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Staff Pick: PFD

College savings (or frivolous spending) accounts got $1600 richer yesterday when the Permanent Fund Divided checks were deposited.

If you could spend your PFD on anything in the world, what would you spend it on?

Jared Valentine:  Fortunately and unfortunately, I don’t get my PFD. I’m told it all goes to college funds. If I did get my PFD, however, I would spend it on a bunch of stupid stuff I don’t need. I can save money when money is limited but the $1600 dollars we get this year would be more than enough to justify reckful spending. I would probably start by buying clothes and “necessities” that make everyday life easier. After that I would slowly embrace a vicious cycle of me telling myself “I might need that someday.” For example, I’ve always wanted a paddle board. In Ketchikan specifically the seasons for paddle boarding are very limited and during those seasons I’m usually caught up with work. Even with all this in mind, I would tell myself again, “I might need that someday,” before proceeding to invest in one just for storage in my garage.

Olivia Kinunen: If I could spend my PFD on anything I would put it towards a vacation to Italy or Ecuador. Traveling the world has always been something that I want to do so I can experience different cultures, meet new people, and see new things. One of the worst parts of traveling is the cost, though, so if I save up money from work and my PFD’s it will all add up eventually so I can take a trip somewhere around the world. The reality though is that I will probably end up using my PFD to pay for gas, food and for college which is super lame.

Madison Rose: Extra money is always a good thing to have. Even though I am a heavy shopper and do enjoy buying things that benefit me, I am also a smart shopper and usually invest my money towards something with more worth. Some of the many things that I do not wish to spend money on but need to include gas, food, movies, fees, activities, material, fundraisers, and fanciest of them all a trip to Europe. This is something I have been working for, because it does not come cheap. With the help of a PFD, I can accomplish this goal more easily. College is another important thing for me to consider saving for.

Connor Wodehouse: The cost of the Close Up trip to Washington D.C is around $2000, that would be a quick and easy use of a PFD. That, or there’s this pretty sweet accordion on Amazon I found for $178.99. Like, who can you think of that plays accordion? That’s right, after this year’s PFD Connor Wodehouse is gonna break it down on the accordion, probably. Plus a little college saving on the side never hurt anyone. But the reality is that it’s probably going into savings, that would be the most money-wise thing to do in my opinion. Not all of it though, just most of it. Some would go towards Kayhi activities, some for the accordion, the rest? That’s for either myself to figure out or for college.

News of the year

Top news story of the year…

Gavin Salazar: I believe that the biggest news of the season would be the ACDC winning nationals and the boy’s soccer team beating Juneau for the first time in forever. I thought it was really cool to see the Academic Decathlon team win state and then about a week or two later I heard that they won nationals. It was a great thing for not only this school but our community. On to the soccer team, I felt very happy for them to finally beat their big-time rivals Juneau-Douglas. It was very exciting to see that happen.

Kyle Smith: I would have to say that it is the ACDC team winning Nationals is the top news story of the year. Not a whole lot of people really knew what the ACDC team did until they had won nationals. It was the first time they have ever taken first at the state tournament and then went on to win Nationals as well, the first team from Alaska to do that. There were some insanely smart seniors on the team that were the main reason they went as far as they did which is really cool to see. It was the best achievement and top news story this year by far I would have to say.

Verona Kamberi: Hands down ACDC but Y’all… I would say me joining PE class was the news of the year. Congrats to all the sports teams and clubs for winning, but I think Verona Kamberi doing PE was more of a surprise than any of that. Y’all know I was beyond terrified of sweating and running, but that changed. I remember walking out of class the first day with my big hair and my flaming red forehead thinking this was going to be a long semester, but I was wrong. I have enjoyed a year of kickball, handball, and my favorite dodgeball. Now, no athlete leaves a sport without an injury and for sure I’m not leaving PE without an injury. I now have a pinched nerve in my pinky finger and a big fat bruise on my leg. Anyways, good luck to everyone next year!

