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After Graduation Party Schedule

The class of 2020 will have an after graduation parade party starting at 7 p.m.

7:00 p.m. – Graduates may arrive to The Cedars Lodge Docks (1471 Tongass Ave)

7:00 -9:00 p.m. – Graduates will eat, drink and hang out. There will be a live band playing

9:00 p.m. – Tug Boat will maneuver out to the bay

9:15 p.m. – Fireworks will be released


Zero tolerance for alcohol, drugs or anything else illegal or inappropriate. Once you enter the party you cannot leave and come back in. 

Disclaimer: If you have any questions or need more information please contact Liz Thomas at This event is not a school sponsored event and any questions should not be directed to Kayhi Staff or administration.

Senior Parade Schedule

The class of 2020 will have a Parade Promenade on Saturday 30th starting at 1:15 p.m. This event will be broadcasted on channel AM 930 and on 97.5 FM or you can come watch in person.

Seniors please bring a sign with your name on it or make one at Berth 1 to carry throughout the parade.

1:15 p.m. – Radio Station will being broadcasting music

1:30-1:45 p.m. – Students get dropped off at Berth 1 by Christmas in Alaska store in CAPS and GOWNS

1:45 p.m. – Radio announcers will begin a “pre-game commentary” 

2:00 p.m. – Temsco will fly over the the docks

2:03 p.m. – Parade will begin 

2:10- 2:15 p.m. – Graduates will begin reaching Berth 3

2:30-3 p.m. – Graduates will finish parade by entering Berth 4

3:00 p.m. – Get a group picture with all the graduates

Disclaimer: If you have any questions or need more information please contact Liz Thomas at This event is not a school sponsored event and any questions should not be directed to Kayhi Staff or administration.

Senior GoodBye

Nadire Zhuta
Staff Editor

I absolutely hate goodbyes, I hate crying in front of people and barely being able to get a sentence out without choking up. I try to avoid goodbyes as much as possible but I never quite can. But it’s time to say goodbye to Kayhi, the people and the memories it holds and essentially to a part of myself. 

Kayhi will always have a special place in my heart. It felt like home away from home. I actually spent more time there than I did at home. 

What made Kayhi so great was the people and the little things they did. Like for example when I would see my that my friends left my favorite parking spot open for me in the morning, or when I was a bit late to my first hour class on game day but the teacher wouldn’t count me tardy he would just guilt trip me into not doing it again or knowing that when I saw Coach Stock in the morning he would always say “Morning, scrub” in a jokingly way or hearing Edward say “Good Game Nadire” on a Monday morning after a weekend of basketball. It was the little stuff that didn’t seem like much at the time that made going to Kayhi special.  

I want to thank all the teachers and staff members who made going to school fun throughout my four years, without you guys Kayhi wouldn’t be so awesome. I want to thank some specific staff members who impacted me this year. 

To Phaedra and Mrs. Whyte, thank you for being the two people I trusted the most. Phaedra you  specifically never once kicked us out of your office, even when there were 20 of us loud and obnoxious seniors there fighting to get the last piece of candy. You always enjoyed our company as much as we enjoyed yours. Mrs. Whyte, thank you for always putting a smile on my face and truly being there for us seniors. I want to say thank you to you two for being kind, and welcoming. You are a big part of why I loved going to school everyday. 

Mr. O’Brien I’m truly going to miss hearing your extra cheesy dad jokes. You have played an important role in my education. You’ve taught me to go be a go getter and a fighter and get the education I deserve and in the great words of D’Jay O’Brien “LET’S WIN THIS THING” called life. 

To Lund and your much needed, but not wanted at the time, advice and lessons, thank you. Thank you for teaching me how to be a leader and how to be a confident writer. I spent most of my hours at school in your classroom, either writing, laughing at a bunch of awkward freshmen, or learning valuable life lessons. You made me gain love and respect for Journalism and writing. You taught me how to just “Get it done”. 

