The Gathering Place
THE KEY TO KEY CLUB
Our school offers many clubs to help enrich students lives and guide them to pursue a positive and helpful way of living. One of these clubs is our Key Club.
Key Club is a group that serves to aid their community through acts such as volunteering, cleaning up streets, organizing food drives, and collecting clothes to donate. The organization values teaching its members core values, such as inclusiveness and leadership by providing community service opportunities.
Leaders of Key Club work with principals, teachers, and students alike to help influence all to become helpful citizens. According to the official website of Key Club, www.keyclub.org, they promote ideas, some of which include, “to give primacy to the human and spiritual, rather than to the material values of life”, “to develop, by precept and example, a more intelligent, aggressive and serviceable citizenship”, and “to cooperate in creating and maintaining that sound public opinion and high idealism which makes possible the increase of righteousness, justice, patriotism and good will”.
This organization isn’t just something that takes place in our school, but is a global organization, with thousands of clubs in more than thirty-eight different countries. In 2015, Key Club reached an incredible 270,046 members around the world.
Key Club International is not only the largest service program that is available for high school students, but is also the oldest. Key Club was founded in 1925 in California, starting with 11 members that all shared the goal of making their school the best it could be. The two that set the idea in motion belonged to high school administrators that were already part of the Sacramento Kiwanis Club.
The Kiwanis International today is extremely passionate about helping out their community, spending eight and a half million hours of service each year and raising one million dollars for causes both local and global.
Even though are a large amount of people from all different background make up this organization, they are all unified through their individual values. All members believe in one universal pledge, “I pledge, on my honor, to uphold the Objects of Key Club International; to build my home, school and community; to serve my nation and God; and combat all forces which tend to undermine these institutions.”.
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A lot of teams that commonly get disused are our sports team, but other more academic teams are also available for our lovely school. One group that’s focused is around science is our own Science Olympiad team.
Science Olympiad is starting off a new year preparing for a competition that is coming in March. This might seem like a lot of time, but the amount of planning, studying, and preparing for this event can take a while. Nonetheless, it is always a fun experience for all that participate.
Science Olympiad is for grades seven through twelve who have an interest in sciences, such as biology, physics, and chemistry. Each year our school enters in the Northwest Region Competition and compete with other schools in the area, traveling to Penn State Behrend.
In the competitions, our school is divided into two groups with different rules for different subjects. B team is available for students in grades seventh through ninth, and C team which is available for students in grades ninth through twelfth. These teams will participate in companions were it might include testing, building, and creating something at the event.
This year, some of the events that students can participate in are anatomy and physiology, dynamic planet, thermodynamics, and herpetology.
At the end of the competition, awards for individuals and teams are given out for those who excelled beyond the competition. After all the awards are given out, the team eats a well deserved meal at McDonalds, and participate in a second competition of the day, the chicken nugget eating competition.
One of the goals of most of the members in the group is to beat another competing school, Laurel High School, who has a reputation of being hard to beat and placing high in many competitions. It is many individuals' goal of taking home that first place medal and having bragging rights over our number one competitor.
Science Olympiad is a fun event that all can participate in and expand their knowledge about subjects. The teams meet up every Tuesday after school, 3:00 to 5:30. To get more information about this, you can contact Mrs. Bargar. You can also go to www.soinc.org to get some more information from Science Olympiad’s official website.
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Everyone has ideas about how our school can improve in certain areas. We have all sat down with friends and complained about the school; spitballing ideas back and forth with each other about how the current state of the school could improve. It may feel like your concerns fall on deaf ears, but there is an organization whose purpose is to listen to your thought about Maplewood. A way to change your own ideas from being circled around a group of peers to being implemented in plan for improving the facility is to introduce your thoughts with our student council.
Student council is a group whose job is to represent the student body. They share students’ interests, ideas, and concern with our principal, Mr. Wolfarth, to help Maplewood become the school you want it to be. Sharing ideas with the officers of student council is a simple and convenient way to get your ideas acknowledged and let your thoughts be applied to the system.
Now, just saying you want to do something is a lot easier than doing it. Student council helps improve the overall quality of our school is working harmoniously with students and facility to meet common ground on projects. If you suggest an idea, it might not be able to become a reality the exact way you first envisioned it. Factors such as time and budget can make or break a project. But don’t let this stop you from voicing your thoughts. Student council can often make suggestions to make your project idea more feasible and able to be accomplished.
If you want to be the part of the voice of Maplewood, consider joining student council. Together we can all help make Maplewood the school we envision it to be. Remember, you have a voice and we want to hear it. Who knows, you might be the start of an idea that helps create the school of your dreams.
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