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Track Hosts First Meet of the Season

Kayhi Track’s first home meet is this weekend. The meet will start today at 3 p.m. The teams that are attending are Juneau Douglas, Thunder Mountain, Sitka, Thorne Bay and Petersburg. Tonight, the meet will kick off with the field events following with the 3200-meter run and many more events. All the relays and finals will take place on Saturday starting at 9 a.m.
Sophomore Gregory Merle said he feels nervous for his first meet.
“This is my first year jumping,” said Merle. “As a team, we are looking pretty good going into the events.”

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Baseball Heads to Petersburg

The Kayhi baseball team will be taking on the Petersburg Vikings tonight at 4 p.m.
Senior captain Michael Starr said he is confident in his team.
“We are heading off to Petersburg this weekend for our first conference games of the season,” said Starr. “I am confident that if we play clean, and as a team like I know we can, we will come out on the other side with a winning record. We’ve worked out the kinks in the offseason and we are ready for the real season to start.”

ACDC Heads to Nationals

Alex Boegler
Staff Writer

After knocking out a state championship title, the Academic Decathlon team is headed off to nationals in Frisco, Texas today. The team will put their knowledge and skills to the ultimate test April 19-21. They are competing against 55 winning teams from all over the United States alongside teams from China and the United Kingdom that are competing in the international portion of the competition.
The team, consisting of senior members Emme Andersen, Charisma Manalo, Megan Cornwall, Lydia Sumrall, Mackenzie Fousel, Max Varela, Adrian Ronquillo, and Largim Zhuta, is the first team from Southeast Alaska to make it to nationals.
Since this is the first time a small school has won a state title, the team believes this win is a breakthrough for all small schools.
“I feel really great about it,” said Emme Andersen. “It’s the first time any team has done this and it feels like we broke the glass ceiling of small schools never winning.”
Even though Kayhi triumphed over the other southeast schools, Region V still shows support for the Kings’ success.
“The southeast teams are very supportive of each other,” said Max Varela. “So when Kayhi won, it was like all of southeast won.”
With the ACDC team being a part of Kayhi’s history since the 80’s, they felt a victory was overdue and they are honored to have been a part of this team.
“Every year that we’ve gone to state, we have been eager to do better,” said Lydia Sumrall. “We’ve worked really hard to continuously break our own personal records and do our best.”
Many of the members of this team were shocked to win the state title and are looking forward to the nationals competition. They are all excited to be participating and representing their state.
While all the other teams are focused on competing, Largim Zhuta is looking forward to cracking some jokes with the other teams.
“The thing I’m most looking forward to is seeing how many Texans I can ask, ‘How does it feel being the second biggest state?’”

Track Heads to Washington

Kayhi Track and Field will be traveling to Washington this week to compete in their first two meets of the season. They will be the only out-of-state team attending both the C2BL Meet in Toutle Lake, WA and the Al McKee Invitational in Stevenson, WA. Head coach Alex Pennino has purposely kept the Washington trip in the season schedule for seven consecutive years because of the exposure it gives the team.
“The best part about Washington is getting to check out some different tracks, meets, and athletes,” said Pennino.
Although the trip is beneficial to the new team, there is also a huge setback due to poor scheduling for the 2018 season.
“The worst part about the trip is that it coincides with Music Fest this year, so we had to leave behind some of our more competitive athletes, including seniors,” said Pennino.
Competing against teams that aren’t in the same conference–let alone the same state– is one of the best ways to start Kayhi’s season: having no pressure or expectations and just getting some experience in. But, because the competition in Washington is at a naturally higher level, any less-experienced team would prefer to bring it’s better, more experienced members. With the absence of those stronger members, the new athletes on the Kayhi roster have been expected to step up.
“We have a lot of new and unproven athletes this year on the trip,” said Pennino. “Hopefully it will be a good learning experience for the kids and get them prepared for the season with some races under their belts.”
With the members that are traveling, Pennino believes the team has a lot of potentials that Kayhi fans can look forward to. He has confidence is some strong upperclassmen on the boys’ side that have been proving their place at practices.
“I’m expecting some strong work out of Seniors Luke Reynolds and Paul Allmendinger,” said Pennino. “Junior John Barron has been a beast at practice and I’m looking forward to seeing him in competition.”
This season, the presence of first-year members on the girls’ side overpowers that of the boys’. From what Pennino’s seen, he predicts there will be a pair of underclassmen runners who will shine at the upcoming meets.
“I’m not positive who will stand out but if I had to bet, I would wager on Ashley Cyr and Rachel Knight,” said Pennino. “We also have a few girls who will be in their first meet ever and it’s exciting to see how they will do.”
Kayhi’s Track and Field has grown significantly over the years, with more and more people wanting to join in. Pennino and the rest of the coaches have taken notice of the newfound interest in the sport.
“We have 60 members on the team this year and I think kids at Kayhi are starting to figure out that track is a pretty dope sport that isn’t just running around in a circle,” said Pennino.
With a large number of members comes a large amount of potential. Pennino makes sure to emphasize the teams’ main focus when asked how the season should play out.
“Our main goal of the season is to see improvement from race to race and meet to meet,” said Pennino. “It’s pretty hard to learn the events and it’s a definite strain on your joints and muscles–but it’s pretty rewarding and I’m really stoked to see what this group can achieve.”
The Kings’ first meet will kick off at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday at Toutle Lake High School, followed by a 12 p.m. meet on Saturday at Stevenson High School.

