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What do you think about New Year’s Resolutions?

Shirlie White:
I believe that New Year’s resolutions are good for people to have. It gives people the motivation to do what they have always wanted to do, or to benefit themselves. At the same time, New Years also seems to be used as an excuse to put off doing what people need or want to do simply because they want to say, “new year, new me.” You should be able to do what you want to benefit yourself whenever, if you want to do something do it now. Do not wait for another year just to make another resolution, take risks.

Lezille Sagrado:
I think that New Year’s resolutions can set great goals to people who are on top of things. But for me, I guess it doesn’t really matter because, even though it’s a new year, it doesn’t mean I’m going to change what I do unless I really have to. Like for example, if you want to do better in school and get good grades, don’t wait until next year to set that goal. Or even if you want to get better at a sport, don’t waste your time, take advantage of today and just do it.

Jackson Pool:
If someone needs to have the start of a new year to be motivated to do something, they’re doing it completely wrong. If you want something to change in your life, do it today, don’t wait for months and procrastinate. More than half the citizens of America make New Year’s resolutions, less than 10% go through with them. All these “resolutions” do is make the greater percentage of people more lazy and less confident. Failing your goals starts to become a habit eventually, so you have to will yourself to accomplish them. If you want something, don’t wait, do it now.

Pablo Orta:
I’ve never been a big fan of New Year’s resolutions because I don’t see how going into a new year will give you the motivation you need to change something about yourself that you could’ve changed long ago. If there’s something about yourself or about your life that you want to change for the better, you shouldn’t wait around for New Year’s to finally tell yourself that you’re going to work hard to achieve your goal(s), you should take action as soon as possible. Instead of having New Year’s resolutions I think everyone should try to better themselves every single day.

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What are some of your favorite Christmas traditions?

Lezille Sagrado:
My favorite Christmas tradition would have to be flying over to Juneau to be with all my family. Everyone cooks, and I mean everyone. There’s so much food made that there’s leftovers for a week, it’s amazing. Another tradition that I enjoy is when the whole family plays games together and you could just see how much fun all the kids and adults are having. My cousins and I plan to wear the same pajamas just because it’s always been our tradition since we were little. Another obvious favorite tradition is opening gifts, but since I’m getting older I usually just receive money, and I’m totally okay with that. You also can’t forget about the hot chocolate and watching classic Christmas movies on Netflix.

Nate Eisenhower:
My favorite Christmas tradition is all the desserts and egg nog that I can eat after the months of eating healthy for wrestling season. It’s special because my mom bakes all these desserts for my brothers and me. The desserts that we help make are the gingerbread cookies, donuts, and buckeye balls. Whoever helps my mom the most when we make desserts gets to have preference on what cookies they want. Some of my favorite desserts are double decker fudge, buckeye balls, sugar cookies, pumpkin pie, gingerbread cookies, frosted pumpkin cookies, brownie mint pie, and homemade donuts. I don’t want to drink anything except egg nog in this season. All of these delicious foods and egg nog go great with classic Christmas movies, my favorite being Polar Express.  

Kody Malouf:
My favorite Christmas tradition was not being in town for Christmas. For 14 years in a row, my family and I had been on vacation with my dad’s family. We went all over the place, Mexico multiple times, the Bahamas twice, Belize, and Puerto Rico. Those were some of my favorites. Those trips were always so much fun, but last year my brothers and I convinced my mom to let the family stay home for Christmas, since we always missed the Clarke Cochrane Christmas Classic and couldn’t remember what Christmas at home was like. Last year we broke the streak and this will be our second year in a row, due mostly to the Clarke Cochrane, my obligation to the pep club and my dank sign duties. My mom is constantly trying to convince me to go on Christmas vacations again, because she refuses to go without me. I keep telling her I’ll go if she’ll work the vacation around the Clarke. I missed out on it for 14 years, I refuse to miss any more.  

