Category Archives: News

Kayhi’s art room

Students in the art room working on clay projects for class

Bella Roberts
Staff Writer

From the first years learning the basic concepts of art, to the multiple year students refining their media of choice, Kayhi’s art room is not short on inspiration.

“I have a very open possibility,” said Mrs. Kern Kayhi’s art teacher. “So that there are basic things that I want you to learn like, how to use a paintbrush in draw and painting. How to vary your lines, think about composition, all the elements and principles of art. All of those work with a lot of different media.” 

The classes Kern teaches in Kayhi’s art room are, draw and paint as well as sculpture and pottery all of which use a lot of the same artistic principles.

Some of the things they’ll go over in the draw and paint class include, pencil drawings, water colors, acrylic painting, oil painting, and paper cutting.

“We mainly do two dimensional in draw and painting to were you get exposed to a lot of different ways of making ideas,” Kern said. “In sculpture and pottery I always make students learn the wheel, I always teach basic technique work for clay.”

The sculpture and pottery class focus around, clay, paper mache, non paper mache, polymer clay, wire sculpture, and fabric sculpture.

“I also teach the human form and proportions of the human body,” Kern said “We do mask making were I’ll talk about the proportions of the face, not necessary that their mask has to look like that, I just teach them the skills so they can know and build on them or choose not to.”

Many of the students involved in the art classes at Kayhi have a chance to express themselves as artist. 

“I hope students feel more confident when they leave art class,” Kern said. “I hope they have an understanding of the things they like and the things they don’t like as artists and students.”

Kings Drop Two Games in Juneau

Nadire Zhuta
Staff Editor

Pictured is Kristian Pihl shooting a three pointer against Thunder Mountain earlier this season.

The Kings varsity basketball team lost both games against Juneau Douglas this past weekend. On Friday night the Kings dropped a close game of 55-54 and on Saturday night the Kings lost 75-68. 

The Kings losing to the Bears twice this weekend put the Thunder Mountain Falcons as the No. 1 seeded team in the Region V tournament, meaning that the Kings will have to play Tuesday night against the Bears at the tournament next week. 

Senior Kristian Pihl said the Kings two losses this weekend came from them not working together and that having the No. 1 seed taken away from them shouldn’t be a factor of them winning regions or not. 

“We did not play well nor did we play as a team, which resulted in two losses,” said Pihl. “Having the No. 1 seed at the Region tournament is a much easier path but I feel like it shouldn’t affect us, teams have won [Regions] before without being No. 1 seed and teams have lost being No. 1 seed.” 

Ducks Unlimited Banquet

Devin Dalin
Staff Writer

The Ketchikan Ducks Unlimited chapter will be holding its annual banquet at the Sunny Point Conference Center in the Landing Hotel today at 5:30 p.m.

“The banquet is always a good time with all of your friends,” said Brison Ralph, a 17 year old lifelong member of the Ketchikan Ducks Unlimited chapter and member of the Ketchikan Junior Shotgun league.” It’s fun to meet people that share the same interest in the outdoors as you.”

To enter the event you will need a ticket that can be bought online at and are $ 60 per person this covers the meal and event. 

The Ketchikan chapter has an average of 40-60 people in attendance every year raising   anywhere from $5,000-$10,000 for this one event.

The rest of the profit goes to the Ducks Unlimited Organization, the largest and longest lasting  wetland conservation organisation in the world.

“The fact that the money goes into the future conservation of our wetlands and the future generations of hunters,“ said Caden Thomas, an eighteen year old member of the Ketchikan chapter and member of KJSL.” The fact that I can physically see it moving forward for generations of hunters to come makes this event so special to me” 

The banquet consists of drawings, a silent auction and a live auction and  dinner which is the main event of the banquet.

The auction and drawing both consist of a variety of paintings, decoys for field use, decorative use, knives, guns and other hunting related items.

The dinner is prime rib with potatoes, salads, and other food items.

“The food has been great every year I have attended,”said Ralph.” The food is always something to look forward to because you get to share the experience with your friends and new people.”

At the banquet the local youth shotgun league is presented with a donation from the National Rifle Association.

“The National Rifle Association helps out the Ketchikan Junior shotgun League”he said.”Every year they give us a big donation so that we can travel and pay for the shooting fees.” 

The NRA makes a huge impact on the young men and women that participate on the shooting team and the banquet is a great way to do it publicly as the NRA is both a sponsor of the shooting team and the Ducks Unlimited organisation.

The Ketchikan Junior Shotgun League members help cater the event as a way of saying thank you to Ducks Unlimited and the NRA.

