By Jake Stout
The Ketchikan Cross Country team competed in the state championships Oct. 4 at Bartlett High School.
Senior Chris Llanos said the runners did great for their first year at state but he was personally expecting to do better at his final race.
“I think our team did pretty good, it was their first year up there besides me, which was my fourth year at state,” senior Chris Llanos said. “I expected myself to do better, but I just went out there and ran my heart out.”
Junior Sylvan Blankenship (17:08.9) was the top Kayhi finisher at 35th.
35th Sylvan Blankenship 17:08.9
56 Christopher Llanos 17:36.1
70 Leif Svenson 18:24.9
72 Trent Rodanhisler 18:28.4
35 Erika Rodanhisler 20:32.1
64 Sarah Cool 22:01.0
73 Desiree De Mello 22:47.0
By Connor Bird
After three weeks of issues , the Kayhi Public Address system is fixed. Over the summer, the school received an upgrade to the phone system through Ketchikan Public Utilities. But the upgrade, sending calls through the computer’s IP addresses, made the bells and phones incompatible.
Secretary Kelli Carlin-Auger said the problem arose during the announcements.
“Every time we would go to make an announcement, the bells would stop working,” said Carlin-Auger. “So we started to catch on, and sure enough, it was because of the new system.”
KPU made a temporary fix to the phone, but it won’t be for long. The current phone system relies on one analog phone that is the only phone capable of doing announcements (without shutting off the bells). Maintenance Foreman Tim Jensen said the issue was the age of the phone.
“That phone system is about twenty five years old,” said Jensen. “It’s going to be difficult trying to get new parts for it, since it’s been around for so long.”
Soon enough, all of the 80-100 phones will be updated, and compatible. Though it will not be cheap roughly $300 per phone. KPU will also have to adjust every clock in the building.
The change has been on the budget for years, voted by the City and the Borough.
By Catey Mendoza
Sophomores and juniors will be taking the PSAT in the auxiliary gym and library on Oct. 15. The test is designed to prepare students for the SAT.
The signup deadline has already passed but Kayhi counselor Natasha O’Brien said some extra tests were ordered for kids who still want to take it.
On average, students in Alaska who have taken the PSAT first tend to score about 200 points higher on their SAT said Mrs. O’Brien.
“I think that’s partly because they get some practice with the format of it, maybe makes them a little less nervous, and when you get your results back you get study suggestions so you know what you are good at and what you still need to work on,” Mrs. O’Brien said.
Senior Hailee Miller said the PSAT helped her prepare for the SAT because then she knew to not answer the questions she didn’t know.
“You get docked a quarter of a point for every question answered incorrectly, but if you leave an answer blank then you don’t get penalized for it unlike the ACT which doesn’t subtract any points for wrong answers,” said Miller.
By Cheyenne Mathews
Winners of the freshman class SBA officers were announced Oct. 3. Candidacy was decided after speeches were given on Sept. 30.
President Michael Starr said the whole class was his family.
“I was walking past a vending machine and it said ‘share a coke with your family’. Well, I would share a coke with you because you are all my family,” said Starr in his speech.
Vice President Kody Malouf said he was a visionary that could change the school.
“As most of you already know, I’m a visionary and when I want change, I change it… dream on dream big, with me on your side there’s nothing we can’t accomplish,” Malouf said in his speech.
Secretary Nate Eisenhower said he was active in school and would make a good secretary.
“Having school spirit and showing it is very important to me,” Eisenhower said in his speech.
Eisenhower won unopposed. Malouf and Starr beat opponents Arick Mattson and Mey Tuinei.
By Jake Stout
Seven Kayhi runners qualified for state at the cross country Region V Championships at Ward Lake on a rainy Saturday Oct. 27. Kayhi senior Chris Llanos (17:19) said he is excited for his last year up at state. He is a cancer survivor that is the reason why he runs and it motivates him to do great things.
“The reason why I run is because I am a cancer survivor and that has been my motivation this whole time,” Llanos said, “just running and proving cancer survivors can actually make a difference in the world and that they have an ability to do great things.”
Junior Sylvan Blankenship (17:13) said he did a lot better then he thought he would in the Region V Championships and that he has improved since last year.
“I did a lot better then I thought I would, it was hard and really close but in the end I was able to push through and get a good placing at third,” Blankenship said. “It is something I can give my all at and I’ve improved quite a lot since my freshman and sophomore year.”
Only one runner finished the small schools girl’s race because a black bear caused the runners to stop. The non-finishers re-ran after the 4A boys race.
Desiree De Mello
By Catey Mendoza
The Kayhi football team’s season isn’t over, or is it? With a 5-2, soon to be 6-2 record, thanks to a Sitka forfeit, the team is looking for an opponent for senior night.
Senior captain Robert Williams said Sitka was supposed to come Saturday Oct. 4, but won’t be competing.
“The Sitka team said they have too many ineligible players because of bad grades and injuries,” said Williams.
Williams also said it is a possibility for a team to come to Ketchikan to play Monday Oct. 6, so they can recognize their seniors to the community.
“It’s hard to get a team just a week in advance,” said activities director Ed Klein. “We would have to coordinate it with everyone’s busy schedules and come up with all this money to get them here.”