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Tyler Slick
Staff Writer

49% (266) of students were represented at parent teacher conferences last Tuesday and Wednesday

The same amount of parents attended the previous year.

“It disappoints me because I feel like more parents should be involved in what their kids are doing,” said Ms. Phaedra Painter.

On Tuesday there were 149 parents talking to the teachers and on Wednesday there were 117.

“I thought the attendance was good especially considering the weather that we had in those days. Overall I was pleased with the turn out of the parents and some students,” said Vice Principal Cole Maxwell.

Kayhi Alumni on Air

Co-host Rose Hamilton works the control board during a broadcast

Devyn Sader
Staff Writer

Common Threads is one of many radio shows aired by local radio station KRBD. This specific show features a playlist of songs which all fall under one theme picked by hosts Rose Hamilton or Nicole Sader, my sister. The interesting part about this show is that it’s interactive, so listeners can call in and guess the theme or suggest a song.
Hamilton and Sader are both unpaid volunteers at KRBD, and both have individual full time jobs. Nevertheless, they both enjoy playing their part in the community by hosting Common Threads.
“Everyone should try doing some volunteer work at some point in their life,” said Sader. “It’s very fulfilling.”
Hamilton added that volunteering not only helps you feel good, but it’s beneficial for everyday things. 
“It’s good for the resume and it’s good for public speaking. It has helped me communicate better with people,” said Hamilton. “I also like helping our community in some small parts. It’s an enjoyable and rewarding experience.”
The two of them joined Common Threads 4 years ago when Hamilton’s boss, a previous DJ of the show, invited her and her sister to come along. Naturally, Hamilton asked her best friend of several years to join them. 
Preparing for a show may seem simple, but Sader explained that there is a lot of precise planning behind every show.
“I usually pick a theme and put all the music together on a playlist,” Sader said. “Then I lyric check and organize the songs based on how they transition into one another.”
Hamilton explained that Common Threads isn’t only catered towards one age group as their audience.
“Our music varies so much from show to show that we don’t have a particular targeted audience,” Hamilton said. “It can usually touch on different generations and age groups. There’s old songs and a lot of more modern day music as well.”
Sader enjoys putting together both familiar and unfamiliar songs onto the themed playlists.
“I like making people listen to the music that I like,” said Sader. “And sometimes I like showing Rose the weird songs I find.”
Common Threads airs live every Tuesday night from 9:00-11:00 p.m. Hamilton believes Common Threads being an evening show can be a good thing and a bad thing.
“We don’t get as much coverage as I wish we did, because there’s not as many listeners at night,” Hamilton said. “But people all over the world can listen, because you can listen to it on the internet.”

Nicole Sader selects a song for Common Threads

When it comes to showtime, each host plays an important role in the show. While Sader usually does all the playlist preparation, Hamilton is responsible for running the board. This means she controls the microphones, fades in and out of PSAs, and makes sure they’re on the air. 
Although Common Threads isn’t a talk show, sometimes the hosts end up getting a little chatty when they check in at the top of every hour. Regular listeners can hear tangents about scary movies or awkward jokes coming from the hosts at almost every check in. 
Usually every show of Common Threads is only run by the current hosts, but sometimes they invite special guests. Hamilton and Sader occasionally invite family members or friends to visit during the show as it runs. I have personally been present for the show quite a few times.
Because of the fact that the show is a pre-prepared playlist, you may wonder what the hosts do behind the scenes when they are live. Usually they are found playing popular card games and cellular apps together. No matter what it is they’re getting up to, there’s never a dull moment while the show is running.
If you are interested in listening to some of Common Threads’ previously aired playlists, you can find them online. The playlists are on Spotify under the account Nicole Marleah Sader. 
You can tune in to Common Threads by listening live on the radio or a radio app at 105.3 FM or on

Debaters Back From Sitka

Leah Call
Staff Writer

Kayhi ́s Drama, Debate, and Forensics team returned from their first meet of the year this past Sunday. 