Thomas Brooks:
My favorite Christmas tradition is my family’s annual Christmas Eve party. Each year on Christmas Eve, all of my family comes to my parents’ house and we watch family videos, pig out on great food, and play our favorite games. This year there is going to be about 28 of us all under one roof. It’s great to keep up with the friends and family because we always seem too busy throughout the year. The doors are open to all of our neighbors and friends. This is also the time we give gifts to each other so we don’t have to go anywhere on Christmas day. I love the fact that we prepare so much food that we don’t have to cook for days. My family always looks forward to my homemade deep dish apple pie. My older brother Chris used to be in charge of pies, but now that he moved away it’s been my official job. With each and every winter season I definitely look forward to this party because of the joy, family, and big bellies.

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Why is KDL so great?

Jackson Pool:
KDL is money, not only is it the most hyped up local league, but we get a large fan base. With the large amount of former Kayhi basketball players, the league is highly competitive. Six former varsity players, and 15 former Kayhi players overall make for some great games. We had six teams in the league last year, and are expecting 7-9 this year. Some people take it as a joke, but once they join the league, they feel the hype.

Nate Eisenhower:
KDL is fantastic because it’s city league basketball so you don’t have to attend practices everyday after school. Everyone in the league has fun with energy and intensity, it’s gained a lot of popularity in the past few years so there’s a lot of teams to play against. In KDL, you get more playing time and don’t have the pressure of performing your best unlike at Kayhi. It’s really relaxing to play and just have fun with your pals from Kayhi.

Kody Malouf:
KDL is the greatest sporting organization in Ketchikan history. It’s so much fun to be a part of because there is no pressure to be good. You can play much more freely than you can on the Kayhi team. You can play how you want and actually have fun. The growing hype around the league and the influx of players joining is making KDL even better. Having @KDLGotNext on twitter documenting games, keeping track of stats, and making player highlight tapes just makes the league even more fun and interactive for the players.

Alec Simmons:
The thing about KDL is that it is a sport where the community can come together and be a whole. People are more engaged in a sport where you can have fun and mess around and not take the sport as seriously as one would during a Kayhi basketball game. Your playing time will be outrageous and will advance your playing capability against the former Kayhi players who have joined KDL this season.

Jack Carson:
The thing that makes KDL so great is all the hype that is involved in it. KDL season last year had six teams in the league, this year there are supposed to be either eight or nine teams which means that’s about 30 more people added to the league. The games are always packed and everyone is always into the game and having a good time. The game gets intense once you step on that Saxman court and everyone knows, it’s about to go down.

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Are you on top of your college deadlines?

Avery Olson:
Of course not. Am I ever actually “on top” of anything? In the end it will be okay, and I will have things worked out and smoothed over. But in the meantime my college preparation is a messy mountain of potential and procrastination. I work my butt off but somehow, it’s never enough. Essays, scholarships, and early applications.. Oh my. The never ending work and perfect student standards role I am pressured to meet is hard to fill in the life of a busy, and lazy teenager. Once I’m sitting in my dorm eating Ramen Noodles, I’ll know I have finally made it.

Pablo Orta:
I would really like to say that I am on track with all of my college deadlines and that I’m flying through college applications and getting scholarships left and right but in all honesty, I just found out this morning that today is the early action deadline. I guess I’m not truly behind since most final deadlines are still a few weeks away but I’m still not where I thought I would be or where I would like to be. I seriously need to get my butt to work because if I keep putting things off, there’s no way I’m going to be attending college next year.

Kyra Welker:
On top of my college deadlines? Sure. Am I where my school counselor thinks I should be? No. I missed two early action deadlines for colleges I could have and probably should have just applied to. I definitely did not end up apply to the three scholarships that I was hounded about for weeks either. It might seem as if I’m slacking, but I think that being accepted into one university by this time of the year is progress, and for now it’s good enough for me!

Jacob Smith:
Gosh, I wish I was. Senior year is flying by, and it will only get harder because basketball season is starting. I really wish I knew where and when I was going, but I don’t. I’m not even close to being ready for school. I had the epiphany today about what I actually want to do. Yeah I am behind, but am I? It’s not like I’m totally bailing on college to live in the basement and play Call of Duty while drinking Mountain Dew until I’m 36. Things will fall into place, and everything will be okay.

