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Staff Pick 2/13

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School climate surveys are…

Micah Britt: I think the school climate surveys are a waste of time. The school forced us to take it and unlike last year not give out any type of incentive. Last year the school gave out prizes like a laptop, a fitbit, and tablet. Without the incentive most of my peers put in random answers so they could get done faster, or they wouldn’t do it at all. In my opinion all of the information from the surveys never gets used to improve the school, and the school only wants the money for tests for upperclassmen.

Cristopher Carlson: The school climate survey is a good resource for our school and staff to know how the students really feel. I feel like if you’re in high school you are mature and old enough to answer the questions honestly and take them seriously. Based on how our classmates answer the questions they can change the direction of our school and how our school safety operates. The questions that were on the survey are very important and relevant for high schoolers. Our staff is trying to understand what goes on in students lives and how to help them out and make the high school experience safer and better for everyone.

Carter Thomas: I think that school climate surveys are a great way to get a deeper understanding of how our students at Kayhi are feeling. Our staff needs to know if students feel safe at school and at home, what the drug and violence atmosphere is like, and many other questions these surveys ask. They may seem like a drag when you are forced to sit and take them with your class, but they provide good intel for the school. They can move our district to change the way they do things. At the strategic planning meeting for our district, they used many of these surveys when discussing different topics. Those numbers moved the committee to take action on certain topics such as safety. They take 20 minutes to complete, but can have drastic effects on our schools.

Senior Night on the Sideline

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By Payton Simmons
Staff Editor

My teammates are playing their last home game of the season this weekend. Instead of joining them, I’ll be hobbling around the sidelines. On Jan. 11, my basketball career ended with the sound of a simple pop.
Knowing nothing about the knee or exactly how it works, I didn’t really think anything of it. I thought it was just a tweak or a sprain. My knee immediately swelled up and felt stiff as if it were a jammed finger. I couldn’t walk, it was just the start of frustration, pain, and discomfort.

The ACL prevents the tibia from sliding out in front of the femur, and provides rotational stability to the knee. The anterior cruciate ligament runs diagonally in the middle of the knee.

After icing and elevating all night and not being able to toss and turn in bed like normal people usually do, I went to see the doctor the next morning. The doctor yanked and pulled on my knee (medically referred to as the Lachman’s test) to test the ligaments and tendons. After he was done, he told me that by the feel of it he thinks its an ACL tear. At that moment my heart honestly did drop. I thought the things I love to do could be over. I thought about dumb things like the what ifs. What if I wasn’t guarding her, what if there was a time out one second before, what if I didn’t run back on defense that fast. There was another thought in the back of my head that he could be wrong. He can’t see inside my knee only the machine can. Maybe it’s not an ACL tear. Maybe it’s just a bad sprain. But in reality it is what it is, it sucks, but it happened and there’s nothing I can do about it.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a medical imaging technique used in radiology to form pictures of the anatomy and the physiological processes of the body in both health and disease. MRI scanners use strong magnetic fields, magnetic field gradients, and radio waves to generate images of the organs in the body.

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The doctor said the next step would be to get an MRI. The swelling makes it harder for the machine to see through. So I had to wait. Each day went by so slow. I continued to ice and elevate to keep the swelling down. A week later, the swelling was down and my knee wasn’t as stiff. I could bend and straighten my leg way better than when the injury happened, but I was still on crutches. The range of motion after the week of icing gave me hope for good news.
I went in for the MRI which took about half an hour laying inside the machine. The waiting started again. The nurse told me the doctor will call when they have the results. I had no idea how long it would take, but I was very fortunate to receive a call the next day. He wanted me to come in to review the results. That being said, I knew it had to be something somewhat serious. I went in and saw him. He showed me all of the MRI pictures and explained each one. The last picture he showed me was my ACL torn completely in half.

There were three different options to repair an ACL – the patient’s hamstring, patellar tendon, or a cadaver.

