During the first week of July, seven students from the Fridley High School Key Club and Kiwanian Advisor Mary Bowen attended the Key Club International Convention in San Antonio. During this convention, high school students from around the world come together to train for their upcoming year in a district office, learn about leadership and service, receive recognition from the previous year, and elect the new International Board.
During the first two days of the convention, students Daniel Ajagbusi and Gao-je Vang were trained to serve as Lieutenant Governor and Bulletin Editor for the Minnesota-Dakotas district, respectively. Fridley Key Club President Daegia Vang, Vice President Ben Stevenson, Treasurer Jennie Ollila, and Publicist Hung Nguyen also attended workshops to improve their leadership skills.
On the on third night of the International Convention, the Fridley High School Key Club was recognized for some outstanding achievements. Fridley High School was recognized as a Distinguished Diamond Level Club for the 13th year in a row. Of the 5,200 clubs in Key Club International, fewer than 60 are granted this prestigious title every year; The Fridley High School Key Club was the only club in the Minnesota-Dakotas district given this title. Immediate Past Lieutenant Governor Emily Rice also received the Robert F. Lucas Outstanding Lieutenant Governor award for her service the past year.
With the final night of the Key Club International Convention came the election and induction of the new International Board. Emily Rice, a rising junior at Fridley High School, was installed as an International Trustee. Rice now serves on the Key Club International Board with ten other International Trustees, the International Vice President, and the International President as they lead the 270,000 Key Clubbers of the world.
This year’s International Convention brought some big wins for the Fridley High School Key Club. The achievements of these high school students are nothing below remarkable and it is important to recognize their service to our community, state, and world.
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