Washington Trip Roster
Keri Thomas- Hurdles, Distance, Sprints
Kaiden Hodges- Sprints
Victoria Adams- Throwing
Luke Reynolds- Distance
Nolan Meyers- All the difficult stuff
Nate Ellis- Distance
Dawson Entwit- Throws
Chris Salita- Throws
German Passion- Jumps
Paul Allmendinger- Distance
Rosie Kacenas- Sprints

Elizabeth Knight- Distance
Kaileigh Edenshaw- Sprints, Jumps
Crist Carlson- Hurdles
Brendon Wong- Throwing
Franklyn Correa- Sprints
ER Caparas- Jumps, Sprints
John Barron- Distance

Madi Rose- Sprints, Distance
Ashley Cyr- Distance
Hunter Matthews- Distance, Jumps

Rachel Knight- Sprints, Distance
Carlee Zartman- Sprints



Largim Zhuta
Staff Writer

One hundred fifteen students of the Kayhi music department set sail to Juneau for Music Fest last night. The three-day festival will commence Thursday morning and will be hosted by Juneau-Douglas High School.
The regions tournament for Southeast Alaska high school music departments — minus the competition — was canceled for Kayhi due to the unavailability of a ferry. But through the efforts of the community, they managed to make it possible.
“The community went crazy. Lots of people came up with lots of solutions and called their legislators,” said Trina Purcell, head of the Choral Department at Kayhi. “Then they [the ferry system management] took the LeConte offline in Haines and brought it down here just for us.”
The ferry system was able to iron out the problems of what one would assume to be a logistics nightmare to transport the Kayhi Music Fest kids.
For seniors like McKenzie Thomas and Sarah Kuharich, this will be their last Music Fest.
“It was pretty rough almost having Music Fest not happen. You get super excited about the last one. You try to do everything you possibly can to make it the best,” said Thomas. “Having it get canceled kind of put a damper on it — I took it pretty hard, but that’s not a problem anymore.”
At the festival, clinics are offered where students attend a music class to learn something they wouldn’t necessarily learn at school. Some of the ones offered this year will be polka class, swing dancing, and acapella workshop.
Kuharich has always looked forward to the clinics, and this year is no exception.
“My absolute favorites clinics are the dance ones,” said Kuharich. “They’ve had swing dancing clinics the past few years. Everyone is excited for those.”
While it may be the region’s tournament for music, it certainly is different, competition wise. The rivalries don’t exist as much.
“No one is going to call someone out for being from JD or Kayhi,” said Thomas. “It’s a healthier version of regions. Everyone supports everyone.”
There is a certain bittersweetness to be had with the finale of any high school activity.
“It’s been such amazing part of my high school experience, and to have it come to an end is a little heartbreaking,” said Kuharich. “But we have an amazing group of kids this year, and I’m excited to perform with them at my last Music Fest.”


Alex Boegler
Staff Writer

This coming week the 9th and 10th graders will be taking the PEAKS test. Starting on Monday the freshmen will be taking the English portion of the test from 9-11. While the freshmen are putting their knowledge to the test, the rest of the students will have a three-hour study hall in their advisory classrooms. Tuesday morning will start off with the freshmen taking the math portion of the PEAKS test, again the rest of the students will be in their advisory classrooms. Wednesday morning its the sophomore’s turn, they will be taking the science section of the test from 8-10.  Following the tests all three days, students will have 30 minute class periods to end the day.
The Performance Evaluation for Alaska’s Schools (PEAKS) is a statewide benchmark exam. Although the scores don’t directly affect the students, they have a major impact on the school. They are used to determine that the students are learning what the state decides they need to know. Mrs. O’Brien states the importance of the PEAKS exam scores.
“The scores are published on the report card to the public, presented to the school board, and used by the state to determine how we are doing in teaching our students.”
All students testing are encouraged to try their best and put their knowledge to the test.
Good luck 9th and 10th graders!

Monday & Tuesday   
Testing  8:00-11:00
First      11:00- 11:25
Second 11:30-12:00
Lunch   12:00-12:30
Third     12:35-1:05
Fourth  1:10-1:40
Fifth      1:45-2:15
Sixth     2:20-2:49     

Testing   8:00-10:00
First       10:00- 10:40
Second  10:45-11:25
Third     11:30-12:10
Lunch    12:10-12:40
Fourth   12:45-1:20
Fifth      1:25-2:05
Sixth      2:10-2:49    

Kayhi loses to East, faces Chugiak at 12:30

Justin Albecker
Staff Writer

The Lady Kings (0-1) lost to the East Anchorage Thunderbirds (1-0) 60-48 yesterday. They will play the Chugiak Mustangs (0-1) — who lost to Wasilla —  at 12:30 p.m. today at the Alaska Airlines Center.
Kayhi trailed by 18 midway through the third, until the Kings went on an 11-3 run to close out the quarter. In the fourth quarter, Kayhi managed to cut the lead down to six, but could not capture the lead. Senior Brittany Slick scored 18 and Junior Ashley Huffine scored 16. The girls shot 8 out of 20 from the three-point arc.
Kayhi has only played Chugiak at the state tournament, and the teams have gone back and forth. The first time they played was in the 2016 state tournament, where the Kings won 46-30. Last season the Lady Kings faced off against the Mustangs under the same circumstances — the Lady Kings lost 57-43.
The winner of this game will move on to play for fourth place and play the winner of West Valley and West Anchorage game at 11:00 a.m. The loser is eliminated from the tournament.

Games Today
Game 11, 11:00 a.m. West Anchorage (8) vs West Valley (4)
Game 12, 12:30 p.m. Chugiak (7) vs Ketchikan (6)
Game 15, 6:30 p.m. Dimond (1) vs Colony (5)
Game 16, 8:00 p.m.  Wasilla (3) vs East Anchorage (2)