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Kayhi says goodbye to staff members

“This year, Ketchikan High School is saying goodbye to five educators who have served the students of this district faithfully for nearly 100 years combined.  And while no brief “thank you” could ever adequately express the gratitude of this community for their service, we hope you will join us in this humble effort.  

Thank you, Tracie Halverson, for the heart you bring to serving the unique and individual needs of our students. Thank you, Julie Landwehr, for bringing your love of science to our students both in and out of the classroom.  Thank you, Bob McClory, for your commitment to guiding and supporting our students on their path to post-secondary success.  Thank you, David White, for teaching our students the value of good health and for helping to develop the practitioners who will continue to serve the health of our community.  Thank you, Suzi Williams, for the positive energy and the dedication you show to meeting the needs of each student you serve.

The five of you have left very big shoes to fill.  And you have left a mark on the lives of thousands of students and on the beating heart of Ketchikan High School.”

– Jason House, Cole Maxwell, Linnaea Troina

Other staff members saying goodbye to their colleagues:

“Mrs. Landwehr always brought an abundance of enthusiasm to anything related to science and the process of discovery.  This manifested in the success of the Ocean Science Bowl teams over the years. Mr. White single-handedly revitalized the Medical Terminology program here at Kayhi and rekindled relationships with the community’s health sciences professionals so that students could once again job shadow. Both of these teachers have left a lasting, positive impact on our school and community and will be sorely missed.” – Mr. O’Brien 

“Julie is smart, brilliant, and very logical. She is a problem solver who can take on just about any problem without getting ruffled” – Mr.Powell

“Interesting, meticulous, and sciency. Great modeling and sharing of ideas and practices.”- Mr. Sivertsen

Mr. White

“Mr. White has a huge heart for his students and works tirelessly to ensure they have quality and fun opportunities for learning. He has a great sense of humor and is a person of great humility. He has done immeasurably good because of his dedication and love for teaching.”
– Mr. O’Brien

“[He is] Friendly and positive, always had a nice smile and was friendly to everyone.” – Mrs. Campbell

“He’s probably the most jolly guy I know. It was fun working with him, having someone to always make you smile no matter what.” – Mr. Pader

Mr. McClory

“I would describe Mr. McClory as a life-long educator who is dedicated to serving students.  He has never stopped working to make sure that students have the information and the support they need to succeed.  He has a great heart for students, for school, and for his community.” 

– Mr. House

“Mr. McClory has endless energy and an uncanny ability to find scholarships for students.  He has a style all his own and always strives to get students to reach their potential.”

– Mrs. Whyte

“David is the utmost professional.  He is willing to take on new projects with full enthusiasm.  His desire to teach the students and have them engaged and enjoying his class is his #1 priority.  To take on high schoolers in his last years of teaching says something about HIS desire to keep learning.  I will miss David’s humbleness and kindness that he emulates every day to his colleagues and students.”

– Mrs. Loreli

  • Compiled by Carter Effenberger-Adams

Late Covid spike forces changes

Olivia Berg 
Staff Writer

Senior year is supposed to be the most memorable year of high school. For the class of 2021 this is true, but for the wrong reasons. 

Both softball and baseball teams had to cancel Senior Night games, as did soccer teams and have instead planned scrimmages. The wrestling team was unable to host the Region V tournament and defend its streak of 12-straight titles, but was able to send wrestlers to state. However, one was sent immediately home after being listed as a close contact.

While graduation will happen, there will be no spectators. Senior Delaney Neilson said that many traditions were cancelled or postponed because of the latest Covid spike.

“Don’t get me wrong there are people out there and communities that have it so much worse than ours,” said Neilson. “I just wish we were able to have the special events we’ve been hoping to take part in all these years.” 

Kayhi had gone 36-straight days at 100% capacity, and 101 days total at full-capacity. That changed in late April. Kayhi went Remote for the last three days of April, returned to 100% on Monday, May 3, but was back to Remote the rest of the week. Ketchikan went into the high risk level and Kayhi has been at the 50% capacity level since then.

