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Staff Pick

What’s your favorite sign of spring?

Alex Malouf: My favorite sign of spring is the extended daylight. Spring is a good time for me to get caught up with winter projects that never got finished such as boat maintenance, and the extra daylight and improved weather provides some much needed motivation.

Cristopher Carlson:My favorite sign of spring is Easter. Spring doesnt really hit me until I start seeing random bunny and egg decorations around my house that my mom has put up. My family has always kept the same Easter traditions since I was little so thats how I recoginze that spring is finally here.

Micah Britt: My favorite sign of spring is the sun. When it’s bright outside in the morning, the birds are chirping, and there’s a light mist over the grass and trees, this is how I know it is spring. During the winter months it’s harder to get up and go to school, but when I wake up by a ray of sun peeking in through my window I tend to want to get up and go do things.

Jonathan Barron:There is one thing that sets spring different from the other seasons: the positive change in daylight hours. For me, I know spring’s arrived when my 6:30 a.m. alarm shudders me to the sight of sunshine beaming through the windows. In the winter, the lack of sun takes a toll on my mood whereas with the new abundance of natural light causes me to wake up immediately in a brighter mood and ready for the day. This new positive attitude only gets stronger as I peak at the budding trees and mostly sunny skies. Although the cold has only started to suppress, stepping into the fourty degree morning is rather refreshing, much different from winters’ horrid chilly thirty degrees.

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Seniors! One quarter left, how do you feel?

Olivia Kinunen:My emotions are all over the place at this point in the school year. Fourth quarter is going to be so busy and us seniors have a lot to look forward to, but I have zero motivation to get anything done schoolwise. High school went by way faster than I expected, but I am more than ready to be done. I’m just trying to get through these last two months so I can move on to new things and meet new people at college.

Tarrant Sasser:I’m in shock. I cannot believe that graduation day is getting so close. It feels like it was yesterday I got my first start in high school football. I would do anything to go back in time and do so much over again. I’m still waiting for someone to wake me up and tell me that this is all a dream. On the other hand, I am ready to turn the page and begin the next chapter in my life, and start fresh again.

Cristopher Carlson: Honestly I’m doing the least amount of work as possible and barely scraping by these last two months of school. I have no motivation left at all, I can barely get myself dressed and ready for school in the morning. I was sitting pretty high on a 4.0 the first semester then just put her right in cruise control and took 3rd quarter off. I’m pretty much the perfect representation of senioritis and i’m just ready for high school to be over.

Brandon Wieber: The time thing has not really hit me yet, but I can definitely feel the anticipation of being done for good coming. Freshman year I did not think high school was going to go by this fast, but one more quarter and it’s crazy. I am very excited to move on to the next chapter in my life and go to college, especially being able to play ball again. It feels good though, learning new things everyday, experiencing new things in life, and being able to go to the next step and be on my own.

Cody Kemble:It’s pretty weird. I remember freshman year first quarter and how I thought that high school was going to drag on forever, but it has been the complete opposite. I don’t really have a ton of motivation in my classes right now so that’s nice. I’m excited to move on to college and have new experiences, but I’ll miss Kayhi, I think that when we graduate it’s going to be something that just sort of happened and then we don’t really look back on it until we’re like in our 30s. It’s pretty hard to put time in perspective right now.

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If we had a snow day…(will we have a snow day, if so when. And what would you do)

Carter Thomas: If we have a snow day (which will happen February 12th) , I would first sleep in until about noonish. Then my friends and I would go sledding on Silvis. If I couldn’t do that, I would most likely go four wheeling out on Whipple Creek. That is one of my favorite activities to do on a snow day. After an all day activity, I would come home and watch TV with my family and drink hot chocolate.

Sullivan Schulz: If we had a snow day I’d want to sleep in, wake up around 10 or 11. First thing I’d do when I wake up is text all my friends and see what their doing. See if they want to hangout out today. We’d probably go sledding at Carlanna, hopefully the lake would be frozen so we could go out on it. Next we’d probably head back to one of our houses, play some video games, watch a movie, heat back up, probably talk about how we hope there’s no school tomorrow, and what we’d do if there wasn’t. On real note, I think the possibility of a snow day happening this year is pretty slim, we’re already in February and the only snow we’ve had is a light dusting.

Jonathan Barron: On rare occasions such as snow days, I would definitely take advantage of that free time. Sledding, ice skating, or really anything that has to do with snow because Ketchikan doesn’t usually get large amounts of snow. I used to live in Palmer, and the snow we get here is minuscule to what I was used to. I always reminisced summer during the winter there, but after living here for two years I now realize how much the snow means to me. And so the very next snow day we get, I will do my best to enjoy it as much as possible.  Unfortunately, I don’t think we’ll get to experience a true snow day this year – for some reason this district believes in delaying school for two hours, cutting valuable class time that may not be able to be used due to lack of more time, than just cancelling school.

Staff Pick

Getting news from Twitter is…

Tarrant Sasser:
Getting news from Twitter is great. Twitter has a whole news section under the search bar that groups Tweets and links from many verified reporters and news pages to keep you updated on everything from sports to politics. There are even Tweets based on the user to see what kind of news you’re interested in based on what you like and follow. Twitter is endless information.

Micah Britt:
News on twitter is definitely not a very reliable source, most of the tweets are biased to what the person posts. When I scroll through the feed the main thing I see are people bashing president trump, the newest gossip on modern rappers, and pointless tweets that just waste my time. The annoying thing about twitter is all the the one sided debating of people with false information. I prefer to get my information from places like The Wall Street Journal and the Washington post.

