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.”
Only a few brave souls dare to face the elements in order to update the marquee. Kayhi’s D Jay O’Brien is the toughest of them all. He has been giving the student body and residents of Ketchikan the latest updates on all things Kayhi for three years now. D Jay O’Brien, the man in charge, said he first noticed the lack of new Kayhi happenings when he would see the same news up for months at a time. “ It used to be done just sporadically, once in a great while stuff would show up here,” Said O’Brien. “ It would go up in May and would still be sitting in there in September.” Even though it’s a tough job these guys are committed. The marquee is updated weekly, whenever the weather permits. O’Brien has a simple outlook on keeping the board updated. “Either keep it up to date, or leave it blank.” Although the job isn’t easy, O’Brien has a fun doing it. Once in awhile he likes to throw up some propaganda for his favorite NFL team, the Patriots. “One year I put ‘Free Brady!’ up on the board a took a picture of it and emailed it to all the teachers.”
The Ketchikan Public Health Center reported that the number of flu cases in Ketchikan has doubled from last year. Ketchikan High School Principal Bob Marshall is fully aware of the problem and wants to take care of it. “Anytime a student misses class, there’s going to be things that they miss that could ultimately cause them to get behind and I know with the current flu, people are out for days.” The Department of Health and Services has taken action and has spread awareness. “The Ketchikan Public Health Center wanted to reach out to the school district about this year’s flu season, the number of confirmed flu cases have double from last year, the entire country is seeing increase cases of flu. It is so important to prevent the flu by vaccination, proper cough etiquette, hand hygiene, and stay home when ill.”
Linne 2nd, Rauwolf 4th at State Two Kayhi wrestlers finished top 4 in the State Tournament over the weekend. Juniors Brayden Linne (2nd) and Patrick Rauwolf (4th) led the Kings who finished 7th out of 16. Linne trailed 4-1 after the first period to Christion Alexander (22-9) from Wasilla, but came back to win 8-4 to qualify for the finals. In the final match, he fell to Kobe Ames (34-5) from Lathrop. “Going into it, I knew that Ames was a very good wrestler,” said Linne. “I needed to get after him early and minimize my mistakes throughout the match, but I didn’t do a good job executing that and I lost because of it.” Linne said he’s glad to get a break, but he is already looking to redeem himself next season. “It was a fun season with lots of ups and downs, I am looking forward to a little bit of a break,” said Linne. “But I am going to work hard this off-season and try to end up in the finals next year with hopefully a different outcome.” Rauwolf went 2-2 at the meet and placed 4th in his 113-pound weight class. “Obviously the goal going into the tournament was to get into the finals– so I am frustrated because I know I could have done a better job overall,” said Rauwolf. “But I think the team did alright over the season under the circumstances of losing so many people. I am happy with the team’s outcome.” Kings split with Golden There was plenty of hype before one of the top 4A teams in Colorado showed up to Kayhi over the weekend, but the Kings showed they were up to the task. Kayhi squandered a 10-point halftime lead and dropped Friday’s game 62-60. Junior Marcus Lee said there were a lot of things they need to improve on but overall the team played fairly well. “The first game was a really close one. The outcome wasn’t what we wanted, but against a good team for our first games of the season, I think we played very well,” said Lee, who had a combined 53 points on the weekend. “The second game, I think what we did differently was how we played in the second half. We came out and didn’t let our foot off the gas and that is what we didn’t do the first game. So it was nice to get a win this week at home.” Kayhi led by 9 late in the 4th quarter, but Golden forced overtime. Lee put Kayhi up 72-70 with a 3-point play with 18.8 seconds left. After two Golden free throws, Chris Lee scored the game winner on a layup with seconds remaining.
Lady Kings go 2-1 in Sitka Junior Ashley Huffine hit six 3-pointers as the Lady Kings beat Bethel to open the Holland America Tournament in Sitka. Kayhi then crushed Houston 58-15 on the second night to set up a winner-take-all game against host Sitka. For the second year in a row, the Lady Wolves beat the Lady Kings on their home floor 46-40. Senior Captain Hannah Maxwell was proud of the team and how they played this weekend. “It was our first real test of the season and I’m very happy with the team’s performance,” said Maxwell. “We stayed together and played hard. At the end we made some little mistakes but nothing that can’t be fixed. I can’t wait to play them again.” Kayhi hosts Sitka on Jan. 26-27.