Wyatt Barajas: The soccer team beat Juneau. That hasn’t happened in so long. I know we won’t ever hear the end of it but it’s a big thing for Kayhi. Every year as a school we know it won’t happen but this year they proved us wrong. Maybe next year they could continue on and beat them again.

Marcus LeeThe biggest news story this year was for sure the Academic Decathlon Team winning nationals. They are the first Alaskan team to win a national championship and you can definitely see that their hard work had paid off. The ACDC team spends more hours practicing in school and out than any other sport at Kayhi. The hard work and dedication to be on the Academic team really take a special person to endure that much time of your day. When I heard they won state I was not surprised at all, especially when they took second last year. When I heard that they were going to Nationals, I had no expectations of them winning. I remember vividly Mr. Lund telling Largim, “You guys are going to get creamed.” You were wrong Mr. Lund, congrats to ACDC.

Chanell Browne: The girl’s basketball team winning regions for the 5th consecutive year in a row. Keeping the winning streak going, this was a record breaker in the Kayhi books and made history for winning five region V tournaments in a row. This was a huge accomplishment for the team to succeed in “The Drive For 5” and for the seniors who are now able to say that they’ve never lost a region tournament. What made this even cooler was the fact that it was on our home court in front of our town.

 

Staff Pick

10 days left of school I feel…..

Joey Karlik:
I have mixed feelings. I feel relieved. I feel sad already. I feel a ton of different things. All the hard work that I did during the school year has been completed. All my high school goals have been achieved. AP tests are done. My school athletics are about to be done. I finally got my Eagle Scout. I couldn’t be happier. But, I am gonna miss it though. For some people, It’s the last time I’ll ever see them. Social media doesn’t count as talking. I want to hang out and talk to all these people but I know it’s probably not going to happen. This school isn’t just a school to me either. I grew up in the school. I walked around as a toddler in my mom’s classroom playing with geometry shapes as toys and having plenty of injuries from corners of tables. It was like a second home to me. Before I start making movies for a living and hopefully becoming famous, I’m going to get the most out of this island and the people on it.

Largim Zhuta:
I have been trying to decipher my emotions about the matter for the past month. I have been fortunate enough to have been extremely busy with soccer, academic decathlon and homework so I haven’t had the time to be sad about it. I’m quite excited to set out on the next phase of my life. I’ll get to meet new people, see new places and the usual “new” things seniors spew. But for the same reason, I am excited to leave, I am sad to leave. It feels as if the years of relationship and reputation I have cultivated will go to waste. I have invested so much into them; knowing they will wither away as we go our separate ways makes it tough. I have been comfortable for so long now, I fear anything that isn’t so. Then again, the only thing sadder and scarier than leaving Kayhi would be never leaving Kayhi. Leaving it now before the memory of it gets sour or bland is the best way I could do it justice. I have nothing but awesome memories with awesome students and teachers here. I don’t think I could repay what the teachers, students, and community have done for me in my time here. Thank you.

Brittany Slick:
I feel like it’s not real. I was just a freshman yesterday, I don’t believe I have 10 more days of high school left. There are so many emotions with being a senior and graduating: excitement, sentiment, ready to leave, or wanting to stay. I honestly don’t know which emotion to feel yet. When I think about it too much, I get really reminiscent and sentimental. The idea of never again sitting in a classroom with the people I grew up with is really sad to me. Never playing another high school sport. Never sitting in pep club at the CCCC. Never being in the same place at the same time with all of these people..ever again. Everyone always talks about how there are lots of “lasts” your senior year. But no one ever talks about how those “lasts” turn into “never agains”. But of course, there is the other side of me that is really excited to graduate and close this chapter. It is time to fly from the nest and I feel as ready as I’ll ever be. I’m excited to get out and find new people and have new experiences– but I will never forget Kayhi and everyone who helped me get to where I am today.

