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13 selected honor band

Written by Jocelyn Cannon

Thirteen Kayhi students this year were selected for Southeast honor band. Kayhi senior Sarah Short said she is excited for honor band this year and is happy she was chosen.

“I am very excited that I got accepted to an honor band. It is a select group of students from across the region, it’s basically ythe best of each school,” said Short. 

The other students selected this year are Jasmine Cole, Lauren Foster, Faith Hehr, Mathew Nutt, Samantha Rothery, Julia Spigai, Sophie Cron, Madisen Lundamo, Anne Paxton, Ella Stockhausen, Sarah Short, Phillip Smith and Anna Hout. 

Typically Kayhi honor band would travel to different towns in the southeast to play with the other schools, this year it will be done virtually.

Baigi elected freshman class president

Written by Henry Clark

The freshmen have elected their SBA representatives this week, Julia Biagi was elected President, Lily Gosnell was elected Vice President, and Tristin Dalin was elected Secretary.

Kayhi staff profile; Mr Crowe

Courtesy of Henry Clark

By Henry Clark
Staff Writer

Bradley Crowe walks into the band room and commands the space with a gentle authority as he sets up the band while the students chatter with excitement. He laughs warmly with a student as they talk about their summer events. With the band set up he eloquently raises his arms into the air and with a flip of his wrists the band begins to play. 

Crowe moved to Ketchikan this summer to fill the role as the new Band Director at Kayhi. 

Originally from Oklahoma, Crowe moved to Ketchikan from Atsugi, Japan, and worked on a military base there as a K-6 music teacher. When it comes to differences in Japanese and Alaskan culture, Crowe said he loved Ketchikan’s scenery. “The nature here is different and really cool,” said Crowe. “The first day we (Him and his wife) woke up we went out to rotary beach at 7 a.m. and just enjoyed looking out on the water, it was something new and different.” 

Crowe said he looks forward to playing beautiful music with the Kayhi bands this year. “What I like most about teaching at the highschool level is the depth and quality of music that we can make together,” said Crowe. “Teaching at this level allows me to relate to you guys and we can all have a meaningful musical experience as we connect with music together.”  

When it comes to playing music, Crowe said he has the band using PPE while playing and that he has spread out his classes for social distancing.

 “Band with Covid is not easy, so we are wearing masks while we play instruments as a preventative measure and we’ve ordered more PPE for the safety of band students,” said Crowe. “The biggest adjustment that we’ve made is to our schedule as a band, so we broke the classes up into instrument families, Brass, Woodwinds and Percussion, rather than being all together.” Some of the new band PPE includes brass bell covers that prevent direct spray from coming out of the bells and nylon bags for the woodwinds that will consolidate the spit that comes out of the keys.

Crowe said that the Bands will still have performances. 

“We will perform concerts, like normal, in the auditorium and the main difference is that we will be socially disianced,” said Crowe. “We may have to live stream our concerts rather than have a live audience in house.” 

The concerts will feature the families playing individually (Brass, Woodwind and Percussion families all playing separately) as well as full band pieces with all three of the classes combined.

With the concerts happening, Crowe said that the Pep Band will also be playing as much as possible on the court with basketball this upcoming season. 

“We will do Pep Band to the fullest extent we possibly can, that being said, we have to make sure that our band members, the audience members, the fans and the basketball players are all as safe as possible,” said Crowe. “We are still waiting word on what basketball games are going to look like and more information will be available when I can provide it.”

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Photo by Kelleigh Nickich

Written by Kelleigh Nickich

Kayhi Dance team has tryouts tomorrow (wednesday) from 6:30-8:30p.m. at the rec center.

The past seven years the K-highlites have earned superior during the annual Region Championships and aim to go for an eighth. Kayhi junior Avery Thomas said she is looking forward to trying out for the team.

“I am excited to watch us grow as dancers together and individually.” said Thomas.

Written by Terik Brown

National Honor Society applications are due Sept. 30th at 3:15. The National Honor Society is more than just an honor roll, it gives students a chance to be honored those who have demonstrated excellence in areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. They will be selected will be by a majority vote of the 5 faculty members selected by Principal Mr. House.

Weekend sports recap

Photo by Kelleigh Nickich

By Jocelyn Cannon

The Kayhi Swim and Dive team had their first meet over the weekend. Swimming Coach Gary Crowe said they don’t have the overall scores because they are waiting for the other teams to enter their scores.

“We don’t know right now they have to wait for the results that come from the other teams then they put it in the computer and score it out” said Crowe. The boys team did well and had personal bests in multiple events. 

John Bullock had a lifetime best time in the 50 freestyle 23.94 and the 100 freestyle in 53.0, said Crowe. Owen cambell had the best time in the 50 freestyle and 100 breast. 

Kayhi dive coach Eryn Brooks said there were some nerves with the divers but it’s only the first meet and there is room for improvement. 

“They did much better today overall, but there were some nerves,” said Brooks. “ It’s the first meet of the season and I always say this is your bar setting, every meet from here on out we’re going to improve and increase our scores.”

Kayhi cross country sweeps first in person meet

By Lauren Olson

The Kayhi cross country team ran its first in-person meet on Saturday against Sitka and Mt. Edgecumbe.

Kayhi girls won overall as a team with a score of 25. Junior Paige Boehlert said that the team did well running against competitors in person.

“Running against people in person benefitted us as a team,” Boehlert said. “We won, and the girls haven’t won in a while.”

Kayhi’s top finishers were juniors Mickey Lapinski, with a time of 17:21 and Jenna Walker, with a time of 22:07.

Sitka and Mt. Edgecumbe will travel here for Regions this weekend. 