I had never heard of any of this in my life, I was lost, frustrated, and just had no idea. I did a lot of research and talked to a lot of people to get different opinions on what was the best way to go. My surgeon was very confident that the patellar tendon was the strongest, and from what I read and heard that’s what I felt too. From there, I was scheduled a surgery date. Until then I continued my routine of icing. It was very strange being able to hobble around without crutches feeling like I was healing, but still needing surgery.

Pre-surgery prep is important. Range of motion is important to prevent arthritis in the future. Exercises include heel slides, knee extensions, and heel raises.

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Two weeks later, I walked into the pre-op room nervous. The nurse gave me a gown, I changed, and got in the hospital bed. She took all of my vitals to then continue to put an IV in my arm. She started me on fluids and talked me through what was happening. The anesthesiologist came into the room and explained what medicines they were giving me through the IV. They not only put me to sleep, but they put a nerve block in my leg. The nerve block is optional and I would recommend it to anyone who is having the surgery. As soon as the doctor put the anesthesia in my IV, I started to feel woozy and things were blurry. It felt like I was going in and out of a dream. The last thing I remember before waking up was a blurry team of doctors rolling my bed through the blurry hallway and into the elevator.

Post-surgery symptoms include knee pain, nausea, amnesia, drowsiness. Some symptoms may last up to a week.

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An hour and a half later I woke up in a different room than I started in. Again, everything was blurry but this time I was in pain. My knee was throbbing, my head was spinning, and my stomach was aching. The nurse continued to give me painkillers through my IV. The anesthesia made me dry heave. I felt like I was going to faint, and had lost all of my appetite. The doctors kept me in the hospital for a couple hours after my surgery. When I was discharged I was still feeling the same symptoms. I went home and iced my knee. I woke up multiple times throughout the night with discomfort. Over the next week I got out of bed just one time other than to use the bathroom. Time was the only thing that could help. I still couldn’t eat. I was able to keep down one ritz cracker in three days. I was dehydrated and sick.
My favorite foods didn’t even sound good to me. About the fourth day my appetite started to come back. I ate a grilled cheese. It tasted like the best thing I’ve ever eaten in my life, and I could finally drink water. I was bored out of my mind. I slept almost every other hour because of the painkillers. After the week of nonsense was over the nausea went away but the knee discomfort was still there. I was able to get out of bed on crutches without feeling like fainting.
Since then, I’ve been mastering my crutch skills and have been feeling good. There is still some pain but nothing like before. I started going to physical therapy three times a week. My recovery will be nine months of rehab and muscle building.
It is a long road ahead, but that’s life. 

Students take climate survey Wed.

By Cade McAllister
Staff Writer

Students will be taking the Climate and Connectedness Survey on Wednesday in advisory class. Mr. McClory said that the school uses the survey to discover how to find out what the students like and dislike about certain things in the school, and that they are really trying to help make it a good place for students to work.
“Schools try to use the student data to try to determine whether or not there are things they’re doing well,” said McClory. “They want to create a positive environment in which kids can work, or if there are things where there a deficits.”
For this survey, students do not need a permission slip to participate. This survey occurs every year for the school.
“If they’re not going to do this for themselves, I would hope they would take the survey in an attempt to give data that will help the school come up with plans to make it a better school for the next year of kids,” he said.
It is an opportunity for students to express what they dislike about the school and help the school change it.
“It’s your chance to do more than complain,” said McClory. “It’s your chance to give specific feedback, they want to create a safe environment.”

1st Annual Pep Club Dodgeball Tournament

Kayhi Pep Club will be hosting their 1st annual dodgeball tournament this Saturday Feb. 9th at 12:30p.m. Teams will consist of seven to ten players and the cost per team is $50.
Money will go to Pep Club to travel to the regional basketball tournament in Sitka.
Pep Club president Carter Thomas hopes to take 25 students, and estimates that the cost will be around $7000.
“We have been fundraising all year. We’ve done doors for basketball games, bake sales, and now a dodgeball tournament. Because we are provided no money from the school to travel, we have to fundraise all of the cost to go to regions,” said Thomas. “We are hoping to bring about 25 pep club members, but because we need close to seven grand, each member might have to pay a small fee to cover the rest.”
To sign up email kingspepclub@gmail.com with your team name, your captains name, and their phone number, or sign up at the door.

