Upon entering the CCHS cafeteria, a poster could be seen plastered to the wall. In large, cursive letters the sign read “Congratulations Key Club.” Students sat around the tables, the echo of voices and casual banter floating above all participants.
On December 13, 2017, Key Club hosted an induction ceremony for new members of the class of 2021, 2020 and 2019. The ceremony took place around 2:30 pm and continued on until 3:45. The event was led by the club’s board members including President Karla Jimenez and Vice President Bailey Kraus.
“This induction ceremony is important for Key Club as a whole because we have never really had an official ceremony which would give our members all of these resources that would help them if they want to stay in Key Club in the future,” ninth grade representative Rachel Goldberg said. “It is a great opportunity to get ourselves out there and spread the word.”
The ceremony began with a reading of all of the names of newly inducted Key Club members, presented by junior Ashwin Mathi, the club’s secretary. When each student came to the front, they received a pin, t-shirt, pamphlet and card which officiated their induction into Key Club International.
Goldberg later explained that the pamphlet provided information on what individuals had to do in order to be a Key Club member, information passed down to the club by the Kiwanis (the adult equivalent to Key Club).
“[Key Club] focuses primarily on community services and helps to build your leadership skills as well as show you who needs help within our community,” President Karla Jimenez said.
Both Fallan Patterson and Nicole Hicks, the club’s sponsors, were present during the events in order to observe and advise students. Principal Wendy Doll was also in attendance in order to show support for the club and its growing membership.
“This event was a way to commemorate our fellow Key Club members on joining the Key Club international group,” junior David Lee said. “It is very exciting to see many Key Clubbers here today.”
The majority of the clubs members congregated outside of the cafeteria in order to take a photo to commemorate the event. Once standard members of the club dispersed, the board posed in order to take one final picture on their own.
PHOTO BY SARAH KHAN