This weekend 127 students graduated from Ketchikan High School. An additional nine students from Revilla High School and Fast Track also graduated on Sunday. Kayhi counselor Robert McClory said the 2015 class was one of the brightest in years.
“One of the nicest, sharpest classes we’ve had in years,” said McClory. “We didn’t have one senior fail to graduate on time. A lot of smart kids in there.”
The 2015 graduating class was offered $6.8 million in college granted and local scholarships – $3.6 million was accepted. Of that sum $200,000 were local scholarships.
Senior advisor and English teacher Rebecca Bowlen said the senior officers and the class of 2015 were an easy going and helpful class.
“The senior officers were extremely organized and easy to work with,” said Bowlen. “Senior carnival was a breeze. Prom was a breeze. Overall, they were an easy and cooperative class.”
Kayhi’s Valedictorian was J.D Langert and the Salutatorian was Gwen Ranniger. Both have a 4.0 GPA.
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.”