Last but not least to all my friends and classmates, thank you for going through this with me and making the last three years and a half memorable.  For knowing that 12 am feeling when you forget that you had a project due the next day, or the feeling when you know you’re about to get McClorinated. You guys were a part of the best memories I have in high school and I can not thank you guys enough. I know that the future holds a lot for all of us. 

Kayhi and the people of Kayhi have been too good to me. I can’t thank everyone enough for what they have done and for all the great memories. Thank you  Kayhi, it’s been fun. See ya later!! 

School COntinues

Preston McLaren
Staff Writer

Schools are shut down, flights are canceled, sports are stopped, beaches are closed, Ketchikan is in chaos after the onset of the new virus that began in Wuhan China, COVID-19. Amid this chaos, teachers, administrators, and school board members are hard at work developing and implementing an online school program to continue much-needed education.

Bridget Mattson president of the Ketchikan school board is on the front lines and said they are passing motions and focusing on ensuring the safety of the students.

“The school board held two emergency meetings on March 13 and 18 to discuss the situation and to pass the motion to suspend school instruction,” said Mattson. “These actions were confirmed and expanded when the governor mandated that school instruction would be closed until May 1. This is to give us time to address all of the concerns to best serve the students in Ketchikan and give them the continued opportunity to learn.”

Administrators, teachers and the school board have been meeting via zoom meetings to discuss the process moving forward. They have been meeting since March 23 while students did not start meeting until March 30 and then only with elementary school teachers, middle school homeroom teachers, and high school advisory teachers to stay in touch and give the students some contact.

Nadire Zhuta a high school senior said she enjoys the zoom meetings as it gives her some interaction with her friends which is needed in this quarantined time.

“I’ve liked the zoom meetings so far because I get to see my friends which is good during this time where you don’t see many people besides family,” said Zhuta. “I think the instructional meetings will be really good, a bit awkward at first but I feel like they will get more and more normal and natural for students.”

Teachers at the high school will begin meeting with their classes individually starting April 6 but are unable to begin graded distance learning until a future unknown date. A lunch/breakfast program is in place and since March 23 students ages 0-18 have been able to pick up school lunches in the community.

Bridget Mattson school board president said the overarching goals and desires the district as a whole is trying to achieve.

“All of the logistical concerns that need to be addressed is in the desire to best serve the students in Ketchikan,” said Mattson. “Helping the students have a positive, educational school year in whatever ways we can, is what the district is working to achieve.”

News Briefs

Staff Reports

Parent turnout low, but not bad for conferences
Over 127 students were represented at Monday’s parent teacher conferences.
“It was a pretty great turnout looking at how bad the weather was, and all the travelling that was going on,” Ms. Laura said. “There was 25% less people than normal.”

Students show art at “Art Walk”
Kayhi students taking French made pieces of art based on styles or paintings by French artists of old. These pieces of art were displayed in the library at snack break yesterday.
This just gave the students had a chance to display their talent in art said Kayhi French teacher Nancy Nish.
“I just wanted to give the students and teachers a chance to see the talent that we have and the pieces were too good not to show,” said Nish.


Kayhi’s environmental club

Michael Thacker
Staff Writer

The new Environmental Club had its first meeting on Thursday, Feb. 20.

Joey Fama, the teacher in charge of the new club and math teacher at Kayhi, says he started the club because he feels students and staff don’t try nearly hard enough to improve their surroundings.

“There is definitely a lot that gets overlooked and most of it is stuff that students and teachers could do as they walked to class. That’s why I started the club,” Fama said. “To reduce the number of things that get looked over.”

Fama has high hopes for the club to interact with the community and other teachers at the school.

“While most of what we do will be around the school we plan on talking to the local elementary schools and getting the kids involved,” Fama said. “I even plan on having our students in the club “grade” teachers based on how they care for the environment.”

