SHS KAY Club keeps busy

Sophomores Leah Deckinger, left, and Erin Howard, right, unload rock from the back of a truck at the Beautify Your School Workday. “I choose to give up my day [off school] because I felt like there was a need to take care of our school, and the thought of moving rock really didn’t bother me since I have done many things like that before,” Howard said.

Submitted by Cody Meyer

The Sabetha High School KAY (Kansas Association for Youth) Club held a “Beautify Your School Day,” which was a workday at SHS for its members on Friday, March 30.

Freshman Nicole Stallbaumer searches for trash on the Sabetha High School grounds at the Beautify Your School Workday.

“My favorite part about KAY Club is how easy it is to get involved, whether that’s making cards for the people in the nursing homes or helping out around our school,” said Rachel Kramer, sophomore club member.

Club members participated in trash cleanup on the entire school campus (elementary, middle and high schools) and placed new decorative rock in existing rock beds at the high school.

Several members delivered the rock with their pickup trucks, while other members walked the school grounds and picked up trash that had blown in over the winter months.

Sophomore Rachel Kuenzi hauls a load of rock to a rock bed with a wheelbarrow at the Beautify Your School Workday.

“My favorite part about KAYs is being able to do something for our community with other students that care about it the same way as I do,” Erin Howard said.

Once the rock arrived, another group of club members grabbed shovels, wheelbarrows, and rakes and unloaded and spread the rock in the rock beds.

“I participated in the ‘Beautify Your School Day’ to give back to the school that provides so many opportunities for the students. Moving the rock was a little hard at first, but after we got a system going, it went very fast. Also there were many volunteers that showed up making it easy work!” Vivian Strahm said.

The work was completed within two hours. Indeed, there was much improvement in the visual aspect of the school grounds.

The next day, Saturday, March 31, the club hosted the third annual “Welcome to the Nest” KAY Club co-ed volleyball tournament. Prior to tournament day, the club held a t-shirt design contest. Sophomore Molly Edelman created the winning design and earned a free t-shirt.

New to the tournament this year was the allowance of SHS alumni to create teams to compete. The championship team from 2017, whose members all graduated in May 2017, came back to defend their title, forming the only alumni team in attendance. Their team was known as the Skullbreakers.

“The tournament was a blast last year, and I wanted to get back together with my classmates for a fun weekend.  We weren’t the best on the court, but I know we had the most fun!” said Eric Renyer, 2017 SHS graduate and Skullbreakers team captain.

Officials for the tournament were volunteer teachers or administrators, including Brian Cole, Malerie Hertzler, Christine Krebs and Sara Toedman.

Sophomore Kaleb Grimm, left, teasingly protests a call made at the third annual “Welcome to the Nest” Volleyball Tournament while freshman Kaleb Evans, right, looks on.

Four other teams also played. The tournament was completed round robin style, with each team having a bye round.

The alumni team was unable to defend their title, and the Volleyballers team won the championship.

“I was really surprised that we beat out everyone and were undefeated, but it feels really rewarding knowing that we worked hard and together to get the job done!” Kramer said. “I hope I can come back next year with the same team and be unbeatable once again!”

The first place team consisted of Maggi Hughes, Rachel Kramer, Amelia Martin, Leah Renyer, Mariah Russell and Melinna Schumann.  Alumnus Eric Renyer and senior Kymbrie Ulrich filled in on the team for one game each when Russell had to leave the tournament early.

“Our team had a great time, and I can’t wait to wear my champions t-shirt!” Hughes said.

Senior Garrett Scott gets ready to serve the volleyball at the Third Annual “Welcome to the Nest” Volleyball Tournament.
Sophomore Nicole Kuenzi, left, and junior Ryan Stapleton, right, get ready to receive a serve at the third annual “Welcome to the Nest” Volleyball Tournament.

The KAY Club is a service and leadership organization.

“My favorite part of KAY Club is participating in the fun activities and performing volunteer services that benefit the school and community!” Strahm said.

“I miss the opportunities KAY Club gave my friends and me to hang out while during something helpful, like the annual Rake and Run,” E. Renyer said.

The KAY Club is sponsored by Kristina Castillo.

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