Whale(fest) of a time

Kayhi was represented at Whalefest in Sitka.

Kayhi was represented at Whalefest in Sitka.

By Cheyenne Mathews
Staff Writer

Kayhi sent five students to Whalefest in Sitka Nov. 6. Kayhi won second place here during the SE Ocean Sciences Bowl scrimmage. Kayhi competed with other teams from Petersburg, Angoon, POW and Sitka.
UAS Associate Professor in Fisheries Technology, Reid Brewer wrote these students a grant to receive one dual enrollment credit for Whalefest. Whalefest included nine lectures from marine mammal scientists.
The students who attended Whalefest were Keenan Sanderson, Micah Briola, Hana Oshima, Matthew Guevara, and Autumn Davis.

Swim team has solid showing at state

Staff reports

The Kayhi swim team competed in the state swimming meet over the weekend.  Four individuals competed in the finals  led by senior Ella Sherrill who qualified in both the 50 and 100 freestyle swims. Sherril finished 7th in the 50 and 6th in the 100. She was also a part of the 400 freestyle relay which took 8th.
“I was very impressed by the group that qualified for State – they are hardworking, motivated, and pushed themselves to perform at their best,” said coach Megan Beattie. “Several achieved lifetime bests between the Regions and State meets  so I can’t ask for anything more out of them, especially as a first-year coach.”
As teams, the girls finished 12th and the boys 15th.

Logan Hammersland, 500 free     (8th)
Kiera O’Brien, 500 free                    (8th)
Ella Sherrill, 50 free, 100 free       (7th, 6th)
Corbin McCord, 100 free                (7th)
Girls’ 400 free relay                            (8th)
(Kiera O’Brien, Shaelynn Painter, Kaitlyn Tighe, Ella Sherrill)

In Brief…

Performing Arts
Kayhi’s Jazz Concert will be held Wednesday at 7 p.m.  The performance will feature  jazz ensemble and jazz choir.
There is no admission fee.

National Honor Society
The newest members of the National Honor Society will be inducted Thursday at 7 p.m.

Graduation orders due
The deadline for seniors to order caps and gowns from Jostens is Tuesday, Nov. 25. Orders can be placed at Jostens.com.

Yearbooks for sale
Yearbooks are on sale for $60. You can purchase them at balfour.com or at the main office.

Les Miserables opens

By Juliene Gordanier
Staff Writer

In theatre, ‘blackout’ means to close the curtain. At opening night of Les Miserables in the Kayhi Auditorium Thursday, a blown fuse caused a literal blackout and a thirty minute delay. The cast, crew, and audience was briefly panicked when the lights flashed off but the director put the audience at ease. The power outage came on the heals of an outage at the school which had students sitting in their first period classes until 10:15 a.m. when the lights came back on and the school day resumed.
Friday’s performance begins at 7:30 p.m.
Les Miserables will run through Sunday. Tickets are available at the door.

Kings cast first votes

By Cheyenne Mathews and Catey Mendoza
Staff Writers

Some Kayhi seniors exercised their right to vote Tuesday in the mid-term elections.
Senior Erika Wiberg said she voted because it was a part of turning 18.
“I voted because when I turned 18 it was a new privilege I was given and I want to experience everything I’m able to do… it’s our civil duty as the people of the United States to vote because this government is meant for us to control,” said Wiberg. “If we don’t vote how do we have a say in how our government runs?”
Other seniors like Savannah Scanlon also voted.
“I voted because it was my first time voting and my parents wanted me to see how the voting process works,” Scanlon said. “In my opinion voting can be important if you’re interested enough in everything that is going on in the elections.”
Some Kayhi seniors were old enough to vote but didn’t. Senior Luisa Orta said she didn’t vote but wished she had.
“I didn’t vote because I procrastinated and didn’t register to vote. I wish I would have because it would have been an opportunity to voice my opinion,” said Orta. “Now I won’t be able to do anything about the results whether I like them or not.”
Wiberg said it is important for those age eligible to be able to vote.
“I don’t believe seniors are too young to vote. When we turn 18 we step into the, “adult world” and should be able to make adult decisions,” said Wiberg. “For instance, If our government is willing to have 18 year olds get shipped to Iraq and Afghanistan to fight for our American safety and beliefs, they should be able to have their voice apart of the voting tally.”

Weekend sports recap

Eleven swimmers qualify for state
Kayhi will go up against Alaska’s best this weekend at the state swimming championships. Last weekend was the final chance for swimmers to qualify for the state meet. The girls team took third while the boys team finished fourth. First place finishes at Regionals: Kegan Rhein – Diving Ella Sherrill – 100 yard freestyle Kiera O’Brien – 500 yard freestyle

State qualifiers: John Coss:  500 free Logan Hammersland:  500 free (200 free alternate) Corbin McCord:  50 free, 100 free (400 free relay alternate) Kiera O’Brien:  500 free, 100 back, 400 free relay Shaelynn Painter:  400 free relay Chance Rhein:  100 breast (200 IM and 400 free relay alternate) Kegan Rhein:  Diving Brennen Schulz:  200 free (400 free relay alternate) Ella Sherrill:  50 free, 100 free, 400 free relay) Kaitlyn Tighe:  Diving, 400 free relay Zane Welker:  100 fly (100 back, 400 free relay alternate)

Wrestling finishes third at ACS
The Kayhi wrestling team traveled to Anchorage Christian School on Thursday, Oct. 30th to compete in the ACS tournament. Senior Marcus Martin (138) and junior Nate Fousel (195) took first at the ACS tournament on Saturday, Nov. 1. Ketchikan placed third out of 43 teams with 172 points.

Volleyball splits scrimmage with Craig
The Kayhi Kings volleyball team played Craig Panthers on Friday and Saturday.  The Kings won on Friday night and lost Saturday morning.

Students get look at construction industry at shipyard

By Ruth Golden
Staff Writer

Students from southeast Alaska attended Construction Career Day at the Ketchikan shipyard, on Oct. 13. It was an opportunity for students to get hands-on experience with welding, surveying, electrical wiring, spike driving, maritime engineering, heavy equipment simulators, and drilling. The event was sponsored by the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities Civil Rights Office, and the Local Technical Assistance Program.
Most attendees would like to go into a maritime career after high school.
“It was a learning experience,” said Hannah Maxwell. Maxwell is one of the students who wants to go into the Coast Guard when she graduates.
Shawn Sande would also like to go into maritime after high school.
“Maybe for a couple summers to pay for college,” said Sande.”I learned a lot about future jobs.”

Maritime and Construction Careers for Alaskans

A 2004 report the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development found there were over 30,000 people employed in construction-related occupations in Alaska. Out of that, 18,000 construction trade and craft workers have averaged over $59,000 in that year. Construction job growth is expected to increase 15% over the next decade. 50 percent of new construction workers will be Alaskan apprentices.
Alaska is a maritime state and has more miles of coastline than all other U.S. coastal states combined.  Alaska’s location in the North Pacific allows it to have economic activity between North America, Europe and Asia.
Many students go outside to the state to get necessary training.
The California Maritime Academy is an academy that boosts students in fields of international business and logistics, marine engineering technology, global studies and maritime affairs, marine transportation, mechanical engineering, and facilities engineering technology.
There is money available, such as the Lund scholarship, for students wishing to pursue this career said Captain Mark E. Lundamo. The scholarships was named after Bill Lund, who advocated for Alaskan maritime students.

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