Verona Kamberi:
I can’t even describe how I feel. Y’all I was a freshman a couple of years ago and now I am preparing to walk down the carpet. You know that fancy carpet at graduation reminds me of the red carpet that celebrities walk down on. Anywho, I am graduating in 16 days and It’s bittersweet. I won’t be able to come back to classes and talk with the freshmen or even just sit in the office to talk to the staff. Now now, I don’t cry but when I do I ball my eyes out. I’m excited for college and exploring other places, but I will miss Kayhi deeply and the people here.

Hannah Maxwell:
Terrified and excited all at the same time. Part of me wants to go home after the third period and the other part wants to spend as much in this cocoon as I can. This year has flown by! I honestly thought there was way more than 10 days left. It’s all starting to feel way too real. Kayhi has been good to me. When I first moved to Ketchikan I was pissed at my parents and now I don’t really want to leave, this community is like no other.

Kody Malouf:
I feel like there is no word to describe how I feel. I know I’m ready for summer and college but boy is it scary. Hopefully everything goes well, I’ve pretty much just been improvising and figuring it out as I go along so I hope that keeps working. Other than that, I have no idea what’s going to happen. That’s both terrifying and extremely exciting and kind of a relief. Thankfully Mr. Lund has prepared me for everything that lies ahead, so that makes me not worry as much as I would otherwise.

Staff Pick

The winner of the NCAA Tournament will be…

Joey Karlik:
Villanova. They are the highest scoring team in the NCAA and top 25 in assists. They will hammer down any opponent that steps in their way. With experience on their side and an excellent coaching staff, they will win another title this year. They will go against Loyola-Chicago in the title game and that’s where the cinderella story will end. Chicago has been too lucky and have not dominated a game except for a nine seed Kansas State. The number one seed Villanova will obtain yet another NCAA title.

Dante Troina:
Kansas vs. Duke will be recognized as the National Championship by me this year. The meeting of two of the most successful college basketball programs did not disappoint at all. Malik Newman ran baseline to baseline, drilling every corner three he took, and blossomed into a star in front of the world. Controversial calls tore the world in half, fighting the difference between a block and charge. Grayson Allen, the most polarizing Duke villain since Christian Laettner, played his final game of College Basketball. His shot at the end of regulation will remain infamous forever. Kansas finally got over its Elite Eight demons, and won 85-81 in a game that Coach Bill Self couldn’t help but say it was the best one he’s ever been a part of. Who won? Basketball fans. We witnessed one of the best college games of all time.

Kyle Smith:
Michigan. They are good, but they’re not flashy. Sort of, in a way they are sneaky about how good they are. They will have to beat Loyola. Loyola has an amazing story and everyone loves an underdog, but they simply do not have the experience needed to succeed past the final four. Michigan is a team that people only know they’re good because they’ve made it this far, but I feel like they will be underestimated once they beat Loyola and make it to the Championship. Villanova will end up beating Kansas and will meet Michigan in the championship. The grit and fire that michigan plays with will be able to lead them to an NCAA title. They are tough. Wagner will have a big game against Loyola and will hopefully be able to be consistent and carry that over to the ship.

Marcus Lee:
Loyola-Chicago. Not only are they proving to be a very good defensive/offensive team, they play with a passion that not every team has “the ultimate underdog.” Led by point guard Clayton Custer and shooting guard Ben Richardson- who has scored at least 20 points only two other times in four seasons at Loyola, has been great and will continue to play with energy and fire with this being his last year as a Wolf. Loyola has hit the hearts of the nation in the perfect underdog story and I personally believe that this story has a happy ending. Loyola-Chicago as your NCAA 2018 NATIONAL CHAMPS.

