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Staff Pick

What’s your favorite part about basketball season?

Cody Kemble: The best part is the CCCC tournament. It’s great because it’s during Christmas break, so I don’t have to worry about school or anything. We usually have a shootaround in the morning and then a bunch of us will go down to the Landing and have breakfast after. It’s pretty fun to spend a bunch of time with your teammates and then go play in front of the home crowd. Our games during the Clarke are usually at 9:15 p.m. and the stands are always packed.

Kyle Smith: My favorite part about basketball season has to be beating JD on their own court. Their pep club is always crazy and loud. Their fans are all super annoying, and most of their players are too. It always feels good to beat them on their own court and send them and their families home silent, or complaining about the game. I’m not really friends with anyone who plays for JD so it makes it that much better.

Marcus Lee: My favorite part about basketball season is the Clarke Tournament. Most of our home games is during the Clarke and I love playing in front of the community. Our attendance for the games skyrocket, especially with kids coming home from college, and the visiting teams along with their families who have never been to Alaska. Last year our first round game against Metlakatla-the gym was packed and loud. Reason because Met likes to haul their whole village to Ketchikan for the tournament. Christmas is my favorite holiday so it’s only right that my favorite part about the season falls in the mist of Christmas break. Playing basketball everyday along with the absence of school is nothing but happiness for me.

Ashley Huffine: My favorite part of basketball season is the Clarke Tournament. There is nothing better than playing in front of our home crowd, the gym is always packed and there never seems to be a time when the crowd isn’t roaring. With so many teams coming to play from all over, it brings more competition and gives you an opportunity to meet people. It’s my senior year so there is going to be a lot a bitter sweet moments like senior night where we play on our home court for the last time and get to take a moment to thank all of those who have helped us through it all and list our favorite memories together.

Madison Rose: The best part about basketball season is playing hard and expressing my passion for the game on the court. The satisfaction comes from the intensity and hustle, along with the feeling of doing a good play. Aside from game time, building relationships and connecting with players, teammates and coaches make it all worth while. Most all my favorite memories are behind the scenes, when we go shopping, mess around and get hyped before a game. For instance; as we won our 5th region title, the team dumped sprinkles all over Lund’s classroom, a memory I will never forget.

Staff Pick

What do you do with your Thanksgiving leftovers?

Alex Malouf: With my Thanksgiving leftovers I make sandwiches piled high with a variety of ingredients. Usually I stick to the basics: turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and cranberries all stuffed onto toasted bread. It’s the classic leftovers sandwich. You seriously can’t beat it. Read my article on proper sandwich etiquette. However, as the days pass by after turkey day and the leftovers swindle away, your options become limited. At that point I take bread and any scraps leftover and smother it all with gravy.

Cody Kemble: Thanksgiving leftovers are the most clutch leftovers of all time. I like to make sandwiches with the rolls, turkey, stuffing, and everything else. My favorite food item is definitely mashed potatoes and gravy, even in the days following it. You can never go wrong with throwing gravy on all the leftovers. The past couple years, my family has had prime rib for Thanksgiving dinner. It isn’t really the same as typical Thanksgiving leftovers and I miss the traditional leftover scene.

Brandon Wieber: If my family has a big get together for Thanksgiving we usually hand out left overs or at least a majority of it. Our family keeps the meats but we’ll give away the rolls, most deserts (besides apple pies), and other little finger foods. The night after, my parents usually make grilled sandwiches with turkey or the ham. After a few days and the leftovers aren’t gone then we’ll usually throw away the very last bit. Although, the next couple days after Thanksgiving we don’t make food, we just eat what’s left.

Abbigail Gaugler: We usually have the styrofoam carry-out plates filled with as much food as possible and hand them out to people as they leave the house. The food that doesn’t make it out the door is fixed for the week afterward. Our fridge is usually on the verge of breaking from the impact on the inside. For at least four days, breakfast, lunch, and dinner consist of turkey, mashed potatoes, rolls, and some kind of pie. Leftovers of the leftovers are thrown away.

Sullivan Schulz: At my family’s Thanksgiving dinner, we often have multiple meats like ham, turkey, and sometimes prime rib. Though I enjoy it the most after Thanksgiving when you get to make a sandwich that includes all 3 of the meats. Occasionally I’ll throw a little bit of stuffing in there for little extra something. Altogether though, the post Thanksgiving sandwich is the way to go.

Staff Pick

When do you think the first snowfall is going to be?

Olivia Kinunen: I have a feeling that it is not going to snow this year, and if it does it’s probably going to be really late in the season. So far it has been pretty dry but lately we have been having some super rainy and stormy days. It still hasn’t gotten very cold yet, though, and there isn’t even any snow on the mountain tops yet. So I don’t really think it is going to snow more than a couple inches this year, but I’m hoping to see a little bit of snow, especially during Christmas break!

Tarrant Sasser: I believe that we will get our first snowfall in the middle of December. Ketchikan is still in the season of fall and has not stopped with the wind and the rain. It has not been very cold so far and our weather shows no signs of snow anytime soon. Even if it does snow in December it probably will not stay for long. Hopefully it snows in time for Christmas because it brightens the Christmas spirit.

Crist Carlson: I think the first snowfall is going to happen during the first week of December, or so I hope. It’s starting to get colder and colder and I think by December 2nd the mountain tops will have some snow. It’s been raining and storming really hard the past couple of weeks so I don’t think it will snow the rest of November. I’m hoping that we get a lot of snow this year because it makes the winter months so much more enjoyable. Without snow I just feel like winter is 10 times longer and the days get so repetitive. I’m looking forward to the first week of December to see if i’m right.

