I finally got pumped up.
           I walk into the house and I see some Seahawks jerseys, a Buccaneer, a Packer, and the most dreadful one of them all, Hannah Maxwell’s New England Patriots jersey. I immediately jump into the shower right before the game starts to get rid of the gross sweat and put on my infamous “Big Joe” Pittsburgh Steelers jersey. I sat down and watch as the Atlanta Falcons start running the ball through that New England defense.
           During the game my Grandpa John Thompson points out the betting board. The betting board kept track of what people thought the score would be at the end of the quarters. Each quarter would get $200 and the final score was $400. My mom told me that I had one at seven and one where I had to have the last digit of Atlanta’s score end in a one and New England’s end in a seven.
           While I was rooting for my bet, we were watching Atlanta score up the points when at halftime it was 21-3. I was thinking to myself, they might actually do it. I was bugging Hannah but she wasn’t ready to give up. By the end of the third quarter, the score was 28-9 Atlanta. Then, I witnessed probably the greatest fourth quarter comeback that I’ve ever seen in the Super Bowl.
           It all began with a forced fumble and recovery by New England with 8:24 left in the fourth. Afterwards they completed a two point conversion and made the score 20-28 with 5:56 left. That great play gets followed by the best play of the game. With 2:28 left, Tom Brady throws it deep into the middle when it at first gets tipped off by Atlanta then Julian Edelman makes the catch of the game that sets them up to bring both teams into the first overtime in Super Bowl history. Finally, the New England Patriots push through the tired Atlanta defense and win in overtime.
           Hannah jumps out of her chair screaming and we all cheer for her. Our family starts to clean up our Super Bowl party and I sat down on my computer. I had like five seconds of feeling like that was the greatest Super Bowl ever, and after that I started looking up the 2017 free agents and who the Steelers should pick up. While everyone else was going home, I’m listening to Carrie Underwood and looking at the NFL, singing my new favorite song, “Until I See You Again.”

Staff Picks

What Makes Rivalries So Great?

Lezille Sagrado:
What makes a rivalry so great is the built-up intensity of the crowd and how much hype there is for a sport. Rivalries are great because of all the cheering and support you’re giving your team to hype them up and get excited about winning. For us, whenever JDHS comes here to play basketball, it gets really crazy. Our pep club is on top of everything when it comes to all the signs they make, with all the camo everyone wears, while our pep band sets the right tone for the rivalries. With the whole town coming out to support us, it just makes it even better.

Thomas Brooks:
A good healthy rivalry never hurt anyone. Actually rivalries are a very good thing. They push players to perform to a more intense standard and increase the player’s desire to win. When two good teams are going head to head it makes everyone perform to their best. You can expect for pep club, pep band, cheer, and dance team to go hard. Rivalries also create more money. If there’s a known rivalry between two teams people are going to pay to watch them play, and we all know money is good. You can expect for the games with JDHS to be heated.

Joey Karlik:
Rivalries are the pinnacle of any season schedule in any sport. Whether it’s a division or conference rival that you hate because they beat you or your team every single time, or it’s a person or team that is just so good you want to see them or that person lose just so they can understand the pain of losing. Rivalries are pure good fun. Whether it’s the Dallas Cowboys taking on the New York Giants, or our Kayhi Kings against the Juneau Douglas Crimson Bears, rivalries are great especially for the fans.

Hannah Maxwell:
Winning a game against your rival can be seen as even more important than winning a region title. Rivalries are so great because it shows the love people have for their teams. A great rivalry game is anticipated weeks in advance and fans come ready to yell and scream for their favorite team. Sharing a common enemy, even just for a night or two, brings people together. All differences are cast aside and all energy is focused on doing your part to win the game.

Gabe Bowlen:
The key component in a good rivalry is good competition. With our school’s rivals, we get that. Against JDHS we have good games, good events, in all sports at Kayhi. When people start vandalizing, stealing, and assaulting the other schools property and people, then the rivalry is bad. Once the game starts, usually everybody in our stands is hyped, and really in the game. If people are yelling harsh, inappropriate things then it takes away from the fun of the game. During basketball games, it’s really easy to get carried away during play, especially when we’re playing JDHS.

Kody Malouf:
There are a few things that give a rivalry life. Competition is one, if both teams suck then the rivalry gets stale, bland, and boring. History is another, there has to be a rich history between the two teams, full of great games, close finishes, and outstanding performances by the best players over the years. The most important component of a rivalry though, is hatred. There has to be that almost tangible hatred between the teams. The years of bad blood that fires up everyone involved with the rivalry. The players, the coaches, and the fans all buy into that absolute loathing for one another that can only be found in a grade A-rivalry.