Ortiz Talks About Being NO. 2

Sterling Nagy
Staff Writer

Chris Lee recently set a new Kayhi basketball record for the most points scored while wearing a Kayhi uniform. That record was previously held for 46 years by Steve Ortiz.   

When asked on how he felt after Lee broke his record Ortiz said, “Oh, I thought it was fantastic, I was really happy that he could do that.”

Ortiz thought that his record would be broken a lot sooner.

“Forty-six years is, half a century and there’s so many great players that have come through Kayhi,” said Ortiz.

Unlike Chris Lee who knew where he was on the all-time points scored list last year, Ortiz says that he didn’t know until ten years ago.

“I really didn’t know until about ten years ago because they didn’t keep track of it,” Ortiz said.  “They wrote a book called fifty years of Kayhi basketball. That was really the first time that we knew that there was a hierarchy of scorers,” said Ortiz.

After Kayhi, Ortiz says that he played junior college basketball then went on to a four-year college where he got his business degree then started working, 

“I always wanted to work,” said Ortiz. Ortiz started his career in sales and he currently sells software to companies like Boeing and T-mobile.

Ortiz believes that his work ethic in basketball benefited him well in the working world, “My father who was a basketball coach here at Kayhi always instilled the fact that you had to pay a price for success. So anything that you do in life you have to prepare and practice you have to pay a price and work at it, ” said Ortiz.

Student Course FAir

During the Advisory period today, freshmen, sophomores, and juniors will attend the Student Course Fair in the commons.

This is an opportunity for students to explore and decide which classes they will be selecting for next school year. Both previously existing and newly added courses will be on display during the course fair. 

Students in the first group are to report directly to the commons. Students in the second group must report to their advisory prior to attending the fair. 

Fair Schedule

10:35 – 10:50
All Freshman

10:50 – 11:05 
All Juniors
Stockhausen (S)

Course Catalog

Love from the Kings

Noel Tillson
Staff Writer

Susan Stone, a Kayhi graduate, has been teaching here for 23 years. (Her mom used to be a counselor at Kayhi) She is a kind soul and a friendly face around Kayhi, known for teaching government and history but also life. 

“She has the students best interest at heart… starting late in life as a teacher she was able to experience life and what the world expected of you guys,” said Mrs. Loreli Richards.

Anyone who knows her knows she’s one of the friendliest, most kind teachers. While Stone is full of wisdom and strength, she has her own battles. 

School counselor Kelli Carlin-Auger said Stone is strong and cares about her students even when things are difficult for her. 

“She has this legacy here at Kayhi that’s unique and special. She puts so much into teaching she cares about her kids and here she is battling and this is exactly where she wants to be.”

You wouldn’t find many teachers as dedicated as she is. She’s a genuine teacher everyone knows she’s not in it for the paycheck. Creating a simple question of what she means to Kayhi has endless answers. She’s so important to Kayhi and all the lives shes touched.

She is someone most aspire to be. Her kind heart and kind soul. 

“As a person she loves, loves her family and they’re a paramount in her life. Only thing higher than that is god, she’s a pretty religious woman,” said Richards

Dedicated. Most would say, never letting her class go without a sub and coming in to teach if she didn’t think there were substitute teachers available. Always knowing the right thing to say in times of need, Stone has lived up to the legacy. 

When asked the first words that come to mind, Rebecca Bowlen didn’t hesitate.

“Kind, fair, generous, loving.”

As a Kayhi legacy, Stone has more than fulfilled the role. Students at Kayhi sometimes won’t realize the knowledge she has been giving them all these years until they have graduated and grown a little bit more. 

Kayhi teachers and students alike have been touched by Stones’ legacy:

“She’s the heart of Kayhi, much like a mom is the heart to her kids. Many don’t realize all that is done for them until they’ve grown up a bit and get that “oh wow” moment.”
– English teacher Rebecca Bowlen

“She’s always there to give you some knowledge whether it be in school work or in life lessons she seems to know what to say in many different situations.”
– Office Manager Loreli Richards

“I’m humbled by her. She is what I would like to attain somehow if I had better character, and more strength and more self control. Because she is all of those things that I sometimes lack. I think of her often in that capacity that she is able to always be her best person… I see her as able to muster the energy of full effort everyday and a desire to make the world a better place through her teaching. I see her leading a godly life in that capacity. My mom has this saying, “Nobody gets through life unscathed” I think of her often when hearing that saying.” – Science teacher D Jay O’Brien