Cristopher Carlson: Either a hit or miss. Mostly a miss. News on Twitter is usually all shock news covered by big news outlets and reporters from CNN or Fox. The news page on Twitter is all about Trump and how awful and evil he is. I don’t really care for opinionated garbage these companies call “news”. I’d rather find a news article that has the basic facts without the company trying to shape how I should feel about the situation or event. Plus I always end up getting annoyed reading and seeing everyone’s tweets acting as if they’re all Harvard grads and their opinions should matter. If I want to read the news or know what’s going on i’ll go onto my news app or look up news on my computer. Social media news is straight trash don’t @ me.

 

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Seniors, you only have one semester left. How do you feel?
(What kind of progress have you made towards college)

Olivia Kinunen: I am so excited for second semester because I have so much to look forward to. Soccer season is coming up quickly, and soon after that, prom and graduation. I’m also going to have to decide where I’m going to college next year. I will either be attending Linfield or University of Portland, so this semester I’m going to focus on making my final decision.

Brandon Wieber: This semester has already gone by super fast. Just yesterday it felt like freshman year but, the time has come and you have to embrace it. I didn’t start the whole college process until about the start of November and it was stressful. I wanted to play football in college so I had ideas of where I wanted to go. I took my SAT and ACT since most colleges want your scores or will give you scholarships. Then once I got my test scores back I decided to apply to colleges that I believed I could go to or where i’d like to play football.

Jonathan Barron: Senior year has been a blast for me, no doubt the best year school year in my life. The only downside is that it’s going by faster and faster, which means college is approaching. I’ve done all I can to prepare in the passed two years – good grades, high test scores, extra curriculum, AP classes. I have to wait two months before I hear back from my top colleges I applied to, which gives me even less time to choose my path. If accepted, I could be going to a top of the line engineering college while taking out a large sum in student loans. Or, I could go instate, receive less education but be debt free. A very tricky predicament, and as the year continuously goes by both the excitement and stress build up. Regardless, I still look forward to the rest of the year. My last season of track and last semester of high school are right around the corner, and I am going to make the best of them.

Cristopher Carlson: I’m feeling pretty good. I mean my grades are good, I’ve been accepted into the school I want, and I just committed to play college football which has always been a dream of mine. Now that I made my decision about where i’m going I don’t have the constant worry about what i’m doing next year. I still have to apply for some scholarships but other than that my college process is pretty much done. My school is offering me an extra $5,000 which is huge in the long run if I come to school with college credits so i’m enrolled with UAS right now under my Oceanography class so I have to stay on top of that. The biggest part for me now is getting ready for college football because that’s going to be a whole different atmosphere compared to high school especially out in Michigan where they live for football. I started to change my diet and workout plan to what my coaches want and think would benefit me once I get to school in early August.

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New Year resolutions…

Madison Rose: I do not believe in making a New Years resolutions, due to my own shortcomings in the past, and the recent news I wrote about how people don’t stay on top of their resolutions. While I was researching on this topic I found that only 8% of americans stick to their resolutions, and most felt more disappointed in themselves when they could not achieve their goal. The thought that a person can change overnight, or feels the need to make expectations for themselves, seems more like a let down in my opinion. It’s basically giving yourself false hope, and starting the year with distress, leading to failure rather than success. If there is a desire to improve something in your life, make the change because you want to, not because society says to annually.

Connor Wodehouse: I’m all for setting goals, but I’ve been a little behind on the times as of late. Christmas passed by in a blur along with New Years, so I wasn’t really able to get any resolutions down on paper. Maybe 2019 will be a year of my own, I could set my pace and switch it up however and whenever I’d like… Nah, all I want to accomplish for this year is continuing to be healthy, and to be able to look back this time next year and say ‘Huh, not bad for 2019.’ If I think of any more, I’ll definitely get back to you.

Olivia Kinunen: I don’t make New Year resolutions because most of the time they end up being pointless or I end up breaking them right away. Don’t get me wrong, I am all for setting goals for myself but I don’t think that the New Year is the best time to do it. I’m not going to magically change right when the clock turns 12:00 a.m. on New Years Eve, so why should I pretend like I am going to. I’ve also noticed that a lot of people just make New Year resolutions as a joke or because they think they have to and they never actually follow through with it. That is honestly setting yourself for disappointment, and it should not be the way to start a new year.

Jonathan Barron: I have very mixed feelings about New Year Resolutions. On one hand I think it’s important that we set goals for ourselves to make us a better person, but on the other I think that it makes us even lazier because I can’t think of anyone who’s actually ever met even one of their New Year Resolutions. Imagine setting goals to never achieve them. That could mean two things- the resolution wasn’t important enough to achieve in the first place, or you don’t have the will, the want, the need to achieve it. I find myself in that predicament a lot, I know there are areas where I need to improve myself but I don’t know if it’s worth setting as a goal because not achieving something for whatever reason just ultimately makes me an even worse person.

 

Staff Pick

What’s going to be the best part of your winter break plans?

Alex Malouf: I’ll finally have some time to get my boat ready for next year and finish up old projects. It will be nice to have no school for a couple of weeks too. Hopefully it snows during the break and we have a snowy Christmas, that would be the best part of my break.

Olivia Kinunen: The best part of break will be seeing my grandparents in Spokane. My family wasn’t planning on visiting them this year, so it was a nice surprise to find out that we were going to see them. I will be missing the Clarke which is disappointing but I’m very excited to go ice skating and spend some time in the snow down south with my family.

Carter Thomas: The best part of my winter break plans will be the CCCC and spending time with my family. I am excited to cheer on the Kings during the tournament. I am also looking forward to spending time with my family, especially because my sister is home from college.

Logan Ohmer: Definitely all of the treats i’m gonna make. I love baking, and I love cookies, so it’s the perfect pairing! I’m also looking forward to break for the obvious reason, sleep. And last but not least, work