Kayhi senior Morgan Elerding said that she has mixed feelings about 50% capacity learning.

“On one hand it will be nice to take a breather and have some time to relax before graduation,” said Elerding. “But I will also have zero motivation to do my work these last couple of weeks. I want school to be over, but not like this.” 

Neilson has been looking forward to graduation for quite some time. Her class has worked so hard to receive their diplomas and it will be disappointing if their families cannot attend.

“Graduation is a moment some students dream about years,” said Neilson. “A lot of people don’t see it as a big deal but in reality it is. Most of us worked 12 years for this moment, and I think it would be really sad if we don’t get to experience the full ceremony.”

Neilson hopes that the community can come together as a whole and work to get our community level back down for the senior class.

“Our community did so good for so long and I’m hoping we can do good again,” said Neilson. “Graduation is not just a huge deal, but a privilege and I hope people can stay home and think about all the seniors who want to have their special day be as normal and possible after such a hard year.”

Elerding said that even though her class has missed out on almost every senior tradition, she is happy to have gotten a senior prom and have parents that are trying hard to make things happen for her classmates. 

“I know it is already gone but I missed having the senior carnival and 4th of July float. I am so happy we had Prom, but it wasn’t supposed to jeopardize everything else we had planned too,” said Elerding. “At least we have a ton of amazing parents who are willing to put on a promenade graduation walk and after party for us.”

Instead of making some of the best memories, Neilson is at home without her classmates and friends by her side to cherish what time they have left.

“This is our last few weeks of high school ever and we won’t get to relive these moments that we’re supposed to be experiencing right now,” said Neilson. “Yes, we were more lucky than most seniors in other parts of the world, but that doesn’t make this situation any better.”

Finding the way back

By Dyllan Borer

“My mom got sick and passed away. Covid was just kicking into high gear, everyone was isolated and unhappy. I wasn’t doing much for my health or anything actually. I was down, the gym was closed, and the weather sucked.”

So Phaedra Painter finally found her way back to the gym after the new year.

“I thought what the heck, you didn’t work that hard for that long to just throw it all away,” said Painter.

There are millions of people looking for the right thing to help them embark on a healthier life. Fitness is a multi-billion dollar industry, but what program should you choose, and how do you stay with it?


Long-time Ketchikan resident and personal trainer Natalie White takes a different approach than most when building a program. She gets to know her clients personally.

“I think taking that extra step to get personal with them can be the difference in them actually enjoying the journey and sticking with it,” said White. 

“I get to know them, their personalities and what their habits are and how long they’ve been at their current weight,” said White. “What has been their top struggle and they haven’t been able to succeed before.”

After White gets to know them personally she accesses their physical abilities.

She said it’s all about getting to their bodies and finding out what their body likes and dislikes, and what is going to be most beneficial for progress. 

“I go into their physical ability, their strengths, flexibility, stamina,” said White.

The key to a good program is being able to keep it long term and make it a part of your life long term. 

“I try to make them a program that they are most likely to stick with long term and enjoy,” said White.

Andrea Hanchey, a personal trainer at TNA Fitness located at 2727 Tongass Ave, builds workout programs for clients.

“I think it’s key to really know what my clients like and dislike to build a workout plan they will follow through with and enjoy,” said Hanchey.

“Finding out what exercises they like is key to keeping them to stick to it. If they don’t like riding the bike I won’t have them do that for cardio because they are less likely to do it.” 


The only way to see results and keep those results is to make a change in your life. Healthy eating is key to seeing results and to having a healthy body. 

“I don’t believe in diets, I believe in lifestyle changes,” said personal trainer owner of TNA Fitness and ex-bodybuilder Angela Morin. “I tell people to look at their life when they say they want to change how they eat. I always tell people to look at the change they are going to make and see if you can make it a lifestyle change. ‘Can I live with this for the rest of my life.’”