Senior and fourth year member of the team, Dametre Martin was the winner of the debate final at the end of the meet as well as taking second place in duet acting along with Braxton Zink, and second in original oratory. Senior Connor Wodehouse took first place in solo acting, and sophomore Nicole West took third place in extemporaneous speaking and duet acting. Senior Jared Valentine rounds out Kayhi ́s top three winners, taking second place in speaker points. 

Members of the team participated in debates, and some form of speech. Each student was required to participate in a debate and write a speech, and then were given the choice to participate in any other two events at the meet. Events at the meet include public forum debate, informative speaking/oratory, duet acting, duo/solo interpretation, humorous/dramatic interpretation, readers theatre, and extemporaneous speaking and commentary. 

Debate team coach Dave Mitchel said this year’s team is one of the most experienced and enthusiastic teams he’s ever had. The team has twenty-eight members, with almost half being returning members.

“It’s difficult in terms of teaching, I have to teach something they haven’t learned yet. I have to push myself and push these guys to improve and get better. I think the general attitude is really forward-thinking. They really enjoy it, they cheer for each other, they have fun.” 

On Friday, members were given the opportunity to attend workshops and work on their speeches and anything else needed to prepare for their debates. The meet officially began Saturday morning. 

Each event is performed twice before the final to find your final ranking; except for debate, which is done six separate times before the final. 

Debate captain, Henry Clark said the schedule and setup of a debate meet is the same as a track meet, just for academics instead of running. 

“It’s like a track meet,” Clark said. “There are different academic meets so they have to be structured. It’s a two day event. I appreciate the event as a whole, because as a captain, I see the actual inner works of the organization and I have to help newer members a lot more.”

Junior Amanda Dale and first year member of the team said the meet as a whole was a learning experience.

“It was definitely a new experience for me,” said Dale. “I learned a lot about public speaking and gaining more confidence when speaking in front of a crowd or audience. I even finaled in the oration category of the meet.”

The team’s next meet will be held Nov. 16-17 in Skagway. 

Final debate winner
Dametre Martin 

Solo acting
Connor Wodehouse, 1st place

Speaker points 
Jared Valentine, 2nd place
Brendon Roof, 4th place
Henry Clark, 8th place

Extemporaneous speaking 
Nicole West, 3rd place
Braxton Zink, 5th place

Duet acting
Dametre Martin and Braxton Zink, 2nd place
Nicole West and Ashley Anzueto, 3rd place

Informative speaking 
Jared Valentine, 4th place

Original oratory
Dametre Martin, 2nd place
Savannah Nieshe, 4th place
Amanda Dale, 5th place

COnferences This Week

Tyler Slick
Staff Writer

Parent teacher conferences are Tuesday and Wednesday this week. 

Parents will be able to ask the teachers any questions they want to know about their child and teachers will be able to give feedback to the parents on their child’s academic success. 

Last October, 297 students (49%) were represented at parent teacher conferences.

“I think parents should go it is very important,” said administrative assistant Phaedra Painter. “You should show your child that you care about them and their grades, so go talk to all of their teachers.” 

Kayhi principal Jason House says the setup for the conferences is going to be the same as it has been in previous years and that he hopes to bring more enjoyment to it. 

“I think parents teacher conferences are important because it helps my parents get to know the teacher and that gives them a more personal outlook on my education, “ said junior Cade McAllister. “Every teacher has a unique style of grading and it helps me out when my parent understand each teacher’s method.”

Due to parent teacher conferences there will be no school this Friday.   

Political involvement is necessary at a young age

Leah Call
Staff Writer

Election results were posted the day after voting took place on Oct. 1 in the city of Ketchikan. Candidates ran for borough mayor, borough assembly, school board, and city council. As a student participating in government class and a newly eighteen year old local, politics have become very apparent to me, very quickly. 

Government has never really had a large presence in my life, until now. The basic principles have been instilled in me since birth, but the intricate details of politics have always eluded me. My curiosity about the ins and outs of our local government happened to come up at the dinner table. My mom had plenty to say about the necessity of political involvement. 

