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behind the scenes of ap

Madison Rose
Staff Writer

Advanced placement classes are designed to challenge students looking to prepare for college by offering rigorous classes not found in regular high school courses. So, are they worth it?
According to Stanford news, it is believed that AP classes do help students in college, but claiming it as the only way to succeed is impractical. Students are often conflicted in whether or not they should include AP in their schedules. Kayhi Juniors Jared Valentine and Kaelyn Caliente are one of the many students taking AP classes.

THE CASE FOR AP CLASSES

AP classes improve problem solving, critical thinking and enforce expectations students will face in future encounters.
“It’s important to set yourself apart from people,” said Valentine. “AP classes show that you’re willing to push beyond the regular student.”
He said that being accountable for yourself by pushing outside of the box for personal growth and development, will benefit you now, so you won’t have to pay the price later. He learned to manage his procrastination and alleviate the stress of being a perfectionist.
“The class acquires a lot of homework and will power,” said Valentine.” Being perfect in that class is unrealistic”
Students who excel in a subject, may take the class and obtain a new strength. With high expectations, students are pushed outside their comfort zones. Being exposed to difficulty prepares the young adult for real life situations, helping them be aware of their abilities and put potential towards their skills.
“I gained more confidence in public speaking,” Caliente said. “And made me more outspoken as a person.”
Through these challenges Caliente is learning more about herself, and growing to be a stronger willed person. AP classes push her to come forward, and take charge, forming her character to be bold and determined.
“It makes me want to take the initiative,” Caliente said.
Students should take pride and ownership in their hard work and diligence. Taking AP classes is a great accomplishment that colleges look for. This shows the kids willing to put in the extra work, making it easier for colleges to want to invest scholarships to them. Getting a B in AP looks better than getting an A in a regular class.
A class may focus on a certain topic, but students are using different tools to expand their knowledge. Valentine and Caliente are one of the many who are growing closer to their goals by taking advantage of these opportunities.

THE CASE AGAINST

It is important for students to know their limits and understand their interests. Brooke Donald writes for the Stanford News to show what happens behind the scenes of AP. She asked Stanford graduate Denise Pope to go in depth on the cause and effects of taking AP in high school. Pope said AP classes are useful to students interested in a certain topic, but students being pushed into AP will have a harder time engaging. Forcing more work in a subject can cause stress rather than gaining knowledge.
“It may be more harmful than helpful,” Pope said.
It is highly suggested that students should not waste their time worrying about AP classes, but rather focus on investing in things that are important to them. Not that challenging yourself is a bad thing, in fact students need to experiment outside their comfort zones; but if it’s too much to handle and over your head, then think about the real reason why you are doing it.
It is taken for granted the amount of pressure and workload that comes along with it. Putting yourself in a position that requires more effort can oftentimes be overwhelming. That is why students should consider all possibilities and factors that will conflict with their learning. Such as schedule, skill, and work habits. Students who take a longer time studying or involved in sports and other activities, will have harder time balancing life and meeting expectations. Teachers give difficult assignments and assume the work to be done on their deadlines.
AP classes benefit students who are advanced and ready, but most often then not, students will end up retaking the class in college.

 

Boys Soccer Goes 1-1

The Kayhi boys soccer team (1-5, 0-2) went 1-1 this weekend at home. Thursday night Kayhi came back from a 0-2 deficit against West Anchorage High School to win 3-2. Saturday the Kings lost to 2017 state finalists Kenai Central High School (5-1) 4-0. Senior Max Collins said he was happy to play new quality teams over the weekend.
“It was a good weekend to get quality games in,” said Collins. “It’s super nice to have teams from up north come down and play us. I was super excited about our team effort Friday. Juneau was just swept by (West Anchorage) 3-1 each game, so it’s pretty uplifting to hear that they’ve lost to a team we beat.”

