Fourteen members of the Trenton High School Key Club recently attended the 67th annual Missouri-Arkansas District Leadership Conference in Springfield, Missouri.
Members were presented with many awards and organized a forum for conference attendees. The Club was named a Distinguished Key Club earning 182 of 200 points on the Annual Achievement Report. THS Key Club members achieved 2,800 service hours and donated $2,386.00 to charities over the past year. Ellis Gilham was named a talent finalist with a presentation of an original accordion arrangement of Wrecking Ball, Radioactive, Let Her Go and Roar. Malinda Foster won the oratory contest with a speech on the topic of What Makes a Key Club Strong?. The trio of Dillon Parrack, Maddie Barone, and Ellis Gilham earned second place honors in the Video Contest. Junior Nick Gass was named Member of the Year with nearly 100% participation and by performing 60 hours of service to date this school year. Faculty Advisor Eâ€™Lisha Gass was named Advisor of the Year by the District. The award was presented by Mrs. Gassâ€™ son and former District Executive Board Member Nick Gass.
The Club earned first place in Single Service Project with their Santaâ€™s Workshop Project. They also earned top honors in the Major Emphasis Category by creating and donating craft kits to Childrenâ€™s Mercy Hospital. They will compete in both of those categories at the International level in Anaheim, California in July.
Members took 2nd place in the competition for most funds raised for the Eliminate Project, a partnership with UNICEF working to eliminate Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus from the world, with $18.75 donated per member. They also received a Public Relations Award.
All members of THS Key Club attending presented a forum titled Planning a Successful Key Club Year. The pirate-themed presentation attracted more than 100 conference attendees. Senior Shanna Nichols was retired as the District Secretary and Senior Hayley Mathews was retired as the Division 2 Lieutenant Governor.
Key Club is a service leadership organization for high school students sponsored internationally by Kiwanis. The Missouri-Arkansas district is made up of 118 clubs and 4,500 members. Trenton High School Key Club, chartered in 1992, is sponsored locally by the Trenton Kiwanis Club and has been guided for the past seven years by Kiwanis Advisors Kara Helmandollar, Dave & Ruby Woodson and Faculty Advisor Eâ€™Lisha Gass. Ruby and Dave Woodson have served as Missouri-Arkansas Adult Staff members for the past 20 years.
Key Club members attending were [row 1] Bailey Dannatt, Hannah Farmer, Maddie Barone, Ashley Allen [row 2] Alvynne Villacampa, Malinda Foster, Shanna Nichols, Hayley Mathews [row 3] Uriah Hobbs, Sheridan Jamvold, Nick Gass, Ellis Gilham, Drew Dolan, and Dillon Parrak.