Kayhi staff members have observed student tardiness and have implemented a new tardy policy. This issues a detention from every three tardies cyclically, discarding the previous protocol. Before this new approach, students would get four free tardies, but every single one after that would cost a detention. As the detention overseer, Mrs. Troina feels that the old policy fostered unfair outcomes and called for a change. “It was a bit excessive,” said Mrs. Troina.“That being ten seconds late could lead to an hour of detention time” For students who only acquire just a few tardies per semester, this policy may indicate unfairness, but for the majority that struggle with habitual tardiness, they do not have to serve as many detention. For example, 24 tardies would be eight detention periods, whereas before, those students would be dealing with 20. “The old policy didn’t seem to be changing attendance issues for those who are habitually tardy,” Troina said.
Last semester, 25-30 students were attending every detention period due to their numerous tardies. Detentions are held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3-4 p.m. in Mrs. Troina’s room (228). Additional days can be added if necessary.
Lady Kings The Kayhi girls (15-2, 4-0) will be hosting the Mt. Edgecumbe Lady Braves. The Lady Braves beat Kayhi last year. The Lady Kings are coming off back to back losses at the Lady Lynx Prep Shootout. They are looking to get back on Track. “We have had an intense week of practice,” said senior Eliah Anderson. “It has been a hard week and were just getting back to the basics to get back on track.”
Kings This weekend the Kings (15-3, 3-1) will be playing the Mt. Edgecumbe Braves in Sitka. Kayhi and Edgecumbe have had one common opponent, West Valley. The Kings beat the Wolfpack 70-61 Jan. 23, while the Braves lost 83-78. Last season Kayhi swept Mt. Edgecumbe 58-45 and 57-50.
Kings The boys basketball team (15-3, 3-1) swept Thunder Mountain this weekend in Juneau. The Falcons gave the Kings a run for their money in the first half of Saturday’s game, but the Kings outscored the Falcons 18-8 in the third quarter on their way to a 70-51 win. The Kings were led by senior Matthew Standley with 18, followed by seniors Mo Bullock and Jason James with 14. Friday night’s game ended 76-65, with four Kayhi players scoring double digits, James leading with 24, senior Nathan Bonck 15, Bullock 12, and senior Isaac Johnson 11.
The Lady Kings (15-2) took 5th place in the gold bracket going (2-2) at the Lady Lynx Prep Shootout. The Kings beat Soldotna 44-29 and Colony 54-43 for the first two games of the tournament but fell short to Dimond 76-59 and East Anchorage 60-56 for the first two losses of the season. The Kings will be looking to get back on track this weekend playing Mt. Edgecumbe on the home court. The Dimond game was physical and they were hitting all of their shots said senior Eliah Anderson. “It was a really physical game both teams giving it their all,” said Anderson. “The shots were going in for them to the point where they were just banking them all in.”
The 30th Annual Wearable Arts Show is gold. No really, with the theme of alchemy, many artists used this inspiration to transform wearable art into something golden. The Wearable Arts Show is an annual fundraiser for the Ketchikan Arts Council and it showcases artists all over Ketchikan and from within many of Ketchikan’s schools. The show was opened by the Ketchikan Theatre Ballet jazz dancers. A majority of the dancers are Kayhi students. Senior Katie Powers is one of the jazz dancers, and she said the show is very fun because of the crowd atmosphere. “We’ve been working on this dance since before Christmas break,” said Powers. “We’ve run it over and over again… The crowds are really awesome. They are always cheering and it’s really fun, especially the teachers.”
Bella Posey, Meagan Jorgensen, and Nina Lacroix are three Kayhi students modeling in the show. Lacroix is the French exchange student and she used Wearable as a way to a share a little french culture with Ketchikan. Posey is a junior and she has been performing in Wearable since first grade. This year she took the theme to an entirely new level. “Well, alchemy is the combination of the mundane and putting it together to create something phantasmagorical and insane and mysterious right? So the inspiration from my piece came from two places, one from that explanation of alchemy and the silly things in life people don’t see as alchemy like baking a cake,” said Posey. “Or the auto mechanic transmission on your car. So my piece is all of Mr. Shelton’s car pieces that he gave to me last year… I brought all the stuff home and I created a, ‘it’s a steampunk bullet and transmission’ costume.”
Interpretations of alchemy varied from artist to artist. Some pieces focused on fire, others the tree of alchemy, transition, gambling as the western form of alchemy, and the phoenix. Posey said that each year artists add their own flare to the theme. “It’s hard to tell how other people will interpret the theme,” said Posey. “There definitely seems to be a lot of the literal interpretation of alchemy as in precious metals. Last year, in world beat I was assuming that everyone would be doing tribal stuff and every other person was a bird. So just sometimes things get popped into people’s brains and just get taken and run with.” Kayhi teachers Terri Whyte and Leigh Woodward also strutted down the runway. Whyte ran her piece with her sister and she was dressed as a dragon. Woodward modeled a piece that focused on the transition of a woman from old to young. “Part of the creative process, I mean did the music for it, she had some ideas but I mixed it and did that,” said Woodward. “I kinda have get a feel of how I want to move. My piece has two… different songs. So I have to transition and change my movement a little bit.”
