Tuesday was supposed to be the last day to catch the Golden Wheel Amusements traveling carnival, but thanks to mechanical issues with the ferry, the show will go on until Sunday. Gates open at noon and close at 9 p.m.
Scythian came to Ketchikan as part of their Old Tin Can Tour last Friday night. They played in the lumberjack arena. Around 30 songs were played that were a mix of folk and rock music.
The 4th annual Track and Field Zombie Run scared all ages from children to the elderly last night. The Track and Field team awoke from the dead and turned into zombies that tried to take the lives (flags) of runners as they tried to survive a 5k race.
Kayhi junior Leif Svenson won with a time of 18:41. The 130 participants was the most ever for the fundraiser.
It’s that time of the year – testing time.
Freshmen and sophomores will be taking the Alaska Measures of Progress (AMP) exam April 1-10. Students will take four English tests Wednesday through Monday along with four math tests starting on the following Tuesday through Friday. The tests will take place in two computer labs and students should bring headphones if they have them.
Counselor Mr. McClory has been working frantically to make sure the school is prepared for the exam that is replacing HSGQE’s.
“It’s never been implemented before, it’s brand new and all online,” Mr. McClory said. “It’s designed to help measure how students are doing.”
Because the HSGQE has been discontinued, some upperclassmen are upset after being encouraged to take it seriously and do their best. Junior Leif Svenson said he was excited at the possibility of having a week off while underclassmen took the test he had to take the previous year. “It’s just frustrating. Last year we were looking forward to not having to come to school during testing.”
The number of students represented at the parent teacher conferences, dropped 13% from the total in the fall.
Last Fall, 217 students were represented on the first night, and 146 on the next; totaling a 58% representation of the 616 student enrollment. Also, the school used the new Powerschool system which sent out an automated message to every family, rather than relying on a mail based notification.
This Spring, the total attendance was lower, as expected, with 172 students represented on Tuesday and 97 on Wednesday.
The total number represented was 269 out of a total enrollment of 591, meaning a 45% representation.
Front desk Secretary, Mrs. Richardson said, “lower attendance in Spring is typical.”
Ketchikan represented at the Alaska state Drama Debate and Forensics competition Feb. 19-20. The public forum debate team of Audrey Kistler and Cheyenne Mathews place fourth in the event. Kistler placed first in public forum debate speaker points and her partner Mathews placed second. In original oratory Mathews placed second in the event with a persuasive speech about cochlear implants. Kayhi team member Bella Posey finaled in both of her drama events. Posey finaled with a dramatic interpretation of Edgar Allan Poe’s “A Tell Tale Heart.” Posey also finaled in her solo piece.
Coach and teacher Mr. Mitchel said he was impressed with how the state meet went and expects the same for next year.
“In terms of how people do, it’s do they reach their potential not how well did they do, or how well did they place. Those that wanted to, reached their potential this year. Those that went on trips, prepared, wrote their speeches, spent time at home, practicing with their partners and how to excel in those events, did well.”
Juniors Hannah Crowder, Lora Starr and Amber Junker will be representing Kayhi at the All Northwest Honor Band in Spokane, Washington this year.
Starr plays the trumpet and said she was excited to be accepted.
“Everyone auditions and they pick the best to be in the band,” Starr said.” It’s an honor.”
Junker and Starr said that Kayhi band members were eligible for the honor band but only a few auditioned.
“Nuss [Mrs. Pagnotta], told the whole band they were eligible to audition if they wanted to,” said Starr, “but we [Junker, Crowder and Starr] were the ones who wanted to.”
Starr and Junker said that six states are featured at All Northwest Honor Band and the honor band lasts about three days.
Starr said that she is happy to being going to Spokane but worried about playing her instrument.
“[I’m] excited, I guess but nervous,” said Starr. “It’s intimidating because everyone will be really good at their instrument.”
Crowder said she was excited to make the honor band especially because she plays the bassoon.
All three students are part of a smaller sect of Northwest Honor Band called Wind Symphony. Wind symphony is for smaller schools with less than 1,000 students. Starr said that the Wind Symphony audition was not as hard as the North West Audition.
“For wind symphony it [ the audition] was really easy,” said Starr. “For all Northwest it was really challenging.”
Junker, Crowder, and Starr have all participated in other bands such as Southeast Honor Band and State Honor Band but All Northwest is the only one outside of Alaska.
Junker said that her experiences in other honor bands have made her a better trombone player.
“You always learn new things,” said Junker, “from playing under a new director.”
Starr said that she has also had good learning experiences in other honor bands and said that All Northwest will only further her abilities as a trumpet player.
“Being able to work with a professional director is a new experience,” said Starr. “And you also get to work with peers who are equally good or better, which is inspiring.”
Senior Tommy Varela is also going to All Northwest but instead of band he is going for choir. In the past Kayhi has sent alumni Micah Long to All Northwest Choir.