In a study according to the National Library of Medicine, 3 years after participants concluded a weight loss program, only 12% had kept off at least 75% of the weight they’d lost, while 40% had gained back more weight than they had originally lost.

Healthy eating becomes a habit after four months, but everything is okay in moderation. 

“Life shouldn’t be all about if you can or cannot eat something,” said Morin. “I say just portion control, and healthy choices and journal.”

The food you consume is fuel that keeps your mind and body running.

 White said that it’s not always about the scale or the way you look but more about how you feel. 

“It’s all about how the person is feeling, their energy, how their clothes fit,”said White. “Those are the things that matter more than the measurements and the scale because those will come.”

No two bodies are the same, all bodies process food differently and react to things differently. This makes diets difficult to follow and very individualized. 

“I don’t think they are sustainable,” said Morin “They can be useful if you are already in a healthy headspace but the thing is if you can’t do it for the rest of your life then don’t try it because it gets your metabolism all messed up. And then you’re going back to ground zero.”

Being self aware of what you actually put into your body is a big part of making a change. Little things you don’t even realize can be delaying your goals. 

“If you have fitness goals or losing weight, I think the best thing people can do is journal,” said Morin. “Journal what you eat, your exercise, your water intake.”

Support, Results, Motivation 

Painter has been a client of White’s for three years until White  recently moved.

Painter, like many others, was afraid to take the first step.

“Class was hard emotionally and physically. This was so far outside of my comfort zone, and working out in front of strangers but I had to do it for me,” said Painter. 

Painter started to enjoy it and warmed up to it all. It became a part of her lifestyle, she found a group of girls that kept each other motivated.  

“I am thankful for Natalie’s warm welcoming and making me and so many others feel comfortable with who we are and listening to us,” said Painter. “Makes all the difference when you are looking for or have a coach” 

It’s not always an easy battle staying healthy. Painter had a hard time when the pandemic hit and she found herself losing motivation.

Morin competed in multiple physique competitions over the years. It takes a lot of dedication and determination to reach those types of goals. 

Morin had lots of support, her TNA family played a big role in keeping her motivated and on track.

“They motivated me everyday and loved seeing my progress and changes so that kept me going,” said Morin. “Not only did I not want to fail myself, I didn’t want to fail them.”

Morin said she told herself three quotes to keep her motivated throughout the process. 

“‘Never give up, Progress not perfection, I can and I will,’” said Morin.

100 Days at 100% Capacity

Staff Writer/Sara Cummings

Monday April 26 is Kayhi’s 100th day at 100% capacity. Had staff and students been asked in August if that would be a possibility, most wouldn’t have bet on it. English teacher Sally Stockhausen said that the work that went into getting Kayhi to this point was huge and the administration and superintendent put many hours into making things work so students can have equal opportunities to learn. 

“The willingness to have to wear a mask plus with the flexibility we have gained through this year with Covid is miraculous and most kids are just like ‘ok whatever it takes so we can be at school’,” said Mrs. Stockhausen. “ Back in August it seemed like such a ‘Omg how do we do this?’ or the ‘How do we do the 50/50?’ I really got in the mindset of, just get through one day at a time.”

Mrs. Stockhausen also said teachers have started to become more tech savvy. With the use of Canvas and online submission in almost every class has made grading and turning homework in easier. 

“I feel funny to say that there could be a benefit out of something as horrible as Covid but there is,” she said. “The idea of sport travel in the future is going to be easier now because if teachers keep up with keeping their Canvas present and their planbook present will be quite savvy.”

With a contagious virus on the loose it was a skeptical beginning for Kayhi. School Counselor Natasha O’brien said it was impressive to see the community and kids come together during the rough time at the beginning of the school year. Especially during the spikes of Covid. 

“I am pleasantly surprised that Kayhi has been operating at 100% and watching our community come together and keep the virus under control has been special,” said Mrs. O’brien. “People have responded to isolating or hunkering down really well and I think that shows how much we care about each other as a community.” 