The Wearable Art Show was sold out for the gala performances on Friday and Saturday days before the actual performance. The large crowd is a very good sign for the Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council. Executive Director Kathleen Light said that Wearable is the council’s largest fundraiser. “We usually bring in, I think it’s $35,000,” said Light. “It’s our biggest fundraiser. It’s the best one.” Light said the council raises money with ticket sales, but also with voting on next year’s theme. “So we have three, we end up with three [possible themes] and then the audience and people online and everyone in Ketchikan can vote on those three suggestions,” said Light. “It’s a dollar a vote. So the one with the most votes is the next year’s theme.” Light said that countless hours are invested into the show by artists and members of the council alike. “Some of the artists start their piece immediately following Wearable,” said Light. “Some artists wait till January to start their piece… so the artists can take that long or that little time. In the summer we start working towards it, building the application, making sure we have, you know, all our ducks in a row. We’ve been doing it for 30 years so we do have a template that we can pretty much follow, but it is a lot of planning, it’s a lot of organizing.”
Modeling for the Wearable Art Show can be a terrifying endeavor, but First City Player’s Artistic Director, Elizabeth Nelson, advised models on how to work the runway during dress rehearsal. “Always leave people wanting more,” said Nelson to one of the models. Nelson had other constructive criticism for the models like, “stay in your modeling persona all the way past the curtain” and “always make the way back faster than the way forward.” Nelson is just one example of the large magnitude of people and time it takes to create Wearable. Light said that it took over 200 volunteers to make Wearable a reality.
The 30th Annual Wearable Art Show starts tonight at 8 p.m and doors open at 7 p.m. There are gala performances at the same time Friday and Saturday night at the Ted Ferry Civic Center. The matinee performance features younger artists and begins on Saturday at 2 p.m. Doors open at 1 p.m. This year’s theme is Alchemy and many artists incorporated gold into their pieces. Junior Bella Posey has performed in Wearable since she was in first grade and she noticed the gold trend in the art. “It’s hard to tell how other people will interpret the theme,” said Posey. “There definitely seems to be a lot of the literal interpretation of alchemy as in precious metals.” The Friday and Saturday gala performances are sold out and the large crowd is a very good sign for the Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council. Executive Director Kathleen Light said that Wearable is the council’s largest fundraiser. “We usually bring in, I think it’s $35,000,” said Light. “It’s our biggest fundraiser. It’s the best one.”
The Lady Kings (13-0) will be going to the Lady Lynx Prep Shootout this weekend. They open against Soldotna Wednesday at 2:45. Kayhi heads into the tournament ranked third in the state. Senior Lexi Biggerstaff said there are high expectations but she’s confident in her team. “The expectation for us to win gets harder and harder as the target on our backs gets bigger and bigger for teams to beat us,” said Biggerstaff. “The pressure of knowing that every game we’re going to be challenged and get the other teams very best is stressful because the only way we’re gonna lose is if we beat ourselves.” The bracket is available here.
Lady Kings The Lady Kings beat JD girls Friday night 52-39, and Saturday 59-20 keeping the Lady Kings undefeated season alive (13-0 overall, 4-0 in conference play). Senior Eliah Anderson was the high scorer both nights for the Kings with 14 points Friday and 11 points Saturday. Anderson is one of two Lady Kings in the last four years to hit 1000 points in her high school career behind Jayley Taylor. The Lady Kings will be going to Anchorage this weekend to play in the Lady Lynx Prep shootout. “It was a great honor. I feel blessed to have great teammates with me there every step of the way,” said Anderson.
Kings The Kings (12-3, 1-1) earned a split with a 73-57 win over JD on Saturday. Friday’s game was hotly contested, as JD and Kayhi traded leads throughout the game. Kayhi led by one entering the fourth quarter, and closed out tied 60-60, resulting in four minutes of overtime. Senior Matthew Standley missed both of his free throws at the end of fourth quarter with seven seconds left. The Bears took control in overtime but the Kings had three chances to tie in the waning seconds, but could not force a second overtime. The Bears prevailed 66-63. Captain Mo Bullock said the Kings’ defense was lacking on Friday, and that the missed free throws were important, but other aspects of the game needed work as well “We were really lazy Friday night, and so Saturday we came out to play defense not offense,” said Bullock. “Free throws win games, but there were definitely other things we needed to work on. We had 16 turnovers, and if you have more than eight turnovers the chances of you winning is 20%.” Senior Jason James led Kayhi both nights with 27 Friday and 34 Saturday. JD’s Guy Bean was the top scorer both nights as well, with 22 and 21, respectively.