Category Archives: What’s Happening

College Fair

Preston McLaren
Staff Writer

College Fair is back again as 51 colleges from around the US meet at Kayhi to promote their school today.
Representatives from these colleges will be at Kayhi for the duration of the day with stats, figures, and pamphlets to help students learn about their college and opportunities provided. 
All students have an opportunity to go to the fair during the day. It lasts from 10:30-11:50, and resumes from 12:30-1:50.

Explore Night

Preston McLaren
Staff Writer


Explorer Night at Kayhi is an annual event where deans of admissions and representatives from a variety of post-secondary programs speak and teach at sessions the night of Oct. 8 to promote and educate students looking into post-secondary options. The event is from 5:15 to 8:30 in the Kayhi auditorium and science hall. Explore night is open to all students and parents.

Topics covered during the sessions
Application Essays
Applications, Admissions, Selection Process
Financial Aid
Finding the Right College
Gaining Financial Independence
Making the Most of School Visits
Quality Educational Opportunities in Alaska
Scholarship Organization
Still Undecided Post Secondary
Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE)
What is a Liberal Arts College?

Kayhi adds experience to Language Arts

French teacher Nancy Nish works with students, Monday. Photo by Preston McLaren

Preston McLaren
Staff Writer

Experienced French teacher Nancy Nish is the newest language arts teacher at Ketchikan High School.
Nish taught in Las Vegas, North Dakota, Bethel, and the Bering Sea before coming to Kayhi to continue her love of teaching foreign language.
“I just love the language,” said Nish. “So I just got addicted to it, there’s something about studying the french language and culture and learning about France itself that’s addicting.” 
Nish has been to France four times including a backpacking trip around Europe just out of college. She wants to use these experiences and love of the language to help other kids have similar experiences. 
“I just love speaking it and love to share the fun of the language,” she said. “Teaching just opens so much and the fact that I’ve been to Europe and that I’ve seen some other places in the world I want other kids to have that experience too.”
Nish said that Ketchikan is different from many of the places she has been to or lived in. 
“It’s given me a keen appreciation of what Alaska has to offer coming from the midwest,” she said. “Coming here is just a real treat, this town is gorgeous, obviously.”
Principal Jason House is excited for Mrs. Nish and her great energy to work at Kayhi. 
“She’s got great energy and positive attitude and a great french accent when she talks in french,” House said. “She has a passion for the work that she does, and will bring it to the kids to get them excited about it.” 
Nish is ready to begin a new chapter teaching in Ketchikan.
“I’m excited to be here and it is a privilege to be working with these students.”

Game Models Real Life

Olivia Kinunen
Staff Writer

Seniors will be participating in the Financial Reality Fair during school on Tuesday and Wednesday. Principal Bob Marshall said the fair is supposed to model what the real world is going to be like financially after high school.
“At one point in the game people are spinning a wheel to see what’s going to happen to them,” said Marshall. “It’s kind of like the Game of Life. Things will pop up unexpectedly that are going to cost you money.”
This will be Kayhi’s second year of having it and Principal Marshall is hoping it will be just as successful as the previous year.
“Last year we did it for the first time,” said Marshall. “All the students said it was one of the best things they were involved with that actually helped them with some real life stuff.”
Senior Chanell Browne said it was a reality check and helped her realize what she needs to do in the future.
“I think it was pretty helpful because it gave us an idea of reality, and what the real world is like,” said Browne. “It helped us learn what we will have to deal with soon enough, and to start planning and saving soon for a better future.”

 

Voting Day is Here

IMG_0020Cody Kemble
Staff Writer

This year Alaskans have an opportunity to waste their vote. Incumbent Bill Walker (I)  suspended his campaign but remains on the ballot, so filling that bubble would be throwing the vote.
As far as the electable candidates go, Democratic candidate Mark Begich was Mayor of Anchorage from 2003 to 2009, and then was a Senator for Alaska from 2009 to 2015.  Endorsed by Bill Walker.
Republican Mike Dunleavy was State Senator, 2012 to 2018 and a Senate Finance Committee Member. Endorsed by President Trump.
Libertarian Candidate Billy Toien was Executive Committee, Alaska Libertarian Party; Delegate, 2008 Republican Convention.
A poll conducted by Ballotpedia on October 22, after Bill Walker suspended his campaign, shows that Dunleavy holds 48% while Begich holds 44% of a sample poll of 500 people.

 

 

Senior Goodbyes

 

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Verona Kamberi: (Pacific Lutheran University, Nursing)
Dear Kayhi Current… I’m graduating. Life as a high schooler has been nothing but amazing. I never believed others when they told me that my high school years would go by super fast… guess they were right. Every single day for the past four years this school has not only been like a second home to me, but every single person here has helped me be where I am right now. I’ve had the strongest support system here at Kayhi and there are not enough thank yous I could say in the world to everyone here. I will definitely miss greeting people as I walk down the hallways and saying good morning to my teachers. The beginning of senior year I promised myself that I wouldn’t let stress keep me from enjoying the year and I did just that. I’ve enjoyed myself each day and right now I’m wishing that these last days don’t end. Kayhi you have opened your doors and because of you I have made many memories and now have the chance to attend college. I want to thank everyone for helping me be where I am right now… couldn’t have done it without Y’all. Well, Kayhi Current… it has been a pleasure to be able to write and post for you. Guess I got it done.
         With much love,
                             Editor in chief: Verona Kamberi

Hannah Maxwell: (Utah State, Engineering)
I never understood how people don’t cry at graduation. Just thinking about the end makes me all teary-eyed. Kayhi has been very good to me. I learned a lot. I learned that your GPA doesn’t define your intelligence, that being liked isn’t as important as being respected, and that change is good. And I learned that it’s okay to like English class.