With unknown odds and a ‘anything can happen’ type of year it is quite obvious that no one thought the school would make it this far without shutting down. Mrs. O’brien said the majority of the students deserve the most credit for being flexible with wearing a mask and following the safety protocols so that the school can stay open. 

“This wouldn’t have worked if the students hadn’t followed along with what needed to happen,” said Mrs.O’brien. “I like to think it’s because they would rather learn here than at home with Zoom.” 

According to the Los Angeles Times, only around 20% of students even had the option to return to school in person. As of April 26, only 39% of California’s high school students had the option to return to in-person learning.  Mrs. O’Brien said Kayhi students are extremely lucky to have come back at all and be able to stay open even though other states have not been able too. “My niece is down south and is just now being able back in school and they have been out of school for over a year,” said Mrs. O’Brien. “The fact that teachers and students have been dedicated to trying to keep the school open with all these new changes has been exceptional . the odds in the beginning  were undetermined but as the year went on the new schedule has surely helped because of less classes which meant fewer exposures.”Former Chair Dance Committee, now SBA Communications Olivia Berg said there were some moments that were nerve-racking because of community risk levels and senior events at the same time. Especially when Kayhi got put onto 50/50 there was an idea that students would be put 100% online. 

“My mom is also a teacher, so from her perspective not all the Covid precautions are being followed. They have just recently had a few cases and surprisingly it took them a while to shut down,” said Berg. “I wasn’t expecting us to be in person this long but I’m glad that we have been.”

This year for seniors is obviously different than before. Berg said that seniors get to have the opportunity to do some senior traditions but it is not the same.

“This past week we went into moderate level for community risk and prom was this weekend so we weren’t confident we would have prom,” said Berg. “I was not confident at all that we would make it this many days without shutting down. Being in school there is a lot of people and with events going on within the school like basketball games, it was very fortunate we were able to have that.”

Kings baseball return from pre-season tournament at Sitka

Staff Writer/Dyllan Borer

The Kings return home from their first games since 2019. They went 2-2 with a tie against Juneau Douglas due to a 2 hour time limit on Saturday night. 

Junior catcher Dylan Nedzwecky said he expected them to do a lot better. 

“Our feilding wasn’t too good but our pitching was good but we need to work on our batting,” said Nedzwecky. 

For the freshman and sophomore class this was the first game of their highschool career. 

Nedzwecky said he was very impressed with how the younger boys played. 

“The underclassmen definitely held their own against varsity pitching,” said Nedzwecky.

Baseball Heads to Petersburg

Staff Writer/Dyllan Borer

Kayhi’s baseball team will be traveling to Petersburg tomorrow. This will play their first conference games of the season. 

The Kings are coming off a 2-2 record in Sitka last weekend for their annual pre-season tournament. 

“I’m expecting the sweep. We have a strong team,” said Nedzwecky. 

The Kings are about 14 pitchers deep this season with lots of releaveirs. 

Nedzwecky said the team’s pitching is going to help us a lot this year being able to throw pretty much everyone in their lineup to come out with the wins this season. 

“We have strong pitching and our hitting has gotten a lot better since Sitka.”

They will face off Thursday at 4 p.m. and Friday at 1 p.m. and also 4 p.m.

News Briefs

Kayhi PEAKS schedule testing this week

Staff Writer/Sara Cummings

Kayhi freshmen and sophomores will be taking the PEAKS State testing this week. 
 Freshmen will be testing Tuesday and Thursday, Sophomores will be testing Wednesday. Juniors and seniors will be in their advisory classes while they are testing.

Tues/ Thurs                        
Testing          8:00-10:50
1st         11:00- 11:35
A Lunch     11:40-12:10
B Lunch    12:15-12:45
2nd         12:50-1:25
3rd         1:30-2:05
4th         2:10- 3:45

Testing         8:00- 9:50
1st         10:00- 10:50
2nd         10:55- 11:45
A Lunch    11:50- 12:20
B Lunch    12:25- 12:55
3rd         1:00- 1:50
4th         1:55- 2:45

Changes for Science Classes for the 2022/2023 Kayhi Class Schedules

Kayhi will not be offering Chemistry 2 or Biology 2 next year. Mr. Powell said that the schedule change is due to the administration’s decision to get more kids into AP classes.

