Kayhi Wrestling Heads to Wrangell

Rosie Kacenas & Gavin Salazar
Staff Writers

The Kayhi wrestling team will travel to Wrangell to compete in their first meet of the season on Friday. The Tom Sims Invitational Tournament will be double-elimination, and all of Southeast Alaska will participate.
Head coach Rick Collins said he’s excited for all of the potential the freshmen have shown. There will be nine freshmen competing in the first tournament of their high school career.
“There’s some good talent in that group,” said Collins. “Some of them haven’t been wrestling that long, but they’re working hard in practice and I’m really pleased with them.”
Senior Justin Albecker is looking forward to the team’s first tournament of the season.
“The first trip is always the most fun, you get a lot of matches,” said Albecker. “I’m going 145, I feel it’ll be a good weight. There’s a lot of kids in 145, there always is, but I don’t have to cut any weight so that’s good.”
Collins said that this tournament will be a good opportunity to see where the team is talent-wise, and will set a good tone for how the rest of the season should unfold.


Staff Picks

Given that you’re graduating soon, how have terrorist attacks impacted your view of the real world.

Lezille Sagrado:
I’ve always known that there are a lot of crazy people in the world. Especially now, not only from the news, but because I’ve binge watched Criminal Minds all summer and am currently watching season 10, which I definitely recommend you watch. Watching that show really helped me realize that people are capable of things you can’t even imagine. Seeing the amount of terrorist attacks on the news and social media, not only happening in the U.S. but all over the world, is ridiculous and scary. I am thankful, though, for living on a small island in Southeast Alaska that a lot of people all over the country probably don’t know exists. I plan on going to college in Anchorage because I know that if anything happens I’m just a flight away.

Joey Karlik:
Bad boys, bad boys… What am I gonna do when they come for me! This whole terrorism thing just increases my senses and awareness. It also makes me even more paranoid. As a kid growing up in small-town-Alaska, life beyond high school is already scary enough. With all the real world problems of adulting on your own, like paying rent and getting a job, it’s a little nerve racking. This doesn’t include the fact that people that could kill me. Knowing that someone in a building across from me could threaten my security and hurt me. That’s pretty scary. However, with all this in mind, I will step off this island when the time comes and power through. I will keep my head held high and the lessons I learned on my shoulders. Some crazy man in the shadows with a gun won’t scare me. They want us to be scared but I won’t let them! I encourage you all to do the same and not let these people overpower us! AMERICA!

Largim Zhuta:
My view of the real world has changed, but not because of terrorism. It’s not that big of a threat compared to all the threats out in the world. Do you know how many people have died due to terrorism since 1995 (9/11 included)? Roughly 3,200. Do you know how many people drunk driving kills in a single year? Try somewhere in the ballpark of 10,000. The media and politicians put too much attention on the issue which is one reason why people get super worried about it. Bad stuff happens everyday, that doesn’t really affect my world view one way or another. It is what it is. My worldview is one where I think most of everything we do has no grand meaning whatsoever. Believing that, makes life more enjoyable in my opinion. I am ready to go out and grab the world by the metaphorical balls. I don’t think I can afford to worry about the potential “what if” dangers. There are always dangers out there, but that shouldn’t change a person’s view about reality in a significant way.

Arick Mattson:
It gives me the sense that the real world is in fact dangerous, and that there are people that will want to cause me harm. It also makes me sad that there are people that will use these events for personal gain. The media will milk any attack dry in terms of news and stories. People against this nation’s government will attack people’s rights directly. If someone shoots up a school or music concert, then everyone’s gun rights are in danger. As a guy growing up in a small-town in Alaska, I like my gun rights. If I want to go hunting or shoot targets at the gun range, I have every right to do so. Many people will say that you shouldn’t have assault rifles in your home because you don’t use them for hunting. The 2nd Amendment wasn’t directed towards hunting. When there are people in the “real world” who threaten those rights, either by abusing them or trying to “fix” them, it makes me very upset. We the people have the power in this country, and with terrorist attacks happening by the people, it makes me worry about the future of this nation of freedom.