Goals scored vs West
1- Jaret Warstler
1- Henning Pankow
1- Brayden Linne

Kayhi Soccer Will Compete Up North

   The Kings (2-0) will play Kenai (3-0) tonight, then Soldotna (4-1) on Thursday, and will face off against Homer on Friday.Last season Kenai faced South Anchorage in the state finals, but lost 3-1. Junior Dawson Daniels is looking forward to this weekend’s matchup against the former state finalist.
“We are playing a state finalist team this weekend,” said Daniels. “Our most important way to win the game is to keep possession of the ball and stay aggressive.”

 

Snow Day? Not today

School was in session for Ketchikan students Friday because the unprecedented weather conditions got a late start. Director of Human Resources Rick Rafter said the decision to have school was made before the snow started.
Rafter said decisions regarding school happen around 4 a.m. Parts of Ketchikan did not start seeing snow until two hours later.
All after school activities were canceled.

Sports dominance, is it okay?

Hannah Maxwell and Joey Karlik
Staff Writers

Last Monday the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team won its 100th consecutive game, begging the question is this kind of dominance by one team healthy for a sport?

Hannah Maxwell:
The wins that made up UCONN’s streak span over multiple seasons and many different groups of players. I think that that milestone is something to be celebrated not frowned upon. Winning 100 in a row shows that the players and staff of UCONN know what it takes to win and are willing to give the effort needed. They have created a remarkable program that is so far, unbeatable.

Joey Karlik:
No team in any sport should be unbeatable. It makes me want to see that team lose so mine or the underdog have a chance to win the championship. Dominance isn’t good unless it distributed out between multiple teams. People love great teams competing against each other. It’s because everyone wants to see the rivalry between Golden State and Cleveland, Duke and North Carolina, or Dallas and New York.

Maxwell:
If it was your team that was winning I don’t believe you would have the same opinion. People just don’t like to see a team that isn’t theirs win consistently. Also how would you change it? Would you make UCONN get rid of some players so it’s more fair?

Karlik:
If UCONN is so “beatable”, then why haven’t they lost in 100 games over MULTIPLE SEASONS!!! UCONN only seems good and gets noticed when they win 100 times in a row. If they did not reach that milestone, then we wouldn’t be talking about how good they are. Honestly, I can’t change anything. The NCAA should because it’s no fun to go into a game and already know that you’re going to lose.

Maxwell:
So you’re saying that a Board of Directors should take away the scholarships of athletes to give other teams a better chance at winning? Scholarships that allow them to attend high caliber colleges.

Karlik:
I never said anything about scholarships. If you are going to mention scholarships, then treat it like it’s all about the college and not the sports team. But nowadays it’s all about what team you’re playing for. You can still accept the scholarships but if you are going to another school with the exact same program you are looking for it won’t change your plan. It’ll just change the sports team.

Maxwell:
If you were an athlete would you not want to go to play for the best team?

Karlik:
In my opinion, I would go to whatever place offered me the most amount of money. The second priorities would go down to two things, program and location. If they didn’t have the program I’m interested in then I’m not going there. Otherwise it would be best location. Connecticut isn’t exactly the best place to go so they are obviously offering better things to the people so I’m asking the other schools to step it up and offer a whole lot more to get that special player that they’ve always wanted.

Maxwell:
Saying that Connecticut isn’t the best location is completely subjective. You have always lived in Alaska so you don’t find it as appealing as other colleges. But this isn’t about the location. You started your argument stating that “no team should be unbeatable” but never gave a fix.
It does suck for every other team that UCONN has dominated the sport for so long but that’s not their fault. You wouldn’t want the UCONN team to not work as hard or try to lose just so other teams could feel better about themselves. Wouldn’t facing a team that’s on a 100 game win streak give you the incentive needed to work harder in order to have a chance at beating them.

Karlik:
The question isn’t if UCONN should do anything, it’s if it’s good for women’s basketball and I still think it isn’t. I’m not mad at UCONN, I’m mad at the other schools. You can still be the best program in the league and not win that much in a row. Look at New England. They are good but they lose every once in awhile. If New England was winning 100 in a row, you would know that Roger Goodell would start to change things.