Key Club is an internationally known organization that gives high school students the opportunity to not also give back to their community, but to work on their leadership skills. Recently, Rapoport’s very own Key Club held a Key Club Week during November 4-8, which is done internationally as well. Key Club Week is a week where Key Club members tell their schools about Key Club and how great it is.
“Key Club Week is an international basically holiday for Key Clubs. It’s when we go around and we tell the community or our school about Key Club and what it is. So, Key Club Week was us expressing our selves and letting everyone know what Key Club is and trying to get people to join next year,” Key Club president Faith Ward said.
Ward is a junior; Joshua Obat, a senior, is club vice-president. Both Ward and Obat believe that this club has changed their lives for the better and that the club has made them better people and has given them a different view on life and giving back to their community.
“Honestly I can say that it’s helped me with not only joining organizations just for the recognition that you’re part of a club, but it’s helped me realize that it’s more of working with a group and helping other people. It helps you understand that service is more important than your own needs and wants,” Obat said.
Key Club is more than just a club to its members; it is a chance for the students to give back by doing volunteer activities and also a chance to step up and be different. The students are also given the opportunity to lead meetings or run to be president or vice-president of the club. Obat has been a member since the beginning of this school year and Ward has been a member since her freshman year and both students love Key Club and what the club is about.
Key Club actually branched off of Kiwanis which is like Key Club except it consists of adults. Key Club was an idea that actually came from someone involved in Kiwanis who wanted to get the youth involved as well. Key Club and Kiwanis not only give back by doing volunteer service but they also help raise money for communities, families, and projects. Kiwanis also helps children locally and internationally. Currently, both Key Club and Kiwanis International are teaming up with UNICEF to work on The Eliminate Project which eliminates maternal and neonatal tetanus.
Both Obat and Ward believe that anyone who is considering joining next year should definitely do so. Key Club is hard work, but the hard work definitely pays off because the member will be given a chance in the future to take trips, which most people don’t know. However, that is not why the members have joined. The students love to help out and they will actually be doing so this Friday, November 22, at the Food for Families event that will be held at the KWTX news station. The special week long celebration of Key Club may be over for now, but the members are still working hard to give back.
by Devon Motley
Meyer High School’s 2013-14 Cross Country has enjoyed many accomplishments this year. With new teammates that are hard workers, Meyer High’s cross country team was a huge success.
“The boys’ team moved on from district to regionals and worked hard to get top places at district and coming in second overall as a team,” sophomore Kasia Cross said.
The boy’s cross country team went as far as regionals this year.
“I liked Cross Country practices except on days when I had stayed up late the night before completing homework. Those practices were especially tough, but worth it in the end,” Cross said.
Practices were held on Monday, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 6:30 a.m. before school. Practices consisted of having to run long distances around the entire campus.
“Overall the practices worked with my schedule because they were only in the morning, and I was able to do all of my homework in the afternoons,” junior Blaine Listach said.
To Cross, cross country requires dedication and determination. She’s done cross country for two years now. The sport helped her get ready for track season, which follows basketball season.
“My favorite thing about cross country is the feeling I get when I reach a goal or finish a race. I love knowing that I accomplished something, even though I might not have won or gotten a top time,” Cross said.