Kaitlyn Smith:
My view of the world has changed a lot since my childhood. I knew from a young age about terrorists, because of 9/11. I didn’t realize until I was older that terrorists can also be Americans. Even everyday events like a political speech, or a concert are at risk. The disasters that have recently happened, like in Las Vegas, have changed my view also of the world, because I didn’t realize how a normal event can be a target for a terrorist attack. Even though I hear about these disasters, I’ve always lived in safe places with no terrorist acts, so I’ve never been exposed to any of those events. The attacks I hear about will definitely have an impact on where I go to college, and even where I live after. One of my fears is my brother being hurt in an attack, because he goes to college in a not so nice neighborhood. Terrorist attacks have also made me realize that normal everyday looking people can cause such devastating disasters.

Chanell Browne:
After hearing about all the disasters going on in the world, and terrorists attacks, I would be lying if I said that my viewpoint hasn’t changed. When I think about college and leaving Ketchikan, I always keep in mind that there are some places in our country that can be dangerous and contain harmful people. Whenever I hear about an attack or a big event it always makes me appreciate where I live more. Ketchikan seems to be a safe place, where there is low population and kind people who all know each other. When I think about events, or concerts I want to attend at some point in the future, I always get worried thinking about the fact that anything could happen while I’m there. Throughout time there has been A LOT of terrorists attacks and bombings. For instance, at Ariana Grande’s concert tour, there was a bombing that occurred and killed many young girls and boys who just wanted to watch their favorite artist perform. It’s crazy to think such bad things, caused by terrible people can happen at an everyday event that people go to for fun to enjoy themselves and experience something new.

Explore Night Returns to Kayhi

Largim Zhuta
Staff Writer

Kayhi students and parents will have an opportunity to learn how to apply and prepare for college tonight at Kayhi’s annual Explore Night from 5:00 – 8:15 p.m. Explore Night consists of workshops that specify in teaching students about a certain area of the college application process.
There are 10 workshops that will be available: Applications, Admissions, and the Selection Process, How to Survive College without Going Broke, Quality Educational Opportunities in Alaska, Preparing a Winning Scholarship Application, Application Essays, Finding the Right College, Making the Most of Your School Visit, Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE), Organizing your Senior Portfolio, and Are you Ready for Tomorrow’s (Today’s) World?.
Admissions representatives are leading the workshops. Explore Night will take place in Kayhi’s science wing.

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Kayhi Volleyball Falls to Juneau

Collette Rhein
Staff Writer

The Kayhi Lady Kings (0-14, 0-6) lost to the Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears Friday (25-15, 25-9, 25-13) and Saturday night (25-11, 25-8, 25-8). Kayhi senior Lezille Sagrado said they played better this time around against Juneau than they did during Spiketacular.
“On Friday, we definitely played better against them than the first time at the Spiketacular Tournament,” said Sagrado. “We tried the best we could and I feel great about how we played overall. On Saturday, however, things weren’t going as well as expected, but we are definitely competitive with JDHS. We just need to fix our little mistakes.”  


Largim Zhuta
Staff Writer

Polls are closed for the freshman class elections, and results are in. Trace Sasser was elected class secretary, beating out Caleb Schlosser. Olivia Berg, who ran unopposed, was elected as the Vice President of the class. For freshman class president, Erin Shea managed to beat out Jaden Stern.
The conclusion of the freshmen elections marks the occupation of the final SBA class officer seats.

Tourist Season Comes to an End

Chanell Browne
Staff Writer

The cruise ship season ended and Ketchikan is back to normal again.
Junior, Raevyn Goodson had a first hand experience with the tourists while working downtown at Ketchikan Souvenir and Candy Company. Goodson said she is glad that the tour season is finally over with.
“I am relieved to get a bit of time without the tourists in our town,” said Goodson. “The tourists make life in Ketchikan prosper in wealth but, they also make it hard for locals to get place to place.”
During the summer there were over a million tourists that came to Ketchikan. The 1,000,000th passenger came in on the Norwegian Pearl on Sept 30th. Sophomore Alex Malouf said that this achievement is a very good accomplishment for the town, and his family business, Ketchikan Duck Tours.
“It’s a cool milestone for the town,” said Malouf. “It directly translates to a good season for our family business, which is always the main goal.”
The summer of 2017’s tourist season was different from any other Ketchikan has seen before. Junior Cody Kemble said he noticed a wider variety of new, bigger cruise ships that came in; leading to more tourists in the town.
“I noticed that there were definitely more cruise ships that came in this summer,” said Kemble. “Last summer it didn’t seem like there were too many new ones.”
The end of tourist season is always a weird change for the town. The streets become  empty and all the stores start to close up. Kemble said that the town is quiet and boring without the tourists.
“It’s depressing going downtown in the winter and seeing that nothing is going on,” said Kemble. “It feels like a ghost town as opposed to the tourist season when downtown is booming with people.”  