“By having both of us teach that course he, Mr. House, is taking us out of the schedule and he also feels that if we offer chemistry or biology as a single class entry then we’ll have more kids in the AP level course,” said Mr. Powell. 

By consolidating the classes, it will also make Mr. Powell and O’Brien available to teach other sections. Powell said many schools do not have two separate courses before an AP level course.

“As a matter of fact, according to the administration, Mr. House could not find a single school that met that criteria to have two different courses before taking an AP class in this state but in the lower 48 I know that there is many high schools to back up that criteria,” said Mr. Powell. 

Mr. Powell said there are still some question marks regarding potential requirements and enrollments which will only be answered once the new schedule starts.

“The AP courses could see a higher enrollment because kids will be given the opportunity to take it because the entry level to AP is now only a single course,” said Mr. Powell. “But it may become a requirement that in order to take AP Chem or Bio you would also have to take GenBio along with GenChem.”

Kayhi Band Spring Concert This Week

Kayhi’s band will be performing Thursday April 1st for their annual Spring concert from 6:00 pm- 7:00 pm. For viewers at home, the performance will be live streaming here. 

The Region V Music Festival Next Week

Music Fest this year will be virtual. Music Fest starts Thursday April 6. Honor band and choir students will each submit a video of themselves performing a piece of music chosen by their directors, the directors will put all the recordings together to make one video, and then submit the video to Petersburg High school’s Matt Hennard. Hennard will then submit the performances to the judges. Click here for the band performance. Click here for the choir performance.


The Saber-Toothed Salmons placed 5th in oral presentation, 6th in research project, 7th in Prelim Quiz Bowl, and 6th place overall. In the final elimination, Ketchikan placed 7th overall in the Alaska Tsunami Bowl, 5th in oral presentation, and 6th in the research project. Juneau-Douglas won overall in the Tsunami Bowl.

Coaches Wrestle with Two Sport Athletes

Staff Writer/Makena Johansen 

How are coaches adapting to athletes participating in two sports?

In a regular year coaches would only have to worry about athletes moving from the court to the field, now they have to add the mat.

Due to covid restrictions and determining if wrestling was even having a season, their start date was pushed back to March 15th. A normal year wrestling would have started September 28th.

Head Softball coach Kalea Allen said they’re used to athletes crossing over into softball while they’re still in their winter sports. Allen encourages her athletes to be involved in several sports, it keeps a good routine, physically and mentally. 

“Most normal years we have a solid month from when teams are picked to when our first conference games begin. This year we only have 9 practices together before our first games as a team and only 6 from when the basketball state tournament ends” said Allen.

Allen said off season/ preseason is crucial this year. Putting in your time, developing and improving their independent game.

“Building team chemistry and comradery is a must in team sports like softball.  We will be ready for when our winter sport athletes conclude their season and can join our softball program” said Allen.  

With times being more virtual Allen posts team workouts for those who cannot attend. The crossover athletes are putting in the work they can with their conflicting schedules and maintaining a strong time management and work ethic.

“We like to keep our players feeling like a team year round and encourage the diversity of interests to help build our athletes and get them ready for the next level in whatever it is they may want to achieve” said Allen.     

Head Wrestling coach Rick Collins said they are going to be as flexible as they can  with athletes doing multiple sports. 

“I would like for students to be able to do as much as they can, especially since our season is the one that’s kinda landed on the spring sports season” said Collins.

A big concern Collins had was mixing cohorts with the other teams.

“Because technically doing two sports would be mixing cohorts so i think it’s a discussion our whole athletic department should have” said Collins.

