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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.

Scholarship Assembly Tonight

Largim Zhuta
Staff Writer

The annual scholarship assembly is upon the senior class once again. The event will be held in the Kayhi Auditorium, beginning at 5:30 tonight. Seniors will be awarded and presented with the various scholarships and financial aid they won and received.
This year’s senior class has cumulatively received a little over $200,000 in non-college awarded scholarships according to Kayhi Counselor Robert McClory.
“You guys have worked all through grade school, middle school, and high school career to get to this point. I think this is an acknowledgment of all that hard work,” said McClory. “It’s a nice way to celebrate all [the seniors] accomplishments.”
The senior class valedictorian will also be announced at the scholarship assembly where they will be awarded a $5,000 scholarship for their accomplishment. It is the first time such an award will be granted to a Kayhi valedictorian.

Kayhi Faces a Shortage of Substitute Teachers

Rosie Kacenas
Staff Writer

Due to a lack of substitute teachers, many Kayhi classes have been left teacherless as the year is drawing to a close. Principal Bob Marshall said that the sub-shortage is mostly due to summer jobs starting up.
“Living on an island automatically limits your qualified applicant pool. We also are in direct competition to seasonal jobs and typically see a substitute shortage in the fall and spring due to folks working their summer jobs,” said Marshall. “One of the ideas that has been presented to the school board is the shortage is due to low wages offered to those willing to substitute. I would agree that it may be a factor for some and it would be good if the district could look to see if anything could be done to increase wages.”
Kayhi senior Kadin Hodges said that when classes are left teacherless, students tend to get off track.
“I’ve been in multiple classes that don’t have a teacher or substitute for whatever reason,” said Hodges. “It’s hard to focus because we don’t know what we’re supposed to be doing and there’s always those people that mess around and make it easy to get distracted.”
Marshall explained that although combined classes can be a disruption to students, they must keep up the pace and focus on finishing their end-of-year assignments.
“Students need to keep pressing on with the expectations of their classes,” Marshall said. “It is a disruption when teachers are unable to be present for whatever reason but ultimately it’s still the student’s responsibility to complete all assignments to the best of their ability.”  

I have class(es)

Brittany Slick
Online Editor

It’s officially real.
I am signing up for classes. College classes. Classes like Communication: Public Speaking 101 and Integrated Value of Business 109.  
I have never wished I had Mr. McClory available more than I do now. Seriously.
Scheduling for classes in high school is a breeze compared to scheduling for college. In high school, I had less class options, set times, and same classes all year. I would basically write my own schedule every year, schmoozing the counselors into giving me my favorite teacher or that one class with ALL my friends. I thought college registration was gonna be at least somewhat alike. But as I was scrolling through the 50 pages of classes, I quickly realized that I had no idea what I was doing.
The great thing is, I wasn’t unhappy with this new world of scheduling, I was just very, very overwhelmed. I am in no way a schedule expert, let alone a college expert. Actually, I am the farthest from that. I am officially a freshman again, trying to find my way through this whole new world of scheduling. But if I was to give myself any credit, this is coming from a girl that has no 8 a.m. classes, no more than three classes a day, and absolutely no classes on Fridays… her freshman year of college. I mean, not to brag or anything, but I’m pretty proud of how I found the ins and outs of college registration.

Courses or ice cream flavors?
One would think that more options is better.. but that’s not necessarily true. There are so many options, like so so many. The only other thing I can think of with that many options is ice cream flavors. Classes go from like English 101 to the Introduction of Beekeeping. That’s like going from vanilla to wasabi pea dust flavored ice cream. So. Many. Options. Scrolling through every class that’s offered taking into consideration the subject, teacher, fees, class size, class times, etc. would take a normal person probably like three hours. Thank the college gods for general eds. Yes, they suck to the future quantum physicists and molecular biologists who are already jumping out of their pants to take their major-specific classes. But if you’re like me and have no idea what to do with your life, or you are just unsure about your current interests, general eds are a god sent.

Classes before classes?
General Education courses are prerequisites that every student is required to take before diving full-fledged into their major courses. Basically, you get told what classes to take your freshman/sophomore year. Gen eds include all the core classes (English, math, science, human resources, etc.) that give you a solid foundation to build on with your future, more important classes. For those of you that are wrinkling your nose at this, don’t worry, there are loopholes. You can receive qualifying scores on placement tests (SAT, ACT) to bypass some gen eds. For example, I received an SAT English score that allowed me to skip ENG 101 (the freshman English class) and take ENG 102 my freshman year. Moral of the story, those stupid placement tests that we all study so hard for have more important purposes than just helping you get into a college. Taking AP courses and receiving a worthy score could also help you bypass a gen ed. The difference with this method is that you would get college credit for the gen ed you are able to skip by receiving a certain score on the AP Test–saving money and getting you one step closer to your college diploma.

