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Kiwanis Club awards local sophomore

The Kiwanis Club of Ennis announced the winner of their Sophomore of the Year award at the group’s meeting Thursday.
Out of the six finalists for the award, Bailey Betik was selected. Betik is involved in band, theater and UIL academics. She will receive a certificate and a $100 scholarship. Betik will also move on to the Kiwanis Club District competition, in which she, along with other sophomores, will be considered for a $600 scholarship. This scholarship began in 1980 as a way to seek out, recognize and develop leadership potential in high school sophomores. The scholarship is not awarded based on academics, but on leadership qualities. Another goal of the award is to help sophomores gain experience in applying for scholarships. The award also functions to educate people in the schools and communities about the Kiwanis organization.
All six Sophomore of the Year award finalists will be able to attend Key Leader, a leadership workshop for high school students, which will focus on service leadership. Key Leader is designed to teach what it means to be a youth leader in the local community, the state and national community and the global community.
Kiwanis Club is dedicated to helping the youth in the community, and that is one reason why they give out the scholarship. Kiwanis Club also sponsors the Key Club for high school students. Dennis Hogan, the Adviser for region eight for the Key Club, spoke at the meeting. He said the Key Club is the oldest and largest student-led service organization for high school students.
This year, members of the Key Club are working on the District Governor’s project, which is Kids Against Hunger. Students can volunteer at a food bank or donate canned foods to feed the needy, Hogan said.
Key Club is also working on Shoes for Orphan Soles, which is their district project.
This year, the Key Club’s Major Emphasis Program is Live 2 Learn. The Key Club members mentor students at lower level schools.
“Key Club members teach the younger students to give back as Key Club members have been taught,” Hogan said.
The Key Club isn’t the only organization under the Kiwanis Club. There is also Circle K, which is for college students, Builders Club, which is for junior high students, K Kids, which is for elementary students, and Aktion Club, which is for adults living with disabilities, Hogan said.
The clubs vary in size, but all are designed to help the community.
“No matter what size club you have, you can make a difference in your community,” Hogan said.
The Kiwanis Club of Ennis meets every Thursday at noon at the I.O.O.F. Retirement Center.

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