Damiyen Porter:
Michigan. With a defense first, offense second mentality, Michigan is one of the top defensive teams in the tournament. Their intensity on defense is what has put them on top this year, no. 6 in the nation on points allowed per game and no. 14 in defense efficiency. So far Michigan has held their opponents to 59 per contest this tournament. Head coach John Beilein is one of the best coaches in the country, his ability to make quick in-game adjustments has helped his team win many games this season. The Wolverines will face no. 11 seed Loyola-Chicago who are also a very good defensive team and have really came out of nowhere and set the tournament on fire. No one thought Loyola would make it this far not even Sister Jean who picked them to fall in the Sweet Sixteen, so I think what it will all come down to is experience. Coach Beilein’s experience and Michigan’s defense will put the Wolverines over Loyola and this momentum will push them to winning the NCAA championship.

Staff Pick

The winner of the NCAA Tournament will be…

Joey Karlik:
Villanova. They are the highest scoring team in the NCAA and top 25 in assists. They will hammer down any opponent that steps in their way. With experience on their side and an excellent coaching staff, they will win another title this year. They will go against Loyola-Chicago in the title game and that’s where the Cinderella story will end. Chicago has been too lucky and has not dominated a game except for a nine seed Kansas State. The number one seed Villanova will obtain yet another NCAA title.

Dante Troina:
Kansas vs. Duke will be recognized as the National Championship by me this year. The meeting of two of the most successful college basketball programs did not disappoint at all. Malik Newman ran baseline to baseline, drilling every corner three he took and blossomed into a star in front of the world. Controversial calls tore the world in half, fighting the difference between a block and charge. Grayson Allen, the most polarizing Duke villain since Christian Laettner, played his final game of College Basketball. His shot at the end of regulation will remain infamous forever. Kansas finally got over its Elite Eight demons and won 85-81 in a game that Coach Bill Self couldn’t help but say it was the best one he’s ever been a part of. Who won? Basketball fans. We witnessed one of the best college games of all time.

Kyle Smith:
Michigan. They are good, but they’re not flashy. Sort of, in a way, they are sneaky about how good they are. They will have to beat Loyola. Loyola has an amazing story and everyone loves an underdog, but they simply do not have the experience needed to succeed past the final four. Michigan is a team that people only know they’re good because they’ve made it this far, but I feel like they will be underestimated once they beat Loyola and make it to the Championship. Villanova will end up beating Kansas and will meet Michigan in the championship. The grit and fire that Michigan plays with will be able to lead them to an NCAA title. They are tough. Wagner will have a big game against Loyola and will hopefully be able to be consistent and carry that over to the ship.

Marcus Lee:
Loyola-Chicago. Not only are they proving to be a very good defensive/offensive team, they play with a passion that not every team has “the ultimate underdog.” Led by point guard Clayton Custer and shooting guard Ben Richardson- who has scored at least 20 points only two other times in four seasons at Loyola, has been great and will continue to play with energy and fire with this being his last year as a Wolf. Loyola has hit the hearts of the nation in the perfect underdog story and I personally believe that this story has a happy ending. Loyola-Chicago as your NCAA 2018 NATIONAL CHAMPS.

Damiyen Porter:
Michigan. With a defense first, offense second mentality, Michigan is one of the top defensive teams in the tournament. What has put the Wolverines on top this year is their intensity on defense, no. 6 in the nation in points allowed per game and no. 14 in defensive efficiency, so far Michigan has held their opponents to 59 per contest this tournament. With head coach John Beilein one of the best coaches in the country and his quick in-game adjustments and game planning Coach John Beilein has been perfect this season. The Wolverines will face no. 11 seed Loyola-Chicago who is also a very good defensive team and have really come out of nowhere and set the tournament on fire. No one thought Loyola would make it this far not even Sister Jean who picked them to fall in the Sweet Sixteen, so I think what it will all come down to is the experience. Coach Beilein’s experience and Michigan’s defense will put the Wolverines over Loyola and this momentum will push them to win the NCAA championship.                 

Staff Pick

There’s one quarter left in the school year. I feel….