JV girls go 1-2, boys 0-3 at Klawock Invitational The Lady Kings JV team (1-2) earned its first win of the season over Thorne Bay Saturday at the Klawock Invitational. All players scored in a 57-0 win over the Wolverines. Both Kayhi teams started the tournament with losses to Hydaburg then host Klawock. The JV boys team had a brief lead late in its game against Thorne Bay, but lost.
This week, Netflix is releasing the long anticipated season two of the hit show Stranger Things. On the big screen, Thor: Ragnarok will be hitting theaters all around the world on November 2nd. There was probably a time when the box office wouldn’t have paid much attention to the release of a show, but now streaming services like Netflix and Amazon are proving to be a threat to movie theaters everywhere. It’s no secret how popular streaming shows and movies have been in the last few years. Netflix has recorded $178 million in revenue in 2017 alone. Streaming services like Hulu, Amazon, and Netflix have made huge profits in the last year, while movie theaters across the country have steadily declined in attendance and revenue. Junior Maya Parker said she doesn’t attend as many movies as she used too. “I only go the movies about once every two months,” said Parker. “I used to go to the movies just about every week with my family, but now I watch everything at home on Netflix or Amazon Prime.” Netflix started as a service that sent videos to customers in the mail in 1997. In 2007, It expanded to streaming movies and television shows online. Kenny Gross, who is the corporate manager for Gross Alaska Theaters, believes Netflix has an impact on his annual revenue. “Netflix obviously affects our income. It’s no secret that if someone could choose between paying to watch a movie in public, or watching one in the privacy of your own home, people are going to stay home,” said Gross. “I won’t disclose our total income to the public, but clearly we’re still around, so we can’t be doing too badly.” Gross Alaska Theaters has three locations in total. One in Ketchikan and two in Juneau. Candice Jenkins, who is the manager of the Ketchikan Gross Alaska Theater said that she has noticed a steady decline in the attendance in the last few years. “I’ve worked for Gross Alaska for about five years now and I’ve certainly noticed a minor decrease in the attendance in the past few years,” said Jenkins. “No one’s done a survey or anything to really be sure if Netflix is really the cause, but I’m not sure what else would be.”
Kayhi Freshman class officers will be elected tomorrow during the advisory period. There are four candidates running in total. Caleb Schlosser and Trace Sasser are running for the freshman secretary position. Olivia Berg and Erin Shea are running unopposed for the positions of Vice President and President respectively. Freshmen will go to the auditorium to hear the candidates give their speeches. Afterwards they will precede to vote in their advisory classes. The results will be announced at the end of the school day or the following morning.
Last Wednesday marked the beginning of the new advisory period at Kayhi. The advisory class was created for the purpose of preparing and helping students set and achieve goals throughout high school and after. Kayhi senior Carlos Orta initially believed the class was going to be pointless. After the class, Orta’s perception changed. He sees the potential of the class. “I thought it was going to be a waste of time, but once we got into it, it wasn’t that bad,” Orta said. “It will be helpful in planning our future, especially since the careers class was removed. This seems like a replacement for that type of class and should be useful for seniors.” Advisory classes are split by grade, and each grade has a specific lesson plan. For the seniors, the lessons are going to be focused on teaching them skills to succeed after high schoolーeven if they don’t choose to go to college. While for freshman, sophomores, and juniors, the immediate goal is to teach them skills to succeed in high school. Kayhi senior Nolan Meyer believes the seniors who plan to attend college, have the most to benefit from advisory. “The studious student who actually wants to go to college and further their education will reap the most rewards,” Meyer said. “They will realize the timeline they have and get going on scholarships, applications, and that type of stuff.” While Orta and Meyer see the value of the class, Orta also sees a couple of factors that might limit the success of advisory: lack of student engagement and the short class duration. “I think advisory is a good idea, but I think the students will come in with a negative mindset,” Orta said. “That combined with the short duration of the class might make it hard for it to succeed.” Principal Bob Marshall had those concerns at first, but laid them to rest after the first class. He chose to make the class 30 minutes because the lesson plans don’t need more time than that. Marshall enjoys dropping in on classes and seeing what they are up to, and what he saw during the advisory hour pleased him. He saw students actively engaged in their lessons. “The first advisory class went really well,” Marshall said. “I visited the classes and was pleasantly surprised with the level of engagement from the students, especially the upperclassmen.” Marshall is confident in the advisory class. He has seen the success of the program at his previous school district in Washington, and hopes to see those same results at Kayhi.