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Volleyball Hosts Series of Games

Nadire Zhuta
Staff Writer

The Kayhi Lady Kings volleyball team will be hosting the Thunder Mountain Falcons and the Craig Panthers this Friday and Saturday. Senior captain, Erika Rauwolf is excited to play her second set of home games. 
“I’m looking forward to be playing at home again as well as hopefully getting our first win” said Rauwolf. 

Friday
1:00 PM Kayhi JV vs Craig JV (Best of 3)
2:15 PM Kayhi V vs Craig V 
3:45 PM Kayhi JV2 vs TMHS C
5:15 PM Kayhi JV vs TMHS JV
7:00 PM Kayhi V vs TMHS V

Saturday
11:00 AM TMHS JV vs Criag JV (Best of 3)
12:15 PM TMHi V vs CRAIG V
1:45 PM Kayhi JV2 vs TMHS C
3:15 PM Kayhi JV vs TMHS JV
5:00 PM Kayhi V vs TMHS V

Cross Country Takes Third

Dyllan Borer
Staff Writer

Kayhi boys and girls both placed 3rd at home last Saturday. The Lady Kings finished with 88 points and the Kings with 64. Brent Capps, top finisher for the Kings and 2nd overall with a time of 17.02 shaving 22 seconds off his previous PR. Anneliese Hiatt was the top finisher for Kayhi, finishing 11th overall at 20.40, also creating a new PR for herself. Mickey Lapinski came in 2nd for the Kings and 6th overall with a new PR. 
“It is almost impossible to get a PR every race especially with different courses. I feel great being able to beat my times consistently,” said Lapinski. “It’s definitely a confidence booster heading into regions.”
Kayhi will head to regions this weekend in Sitka.

Alaska Drivers: License Renewal, Drivers Test

Alex Malouf
Staff Editor

Alaska drivers can now schedule a license test online at http://doa.alaska.gov/dmv/ for $20. Applicants must be 16 years old on or before the date of the test, and must have held a valid instructional permit for at least 6 months. Tests can be scheduled a minimum of 24 hours prior to the day of the test, and up to 60 days in advance.

Licenses held for at least 10 years can now be renewed online. Upon renewal, licenses will be replaced with a new design (Introduced in November of 2018). License renewals and replacement start at $20.

An upgrade to a federally compliant REAL ID requires an in-person application and verification of identity documents. A REAL ID will be required to board a commercial plane in the state of Alaska starting October 1st, 2020.

Volleyball Loses Round-Robin

Nadire Zhuta
Staff Writer

The Lady Kings volleyball team returned home with only one JV win after a weekend of games in Sitka. Although varsity came back winless they were more consistent with the outcome of the games. Senior Erika Rauwolf was not happy with the outcome of the Round Robin. 
“I really thought these games were going to be different, I thought we were going to get a win there, but we didn’t,” said Rauwolf. “It only shows us how much more improvement we have to do by the time the region tournament starts.”

Thursday 
(L) Kayhi V vs Mount Edgecumbe V (25-18, 26-24)

Friday 
(W) Kayhi JV vs Sitka Wolves JV
(L) Kayhi V vs Sitka V  (26-16, 25-13, 25-12)

Saturday
(L) Kayhi V vs Anchorage V ((25-18 (win), 26-24 (loss), 25-15 (loss), 25-9 (loss))
(L) Kayhi V vs Sitka Wolves (25-18, 25-15, 25-17)
(L) Kayhi V vs MEHS (25-17, 25-17, 25-19)

Volleyball To Sitka

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Volleyball team huddles before playing JDHS at home, Photo by Leah Call

Nadire Zhuta
Staff Writer

The Kayhi Lady Kings (0-4) travel to Sitka this Thursday for a four-team round robin. Despite being winless, senior Madison Purcell is very confident after challenging Thunder Mountain. 
“Now that we know we are able to compete with the best team in southeast [Thunder Mountain], we are very excited to hopefully get some easy wins in Sitka,” said Purcell. 
Purcell is happy with where the team is at right now and is excited for what’s to come.
“We are not only in a good place, but we have some new plays up our sleeves and we are so excited to get to run them. We are excited to show these teams what we’re here to do,” ciaimed Purcell. 