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Wrestler’s Guide to Thanksgiving

Max Collins:
Every year I am restricted the amount of food I can have on Thanksgiving day. Unfortunately, my family members around the table really don’t understand how managing weight is so important to the sport of wrestling. My grandma is always trying to stuff me with all these pies she makes and it makes Thanksgiving the most torturing day of my life. My freshman year, I remember sneaking food past my dad/coach and eating it in the garage. The next day of practice I weighed close to 130 pounds and had to get back down to 120 just 4 days later. Learning from my mistakes, I have definitely been more careful about what I eat. Holding myself back during the holidays is worth my achievements towards the end of the season.    

Justin Albecker:
Weight cutting is a real pain in the butt, so I avoid it as much as possible. Every season I have to power through my birthday and Thanksgiving dinner. I have a technique of how to handle the notorious dinner and not have to sweat my soul out the next weekend. I eat my last dinner Sunday night, then only eat bagels, fruit, eggs, and multi-vitamins for the rest of the week. I do not eat anything the day of the feast, then I demolish the diet throughout the night. The next morning, it’s my priority to burn all of the calories I consumed therefore I set up an exercise bike in front of the TV and bike for a good hour. I continue the strict diet until the next Wednesday to be sure my body is set to it’s normal state. Very few people have the determination to diet during Thanksgiving week, but I’ll do anything to not cut weight.

Joey Karlik:
Not only do I have the pleasure of having to manage my weight, but I have a coach/dad watching every bite of food that enters my shrunken up stomach making sure I don’t screw it up. Most people think Thanksgiving is our golden ticket to eat as much as we can, but as the famous Star Wars line, “IT’S A TRAP!” I start this holiday off with a Pre-Thanksgiving run before the actual festival of eating begins. I only get one plate full of salty food and a little bit of football. I then have to try to run most of it off, between short and long runs that take me the entire weekend. For all those non-wrestlers out there, be thankful for having the glory of not needing to manage your weight.

Nate Eisenhower:
My philosophy in wrestling is that I stick to the weight class I’m in at the beginning of the season. I don’t believe in cutting weight but more so managing it responsibly. Most of my teammates are used to cutting weight, and it’s interesting to see everyone’s different methods. Personally, my mom, brother, and I eat rice and beans all week, end it with a run around Ward Lake to get our appetites up and ready for the big feast. This allows my weight to not fluctuate during these times and thankfully, I’ve yet to be forced into cutting back on Thanksgiving.

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What are you looking forward to this winter?

Thomas Brooks:
The only thing I get excited about in winter is long nights on the couch with Netflix, egg nog, and the portable fireplace running. Besides when it’s raining, the winter is the only time I have an excuse to do just about nothing. As a kid, the winter used to be my favorite season but as I’ve grown up, winter has lost some of its appeal. The snow makes for some terrible driving conditions, but there are some perks such as my family’s Christmas Eve party, Christmas, and of course, New Year’s Eve. So overall I’d say I don’t enjoy the snows of winter, but the time of year is always a good time to spend with friends, family, and Netflix.

Lezille Sagrado:
The holidays for me usually consist of reuniting with “long-time-no-see” family members, a BUNCH of food, Christmas movies, and basketball. I’m especially excited about all the great traditional Filipino food I’m going to have. You’ll probably catch me staying inside the whole winter as I’m not really the biggest fan of the snow. Christmas time also means a lot of basketball! I’m looking forward to playing and watching basketball games at the Clarke Cochrane Christmas Classic this year since I wasn’t able to go for the past couple years due to Christmas vacations. Hope 2017 is good to me!

Justin Albecker:
There is nothing like winter time in Southeast Alaska. One day it will be snowing, then the very next it will turn into a slushy mess. That means it is prime time to lay down, ruin a diet, wear big sweaters, catch up on much needed sleep, and be forced to listen to the same boring Christmas songs over and over again. Winter is the offseason for me, so I will actually have a free weekend for once! Overall, this winter will be a time for relaxation, so nobody better wake me up until school starts up again.

