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Trego KAY members host regional conference

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On October 29, 2018, the Trego Community High School KAY organization hosted the Area 4 Regional Conference. 17 schools in Northwest Kansas came together for a day of leadership.

Fourteen members of the TCHS KAY club planned and attended the conference. They received the Gold award, recognizing their student leadership and service to their school, community, nation and world for the 2017-2018 school year.

Beginning last spring, TCHS KAY officers started planning for this conference by brainstorming ideas and forming committees. In August, they met with state director Cheryl Gleason, who spoke to them about where they were in their planning and helped answer questions.  

Some of the students weighed in on the time and preparation it took to make the conference possible.

Carter Minson stated, “The time planning took a little while. I had to talk to several people about donating or letting us borrow stuff.”

Caroline Brungardt further indicated that there was much planning involved, saying, “The planning process took quite a long time. There was a lot of work put into it. We all worked together and pulled it out.”

Gracie Pfannenstiel added, “We came to the high school several nights to plan the conference and do decorations.”

“I am very proud of this group. They all worked hard in planning this conference. The day of the conference they all showed up on time and knew what their responsibilities where. They took care of everything throughout the day and put on an excellent conference,” reported KAY sponsor LaTrisha Flax.

The Kansas Association for Youth (KAY) is a character-building, leadership training program directed by the Kansas State High School Activities Association. This nationally acclaimed organization provides students an opportunity to learn to assume their citizenship responsibilities and to enrich their personalities through a well-organized program. These programs emphasize four areas of service: school, community, nation, and world.

The theme for the 2018 Regional Conference was “Building Dreams”! Students attended one of three sessions that included “Building Character” presented by KSU students, Stuck on Leadership presented by the KSU Extension and 4-H, and Social Entrepreneurship presented by FHSU students. This conference is designed for KAY officers to return to their clubs to challenge their local members.

TCHS student Libby Frost, the outgoing Area 4 President, addressed the delegates with her speech entitled “Stay for the Circus.” Her message was to participate, know your own worth, and know the worth of others.

As part of the Regional Conference a new area president is elected. This year Breonna North of Ellis and Cooper Desormiers of Trego ran. They both gave great speeches to their fellow KAY members, who then voted. Each club was allowed two votes. Desormiers was elected as the new Area 4 President. To fulfill the requirements of this position, Desormiers must write three newsletters, attend camp, run two meetings, attend a training meeting in January, and be available for all KAY clubs in the area, according to Frost.

Desormiers expressed how he felt about being elected area president.

“It’s pretty exciting. I’m curious to see how things will go in our area.”

LaTrisha Flax emphasized the leadership abilities of TCHS KAY.

“It is a very big compliment to Trego Community High School to have one of our students elected as Area President two years in row. I think it really shows the type of leadership our students demonstrate not only here in our school but also when they are networking with other schools as well.”

 

 

 

 

 

TCHS organizations help with Trick-or-Trunk

Junior Dillon Dunn and Freshman Isaac Brungardt pass out chips to the trick-or-treaters on October 31.

 

By Paige Post
Student Organizations worked with the Trego Recreation Commission to host the annual Trick-or-Trunk event held downtown on October 31.

The TRC worked closely with KAY to help organize the activity.  TCHS student organizations then volunteered to decorate trunks, hand out candy, or play games such as balloon darts, sack races, and knock down the pins. Science Club also put together a haunted house at the old school district building.

The TRC also sponsored a costume contest and hosted a free hotdog feed. The hotdog feed fed over 300 people.

One trick-or-treater, Annika Dietz, said her favorite part was when juniors Carter Minson and Dillon Dunn gave her Doritos.

 

 

 

 

 

 

KAY kicks off the new year with Meet the Eagles

Meet the Eagles
Setting a new year in motion, KAY vice-president and senior Keagan Shubert welcomes the crowd to Meet the Eagles on August 20.

The excitement was palpable at the KAY annual Meet the Eagles held at TCHS on Monday, August 20.

To begin the evening, students, staff, parents, and community members had the opportunity to enjoy a Sloppy Joe dinner.  However, the KAYs ran out of food before they could serve the last few in line.  While the KAY members were extremely apologetic, they were also excited because the event drew one of the largest crowds ever.

The evening continued with students signing up for clubs and picking up their yearbooks.  As the crowd slowly filtered toward the stands, KAY president Libby Frost and vice-president Keagan Shubert welcomed everyone back for a new school year.

Student leaders spoke about the organizations and were enthusiastic about the clubs and the events they would hold throughout the year.  In addition to student leaders, all coaches were on hand to introduce a new year of athletics.

While the coaches had praise for past accomplishments, their enthusiasm for the new year was clear.  Coaches spoke of the hard work and upbeat attitudes they had witnessed from students and were excited about the "culture" that those things were beginning to create.

All in all, the event was a successful way to kick-off a promising year.


Libby Frost Pres.

Keagan Shubert V.P.


Gracie Pfannenstiel Sec.


Lili Shubert Points