Ten members of the Great Bend High School Kays and 17 Kayettes attended the Area 6 KAY Regional Conference on Nov. 10 at Mulvane High School. The clubs returned with the highest state award possible. The Kays and Kayettes each received the Gold Award, recognizing their student leadership and service to their school, community, nation and world for the 2014-2015 school year.
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 well-organized programs. These programs emphasize four areas of service: school, community, nation and world.
The theme for the 2015 Regional Conference was “Hooked on Service.” This conference affords opportunities for student leaders and sponsors from neighboring clubs to share successes and challenges, as well as exchange ideas. Sessions in leadership training and organizational skills are also offered. These conferences inspire delegates to return to their clubs to challenge their local members.
Local members attending the Regional Conference were: Jose Batres, Christian Rivas, Anson Hall, Konner Ireland, Wyatt Rugan, Andrew Erb, Aaron Clark, Marcos Martinez, Jared Maneth, Ben Witte, Morgan Kottas, Katy Jerke, Heather Schneider, Kaylan Lagerman, Rachel Carpenter, Lauren Miller, Logan Welcher, Riley Jones, Bethany Reiser, Abby Stiner, Malia Clark, Morgan Kaiser, Baleigh Fry, Kelsey Hofeling, Shay Brown, Rossiel Reyes, Sydney McAfee.
Accompanying the group were Tina Hiss, KAY sponsor; Connie Claussen, Kayette sponsors.