Keri Thomas:
Ready. Not just for school to be over and summer to begin but for everything that will happen in these last few months. I will finally find out decisions on scholarships and make my last decision on choosing a college. I’m also ready for all the events like senior skip day, paper toss, and prom that seniors experience in this last quarter of school. This will be my first prom and first for the other events as well and I’m excited to be a part of these special events that I’ve been looking forward to since freshman year. Other things I’m ready for are spring sports and the, hopefully, sunny weather during the last few months of school. The nice weather makes students want to go outside to lay out in the sun or watch baseball games– two of my favorites things to do. The end of the school year is a stressful time but this year, as a senior, I won’t have to worry about a ton of finals and can just focus on college. Although I’m ready for all these events to happen I don’t want it to all rush by. The last quarter of school is always fun and I want to enjoy this last one as much as I can.

Joey Karlik:
Stressed out. I have so much stuff I have to do with that one quarter left. Everywhere I go I hear ghosts whispering, “Scholarships…. Eagle Scout work… UT requirements… AP Classes… Summer Job…” How is one person supposed to do all this by the end of May? That’s in pretty much 1 month and I am freaking out. Soccer is also throwing a wrench in it, but it’s a good stress reliever. This is a wake-up call for me and now isn’t the time to relax and coast. Senior year was supposed to be the “least stressful year” I was told. That turned out to not be the case. I can do this though. I knew that this would happen when I signed up for these goals. I just gotta power through it.

Rosie Kacenas:
I feel excited. I’m so ready to start life after high school – I feel like at this point in the school year I’m just sitting and waiting for my life to begin. Growing up in Ketchikan has its perks, but there are so many new opportunities to be had outside of Alaska. Four years in the same building, going to the same store, seeing the same people day after day… it’s a lot of the same over and over again. However, I’m definitely going to miss the security high school life brings. Not having to pay bills or rent is something that I’ve definitely taken for granted. I know that college is going to be a lot different, but it’s something that I’m ready to experience. I’ve worked hard to get all of my ducks in a row, now I’m ready for the adventures to begin. Struggles are inevitable, but going through difficult things is what make people stronger and more well-rounded. I’m excited to be an adult and start my life in the real world.

Verona Kamberi:
Ecstatic! Sure it will be bittersweet to graduate from Kayhi, but y’all, I’m ready for the next chapter. Summer is around the corner and college is just in a couple of months. I could use a little more knowledge on balancing a checkbook or even paying bills, but I guess I have to learn all that before college. High school has been great, but man I need to grow up and by that I mean teach myself how to adult. It’s tough y’all, trust me, doing all those adult stuff is very stressful, but we’ll see how it goes. Anywho, one more quarter left and that means it’s time to enjoy the quality time with the teachers and students.

Kody Malouf:
Scared because I am in no way ready for the real world. The only food I can make is cereal and I don’t understand how I’m going to survive in the cold dark vaccum of real life. What am I going to do for a living? How do you even figure that out? Can I get one of those jobs where you get paid for existing like Kylie Jenner? That’d be nice. How do you balance a checkbook? How do you apply for a home loan? How do you pay taxes? Hell, it took me like four hours just to fill out the FAFSA, but hey at least I can recite the quadratic formula through song. I feel scared and unprepared for life, but I’ll probably just figure all of that out on my own at some point or another I guess.

Staff Pick

Most memorable southeast housing experience

Joey Karlik:
My sophomore year in Juneau, I had just gotten into my first finals match of my career in wrestling. I lost by pin but throughout the entire match, all the southeast teams were cheering for me because we were all anti-Colony. It was close for the most part and I was proud. I was housed out with the now state champion from TM, Carl Tupou and partnered with my good friend Paul Allmendinger. Paul got 2nd and Carl won his match by 1.  We were all so pumped after our matches, so we all went to Pell’s of course to celebrate.  On our way back to Carl’s truck we heard a noise behind a building. We pulled out our flashlights on our phones and slowly walked towards it. We inched forwards and out came a stray cat. We laughed for a minute and went back to the truck. Carl backed up and claimed “he hit a pothole” but I’m still convinced to this day that we ran over that cat. Turns out later it was some old lady’s cat after we saw a missing poster on a pole the next day. That was the time we ran over a cat even though Paul and Carl still deny it to this day.

