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.”
After three weeks of issues , the Kayhi Public Address system is fixed. Over the summer, the school received an upgrade to the phone system through Ketchikan Public Utilities. But the upgrade, sending calls through the computer’s IP addresses, made the bells and phones incompatible.
Secretary Kelli Carlin-Auger said the problem arose during the announcements.
“Every time we would go to make an announcement, the bells would stop working,” said Carlin-Auger. “So we started to catch on, and sure enough, it was because of the new system.”
KPU made a temporary fix to the phone, but it won’t be for long. The current phone system relies on one analog phone that is the only phone capable of doing announcements (without shutting off the bells). Maintenance Foreman Tim Jensen said the issue was the age of the phone. “That phone system is about twenty five years old,” said Jensen. “It’s going to be difficult trying to get new parts for it, since it’s been around for so long.” Soon enough, all of the 80-100 phones will be updated, and compatible. Though it will not be cheap roughly $300 per phone. KPU will also have to adjust every clock in the building. The change has been on the budget for years, voted by the City and the Borough.
Sophomores and juniors will be taking the PSAT in the auxiliary gym and library on Oct. 15. The test is designed to prepare students for the SAT.
The signup deadline has already passed but Kayhi counselor Natasha O’Brien said some extra tests were ordered for kids who still want to take it.
On average, students in Alaska who have taken the PSAT first tend to score about 200 points higher on their SAT said Mrs. O’Brien.
“I think that’s partly because they get some practice with the format of it, maybe makes them a little less nervous, and when you get your results back you get study suggestions so you know what you are good at and what you still need to work on,” Mrs. O’Brien said.
Senior Hailee Miller said the PSAT helped her prepare for the SAT because then she knew to not answer the questions she didn’t know. “You get docked a quarter of a point for every question answered incorrectly, but if you leave an answer blank then you don’t get penalized for it unlike the ACT which doesn’t subtract any points for wrong answers,” said Miller.
Winners of the freshman class SBA officers were announced Oct. 3. Candidacy was decided after speeches were given on Sept. 30.
President Michael Starr said the whole class was his family.
“I was walking past a vending machine and it said ‘share a coke with your family’. Well, I would share a coke with you because you are all my family,” said Starr in his speech.
Vice President Kody Malouf said he was a visionary that could change the school.
“As most of you already know, I’m a visionary and when I want change, I change it… dream on dream big, with me on your side there’s nothing we can’t accomplish,” Malouf said in his speech.
Secretary Nate Eisenhower said he was active in school and would make a good secretary.
“Having school spirit and showing it is very important to me,” Eisenhower said in his speech.
Eisenhower won unopposed. Malouf and Starr beat opponents Arick Mattson and Mey Tuinei.