Thursday
Kayhi vs Mount Edgecumbe 7:30 p.m. (Best of 5)

Friday
Kayhi vs MEHS 4 p.m. (Best of 3)
Kayhi vs Sitka 7 p.m. (Best of 5)

Saturday 
Kayhi vs Anchorage Christian 1 p.m (Best of 5)
Kayhi vs Sitka 4 p.m. (Best of 5)
Kayhi vs MEHS 7 p.m. (Best of 5)

Kayhi adds experience to Language Arts

French teacher Nancy Nish works with students, Monday. Photo by Preston McLaren

Preston McLaren
Staff Writer

Experienced French teacher Nancy Nish is the newest language arts teacher at Ketchikan High School.
Nish taught in Las Vegas, North Dakota, Bethel, and the Bering Sea before coming to Kayhi to continue her love of teaching foreign language.
“I just love the language,” said Nish. “So I just got addicted to it, there’s something about studying the french language and culture and learning about France itself that’s addicting.” 
Nish has been to France four times including a backpacking trip around Europe just out of college. She wants to use these experiences and love of the language to help other kids have similar experiences. 
“I just love speaking it and love to share the fun of the language,” she said. “Teaching just opens so much and the fact that I’ve been to Europe and that I’ve seen some other places in the world I want other kids to have that experience too.”
Nish said that Ketchikan is different from many of the places she has been to or lived in. 
“It’s given me a keen appreciation of what Alaska has to offer coming from the midwest,” she said. “Coming here is just a real treat, this town is gorgeous, obviously.”
Principal Jason House is excited for Mrs. Nish and her great energy to work at Kayhi. 
“She’s got great energy and positive attitude and a great french accent when she talks in french,” House said. “She has a passion for the work that she does, and will bring it to the kids to get them excited about it.” 
Nish is ready to begin a new chapter teaching in Ketchikan.
“I’m excited to be here and it is a privilege to be working with these students.”

Solo Spotlight

Senior Jalina Williams practicing her solo routine. Photo by Madison Purcell

Madison Purcell
Staff Writer

Any instrumentalist, whether they play the kazoo or sing or play the clarinet, is going to get an opportunity to solo.
The Kayhi Bands started off the 2019-2020 school year with 10 incoming seniors who are ready to be in the spotlight. 
Jazz band and Wind Ensemble member Senior Jalina Williams has been soloing in school bands since 8th grade year. 
“When I first saw that I had a solo I kind of went, ‘Oh no this isn’t going to be good, help,’” said Williams. 
Soloing in class can be scary. Forming a routine can help ease the pressure.  
“To get comfortable I look at it, listen to it, play it, and practice it,” said Williams. “I really get into the solo.”
When the solo is good enough for personal acceptance, then it would be time to prepare for the real purpose of playing music: performing in front of an audience.
Soloists that thrive off of the audience’s reaction have a hard time with feeling good about their solo, but the ones that can reflect on themselves are the soloists that can adapt and get better. 
“They’re not important to me because the only opinion that matters is my own,” said Williams. “If it was good it was good, if it was bad it was bad… oh well”.
As a professional, things get simpler. 
Ketchikan Rain City Band Drummer Mike Purcell knows that being the only drummer in a band means the entire performance is like one big long solo.
“Because I’m playing the drums, I think about how comfortable I will be soloing,” said Purcell.  “Like the different time signatures and how far I can go with it and my abilities.” 
Soloing is different with each instrument. When drummers also have a solo they are then having to add to the beats and make more of what they’re already playing. 
“It makes a difference for me,” he said. “What time signatures, how capable I am with the beat, and how far I can go with the solo.” 
Soloists should always be comfortable when they solo to be able to please the audience. 
“You’re playing music for somebody usually, so you want to make sure they’re enjoying it,” he said. 
The point of a solo is to enhance the melody with a single instrument while highlighting an individual’s skill. 
“I think less is more,” said Purcell. “If you do it once in a while it is more satisfying. No one wants to listen to someone soloing all the time.” 
In a band setting, soloing takes a lot of hard work and practice. 
“Practice is the only way you can prepare,” he said. “Go over it, try a few different variations. When you actually do the solo it usually ends up different anyways.” 
Soloing is the pathway between being in a band and to being an instrumentalist; use every opportunity to solo and have a plan on how you would prepare. 
“That’s the neat thing about soloing. You might just have a basic idea of what you’re going to do. It’s always going to be a little different each time once you know what you’re doing”.