“I proudly voted,̈  said Ketchikan local, Danielle Call. ¨I have expressed to you the importance of taking part in our elections and helping to shape our experiences on a local, state, and national level. It is a right and a privilege that I do not take lightly.¨

I attended the Candidate Meet and Greet the week prior along with my classmates, and was able to participate in a mock election and voted on the candidates I believed were capable, as well as some local issues and policies on the ballot. Though the votes didn’t technically count, it was a beneficial experience for when I will be eligible to vote next year.  

¨I think it’s awesome that our students are becoming more involved in the political issues of our city, state, and country,̈  Call said. ¨They are not too far off from being able to have their votes count and their voices heard.¨

I couldn’t agree more. 

Issues and policies on the ballot included the tobacco excise tax, onsite marijuana use, water line repair, and KPU revenue bonds. Students were briefed on each topic in class before the mock election. It is important to make your voice heard, especially at my age. This generation is the future of our country and being outspoken and involved is imperative in making a difference. 

Other students at Kayhi have also learned from our experiences in government the past couple weeks.  Senior, Nicole Embree, talks about how she felt learning about local politics in class. 

̈ Learning about our government was a very educational experience,̈  Embree said. ¨I learned that a candidate can look completely different on paper compared to in person.¨ 

Borough Mayor
Rodney Dial – 1,381 votes

Borough Assembly
Austin Otos – 1,438 votes 
David Landis – 1,470 votes

3 year term School Board
Bridget Mattson – 1,589 votes 
Jordan Tabb – 1,327 votes 

1 year term School Board
 Leslie Becker – 793 votes 

City Council
Judy Zenge – 861 votes 
Lew Williams – 843 votes 

Honor band and choir results

Mady Purcell
Staff Writer

Almost two dozen students from Kayhi made it into honor band and choir and will travel to perform in Juneau on Oct. 22.

All of these kids practiced their three part auditions, recorded, submitted and waited for the results, and most were successful. 

Senior Campbell Sande, who is third chair trombone this year, has been in honor band for 2 years now and loves the traveling experience.

“The trips are really fun,” Sande said. “You get to hang out with your friends who made it, as well as meeting new ones.”

Seniors know how long they can play music with a group without going crazy. Campbell Sande said that it gets tiring, but it has been fun traveling with the band director. 

“You spend all day playing your instrument,” Sande said. “You get very tired by the end of the day, but one of the best parts for me is getting to know the Deidra side of Ms. Nuss.” 

Honor Band

Evelyn Nutt – Second chair flute/piccolo
Jalina Williams – Fifth chair flute
Julia Spigai – Third chair clarinet
Meta Mulder – Seventh chair clarinet
Matthew Nutt – First chair bass clarinet
Madison Purcell – First chair bassoon
Josh Nutt – Second chair alto sax
Ella Stockhausen – Ninth chair trumpet
Anna Hout – Fourth chair horn
Campbell Sande – Third chair trombone
Sarah Short – First chair percussion
Phillip Smith – Sixth chair percussion

Honor Choir 
Jenna Alkhabi – Soprano I
Victoria Graham – Soprano II
Madisen Lundamo – Soprano II
Shay Ohmer – Soprano II
Lauren Olsen – Soprano II
Josh Ryan tenor I
Allen Pattison tenor II
Aurora Phelps alto I
Robert Cope-Powell bass I
Lukas Chernick  bass II
Connor Wodehouse bass II
Devyn Sader alternate alto II

Football to Houston

Kayhi football vs Nikiski, photo by Leah Call

Kayhi football (2-3) travels to Wasilla this weekend to play the Houston Hawks (6-0). Last week the Kings game against Monroe Catholic was cancelled due to shortage of players on Monroe’s team. Senior and new starting quarterback AJ Malouf is ready to play after last weeks bye. 

“We’re rested up, and we’re out for blood.” Malouf said. “Our loss to Nikiski really put us down, but after a week of rest and some changes in the line up. we’re ready to bounce back.” 

With a win Kayhi will stay alive in their efforts to make the playoffs this year. Kickoff is tonight at 7 p.m. at Houston Highschool.