TM up next for Kayhi

Starting tonight, Kayhi boys basketball (11-7, 3-1) will take on Thunder Mountain (7-11,1-1) with first place in the conference on the line.
Though the Falcons lost three starters from last year’s team, junior Kristian Pihl thinks they are the biggest threat in the division.
“From what I’ve seen and heard, Thunder Mountain is more dangerous than JD,” said Pihl. “If we show up and rise to the occasion I know we’ll do well.”
Thunder Mountain’s player to watch is Puna Toutaiolepo. Puna is only 5’11”, but his athleticism makes him a threat to the Kings.
Senior Cody Kemble guarded him last year and spoke about his abilities on the court.
“He’s 5’11”, but he plays like he’s 6’4”, said Kemble. “He crashes the board hard. He’s like a big ball of athleticism and energy.”
Thunder Mountain has many common opponents with the Kings. They split with Juneau-Douglass 2 weeks ago, and split with Service last weekend. The Falcons also have beaten West Valley, a team Kayhi lost to in the first round of the Alaska Airlines tournament.

Key to the game
Kayhi has started its last 3 road trips with losses. In order to reverse that trend, Kayhi will need to approach the game with the focus it had in their dominating 40-point win at home against Juneau-Douglas.
Senior Jakeb Taylor is confident about this weekend after beating Juneau.
“Beating JD boosted our confidence,” Taylor said. “We can’t underestimate them though, when we lost to JD in our first game, we came out soft and that was a mistake.”

Kayhi takes YRBS

Fifty-four percent of Kayhi students took the Youth Risk Behavior Survey yesterday. The statewide goal was 60 percent, but absent students can still take the survey.
“The YRBS is a survey that is from the CDC,” said Kayhi principal Mr. Marshall. “It talks specifically about risky behaviors that teens might be involved in.”
Marshall said that they want to learn about this to assist the school in programs to educate teenagers. Alaska tends to have higher rates of teenage alcohol abuse, and STDs.
“The reason they want to know that information is to help us figure out what kind of things we can do to help with prevention,” he said.
Marshall said another purpose is to show the school how to teach the students about healthy relationships. More information on the survey can be found on the website “CDC.gov” and from there you can search up Youth Risk Behavior Survey.
The YRBS occurs every odd numbered year in the spring. Results should be released around summer or fall.

Staff Pick

If we had a snow day…(will we have a snow day, if so when. And what would you do)

Carter Thomas: If we have a snow day (which will happen February 12th) , I would first sleep in until about noonish. Then my friends and I would go sledding on Silvis. If I couldn’t do that, I would most likely go four wheeling out on Whipple Creek. That is one of my favorite activities to do on a snow day. After an all day activity, I would come home and watch TV with my family and drink hot chocolate.

Sullivan Schulz: If we had a snow day I’d want to sleep in, wake up around 10 or 11. First thing I’d do when I wake up is text all my friends and see what their doing. See if they want to hangout out today. We’d probably go sledding at Carlanna, hopefully the lake would be frozen so we could go out on it. Next we’d probably head back to one of our houses, play some video games, watch a movie, heat back up, probably talk about how we hope there’s no school tomorrow, and what we’d do if there wasn’t. On real note, I think the possibility of a snow day happening this year is pretty slim, we’re already in February and the only snow we’ve had is a light dusting.

Jonathan Barron: On rare occasions such as snow days, I would definitely take advantage of that free time. Sledding, ice skating, or really anything that has to do with snow because Ketchikan doesn’t usually get large amounts of snow. I used to live in Palmer, and the snow we get here is minuscule to what I was used to. I always reminisced summer during the winter there, but after living here for two years I now realize how much the snow means to me. And so the very next snow day we get, I will do my best to enjoy it as much as possible.  Unfortunately, I don’t think we’ll get to experience a true snow day this year – for some reason this district believes in delaying school for two hours, cutting valuable class time that may not be able to be used due to lack of more time, than just cancelling school.