Gabe Bowlen graduated from Kayhi in 2018 and is currently enrolled at Central Washington University. Bowlen spoke on how different the college atmosphere is compared to one like Kayhi. “College, so far, is definitely different from everyday school,” said Bowlen. “No one is around me to tell me to go to class or to force me to do anything. It’s nice to have this sense of freedom that you don’t get in high school.” Bowlen also commented on how much easier it is to take classes he’s planning on using for the rest of his life. “I feel more engaged in my classes because this is actually what I want to do with my life,” said Bowlen. “I think I wasn’t as engaged in high school because I knew some of my classes were meaningless to the next stage of my life.” Bowlen was admitted into the Flight Officer Program, with plans of becoming a pilot after college. “I’m not sure what type of pilot I want to be when I graduate,” said Bowlen. “Either a commercial pilot for an airline, or a corporate pilot for someone wealthy. I probably won’t know until I graduate.” The Flight Officer Program is a class that counts for 18 credits, 15 which are solely for aviation. “They start us off flying immediately. I was a little nervous at first to jump right into it, but I got used to it,” said Bowlen. “It’s a very intensive program, so it forces me to study and do the work. I’m seeing results though which makes it worthwhile.”
The Kayhi Wrestling team will compete in the regional tournament in Juneau this weekend. The Kings have won 10 region V tournaments in a row, and hope to continue the streak. The Kings will compete against Juneau Douglas and Thunder Mountain for the title. Senior Patrick Rauwolf (ranked 3rd in state) believes that he will be able to take first in his weight class, despite his loss in the finals last year. “I did lose last year, but I am much more confident,” Rauwolf said. “I really only have a few easy matches to win my weight class.” Senior Brayden Linne (ranked 1st in state) was named the most outstanding wrestler last year for the second time in a row. “I think Ketchikan is going to dominate,” Linne said. “I think I will win my weight class, and our team will win the tournament. The regions tournament is pretty easy for us to win, and you can see that in the last 10 years.” Coach Rick Collins has high hopes for Brayden Linne. “He is definitely outstanding. In my mind he should win the region tournament, and will be a state champ this year” Coach Collins said that Brayden has been dealing with an injury since the Lancer Smith. “He’s been going some light wrestling, but hasn’t been going 100% due to the injury. He is not getting full reps, so I am worried about that. I expect him to win a state title reasonably easy this year. The ankle injury will make it a little bit harder.” Collins believes that the team will win the regional tournament. “I certainly expect us to win regions,” Coach Collins said. “JD and Thunder Mountain are combined, and they definitely could be better. We’ve got 6 guys that are expected to be seeded and placers at the state tournament. I would expect all 6 of those guys to do extremely well in the region tournament.” Senior Brandon Weiber (ranked 3rd at state), a 2x regional champ, believes he can win this tournament easily. “I think I will win my 3rd straight regional title this weekend,” Wieber said. “Although the competition in my weight class is decent, I believe I can take it easily.” Junior Sullivan Schultz, who took 2nd in regions last year, has a tough road to first place. “I believe I will go to the finals. Taking first will be difficult, because of how hard my opponent is, but I believe if I work hard I can win”
The 2018-2019 Kayhi Kings basketball season will begin with the annual Meet the Kings. There will be a Taco Dinner for $10 that begins at 5:30 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door and the boys basketball team members are also selling them. “Meet the Kings is a great way for the community to see who’s on the team and get a good first look at the team,” senior Marcus Lee said. The K-Highlights, Kayhi Cheer, SMS Knights, and StudioMax dancers will all perform throughout the night, and the Pep Band will be introduced. “I can’t wait to get out on the court with the team,” Lee said. “It’ll be great to be in front of the community.”
Schedule Lady Kings JV 6:00-6:30 p.m. Kings JV 6:30-7:00 p.m. Lady Kings V7:00-7:45 p.m. Kings V7:45-8:30 p.m.
Amazon.com rolled out a new product, but it may not be what you expect. “Amazon Dash Buttons make ordering easy,” said an Amazon representative, in a recent article. “With a simple click, Prime Members can order their favorite products.”
The Dash Button is simple: put the button in a convenient place, link your Amazon account, and press the button whenever you need that specific product. After that, it’s up to the Amazon warehouse to send what you need in as little time as possible. Ranging everywhere from Doritos to Downy, popularity is rising for the Dash Button.
Are these buttons truly a practical convenience? or just another novelty item? For smaller items, like toothbrush heads, there is no hassle, and ordering them is an easy fix, but when it comes to heavier items like toilet paper, you would be better off going to the store and physically buying them yourself.