Jenna Miller: My guess is no where in the next ten days, and that’s not just because I looked on my weather app on my phone and noticed there’s no chance of snow for a while. Considering how well of a summer we had this year i think it’s going to snow pretty early and last for a good four or five months. So all you snow loving freaks better get ready to embrace the winter because I have a feeling we are going to get dumped on this year. For the rest of you who despise it, I suggest you lock your doors and don’t come out until the end of April.


Staff Pick

Midterm elections were held Nov. 6. Alaskans had the opportunity to choose a new governor and Lt. governor and United States representative. 


Alex Malouf: Voting is important. It is your duty and right as a citizen of the United States. Get out and vote for what you believe in and stay true to your opinions. Don’t stand for slogans. It will be interesting to see the outcome of the midterms, but specifically the Alaska elections. With multiple strong candidates throughout all levels of elections, this election should be a good one to follow.

Olivia Kinunen: Voting is a very valuable privilege that us Americans have. We are blessed to be able to participate in a direct democracy, and to be able to choose who our representatives are. It is disappointing to me that the voter turnout is not very high, especially in young voters and minorities, but that means my own vote would count even more. Since voting is very important to me, when I turn 18 registering to vote will be one of the first things that I will do.

Crist Carlson: Now that I’m 18 and paying attention to the news and finding my political identity I’m realizing the importance of voting. Voting is very important to me and our country. Voting gives the people a voice and the opportunity for the people to speak and stand up for who and what they want. Knowing that the voter turnout is very low in my community and country really motivates me to get out and make sure I cast my vote and try to make a change. This election is really important for our state because it decides who our governor is going to be for the next 4 years and the direction of the state.

Cody Kemble: Is important to our country. We have to opportunity to participate in direct democracy, which means that we get to choose who represents us and runs our government. Americans must educate themselves and vote on candidates they believe will best serve their community, state and country. America is of the people, by the people, and for the people, so we should participate in voting.

Brandon Wieber: is important and shapes how America and our states are prepared in a way. Even though a lot of high schoolers cannot vote it still is important the ones that can do. I will vote once I’m able to because every vote counts. It is kinda ironic though that a lot of adults say it is important to vote even though this years midterms elections only had a 54% turnout of voters. So where exactly is the other 46%? Do they not care or do they not understand politics?


Staff Pick

Thankfully no one wanted to be this character…Illustration by Isabella Schreckhise


If you could be (not wear a costume) any fictional character for a day, who would it be and why?

Madison Rose: I would 100% be Elastigirl. Not only does she have the advantage of reaching the remote without having to move from her position,  but with her power, my short body would no longer be belittled by short jokes. Instead everyone can face the wrath of my tallness and cower at the sight of my prolonged legs as I step over, crushing them like ants. Plus, dont get me wrong but she’s curvy like a Mcflurry. Aside from that I could also win MVP on the basketball court.  I would just dunk and swat everyone. Last but not least my little legs would no longer be a problem when it came to reaching something on the top shelf, and I can live happily ever after with the giraffes.

Jenna Miller: Stitch is the way to go. Not only is he cute, fluffy, and blue, but he has a personality like no other. Cute, but could decide to tear your head off at any given moment. He’s not only fireproof and bulletproof, but he can also lift anything three thousand times his size. So my understanding is that if I were him I would be indestructible and super strong so what else more could you want? Not to mention that I would have a human waiting on me giving me anything and everything I could possibly want or need. Being Stitch for a day would be a dream come true.

Tarrant Sasser: I would definitely go with Han Solo. Wanted space gangster with a wookie best friend. Cannot beat that. Especially flying around the galaxy on the Millennium Falcon shooting lasers at anything to stand in my way, fighting against the empire with my friends, while ripping people off and smuggling with the fastest ship in the galaxy.

Sullivan Schulz: Batman is hands down the best superhero of all time, that’s who I would be if I were a fictional character. Batman is the ultimate superhero due to his incredible intellect and his wealth. Crime fighting would be the coolest thing, beating up bad guys while also teaming up with some other super cool superheroes. During the day I would be a billionaire and at night I would be the cape crusader who drives around in a tank and fights bad guys. Hands down batman would be the coolest fictional character to be.  


Staff Pick

This weather has me feeling…

Olivia Kinunen:
The weather has me feeling really tired and sad. I wake up and it’s dark outside. I get out of school and it’s already dark outside. I’m really not a fan of it, and it makes me unmotivated to do anything. It has messed with my sleep schedule and now I can barely wake up for school. The cold and stormy weather has made me sad that summer is long gone. I’m ready to be back in 70 degree weather with nothing to worry about.

Tarrant Sasser:
This weather has me feeling tired and rushed. I look outside and it is dark. Even at lunch it’s cloudy and darker than usual. It is not good to live in the dark, and I know it’s starting to take effect on myself and the people around me. We do not have time do anything outside because it gets dark an hour after school gets out. The weather makes me not want to do anything. It drains the life out of everyone and everything. It just seems to dull everyone down. On top of all the darkness, the constant rain and wind does not help at all.

Jared Valentine:
This weather has me feeling warm and cozy. There is a case to be made for staying home in a storm to bake something yummy, curl up in a ball with a heated blanket and some hot cocoa, and binge watch scary movies or a favorite tv show. Like any teenager, I would rather be outside having a bonfire with friends, jumping off the docks, swimming at a lake, or even just soaking up the sun on the porch, but the change in weather isn’t as bad as most make it out to be.

Abbigail Gaugler:
The weather has me feeling bored and unmotivated. Of course I’m excited for the upcoming holidays and Halloween, but the weather isn’t really aiding to the joyfulness of Christmas or Thanksgiving. Being able to go on walks was one thing I really enjoyed doing during the sunny days and I probably still can, but only with multiple layers. It’s also really a hassle having to dry everything off when you walk in from being outside so this time of year is when indoor activities or movie nights become the norm.


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.