While the club just now started, they already have 4 members and plan on teaming up with the Rotary Club in the near future.

“Rotary has been working on helping the environment so it only makes sense to team up,” Fama said. “Plus they have close to 50 members, so it’ll be much easier to get things done around town if we work together.”

New look at the course list

Preston McLarem
Staff Writer

Kayhi will be offering up to 22 new courses along with core classes next year. Teachers pitched course ideas to students and, depending on interest, the school will offer them said vice-principal Cole Maxwell. This is similar to how junior and senior English classes work. 

“The new classes just come from teacher interest,” said Maxwell. “It’s the teacher having an idea of a class or a need for a class and student interest in the class that gets new classes going. It really just comes down to student interest for which classes will be offered next year.”

Students will be selecting their courses for the upcoming year today in their advisory class period. Junior Morgan Elerding said it will be difficult for her to choose between the classes she needs and the classes she wants. 

“The new classes being offered are super fun,” said Elerding. “It’s difficult to decide between all the new and fun classes I want to take and the classes that I am required to take. I’d love to spend all day being a nerd with Mythology and Astrology but I have to worry about American Government and my other required classes next year.”

The courses that do not receive enough student interest will not be made available next year. Julie Landwehr science teacher who is offering the new Anatomy and Physiology class said the new courses will benefit students on specific career paths. 

“I feel like there are a lot of students going into the medical field and I just feel like it gives you such an advantage,” said Landwehr. “I know how hard it is to study Anatomy and Physiology in college so I just want to give the students a chance and some exposure to it.”

Possible New Courses Next Year
Native American Literature

Anatomy and Physiology
Forest Ecology
Science Through Art
Survey of Astronomy

Social Studies:
Indigenous History

Food Truck Nation Entrepreneurship
Microsoft Office Specialist 1
AP Computer Science A
Game Design and Programming concepts
Prostart 1- Baking and Pastries
Prostart 1- Culinary Immersion (Mexico)
Prostart 1- World Flavors and Cuisine
Prostart 2- ADV Baking and Pastries
Prostart 2- ADV Prostart Capstone
Prostart 2- Local Foods
CTE Vocational Survey
Textiles and Sewing 1
 Work Study

Fine Arts
Intro to Guitar
Theatre Arts

General Electives

News Briefs

Robert Cope-Powell
Staff Writer

First City Players
A theater class run by Clare Bennet from First City Players will be available to join. These classes will run from 3:00 to 4:30 in the Kayhi Greenroom every Tuesday from March 3rd to April 22nd. The class will require a registration fee. Scholarships available. To register or for more information, call 225-4792 or email

Student Project
Carter Thomas is raising funds for his Eagle Scout project this week. This project will honor Kayhi alumni that have been or are currently in the military. He is currently looking for donations to help him reach his goal of $10,000 so that he can inscribe their name and branch of service on a plaque in front of Ketchikan High School

Essay Competition
The Southeast Alaska Discovery Center is holding an essay competition. The essay will be on “What Civil Rights Mean To Me”. All submitted essays will be on display at the Discovery Center. Winners will receive an Elizabeth Peratrovich Dollar Coin. Submit your essay to  

Honor Choir
Two Kayhi students will travel to Spokane, Washington for the All-Northwest Honor Choir this upcoming week. Students Connor Wodehouse and Robert Cope-Powell have been practicing an array of music in preparation for this event. Their director, Dr. Gary Packwood from Mississippi State University, will be leading them from March 11th to 14th.

How Will Corona Virus Impact Ketchikan?

Alex Malouf
Staff Editor

Coronavirus, aka COVID-19, is catching the eyes of the media as it makes its way to infecting over 90,000 people in just three months. The “blueprint priority virus” has dominated headlines around the globe, and for good reason.

Long time Ketchikan residents and safety officials weighed in on the topic, many of whom directed their concern, or lack of, towards the upcoming cruise ship season. 

