If senior Gwen Ranniger didn’t like Nordstrom before, she definitely does now, after winning a Nordstrom Scholarship for $10,000. Ranniger was one out of 80 who won the scholarship and the first Kayhi student to win. Ranniger said that there were multiple rounds of cuts.
“For the first round it was a basic questionnaire, like your grade point average,” said Ranniger.
Ranniger said she had to complete two essays. The prompts were, “If you had the power to change the world what would you do?” and “How cultural experiences have shaped you?”
Ranniger said she also had to complete a 15 minute interview portion.
“[There were] … ten people sitting in this conference room. [They asked questions like] how I was doing, my typical day in the school year, and how I deal with stress.” Ranniger said.
The scholarship win was announced on Thursday in Ranniger’s first period class. School counselor Bob McClory brought in a video about the scholarship and at the end of the video it announced that a Nordstrom Scholarship winner was in the room.
“It made me very happy. It made my day,” said Ranniger.
Ranniger said that she would be interested in using the scholarship at one of her dream schools.
“My top school is Vanderbilt. I’m also very interested in American University,” said Ranniger.
This year to increase attendance at parent teacher conferences Kayhi administration tried a new method. It succeeded as 58-percent of the student body was represented.
Secretary Kelli Carlin-Auger said it was an efficient new system.
“It’s called Powerschool Messenger, and we used it for the first time this year,” said Carlin-Auger. “What it does is find the parents contact information, and sends out the voicemail.”
Counselor Lynn Wadley said it is important for parents and students to attend.
“We don’t track student attendance,” said Wadley, “but often the ones who show up are the ones who struggle.”
Kayhi has an enrollment of 616 students, with 217 students represented on Monday, and 146 on Tuesday.
The Kayhi volleyball team played at the Juneau Jive Tournament at Juneau-Douglas Oct. 10-11. The Lady Kings beat Thunder Mountain in the third place match after losing to Mt. Edgecumbe in the semi-finals.
Kayhi junior Gabriela Clark said the team played well, but can always improve.
“It was a tough tournament, but we ended up taking third out of twelve teams,” Clark said. “ We changed our lineup and we did great as a team.”
Kayhi eliminated host Juneau-Douglas before meeting up with Mt. Edgecumbe.
Senior Keenan Sanderson was selected as 1 out of 55 students nationally to get a free tour of Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.
Dartmouth is one of the most prestigious colleges in the country.
Ketchikan High School counselor Bob McClory said that he was the first student he had ever persuaded to apply for the free tour.
“[He was the] first one I ever got to sign up. [Dartmouth] took 55 from around the nation and Keenan is one of them, they pay for air, room and board, take him through college workshops. It’s a sweet deal.”
The College Fair is being held Tuesday, Oct. 14 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Ketchikan High School main gym. Forty-two colleges will be represented at the fair. EXPLORE night is tonight starting at 5 p.m. with FAFSA information and ending around 8 p.m. School counselor Mr. McClory said that EXPLORE night is done by college representatives and going to these workshops could potentially minimize future debt.
“Explore night workshops are being done by the college reps here,” Mr. McClory said. “They will be the ones reading your applications if you decide to apply this year or next year… If you go to these workshops hopefully we can minimize the debt you would incur.”
EXPLORE night is special for Kayhi because Kayhi is the only school that has the EXPLORE night the day before the college fair.
“We’re the only school that has workshops the day before. We are the first stop on their tours,” said Mr. McClory.
Mr. McClory said that during the college fair it would be a good idea to ask for fee waivers and save some money.
“One good thing to ask them is for a waiver for the applications. If they like you they give those things out like candy.”
The Kayhi Choir will be preforming its first concert at 7 pm Oct. 14 in the Kayhi Auditorium.
Director Trina Purcell said she hopes the hard work memorizing, rehearsing, and hitting pitches will pay off.
“I think it will go great,” she said. “In two different ways, one the group always pulls it off… and the other way I know it will be great is that the parents are going to love it no matter what.”
Junior Alanna McKee agrees.
“The most challenging part of the choir would be memorizing lyrics,” said McKee.
This is the first choir to have over a hundred students and the first ever women’s choir group. The songs that will be sung are ‘Babethandaza’ a South African song sung in the Zulu language, ‘Ubi Caritas’ sung in Latin, ‘Hark I Hear The Harps Eternal’, and also ‘We Are The Ones We Been Waiting For’ a South African song.
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