Kody Malouf:
Everyone knows that the best thing about winter in Ketchikan is the Clarke Cochrane Christmas Classic. It’s the most prestigious basketball tournament in Alaska and it’s always so much fun. I’m looking forward to making some dank signs and making the student section lit as usual. I hope I don’t have to carry the pep club too much this year; but regardless of what everyone else does, I’m going all out. I’m going to make it my personal mission that everyone in pep club knows the cheers and participates in them. So if you’re not going to cheer, don’t sit in the pep section.

Max Collins:
I always get excited in the winter time for the snow to start falling. Summer is a great thing for our community, but I really like to ski. I have skied my entire life and it has become a major hobby for myself. Winter is the time to chill with your family and enjoy relaxation. I am looking forward to eating lots of food and spending time with great people. It is always an enjoyable feeling to do nothing especially after having a long tiring wrestling season. Skiing, eating, and spending time with family is what I’m impatiently waiting for.

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What’s your reaction to the presidential election?

Jackson Pool:
Such a surprising outcome, but a very beneficial one for America. Trump taking some of the usual democratic states was extremely unexpected. The secret Trump voters that were too ashamed to express it publicly came through in the end. But the social media today, especially Twitter, is so hostile and entertaining. Hashtags like ‘#NotMyPresident’ and ‘#Trump’, and people saying that Trump supporters support rape and sexual assault? This is what America has come to without even having Trump in the White House, they’re not giving him a chance and comparing him to Hitler. Americans don’t realize how much power Congress has along with the House of Representatives. Trust the process.

Max Collins:
I didn’t like either candidate but I was pretty sure Clinton would win. When Donald Trump won Florida, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin from there I knew he had sealed the deal. It was crazy. The strange thing was that many of the counties that once voted Obama turned to Donald Trump’s side this year and it was a major key to his success.  America is changing and it definitely will in the next four years. Even without choosing any sides, I was still nervous myself. Maybe Trump will not do as bad as I think with the stocks still being relatively steady. Let’s make America great again.        

Jack Carson:
I am surprised with this outcome because going into this election no one thought that Trump was going to win. All the polls and the news stations were saying that Clinton was way ahead of trump and that she was going to run away with the presidency. The thing is that when people came out from the polls they said they voted for Clinton because they were probably scared to say they voted for Trump, which was exactly what they did and look who ended up winning the presidency. Some people said that “Oh, i’m not going to vote because Clinton is already going to win” so they didn’t vote, then turns out Trump wins so now what are those guys thinking. Donald Trump. New president.  

Joey Karlik:
Another true underdog story was just made last night and I was happy. I’ve never been a political person, I didn’t really have a side mostly because I am 16. All the polls were around 80% in Hillary’s favor but that quickly changed. It started with the biggest key state, Florida, where he won by 1.3% and sent him off and running. Everyone in my household was nervous. My grandparents are Republicans, my dad is Independent, and my mom is the Democrat. Any other day she would have been hated on, but it happened to be her birthday… birthday well spent right? I certainly thought so.

Nate Eisenhower:
Either way people were going to be upset with the election, but he’s not even in office yet so we should be patient before stating the pros and cons. Hillary supporters claimed they supported America, yet protesters are outside the White House yelling expletives at Trump and burning flags then posting videos of it on social media. With every candidate there will be pros and cons. I’m happy Trump won and will patiently wait to see if he really is going to do some of the bad things he’s said. A true business man will listen to the people around him, so if America wants something different from what he originally came up with, he won’t be ignorant like Hillary. She thought everything she believed was so right and nothing could be better than her policies, that’s not democracy, that’s insanity. Time will only tell what America can be.

Kody Malouf :
President Trump, it sounds weird actually saying it. Nobody gave Donald Trump a chance, from the very beginning he led every poll, but all of the news organizations brushed it off, “those poll numbers don’t translate into success in the primaries”, they said. “Trump will implode in a matter of months.” Then, after Trump proved everyone wrong and won almost every primary and secured the nomination, people once again started saying how he couldn’t beat the Clinton machine, yet he went toe to toe with her in polling for a long time and in three debates. But everyone still counted him out, they just couldn’t get their minds around a Trump presidency. Every polling organization had Trump down and out, even up until Monday! Yet once again, Trump has proven everyone wrong and pulled off the biggest political upset in history, except I expected it all along.