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GBHS students attend KAY Leadership
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JUNCTION CITY — Approximately 235 student leaders from across the state gathered at Rock Springs 4-H Center recently for KAY Leadership Camp. The Kansas Association for Youth program is a character-building, leadership-training, service organization directed by the Kansas State High School Activities Association and is designed for all students in grades 6-12.
KAY student leaders from Great Bend High School attending camp this summer were Marcos Martinez, Wyatt Rugan and Aaron Clark, representing KAYS; and Kaitlyn Moos and Rossiel Reyes, representing Kayettes.
“These kids give up five days of their summer to attend this camp so they are pretty special to me,” said Tina Hiss, GBHS math teacher and KAY sponsor. Science instructor Connie Claussen is the Kayettes sponsor.
This was GBHS junior Martinez’s third year to attend the camp. Each year he has learned something new. This year there was instruction on dining etiquette, and a chance to put that knowledge to use at a camp dinner.
Martinez said attending the camps has helped him learn to feel more at ease meeting people, and that has led to new relationships. He recommends the experience to other students.
“You get to meet a lot of people from all over,” he said.
KAY is also involved in community service. Members have organized blood drives and picked up trash in the community.
Last February, Great Bend hosted the KAY Unit Conference, and held a paper airplane contest as a fundraiser. Participants donated $1 for a chance to throw a paper airplane into a bucket. The $200 raised was used to buy an animal through Heifer International.
At KAY Leadership Camp, students receive organizational and leadership training and learn about new service projects. Activities during the week include team and mascot meetings, leadership labs, special interest options, creative projects, housing service projects, and recreational activities.
The camp theme this summer was “Lights, Camera, Action!” Campers were provided a memorable time as they discovered the potential they have to make a difference as well as the rewards in serving others.
Student campers have the opportunity to develop lifetime leadership skills, lasting friendships across the state, a sense of responsibility and pride as they serve, and an attitude of doing for others because it’s the right thing to do.