Lady Kings Get a Win at State

Staff Writer/Dyllan Borer

The Lady Kings beat East Anchorage last night 65-44. The win was Kayhi’s first since 2016, when the Lady Kings beat West Valley for third place. That West Valley team featured University of Oregon All-American Ruthy Hebard who was the No. 8 pick in the WNBA draft in 2020. 

The Lady Kings maintained a lead the whole duration of the game. Sophomore Captain Shae Mendoza said they felt confident that they were going to win the game. 

“I wasn’t really worried about losing that game at all if I’m being honest. Winning the game felt good and got me excited to play Bartlett,” said Mendoza.  

The Lady Kings went on to play Bartlett(14-0) on Friday. Bartlett’s star player Amelia Uhila is committed to go to Portland State to continue her basketball career. Uhilia scored 15 points and had 12 rebounds for Bartlett.

The Lady Kings never gave up the entire 32 minutes, they tied the game twice 37-37 then 39-39. Mendoza scored 20 points with four assists, four rebounds, and three steals. 

Junior teammate Paige Boehlert enjoys playing along side Mendoza and said that she brings great energy to the team. 

“Shae is always picking us up and making sure we stay focused, even if she isn’t playing her best she continues to encourage the team,” said Boehlert.

Bartlett went on to win the state championship against Lathrop. Bartlett recorded their first state championship in 43 years.

News Briefs

Dyllan Borer/Staff Writer

Girls JV Basketball 

The Lady Kings JV will play Klawock Varsity tonight Wednesday at 7 p.m and tomorrow at 7 again. This will be their first set of home games for the season. 

The Lady Kings usually face Klawock every year. It’s a change of pace to the Lady Kings playing a varsity team that moves at a faster pace.

Gilson is excited to play them because it is a competitive level from the regular JV teams.

“We always need to get better competition so I’m glad we get this opportunity. It is hard to get better when we don’t have great competition so this is a great step for us as a team,” said Gilson. 


ACDC will compete in the state tournament this weekend virtually starting tomorrow Thursday after school.

Kings Basketball 

The basketball games this weekend are still scheduled to happen as of Wednesday at noon. The Kings will host Juneau Douglas this Friday  and Saturday after having the last three weeks canceled due to the covid cases rising in Ketchikan. 

Juneau Douglas is undefeated so far with their record consisting of 12-0. Juneau has two star seniors the Kings will have to shut down.

Senior Captain Tyler Slick said defense will play a key role in the outcome of the game. 

“We know what we need to do on defense to stop their scorers and just need to all be on the same page,” said Slick.

Senior Captain Joshua Gentry will get his first minutes of the season this weekend, due to a foot injury before meeting the kings he was not able to play the first two weeks. He was finally healed up two weeks ago but never got to play due to cancelations.

Gentry is excited and can’t wait to get out on the court with his teammates, he said.

“I know we are all ready and looking forward to the tough competition against JD,” said Gentry. 

Lady Kings Basketball 

Tyler Slick/Staff Writer

The Lady Kings (5-1) will play at home against the Lady Bears (0-2).

Two weeks ago the Lady Kings handed the Lady Bears both of their losses with close games by a combined 11 points.

Junior Captain Shaelyn Mendoza said she is nervous about losing at home but is confident the team will pull through for more wins.

“It makes me kind of nervous because it really sucks if you lose to your rivals on your home court, but I think we will pull through,” said Mendoza.

Last weekend against Sitka was very different with the Lady Wolves playing a zone defence, but with the Lady Bears playing a man defence Mendoza is confident in getting easy buckets with new set plays.

“We have some new plays that we will probably run that we could not against Sitka’s zone that should help us run up the score,” said Mendoza.


2:00 p.m. –  Boys JV

3:45 p.m.- Girls JV

5:30 p.m.-  Boys Varsity 

7:15 p.m.-  Girls Varsity 


2:00 p.m. –  Girls JV

3:45 p.m.- Boys JV

5:30 p.m.-  Girls Varsity 

7:15 p.m.- Boys Varsity