Key Club cheers, raises money for pediatrics

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By Amanda-Joy Lee

Students pose with Green Valley High School before they cheer for the spirit stick. Photo courtesy of Amy Kang

After preparing for months, Key Club members anticipated the long-awaited Regional Training Conference (RTC) and Fall Rally South (FRS). On Oct. 27 club members attended RTC at Green Valley High School to learn more about ways to help the community. Schools battle to see who can cheer the best and show the most school spirit. At the end of the day, students danced to celebrate all the hard work it took to create this event.

“Being able to bond with members after school made me so happy,” Madison Chia, senior, said. “RTC always creates the best high school memories.”

Council members have been making cheers and preparing accessories for participants. For three months participants practiced for more than an hour a week in the back quad, learning cheers and hyping each other. Standard cheers such as “I believe we will win” and “How do you feel?” are staple cheers for the RTC experience, but members learned custom cheers that they presented to the Lieutenant Governor (LTG) of the region, in attempt to win the regional and divisional spirit stick. Although they did not win, members danced through the rest of the night to end their RTC experience.

“The best part was the spirit session and watching everyone perform their cheers,” Fiona Dimailig, sophomore, said.

On Nov. 11, more than 100 Key Clubbers from Division 28 East continued their journey by travelling to Six Flags in Valencia, California to attend Fall Rally South.

“I was really tired [after RTC} but excited to go to Fally Rally South,” Terry Jang, senior, said. “I was really sad because it was my last one.”

Key Club then went to Fall Rally South where students from different divisions gathered to cheer for their division. Then officers are auctioned off to raise money for the Pediatric Trauma Program. Afterwards, they enjoyed their time at Six Flags for 12 hours before they returned to Vegas. Students spent the day riding roller coasters, eating carnival food, and enjoying the many amenities that Six Flags has to offer.

“I had an amazing time with my friends, and cheering for my school,” Chelsea Eom, junior, said. “The energy and positivity was indescribable, and I can’t wait to do it again next year.”

Along with going to Fall Rally South, Key Clubbers raised money for the Pediatric trauma Program. The official amount raised will be released by CNH (California- Nevada- Hawaii District Key Club International) at a later time.

“RTC and FRS sparked a passion and dedication in my experience,” Jasmine Mortero, junior, said. “It inspired key clubbers to be the leaders they should be.”

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Amanda-Joy Lee, senior, is a newcomer on staff. Her favorite pieces to write are short-stories and opinion. Born and raised on Honolulu, Hawaii, she moved to Nevada at 15 years old. She enjoys reading, volunteering, playing games, and going to conventions or concerts. Her dream school is University of Washington to study creative writing, storytelling, and public speaking. Her favorite foods are pasta, boba, chinese food, ramen, sushi, and steak, and her favorite Pokemon is Ditto.