Central’s Key Club garners awards galore at district meet

2013-03-12T02:30:00Z Central’s Key Club garners awards galore at district meetBy Piper Haugan of The Montana Standard Montana Standard

Butte Central High School’s Key Club brought home more than 15 individual and group awards from the Montana District’s convention in Billings recently.

Six girls who won individual awards in Billings have been in the Kiwanis-sponsored service club together for seven years, said David Stonehocker, the adviser and an administrator at Central High School.

They started in Builders’ Club in sixth grade, and they’ve been doing service projects together ever since. The years of weekly meetings and frequent service projects have brought the girls together in a unique way.

“They’re very close,” Stonehocker said.

The girls started in Builders’ Club with a little over 20 members, but as seniors, the Key Club has 44 members. Stonehocker said it’s the largest club he’s seen in the 10 years he’s been adviser.

Hannah Kline, vice president, said the group brings together a diverse array of people; and although everyone is busy, everyone pitches in on the service projects.

Shalleen Davis, the president, said one of the biggest projects the group undertakes is Unicef’s Eliminate project, which raises money for neonatal tetanus vaccines. Montana raised the highest amount of money for the cause per capita, thanks to clubs like Central’s.

Many of Central’s Key Club officers won awards for excellence in their field. Davis won the state Outstanding President Award and Kline won the Outstanding Vice President Award. Kathryn Steffes won the Outstanding Treasurer Award, Shailyn LaFleur won the Outstanding Secretary Award, and Riane Hysell received the Sandy Nininger Award for being an outstanding non-officer member of the club.

The girls met on Monday after school to talk about their accomplishments, but the most important thing to them is their relationships.

“We have a tight bond,” Riane Hysell said. “This is the passion we all have, helping others.”

— Reporter Piper Haugan: 496-5572, piper.haugan@mtstandard.com or Twitter.com/Piper_Haugan

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