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.
The Kayhi Lady Kings will be playing the Thunder Mountain Falcons in their first home games of the season this weekend. C team will play at 4:45 p.m., JV at 6 p.m., and varsity right after on Friday and Saturday.
Beth Sandefur is the new head coach and is assisted by Kelly Smith. Coach Sandefur is looking forward to this upcoming season, and has high hopes for this weekends games. “I’m really excited for our first home games, the team has been working really hard in the last month,” said Sandefur. “They’ve shown a bunch of improvement, and I’m really excited for them to be able to play on our home court and in front of their friends and their families. I’m nervous because it’s my first home game too, but I have trust in my team. We’re going to stick together, and we’re going to be competitive.” Junior Aedel-France Magno said she is excited for the start of the season. “She [coach Sandefur] really does care about us as a team, and as individual athletes,” said Magno. “We’re definitely confident about this weekend and what we’ve become in this short period of time.”
Ketchikan High School started this Wednesday and principal Bob Marshall said he is excited about this upcoming school year. “There’s just something special about fresh starts, and every year is an opportunity to do just that, and it’s my hope all of our students are ready to make it happen this year.” His goal is to be more engaged with students and their overall success. “I am going to get out into the classrooms more. I had a lot of distractions last year which kept me from seeing what’s happening in our classes,” said Marshall. “I love seeing what all the students are up to.” Marshall will try to find ways to get students at Kayhi more involved. Ketchikan is hosting four regional tournaments (cross-country, volleyball, wrestling, and basketball) this year, and it’s a way to show how great of a community the school has. “I am very excited for the new school year. I have a lot of things planned for this year and ways we can positively engage all of our students at Kayhi,” said Marshall.