Largim Zhuta: (Santa Clara University, Engineering)
No matter how many people tell you high school goes by quick, no matter how many times you hear it, you won’t believe it — until you get to the end. I didn’t. It’s honestly a little sad. You don’t think about all the relationships you have cultivated, the things you have done, everything you have until you get to the end and look back before you move on. I don’t mean to make it overly dramatic, but it’s real.
I don’t know how I am feeling about the end of high school. My emotions are so mixed that they look like that ugly brown diarrhea color kids make when they mix all the watercolor paints together.
We have grown up with our classmates. We have been going to school together not for the past four years, but for the past 12 years. That’s 2,484 days, 19,872 hours.
So many hours have been invested in friendships, reputation, and social lives that it feels unfair that we have to leave it behind and make a new one. I don’t need a new one. The one I have now worked just fine!
But the goodbyes are inevitable. I owe thanks to Mr. Pader for letting me leech his wisdom out of him every day during 5th hour. Mr. Lund, you were right — about a lot of stuff — but you were right about journalism. It kicked my butt. It nearly ruined my 4.0 and honestly, it frustrated me. I’m not saddened to be done with it, but it has made me a better student and worker. I must give it the credit it is due.
Kayhi and the people of Kayhi have been way too good to me. I can’t thank everyone enough for what they have done and for all the great memories. I’m sure there were bad ones as well, but frankly, I can’t remember them. Thank you and farewell Kayhi, it’s been fun.

Brittany Slick: (University of Idaho, Business)
It shouldn’t take leaving to be on this level of appreciation. But in a way, it did for me.
At times I’ve looked around and known that one day, all of my high school days would become a thing of the past. But it wasn’t until I was packing up my locker and decorating my cap that it really hit me. I am so lucky to have had Ketchikan. The people that I’ve met, the experiences I have had– all of it has impacted my life in ways I can’t even describe. All I can really say is thank you. Thank you to the teachers and coaches who have taught me countless life lessons and supported me through everything. Thank you to my classmates and friends for all the amazing memories that I will remember for the rest of my life. And thank you Ketchikan for your adventures and sense of community that has shaped me into who I am today.
I am truly so blessed to have grown up in the coolest place, with the coolest people. I will be forever grateful for all of the experiences and memories Ketchikan gave me.

Joey Karlik: (University of Texas, Radio, Film, Television)
With less than 10 days left, everything is starting to become too real. I am actually going to have to leave the island. I am actually going to go to the 2nd biggest state in the US to continue my education. I am going to miss all of these people. Sure I don’t hang out with all of them, but whenever one of my classmates I only see in class talks to me or even just being apart of one of their groups. I am going to miss that.
I grew up in this school. I walked around as a toddler in my mom’s classroom. I ran into corners of tables in that classroom. I played with geometry toys in that classroom. I played Pinball on the old desktop Macs with that huge backside in that classroom. I sold boy scout popcorn in these hallways. That was my turf.
There are some things I will miss. I will miss playing soccer with my team, beating up on Thunder Mountain and playing Anchorage teams. I will miss goofing off on wrestling trips with my wrestling team after a long weekend of matches. I will miss the encouraging and friendly teachers always interacting with me because I was “Mrs. Karlik’s kid”. I will miss all the people in my classes, whether we talked or hung out after school or not.
There are things I’m not gonna miss though. Stuff I will be glad to leave behind. The people who were mean and didn’t believe in me and my future. All the painful homework is given by teachers that almost ruined my GPA. All the annoying lowlifes who ruined the classroom environment.
Everything you ever do will have its lows and highs. So it’s refreshing to have a brand new start in a place where there are very few Alaskans. Now, this isn’t a goodbye for Ketchikan itself, but a goodbye for the high school life. It will be missed. For those people who are excited and rushing to leave here, I will say one thing. Before you say that, take a moment to look up at everyone once in a while. Life moves pretty fast and if you don’t, you’re gonna miss it.

Softball Heads to State

The Lady Kings season was dead until they had a big inning against Juneau-Douglas. Nineteen big runs put the team over the Bears. That wasn’t even the highlight of the day. The Lady kings went all seven with the Sitka Wolves and lost, but a challenge on a home run call overturned the loss and the Lady Kings won with a 7-6 score. With that win, the Lady Kings qualified for state and leave today for Fairbanks. Junior Payton Simmons said the win electrified the team after being down the night before.
“The team was disappointed because of the loss,” said Simmons. “After hearing the challenge was granted we had a whole new mindset for the game ahead. Knowing we had another shot at going to state the moral of our team was amazing, the energy changed and we kept our momentum up which won us the game.”
The Lady Kings will compete in the state finals starting Thursday playing Delta Junction.