Steve Corporon, the port and harbors director in Ketchikan and a member of the local emergency planning committee, said during an interview for KTVA last Wednesday that the coronavirus will be treated much like any other virus or disease with a potential to infect Ketchiikan via cruise ship travel. 

“It’s not always guaranteed that ships are going to be coming, whether it be weather, or global events or medical global events. We’re always keeping an eye on things and that’s why we always have these contingency plans to follow,” said Corporon

With the cruise ship season less than two months away, concern regarding Ketchikan’s passenger count are beginning to arise throughout the community. 

Corporon is predicting a rise in the expected number.

“If things stay about where they are now, actually, our passenger count is probably going to go up as a result of this as opposed to going down as some of the lines are looking to pull ships out of the Asian market and are looking for places to put them this season,” he said. COVID-19 has proven to be more contagious than the 2003 Severe acute respiratory syndrome outbreak, widely known as SARS. 

Despite its severe contagious nature, experts estimate the mortality rate between 1% and 3.3%. Among the victims are those with weak immune and respiratory systems, such as elderly persons.

While a risk still exists, this is not the first virus or disease that has sent the entire world into panic. In 2015 we were faced with Ebola, followed by the Zika virus in 2017. 

The reason this mildy deadly disease is striking fear into the minds of millions is partly due to its mild nature. This is nothing new to Ketchikan and the cruise industry, as ships bring mild viruses and diseases each year.

Local business owner and long time Ketchikan resident John Malouf has experienced multiple virus encounters during his years as a tour operator. 

During a meeting with fellow tour operators Sunday, he explained how his company manages these types of situations.

“Will the coronavirus come here? Who knows. I certainly don’t,” said Malouf. “I plan on following the same procedures we have in place for red flag ships, when they come into port.”

These procedures involve sanitizing hand rails and seats aboard the tour vehicles up to five times a day, he added. 

“While it can be a pain in the butt, it’s important to keep not only future guests safe, but also my employees,” he said. “It’s hard to tell how this will affect the 2020 season, but it’s never a bad idea to proactively prepare for the worst case scenario.”

The potential effect of the virus is not the only worry among Ketchikan residents and business owners. Rod Thomas, owner and operator of Alaska Sportfishing Adventures, has already experienced what the virus can and will do to business.

“When you hear about this virus, whatever they are calling it now, all anybody worries about is the upcoming tourism season. What many people fail to mention or realize is that the virus has already affected one of Ketchikan’s largest industries, our dive fisheries,” he said.

The dive fishery experienced a premature closure this winter as the Chinese markets closed and denied the sale of geoduck clams shortly after the virus made headlines.

John Malouf, who is a commercial diver in the winter and a tour operator in the summer, also mentioned the effect the virus had on the dive fishery

“The market just shut down, and that was it. It went from a short two week closure to a full on shut down in a matter of days,” he said.

China is the largest buyer and market distributor of geoducks in the world, buying tens of thousands of pounds each week from local divers. 

“It was a surprise for sure, being that divers had at least another month left to harvest,” Thomas said. “If I had to guess, I would say that the worst of it is yet to come, but to say that we should cancel the season, or take extreme precautions would be jumping the gun at this point.”

AcDc back from State

Francis Sherman
Staff Writer

ACDC just came back from their state tournament last weekend in Anchorage coming in 7th overall against 15 other teams. The 10 decathletes, 5 veterans and 5 new members, went against 200 other people with Matthew Nutt getting gold in the interview topic, and bronze in super quiz.

“We were at a GPA disadvantage,” Mr. Staton said. “We were also up against some really strong teams. Lathrop almost set a new record.”  

This entire season’s topic has been about sickness and health and next year’s topic is all about the Cold War. 

The Results:
Highest Scoring Team Member – Franchezca Correa

Interview – Matthew Nutt, 1st

Essay – August Copper, 3rd

Super Quiz- Team, 3rd