The magic number
To be considered a full-time student at many colleges, you have to take around 12 credits. 15 puts you on track to graduate in 4 years, as long as you don’t take any classes that overlap or are a waste and put into your pile of elective credits. This means that after you lay out all your gen eds, you can take two or three major specific or exploration classes a.k.a. the fun stuff. There are so many elective classes that I never even knew existed. From personality research to rock climbing, there are options for everyone. Choosing all your classes may seem like the hardest part in this scheduling process– but oh are you in for a surprise.
After you get organized and narrow your class options down, you now have to play Tetris. You have to worry about the professor, time of day, length of class, class size, class fees, location of class, how long will it take you to walk across campus to get to those classes. There’s probably a lot more things to take into account for those of us that are on a higher level of OCD than the average person. But even that listed minimum is the most overwhelming part of registration. At that moment, Schedule Planner became my new best friend. Most, if not all colleges have their own online system called Schedule Planner that is specific to their courses. You basically list all of the classes you would potentially take that semester and the computer calculates every single combination that your schedule could be. From there, you can narrow it down by selecting certain teachers, times, etc. I started with 1,578 possible schedules and I narrowed it down until I had the perfect schedule for me. I highly recommend finding some kind of magical program like Schedule Planner, it makes it uber easy.

Who can be as important as what
Okay now listen up. If you are looking for one takeaway from all of this advice, here it is.
ratemyprofessors.com
From what I’ve heard… time, place, class size, everything else doesn’t even matter if you have a disengaged, pretentious, self-absorbed professor. The one who makes you buy their book, but doesn’t have any questions, on any tests, about anything in their “masterpiece”. This website is the holy grail for avoiding that, let me tell you. It is basically like Yelp or TripAdvisor, but for professors. There is a profile for every professor in every subject for your specific college on this website. Previous students who take classes with a professor log on and answer different questions to give the professor a rating. Things like: did they care about their students, did they give extra credit, level of difficulty, and even a “hot” scale– although that part doesn’t really help with scheduling. The website takes all the students’ opinions and creates an overall rate for the professor. I believe an instructor can make or break your class. And from what I read on ratemyprofessors.com, my belief is a truth to many. So I made it a point to pay attention to all those four or five stars. I did not want to sign up for a run down, barely functional Super 8 Motel professor.
We’ll see if all this is true, but it seems pretty legit.
So right now I feel like a genius and that I’m ready. We’ll see if that’s true too.

Senior Cruise

Rosie Kacenas
Staff Writer

The senior cruise will take place directly after the graduation ceremony on June third. Students are asked to pay $20 to contribute to the event. Allen Marine Tours has donated a boat to take all participants to George Inlet Lodge for food, games, prizes, and surprises which will last until 2 or 3 a.m. Seniors are mandated to stay the night at the lodge unless a parent picks them up. The following morning, all seniors will be transported by bus to the Coast Guard base for breakfast, and vans will transport everyone to their vehicles afterward.
Cruise director Gail Klein said that the goal of the cruise is for all the seniors to have one last celebration together before parting ways.
“We want it to be inclusive, we want students to have a great time,” said Klein. “We want to make sure that they get to celebrate together and spend this last time with their friends, sometimes people say that after graduation they never saw classmates again because of work schedules or whatever, so we really want them to have this chance to celebrate together.”
Gail Klein will be in the senior hall at lunch today as well as next week to collect the $20, checks can be made to “Kayhi Graduation Party”.

Baseball, Softball Host TM

The Kayhi Lady Kings softball team (0-5, 1-3) is heading into their third conference weekend, facing of against the Thunder Mountain Lady Falcons (4-0) tonight with JV at 3:00, and varsity at 6:00. Tomorrow, the Lady Kings will start off with JV at 9:00 a.m., and varsity at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. In between the varsity games will be the senior recognition, taking a look at seniors Molly Murdock, Alex Boegler, and Manager Shelby Lewis. Kayhi senior Alex Boegler said that defense is key in these conference match-ups.
“We really need to utilize our defensive skills,” said Boegler. “Since we’re home, we start on defense, so it’s really important that we don’t let up any easy runs. We really need to get the bats going early.”

The Kings will take on Thunder Mountain (0-1) to open up the the home schedule this weekend. Friday, Kayhi will play at 7 p.m. and Saturday a double header 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Kayhi defeated the Falcons earlier this year in a pre-season game 10-0. Senior Gabe Bowlen said the Kings need to keep a good mentality.
“Last year we got knocked out by Thunder Mountain in the region tournament. This year during pre-season we ten run ruled them,” said Bowlen. “If we go into this weekend with the same mentality that we went in when we played Sitka, we’ll definitely do the same thing.”