Brittany Slick:
Housing out is like flipping a coin– you never know if you’ll end up in a good situation or a bad situation. I’ll never forget housing out in Sitka last year with one of my basketball teammates. After our game, we walked right across the street from the school and into our housing home. Everywhere you looked, there was some sort of Coca-Cola product– and I mean everywhere.  Coca-Cola magnets on the fridge, Coca-Cola dishware, Coca-Cola puzzles framed and hung on the wall, even a Coca-Cola toaster cover. And you bet they had cases on cases of Coca-Cola cans in their fridge and pantry. On our last night there, they left us alone with no food for hours and we were starving. So, we snuck out their back door and had another teammate’s housers pick us up to go to the store. As we were about to check out, we saw our houser mom buying food and we immediately hid from her. She left before us, and we had to checkout and race her home. We snuck back in seconds before she came in with her food. Needless to say, we had 2 dinners that night– and plenty of Coca-Cola.

Gabe Bowlen:
If I had to choose a most memorable housing experience, I’d have to choose between two. The first was freshman year when I went to Juneau for swimming. I was housed with Logan Hammersland, and we’re good buddies so it was pretty fun. Logan and I headed to the store, bought a couple pizzas, and brought them back to the housers house. I then called up on of our friends from Juneau to bring us to Fred Meyers. We left for a few hours, got some snacks and then we walked back to the house since it wasn’t too far. By then we were starving and ready to cook the pizza. Walking into the kitchen we were a little dumbfounded. The whole family ate all of our pizza. They didn’t ask, or even think that they were ours. The good thing about this one was that the family bought us double the pizza the next day.
The second experience was in Sitka last year during baseball season. I was housed with Liam Kiffer, Cody Kemble, and Wyatt Barajas. Before we got to the house, we introduced ourselves to the dad of the family. When it was my turn to introduce myself, I said my name as usual. He thought I said Dave, not Gabe. We all thought it was funny, and I thought it would pass over. It didn’t. I was called Dave for the rest of the trip, and for the rest of season. I didn’t mind, I kind of liked it. All in all, housing is pretty cool, and you meet some interesting and fun people.

Collette Rhein:
There are so many great memories to pick from but I think my most memorable housing experience was probably my sophomore year in Sitka for Music fest. I always stay with my friends because some of my best friends live in Juneau, Sitka and Wrangell. My friends from Wrangell are fishermen and they were fishing in Sitka at the time of music fest. Every night we hung out, played foursquare, had bonfires, and played games. It was the first time I got to see them all in over a year and it was the best four days ever. They have this huge net tied to about five trees in the backyard and its made into a hammock. But that wasn’t all, the percussion section was perfect. Lily and Noah were seniors and we had the perfect percussion family, we got a superior on our ensemble and watched some amazingly talented kids perform theirs, and to top it off we played Russian Christmas music for the concert and the adjudicator had nothing but good things to say. We played it better that night then we had ever played it before and that’s an extremely difficult compassion. After the concert we got free ice cream and had one last bond fire. All around it was a great trip and hard to leave.

Richard Stuart:
Although I have only been housed out twice, once when I went to Wrangell for basketball and once when I went to Juneau for wrestling, out of the both times, my most memorable time would be the the time I went to Juneau. I was housed out by Connor Norman and was with Brayden Linne, Patrick Rauwolf, Paul Allmendinger, and Max Collins. We all got there friday night after wrestling and we were all pretty tired. We were staying in the third story of Conner’s house, which had a pool table and had a full kitchen. Nothing fun really happened the first night. We all had to wake up early and complained that none of us could eat food because we all had to make weight in the morning. The next night after everyone was done wrestling and we were all tired, all of us went to the store. We bought so much junk food because we didn’t have to make weight the next day. All of us stayed up pretty late taking turns playing each other at pool, even though we had to wake up early to catch our plane ride back to Ketchikan.