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College fair at Kayhi Oct. 14-15

By Cheyenne Mathews
Staff Writer

The College Fair is being held Tuesday, Oct. 14 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Ketchikan High School main gym. Forty-two colleges will be represented at the fair. EXPLORE night is tonight starting at 5 p.m. with FAFSA information and ending around 8 p.m. School counselor Mr. McClory said that EXPLORE night is done by college representatives and going to these workshops could potentially minimize future debt.
“Explore night workshops are being done by the college reps here,” Mr. McClory said. “They will be the ones reading your applications if you decide to apply this year or next year… If you go to these workshops hopefully we can minimize the debt you would incur.”
EXPLORE night is special for Kayhi because Kayhi is the only school that has the EXPLORE night the day before the college fair.
“We’re the only school that has workshops the day before. We are the first stop on their tours,” said Mr. McClory.
Mr. McClory said that during the college fair it would be a good idea to ask for fee waivers and save some money.
“One good thing to ask them is for a waiver for the applications. If they like you they give those things out like candy.”

 

PA system fixed – for now

By Connor Bird
Staff Writer

After three weeks of issues , the Kayhi Public Address system is fixed. Over the summer, the school received an upgrade to the phone system through Ketchikan Public Utilities. But the upgrade, sending calls through the computer’s IP addresses, made the bells and phones incompatible.
Secretary Kelli Carlin-Auger said the problem arose during the announcements.
“Every time we would go to make an announcement, the bells would stop working,” said Carlin-Auger. “So we started to catch on, and sure enough, it was because of the new system.”
KPU made a temporary fix to the phone, but it won’t be for long. The current phone system relies on one analog phone that is the only phone capable of doing announcements (without shutting off the bells). Maintenance Foreman Tim Jensen said the issue was the age of the phone.
“That phone system is about twenty five years old,” said Jensen. “It’s going to be difficult trying to get new parts for it, since it’s been around for so long.”
Soon enough, all of the 80-100 phones will be updated, and compatible. Though it will not be cheap roughly $300 per phone.  KPU will also have to adjust every clock in the building.
The change has been on the budget for years, voted by the City and the Borough.

PSAT set for next Wednesday

By Catey Mendoza
Staff Writer

Sophomores and juniors will be taking the PSAT in the auxiliary gym and library on Oct. 15. The test is designed to prepare students for the SAT.
The signup deadline has already passed but Kayhi counselor Natasha O’Brien said some extra tests were ordered for kids who still want to take it.
On average, students in Alaska who have taken the PSAT first tend to score about 200 points higher on their SAT said Mrs. O’Brien.
“I think that’s partly because they get some practice with the format of it, maybe makes them a little less nervous, and when you get your results back you get study suggestions so you know what you are good at and what you still need to work on,” Mrs. O’Brien said.
Senior Hailee Miller said the PSAT helped her prepare for the SAT because then she knew to not answer the questions she didn’t know.
“You get docked a quarter of a point for every question answered incorrectly, but if you leave an answer blank then you don’t get penalized for it unlike the ACT which doesn’t subtract any points for wrong answers,” said Miller.

Freshman officers elected

By Cheyenne Mathews
Staff Writer

Winners of the freshman class SBA officers were announced Oct. 3. Candidacy was decided after speeches were given on Sept. 30.
President Michael Starr said the whole class was his family.
“I was walking past a vending machine and it said ‘share a coke with your family’. Well, I would share a coke with you because you are all my family,” said Starr in his speech.
Vice President Kody Malouf  said he was a visionary that could change the school.
“As most of you already know, I’m a visionary and when I want change, I change it… dream on dream big, with me on your side there’s nothing we can’t accomplish,” Malouf said in his speech.
Secretary Nate Eisenhower said he was active in school and would make a good secretary.
“Having school spirit and showing it is very important to me,” Eisenhower said in his speech.
Eisenhower won unopposed. Malouf and Starr beat opponents Arick Mattson and Mey Tuinei.