“She’s amazing who I think is grossly misunderstood. She wants the best for all of you kids. She’s trying to educate you so you are ready to face the world. As a mom, as a community member she’s someone everyone would look at and think “that’s who I need to be”. She’s a really amazing lady. She’s all of our moms but also our closest friend. She’s there to help anyway she can. She would give anyone the shirt off her back if she was asked to. Without question… she’s seen a lot of kids come through here some that would not have graduated without her guiding them through it. This is a place to let kids mess up and stumble, we’re meant to guide you guys to be ready for life. When you guys leave here the world will eat you up if you aren’t prepared. She is misunderstood by these students until they leave and learn what she’s doing is for them. She loves to see them grow.” – Math teacher Terri Whyte 

“She’s amazing.” – Registrar Kelli Carlin-Auger

“She’s had a huge impact on everyone here at Kayhi and people who were here, and just so inspirational. She’s a legacy here.”  – Senior Leah Call

“She truly likes being here with us.”  -Senior Nadire Zhuta


Financial Reality Fair

Preston McLaren
Staff Writer

Tongass Federal Credit Union is hosting a Financial Reality Fair at Kayhi for seniors on Tuesday and Wednesday during the school day. Seniors will learn how to achieve financial freedom and stability through games and activities. All seniors will benefit  whether they are taking a vocational track or college track they need to know how to be financially stable.

TFCU employee who is hosting the fair, Dana White, believes in the importance of it and is excited.

“It’s just a really fun way to give as many high school seniors a needed reality check about what life after high school is going to be like relating to jobs and money,” said White. “We’ve gotten great reviews in the past and are excited to host it again and see the new batch of seniors!”

Seniors in the following advisory classes will participate on Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Seniors in the following advisory classes will participate on Wednesday from 9:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Stockhausen, E

Lee Leads team to victory

Chris Lee shoots a guarded jump shot against Juneau Douglas

Dyllan Borer
Staff Writer

“I couldn’t hardly get him to talk last year and now he talks I don’t have to prompt him, he’s leading.”

Chris Lee had to because eight seniors from last year’s state championship team graduated. 

“I think he’s part of the reason we are going to have success,” said Coach Eric Stockhausen.  “We are starting to peak at the right time and a lot of that has to do with his leadership and ability.”

Lee is starting this season with only three returning players and the majority of the team being underclassmen. His role has taken a drastic change from junior to senior year.

“My role has changed by just being a leader,” said Lee. “We have a lot more young guys on the team that are going to be in the program for a long time, and just setting an example for them.”

Lee, a four-year starter, is one the best players to wear the Kings jersey and is currently No. 2 (1767) on the all-time points list at Kayhi, 21 points shy of breaking the record.

 “All the individual awards and everything is more credit to the teammates I’ve played with so far,” said Lee.

So much pressure is put on Lee, but he doesn’t feel it.

“I don’t feel the pressure,” said Lee. “I just go out there and play for my team and play together, play for the name on the front of the jersey is what I always try to do.”

Lee is averaging 29 points a game and has scored 30 or more points in 9 games this season, with 11 wins and 6 losses on the season. 

Junior Tyler Slick said he enjoys playing along side with Lee and has improved a lot this season already.  

“Fun to watch a teammate succeed,” said Slick. “It’s great to play with a player like him to learn and expand my basketball IQ.”


Nadire Zhuta
Staff Editor

The Dance Committee is hosting Sadies this upcoming Saturday the 22nd. The dance will begin right after the varsity basketball game and will go on until 11:30 p.m. in the Kayhi aux gym. The theme of the dance is “Out of This World”  and there is a $5 fee to get in. 

Dance committee chairmen Olivia Berg and Morgan Elerding are excited about the upcoming dance and said that it took a lot of preparation. 

“Morgan, I and other committee members have put a lot of effort and thought into the planning of this” said Berg. “The theme is very original to what Kayhi dances have been in the past and I hope that everyone shows up and has a good time.” 

Lady Kings Head to Thunder MOuntain

Tyler Slick
Staff Writer

Lady Kings (11-7) head to Thunder Mountain to play the Lady Falcons (2-10) this weekend. 

The Lady Kings are 2-0 this season against the Falcons with a 25-0 streak since 2015.

Senior captain Nadire Zhuta says she is ready to play some games after a long week of practice. 

“I’m excited, we had an off weekend so i’m excited to get to play some games,” said Zhuta.

Although the Lady Kings have a 25-0 streak against the Falcons, Zhuta feels like it isn’t a factor to their game at this point and she just wants to improve and get ready for March.

“The streak isn’t really a factor anymore. The only thing on our minds right now is to get better and to get ready for regions,” said Zhuta. “The streak is still there and it’s nice if we keep it going but it’s going to have to end one of these days we can’t dwell on it too much, hopefully it doesn’t end anytime soon but it will. Eventually”