Ketchikan represented at the Alaska state Drama Debate and Forensics competition Feb. 19-20. The public forum debate team of Audrey Kistler and Cheyenne Mathews place fourth in the event. Kistler placed first in public forum debate speaker points and her partner Mathews placed second. In original oratory Mathews placed second in the event with a persuasive speech about cochlear implants. Kayhi team member Bella Posey finaled in both of her drama events. Posey finaled with a dramatic interpretation of Edgar Allan Poe’s “A Tell Tale Heart.” Posey also finaled in her solo piece.
Coach and teacher Mr. Mitchel said he was impressed with how the state meet went and expects the same for next year.
“In terms of how people do, it’s do they reach their potential not how well did they do, or how well did they place. Those that wanted to, reached their potential this year. Those that went on trips, prepared, wrote their speeches, spent time at home, practicing with their partners and how to excel in those events, did well.”
Juniors Hannah Crowder, Lora Starr and Amber Junker will be representing Kayhi at the All Northwest Honor Band in Spokane, Washington this year.
Starr plays the trumpet and said she was excited to be accepted.
“Everyone auditions and they pick the best to be in the band,” Starr said.” It’s an honor.”
Junker and Starr said that Kayhi band members were eligible for the honor band but only a few auditioned.
“Nuss [Mrs. Pagnotta], told the whole band they were eligible to audition if they wanted to,” said Starr, “but we [Junker, Crowder and Starr] were the ones who wanted to.”
Starr and Junker said that six states are featured at All Northwest Honor Band and the honor band lasts about three days.
Starr said that she is happy to being going to Spokane but worried about playing her instrument.
“[I’m] excited, I guess but nervous,” said Starr. “It’s intimidating because everyone will be really good at their instrument.”
Crowder said she was excited to make the honor band especially because she plays the bassoon.
All three students are part of a smaller sect of Northwest Honor Band called Wind Symphony. Wind symphony is for smaller schools with less than 1,000 students. Starr said that the Wind Symphony audition was not as hard as the North West Audition.
“For wind symphony it [ the audition] was really easy,” said Starr. “For all Northwest it was really challenging.”
Junker, Crowder, and Starr have all participated in other bands such as Southeast Honor Band and State Honor Band but All Northwest is the only one outside of Alaska.
Junker said that her experiences in other honor bands have made her a better trombone player.
“You always learn new things,” said Junker, “from playing under a new director.”
Starr said that she has also had good learning experiences in other honor bands and said that All Northwest will only further her abilities as a trumpet player.
“Being able to work with a professional director is a new experience,” said Starr. “And you also get to work with peers who are equally good or better, which is inspiring.”
Senior Tommy Varela is also going to All Northwest but instead of band he is going for choir. In the past Kayhi has sent alumni Micah Long to All Northwest Choir.
Kayhi had a good showing at the 18th annual Alaska Region National Ocean Sciences Bowl in Seward over the weekend.
“We could have done better, but we polished our work,” said senior and two-year captain Keenan Sanderson. “I’d say I’m pretty proud.”
Kayhi results –
Best in show and first place in category: Tyler Leavitt
Third place in research paper
Third place in research project (includes presentation)
Fourth place in quiz bowl and overall
Most improved (shared with Cordova)
Sadies scheduled for Feb. 13 Time is running out to get a date for Sadies. The themed dance will take place next Friday at 9 p.m. The theme has yet to be announced.
Seward hosts Tsunami Bowl The Saber-toothed Salmon will be competing in the Tsunami Bowl in Seward this week. The 18th annual Alaska Region National Ocean Sciences Bowl will feature teams from across the state. The goal is to promote and reward students interested in ocean sciences. The Kayhi team is comprised of students Micah Briola, Autumn Davis, Ben Guevara, Keenan Sanderson and is coached by Julie Landwehr.
ACT on Saturday
The ACT test will be administered at Kayhi at 8 a.m. Students are encouraged to arrived a little early and have a good breakfast. The next ACT sign up is March 13 for the April 18 test. Students wanting to take the SAT on March 14 have to sign up before Feb. 13. The cost is $53.
Jazz Fest Select members of Kayhi’s musicians will be performing in Sitka at Jazz Fest today through Saturday.
The Kayhi jazz ensemble along with the jazz band will be playing and singing their hearts out tonight in the Kayhi auditorium at 7pm. They will be performing the songs they are taking to the Sitka Jazz Festival next week, February 8.