Foxcroft Academy Key Club honored at 2019 District Convention

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SPRINGFIELD, Massachusetts — The 48th year of the Foxcroft Academy Key Club has been a record-breaking one. At the 70th annual New England & Bermuda District Education Conference, the club received the following awards:

For the 14th year, the club received the Early Bird Dues and UNICEF awards;

earned a first-place award for the monthly secretary reports;

placed third in the Poster Competition, for the first time since 2007-08;

took third place in Local Publications for the bi-monthly newsletters, the club’s first ever award in this category;

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KEY CLUB AWARDS — The Foxcroft Academy Key Club received a number of awards at the New England & Bermuda District Education Conference in Springfield, Massachusetts. Club members pictured are, from left, Ethan Curtis, Kaia Bradley, Maddie Taylor, Kelly Black, Ava Rayfield, Olivia McCorrison, Dayita Durachman, and Reese McCarty.

The Major Emphasis Project Award given to the Key Club which, through its unselfish efforts, has produced during the year the best project completed on a local scale by member clubs pursuant to the theme of “Children: Their Future, Our Focus” shall be considered projects of the major emphasis. Work with the Thirst Project earned second place (the first ever award in that category;

Fifth Single Service Award, first place for I-Pads for Tanzania through the Sweets Catalog (Gold);

Yearly Achievement Award, first place in the Gold Division;

Earned a third (three-peat) Diamond Distinguish Club Award;

NED Outstanding President Award went to club member Kelli Black;

and finally, The Katie Vashon Scholarship was created in memory of Katie Vashon, 2001-02 Governor, and 2000-01 Division 3 Lieutenant Governor of the New England District of Key Club International. Vachon grew up in Hermon and attended Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut. In each of her communities, through various leadership and service activities, Vachon was selfless in her devotion to others. She believed in the mission and works of Key Club International and was passionate about the organization and her connection with the Kiwanis Family. Vachon attended many international conventions and found them to be valuable opportunities to develop leadership skills and to build community with fellow Key Club members. The Katie Vashon International Convention Scholarship is awarded annually to a New England and Bermuda District Key Club member who has demonstrated outstanding leadership ability and service to others. This scholarship will be used to help offset the total cost of attending the Key Club International Convention, held annually each summer. This year’s recipient is Black.

The Key Club recorded 105 service projects for 5,300 hours, an average of 72.5 hours per member, with most of these taking place in the local community. Overall, the club had 17 members with 100-400 hours plus another 27 members in good standing (with 50 hours) this year alone.

Congratulations to all the Foxcroft Academy Key Club members, and a special thanks to Advisor George Rolleston, who spearheads all of these efforts with the students.

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