DCHS Key Club earns honors and awards at District Convention

By 
Hunter Herbaugh Ranger-review Staff Writer
Thursday, April 21, 2022
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Left to right: Emily Unruh, Shailee Billington, Katana Billington, Jace Ward, Marissa Ward, Angelia Zimdars, MacKenzie Duede and Jazmine Toups attended the Montana Key Club District Convention in Billings in March. Submitted photo

Dawson County High School Key Club students attended the organization’s annual District Convention recently where several officers received awards.

The occasion also offered the students a chance to improve their leadership skills and mingle with members of other clubs from across the state.

The District Convention, otherwise known as “DCON,” was held in Billings in late March. The occasion served as the first in-person event the local Key Club members have been able to attend in two years. Eight DCHS students travelled to the event.

According to DCHS Key Club advisor Rebecca Fawns, the local club received awards for their work on various projects and a few officers were recognized individually for their service. These awards include ‘banner patches’, which indicate how the club performed compared to all other Key Club organizations in the state in certain areas.

“This year DCHS Key Club earned five new banner patches: Early Bird Dues, Project Life for our work surrounding mental health and suicide prevention, K-Family Relations silver for our continued connection with the local Glendive Kiwanis Chapter, Trick or Treat for UNICEF silver for raising the second-largest amount of funds for UNICEF during Halloween and Second place Anual Achievement for the number of service hours our members completed,” Fawns explained.

For the individual recognitions, club members Marissa Ward, Jazmine Toups and Katana Billington all received distinguished officer awards for their roles as president, vice president and secretary, respectively.

Fawns noted that receiving distinguished officer and member awards is no small feat, with only a handful of schools receiving them this year, as club members have to meet certain requirements first.

“To apply for those, the members had to have completed over 50 service hours that Key Club year and have letters of recommendation sent from the advisor and Kiwanis advisor/president. We had three members from our club win Distinguished Member Awards and Distinguished Officer Awards this year which is amazing! We were one of five clubs across the state who received Distinguished Officer Awards and one of eight clubs that received Distinguished Member Awards,” Fawns said.

DCON also serves as an opportunity for seniors to receive scholarship awards for their service.

Fawns noted that one DCHS club member, Marissa Ward, received one of the six Montana Kiwanis Foundation scholarships this year, recognizing her achievement of over 120 hours of community service.

While at the convention, Fawns said students participated in leadership workshops and service projects. Working with other key club students from across the state, they made over 200 craft kits for pediatric hospital wards and over 1,000 paper cranes for peace in Ukraine.

At the end of the convention, new officers for the state board were sworn in, signalling the start of a new service year for the organization.

Reach Hunter Herbaugh at rrreporter@rangerreview.com.

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