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MHS Key Club wins several district awards

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Middlesex High School Key Club members Laura Rogers, McKenna Millington and Matt Owens display their club awards at Saturday night’s awards banquet.

The Middlesex High School Key Club was represented by four members at the 60th Annual Capital District Convention in Richmond April 24-26.

Key Club is the largest high school service organization in the world with 245,000 members in 28 countries. The Capital District is comprised of 14,000 members in 245 clubs in Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia.

Representing Middlesex at the convention were Division 4B lieutenant-governor Savannah Williams, club president Laura Rogers, club treasurer McKenna Millington and Division 4B lieutenant-governor-elect Matt Owens. The group was accompanied by Kiwanis advisor Russ Russell and faculty advisor Bill Murray.

The club participated successfully in a number of competitions. The club won second place for both its Single Service Project and its Major Emphasis Project. The club also won third place for its Non-traditional Scrapbook.

In the Acheivement Report category, which is a measure of the total club program throughout the Key Club service year, the MHS club registered the highest total and was one of only two clubs to achieve the Diamond Achievement Level. For Middlesex, this was the seventh consecutive year of Diamond Level Achievement.

The club also was recognized at the K-Family session for the 20th anniversary of the club’s charter, which was on April 25, 1989.

While attending the convention, delegates were treated to an opening session motivational speech by former Survivor TV show winner Ethan Zohn. He related how he has turned his million-dollar prize into a service project to help fight AIDS in Africa.

On Saturday, the delegates  attended a K-Family session, participated in  a series of educational forums, took part in a walk to raise money for Heifer International, participated in candidate forums, and attended the awards banquet followed by a formal dance.

On Sunday morning, delegates met in the House of Delegates to elect next year’s Capital District executive board. At the closing session, the 2008-09 board was retired and the 2009-10 board was installed, including Matt Owens.

A number of special awards were presented at the closing session. Among these were the Above and Beyond Award given to a regular member from each of the district’s divisions for their high level of participation. Marcus Peters from Middlesex in Division 4B received this award.

Also, Erin Murray, a former member of the Middlesex Key Club and now a member of the Capital District Adult Board, was presented with the Scott Hunter Key Leadership Award. This award is given by the Key Club District Board to that member of the Adult Committee who has been the most involved with the board throughout the year.

posted 05.06.2009

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