CC Season Recap

Jenna Miller and Payton Simmons
Staff Writers

In cross country, where each runner’s talent is measured by the ticking of a clock, there are no grey areas: you are either fast, or you are not.
The Kayhi Kings kicked off its season in late July. Each runner setting a time and hoping to improve it while the season goes on. The boys squad was led by senior John Coss who completed the 5k course in a time of (17:28) setting a new PR. Fellow team mate Adrian Ronquillo said Coss works hard and is a dedicated team mate.
“If I were to describe John, I’d say he’s the hardest worker on our team. At Ward Lake while everyone was waiting for the coaches to show up, John would be running a two mile warm up plus our regular warm up. He’s definitely very committed to what he does,” said Ronquillo.
As the season continued the Kayhi boys got closer to beating Juneau.
“Each race I feel like we got the closest we’ve gotten in a while on the boys team to Juneau so it feels like it’s within reach,” said head coach Leigh Woodward.
On the girls side, the Kings were led by junior state qualifier Elizabeth Knight as she finished 8th at the Region V tournament setting a PR of 21:14. It was the 4th occasion this year that Elizabeth was the girls top finisher.
“Overall for this season I wasn’t too happy. I know I’m faster than the times I ran and I can definitely be faster. By the time the season had started it was too late to try and catch up to my times I had been previously running in the past. Competing with Morgan was fun, it’s nice to have someone to push you, that you will push back to get faster. Competing with her wasn’t all that nerve racking, we support each other no matter who crossed first, and had fun. I am extremely excited for my final season of cross country. It will be sad, but it will be my best year so far, and i’ll make sure of it. I will be training a lot more in the summer and running track to get ready for it,” said Knight.
On September 30th six Kayhi varsity runners lined up to race in the State Championships. Freshmen Morgan Elerding felt contentment as she finished in the top 10 at the Region V tournament.
“Regions is pretty crazy. I just started running and then I realized I was up there with Elizabeth, and I wasn’t trying to pass everyone up it just kind of happened. That was the happiest I’ve been in a long time. It was pretty amazing. There’s going to be a lot more fast freshmen next year and I gotta keep it up if I want to continue this. For next year, I plan to break 21 minutes and qualify for regions and state again,” said Elerding.
Senior Paul Allmendinger set a PR on the state course by taking advantage of the hills.
“I had a great time up in state. During the race there was a lot of hills and this can kill some runners. I made sure to take advantage of the hills as much as I could by using them to gain momentum and keeping the momentum going; that was a big part of why I was able to PR on the state course.”
Cross country has come to an end for runners Sydney Nichols and Max Collins. As seniors, they are looking forward to seeing all the new faces and how well the Kings will do next year.
Senior Sydney Nichols is satisfied with the outcome of this season, and is excited to see next year’s team with the upcoming freshmen. Nichols will be graduating this year, and will miss being apart of her team.
“Overall the team did very well. We sent six to state, Leif, Paul, John, Phillip, Elizabeth, and Morgan who all did great. I will definitely miss the team next year, but I am looking forward to seeing how well they will do. I have heard the team is going to be gaining some good freshmen on the team.”
Senior Max Collins is excited to see what talent the team will have next year and feels they will be successful.
“The whole overall season was pretty great. Everybody stepped up and ran very well. The freshman came up and started competing with the upperclassmen. That was very cool to see especially when leaving as a senior it’s cool to see cross country is taking a big step and it’s nice to see when we’re leaving that the cross country organization is in good hands.”
Although this season marked a peak in the Kings cross country team’s racing ability, the team’s success was not the result of just one year of hard work. The season starts the end of July and ends in late September, making it a two month stretch of intense daily training. Although the kings are losing six seniors, coach Leigh Woodward is ready to see what next year has to offer.
“It was a good season. There were a lot of fast freshman which is great. We have a young team, we’re losing six seniors and have a lot of freshmen coming up. I’m looking forward to next season,” said Woodward.