The quest for a sixth consecutive Region V Title begins for the Kayhi girls basketball team on Dec. 8 at 6 p.m. with the annual Meet the Kings. The Lady Kings finished last year with a 16-9 record and a fifth consecutive region championship. They qualified for the state tournament as the No. 7 seed, but lost to No.2 East, as well as Anchorage and Chugiak. Senior Payton Simmons is one of the three returning starters. The Lady Kings are looking to find two new starters to replace graduating seniors. “We’re a young team,” Simmons said. “We’re going to have to work hard, but we’ll be fine. I’m super excited to start playing with this group.” The Lady Kings will need to fill the defensive and leadership voids left by Hannah Maxwell and the offensive void by Brittany Slick. “I think that we will be able to spread the ball around and score with everyone,” Simmons said. “We’re going to have to step it up on defense too.” This season the varsity team will feature three seniors, four juniors, three sophomores, and three freshmen. Seven of the 13 players are returning varsity letter winners. “This season will be fun,” Simmons said. “It’s my last year, so I’m going to leave it all out of the floor.”
Sr. Ashley Huffine Sr. Payton Simmons Sr. Emmie Smith Jr. Madi Rose Jr. Lianne Seludo Jr. Shaye Skillings Jr. Nadire Zhuta So. Dyllan Borer So. Rachel Knight So. Charlie King Fr. Janae Rhoads Fr. Chelsea Johnson Fr. Shay Mendoza
2018-2019 Lady Kings Varsity Schedule
12/08 Meet the Kings 12/20-22 @Colony/ Wasilla 12/27-29 CCCC @1/11-12 Mt. Edgecumbe 1/18-19 Juneau Douglas 1/24-26 @ Thunder Mountain 2/01-02 @ Mt. Edgecumbe 2/08-09 @ Dimond Tournament 2/15-16 Thunder Mountain 2/22-23 @ Juneau Douglas 3/05-09 Region V Tournament @ Sitka 3/22-24 State Tournament @ Anchorage
Olivia Kinunen: I will do my Christmas shopping a week before Christmas. I hate to say it but I am terrible at Christmas shopping. I am super forgetful and never know what to get anyone. I end up throwing something together for my family and friends a few days before Christmas and hope for the best. It’s not like I want to be this way, I try to be good and put stuff in my shopping carts online…but I forget to order it until it’s too late. Hopefully by the time I’m an adult with my own family I’ll be better at Christmas shopping, but that’s not anytime soon.
Carter Thomas: I will do my Christmas shopping online and in town. I usually try and order two weeks before Christmas, because of how long the shipping takes. Usually I order through amazon, because my family has a prime membership and gets free shipping. But, it is hard to remember to get everyone something, and often I end up going to Walmart and Tongass to get the last few presents in the days leading up to Christmas. I have ordered the majority of my gifts online, but I usually procrastinate on a few family members or friends.
Abbigail Gaugler: I tend to do my Christmas shopping at randomly spaced out times. For my family, it’s mostly online shopping because I don’t want to risk them seeing it in the car or at all. If it’s friends then I don’t really care when I get them gifts. It’d be before Christmas of course, but whether it be from Walmart or a fancy gift shop across the world depends on the person. Occasionally I’ll buy something on a summer vacation and save it for a Christmas gift, but that’s only if it’s special.
Jared Valentine: Christmas shopping? For what? Isn’t Santa responsible for all of the presents?
Once you go gravy, you never go back. I am an American, so I eat American food. A delicious burrito named, “The All American Burrito” is unbeatable. The All American Burrito is a breakfast burrito stuffed with the good stuff. Eggs, sausage, hash browns, and bunch of cheese. Hands down, it is the best breakfast burrito in Ketchikan. Especially for the price: $4.99/lb. The marketing scheme behind the All American Burrito is genius. You can support local buisness, display your patiotic beliefs, and eat a delicious burrito, all while you drive to work in the morning. Not to mention the educational benfit of a solid breakfast for students. Is it possible to improve this burrito in any way? Simple, add gravy. Yes, a breakfast burrito filled with gravy. If that doesn’t make you think of bald eagles and the star spangled banner, then you must not be from around here. Simply go to the deli and politely ask, “Can you make me an All American Burrito, but with like gravy and more meat?” Ask and you shall receive. The perfect custom burrito has bacon, ham, sausage breakfast potatoes, hashbrowns, cheese and gravy. The best part of building your own burrito is the price. Still the same: $4.99/lb. If you are looking to grab a burrito on the run, the hot case is your best friend. The first batch of freshly made burritos is put out around 6:00 a.m. By 6:25 a.m. the majority of burritos are taken by vigor employees who work just across the street. The hot case is then restocked sometime in the following hours. If you show up anytime after 10:00 a.m., you will have little to no chance at scoring one of these American creations. However you like your burrito, A&P will build it. But seriously, add gravy. It puts the America in All American Burrito.