Wetmore High School: KAY Regional Conference has great turnout
Submitted by Alena Pfrang WHS Student Correspondent
On Friday, Nov. 3, the Wetmore High School Kansas Association for Youth (KAY) Club attended the annual regional conference. To enable all of the clubs across the state to attend a regional conference, Kansas is geographically split into six areas. Each region has a conference on different days that accommodate the schedules of the junior and senior high clubs in that particular area.
This year’s conference was held at Nemaha Central High School for the 20 participating Area Three KAY Clubs. Representing the WHS KAY Club with sponsor Lana Sheldon were seniors McKayla Henry, recreation/club director; Ethan Osterhaus, nation/world director; Jossie Shumaker, school service director; and Alena Pfrang, treasurer. Also in attendance were juniors Curtis Bloom, president; Lauryn Scott, vice president; and Ally Davis, secretary.
The convention had a multitude of activities for the club members. Leadership Labs and Laugh, Love, Lift sessions taught the students new ways to provide community service and show leadership.
“I learned about a new service project called ‘Shop with a Cop’ where the KAY club donates money to a policeman, who will in turn go shopping with an orphan for toys and other goodies,” Shumaker said.
One of the Laugh, Love, Lift sessions invited puppy-raiser Sandy Bartkoski to speak to students about “changing lives one puppy at a time” with the Kansas Specialty Dog Service. Also at the conference, a new Area Three president was elected after a presentation of candidate speeches and campaigns.
The Wetmore KAY Club also received the Gold Award by meeting the requirements. The needed criteria includes sending at least one member to Kay Leadership Camp in the summer, having at least 50 percent of the club participate in school, community, national, and world activities, and getting more than 35 percent participation in club fundraisers. Additionally, the club also must send delegates to attend the regional or unit conference, obtain 75 percent attendance in club meetings, and submit at least one article to the local newspaper.
Overall, the convention was successful. Not only did students discover new ways to lead, but they also gained new community service project ideas from other clubs.
“I thought the conference was very inspirational,” Sheldon said. “I enjoyed the speeches made by the area presidential candidates.”
The WHS KAY Club looks forward to returning next year to gain even more new ideas and information.