In theatre, ‘blackout’ means to close the curtain. At opening night of Les Miserables in the Kayhi Auditorium Thursday, a blown fuse caused a literal blackout and a thirty minute delay. The cast, crew, and audience was briefly panicked when the lights flashed off but the director put the audience at ease. The power outage came on the heals of an outage at the school which had students sitting in their first period classes until 10:15 a.m. when the lights came back on and the school day resumed.
Friday’s performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Les Miserables will run through Sunday. Tickets are available at the door.
By Cheyenne Mathews and Catey Mendoza
Some Kayhi seniors exercised their right to vote Tuesday in the mid-term elections.
Senior Erika Wiberg said she voted because it was a part of turning 18.
“I voted because when I turned 18 it was a new privilege I was given and I want to experience everything I’m able to do… it’s our civil duty as the people of the United States to vote because this government is meant for us to control,” said Wiberg. “If we don’t vote how do we have a say in how our government runs?”
Other seniors like Savannah Scanlon also voted.
“I voted because it was my first time voting and my parents wanted me to see how the voting process works,” Scanlon said. “In my opinion voting can be important if you’re interested enough in everything that is going on in the elections.”
Some Kayhi seniors were old enough to vote but didn’t. Senior Luisa Orta said she didn’t vote but wished she had.
“I didn’t vote because I procrastinated and didn’t register to vote. I wish I would have because it would have been an opportunity to voice my opinion,” said Orta. “Now I won’t be able to do anything about the results whether I like them or not.”
Wiberg said it is important for those age eligible to be able to vote.
“I don’t believe seniors are too young to vote. When we turn 18 we step into the, “adult world” and should be able to make adult decisions,” said Wiberg. “For instance, If our government is willing to have 18 year olds get shipped to Iraq and Afghanistan to fight for our American safety and beliefs, they should be able to have their voice apart of the voting tally.”
Students from southeast Alaska attended Construction Career Day at the Ketchikan shipyard, on Oct. 13. It was an opportunity for students to get hands-on experience with welding, surveying, electrical wiring, spike driving, maritime engineering, heavy equipment simulators, and drilling. The event was sponsored by the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities Civil Rights Office, and the Local Technical Assistance Program. Most attendees would like to go into a maritime career after high school.
“It was a learning experience,” said Hannah Maxwell. Maxwell is one of the students who wants to go into the Coast Guard when she graduates.
Shawn Sande would also like to go into maritime after high school.
“Maybe for a couple summers to pay for college,” said Sande.”I learned a lot about future jobs.”
Maritime and Construction Careers for Alaskans
A 2004 report the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development found there were over 30,000 people employed in construction-related occupations in Alaska. Out of that, 18,000 construction trade and craft workers have averaged over $59,000 in that year. Construction job growth is expected to increase 15% over the next decade. 50 percent of new construction workers will be Alaskan apprentices. Alaska is a maritime state and has more miles of coastline than all other U.S. coastal states combined. Alaska’s location in the North Pacific allows it to have economic activity between North America, Europe and Asia.
Many students go outside to the state to get necessary training.
The California Maritime Academy is an academy that boosts students in fields of international business and logistics, marine engineering technology, global studies and maritime affairs, marine transportation, mechanical engineering, and facilities engineering technology.
There is money available, such as the Lund scholarship, for students wishing to pursue this career said Captain Mark E. Lundamo. The scholarships was named after Bill Lund, who advocated for Alaskan maritime students.
This fall Ketchikan High school has four new faces and one familiar one in the classrooms.
Kayhi vice principal Mike Rath said he is pleased with the new hires so far.
“The new teachers seem to be doing pretty well,” said Rath.
Linnaea Troina is back at Kayhi for her tenth year. She taught at Kayhi for nine years then took a break and now she’s back teaching again.
“I love teaching here,” Troina said.
Jeff Shelton is the new shop teacher at Kayhi. He’s married to Shayla Shelton who also teaches at Kayhi. He was born in Salt Lake City Utah.
“I love it here,” Mr. Shelton said. “I get my own big shop. I’m in heaven.”
Mrs. Shelton is the new careers teacher. Mrs. Shelton was born in Idaho Falls. She taught in Point Hope Alaska and Skagway.
“I love it here,” Mrs. Shelton said. “The kids are awesome.”
Todd Henke is the new yearbook and welding teacher. Henke was born in Cache Valley, Utah. He taught in Barrow for five years before moving to Ketchikan.
“I have Mr. Henke for welding, he’s a pretty cool guy – great teacher,” said junior Jayce Carlson.
Jeff Lund is a new English teacher. Lund was born in Colorado and moved to Klawock when he was five. Lund taught at East Union High school in Manteca, California until last fall. He taught sophomore English, yearbook, journalism and he coached a basketball team.
“I like it here, a lot of technology available,” Lund said. “The student body seems interested in education and staff has been welcoming and helpful.”
Ketchikan Theater Ballet is presenting their Autumn Showcase. The showcase features jazz students in levels three through six and tap students in levels five and six. Some members of the staff will also perform at the showcase.
The performance will be held at the Schoenbar Middle School starting at 3 p.m Oct. 19th. Tickets are $14 for one and $25 for two. Tickets can be purchased at KTB.
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If senior Gwen Ranniger didn’t like Nordstrom before, she definitely does now, after winning a Nordstrom Scholarship for $10,000. Ranniger was one out of 80 who won the scholarship and the first Kayhi student to win. Ranniger said that there were multiple rounds of cuts.
“For the first round it was a basic questionnaire, like your grade point average,” said Ranniger.
Ranniger said she had to complete two essays. The prompts were, “If you had the power to change the world what would you do?” and “How cultural experiences have shaped you?”
Ranniger said she also had to complete a 15 minute interview portion.
“[There were] … ten people sitting in this conference room. [They asked questions like] how I was doing, my typical day in the school year, and how I deal with stress.” Ranniger said.
The scholarship win was announced on Thursday in Ranniger’s first period class. School counselor Bob McClory brought in a video about the scholarship and at the end of the video it announced that a Nordstrom Scholarship winner was in the room.
“It made me very happy. It made my day,” said Ranniger.
Ranniger said that she would be interested in using the scholarship at one of her dream schools.
“My top school is Vanderbilt. I’m also very interested in American University,” said Ranniger.
This year to increase attendance at parent teacher conferences Kayhi administration tried a new method. It succeeded as 58-percent of the student body was represented.
Secretary Kelli Carlin-Auger said it was an efficient new system.
“It’s called Powerschool Messenger, and we used it for the first time this year,” said Carlin-Auger. “What it does is find the parents contact information, and sends out the voicemail.”
Counselor Lynn Wadley said it is important for parents and students to attend.
“We don’t track student attendance,” said Wadley, “but often the ones who show up are the ones who struggle.”
Kayhi has an enrollment of 616 students, with 217 students represented on Monday, and 146 on Tuesday.
Senior Keenan Sanderson was selected as 1 out of 55 students nationally to get a free tour of Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.
Dartmouth is one of the most prestigious colleges in the country.
Ketchikan High School counselor Bob McClory said that he was the first student he had ever persuaded to apply for the free tour.
“[He was the] first one I ever got to sign up. [Dartmouth] took 55 from around the nation and Keenan is one of them, they pay for air, room and board, take him through college workshops. It’s a sweet deal.”
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.”