1 Mickey Lapinski 17:21

5 Aiden Miller 19:04

8 Brayden Gentry 19:20

10 Owen Woodward 19:46

19 Phillip Smith 23:51


3 Jenna Walker 22:07j

4 Paige Boehlert 22:49

5 Maggie Boehlert 22:54

6 Ruby McCue 23:31

7 Anneliese Hiatt 23:35

Continue reading Weekend sports recap

Counselors available for students

By Noelani Tillson Staff writer

New mental health counselors, Samantha Funk and Tami Hert are available to all students here at Kayhi and are free in the counseling center starting Wednesday Sept. 16. A grant funded program started for the high schools and possibly Schoenbar. Another grant was just approved to supply the same services for the elementary schools. Funk said this program was made to provide easier access to counseling for all students.

“I think what primarily piqued the interest for the grant is the lack of services in town and the lack of accessible services,” said Funk. “There are so many barriers to services at Gateway and even at KIC.” 

From a medical model, in take packets and scheduling all of which are not easily accessible. Funk said for underserved populations, homeless youth it’s not a realistic system. 

“The services are free regardless of insurance, they’re 100% accessible in the sense that any kid can come walk-in for any reason,” said Funk. “I think what really started it all and what made KIC and WISH so interested in the grant is the accessibility of it all.” 

Mrs. O’Brien said that the program was made because it was decided that it was as needed in the community that teens have a hard time accessing. 

“This was actually planned for last fall but with the pandemic and working to get people in here we are just now able to get this all started,” said O’Brien. “It’s targeted at the high school that’s why they’re actually here in the counselors’ office.”

Sports preview

Photo by Kelleigh Nickich

The Kayhi cross country will have its first in-person meet in Sitka on Saturday. Junior Paige Boehlert said she is looking forward to racing other competitors and to beat her personal record of 21:48.

“I’m excited to be running against people because it will push me and the team harder so we’ll get better times and maybe PR,” Boehlert said. “It’s also more fun to run with other people and teams.”

Typically meets include all the teams from Southeast, but this weekend it will likely just be Sitka and Kayhi.

“It’s going to be different , it’s just going to be us swimming by ourselves so that’s going to be harder because there is no one to compete against” said Mersonie. “You’re competing against yourself always in swimming but when your neck and neck you have to push that last little bit, the mental game will be a challenge.”

Kayhis swim and dive host’s virtual meet

Kayhi Swim and dive is preparing for their first meet today. The meet will be “hosted” here in Ketchikan. Senior Judy Mersonie said it will be difficult because of the lack of real competitors in the water.

Kayhi swim coach Gary Crowe said that after the swimmers race the results will be entered into the computers and the swimmers will have to wait until the next day to find out results. 

“We swim our meet and it goes into the computer and then the other teams send in their results to us” said Crowe. Crowe also said he is trying to push more swimmers to train for events they don’t normally like because less swimmers will be at the meet. 

“The events that are harder and people don’t like to do will have less numbers” said Crowe. The meet will be open to the public to watch as long as safety protocols are followed.

Rotary Interact and SBA receive peace proclamation

Photo courtesy Henry Clark

Kayhi’s Rotary Interact and SBA received the Peace Proclamation today from the School Board. They also received two other peace proclamation copies from the City and Borough. A proclamation is a public or official announcement of great importance in this case the peace proclamation announces the peace kayhi students give to Ketchiakn. SBA President Henry Clark said he feels excited to receive the peace proclamation. 

“It’s A big deal because we have never received anything from the city or borough while I’ve been in SBA,” said Clark.

Kayhi uses tech for temperature check

Photo By Kelleigh Nickich

The temperature Kiosks are used to screen body temperatures with infrared technology to confirm students are not over the standard body temp of 98.6. The school has 4 of these kiosks, they were provided by government funding we received due to covid.
Kayhi senior Savannah Yeisley said it is a good idea to save time in lines, but has its problems.
“I feel like they are useful as we don’t need as many staff, but it does have flaws while scanning temperatures it occasionally stops taking temperatures.”Said Yeisley.

Kayhi celebrates Peace Week

Students made posters for Peace week today in advisory. The posters prompted them to express how they shape Peace.
Kayhi junior Jashlyn Abigania said she is thrilled to be apart of our school Peace week.
“I shape Peace by being respectful to all and staying positive.” said Abigania. -Photo By Kelleigh Nickich

Kayhi’s (mostly) smooth start

One of the new safety protocols is a check in/check out form that will allow for contract tracing if need be. Students can scan in and out quickly using their cell phones. PHOTO – Kelleigh Nickich

By Noelani Tillson-Diorec

Kayhi students have completed their first week of school at full capacity. SBA president Henry Clark said that the first week of school went way better than it could have gone.

“It’s pretty impressive that the staff made it go so smoothly with still following protocols,” said Clark. “I personally think the longer class periods are nice, I’m able to focus and spend more time on work. It does get tiring being in a class for so long but I’m able to get a lot done.” 

Students enter the school in one of four lines based on their first hour class. Each student is asked if he or she has any symptoms and their temperatures are taken. First hour started 17 minutes late Monday as lines were long, but by Thursday the issue had been fixed and students were on time.

In addition to screening, the school district has decided to cut down the amount of time in the hallways by decreasing the classes during the day from six periods to four but increasing class time to 80 minutes. Lunch is divided into two sessions and there is a two student per table limit.

Teacher Allegra Machado said it helps meet the need to reduce contacts and puts kids on a fast track toward graduation.

“It’s nice essentially because people are able to get more credits in less time. On the down side kids are done with high school at a younger age. What are they supposed to do after that?”