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Key Club attends DCON in ElPaso

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Members of the Los Alamos Key Club were whisked to a land far away during the Southwest District Key Club district convention in April, in El Paso, Texas.

This year’s theme was “Happily Service Ever After,” a play on Disney’s “happily ever after” theme. 

During the gathering, the new district Key Club board was elected and club boards received training. 

Key Club members also went to different sessions, in which they learned about organizations such as the Children’s Miracle Network; how to be an effective member in their own club; and how to learn Disney songs. 

In addition to the various events, there are also many different types of contests at DCON: scrapbook, poster, talent and more. 

Los Alamos High school had a total of 10 members attend the event this year. On the car ride down, new Vice President Faith Glasco and new President Kristen Haertling, rehearsed their skit, a satire of Disney princesses (in particular, Rapunzel and Snow White) in honor of the theme. Former President Ali Berl prepared her speech for the oratory speech contest. 

The first night of DCON consisted of registration, dinner and the caucusing of the district board members. Caucusing clubs were separated by division — and each room had two divisions. Caucusing consisted of candidates giving a speech to each room at different intervals, then asking questions.

 The candidates for Southwest district governor were Jenalee Beazley and Kristy Walunkski. Banna Tesfay ran unopposed for secretary treasurer, Kataraina Auer ran unopposed for bulletin editor; and Eliana Bell and Cynthia Morton both ran for international trustee endorsement. However, none of these students attend LAHS. 

The next day, there were seven different sessions for members to go to, run by past board members. In addition, there was also the caucus of lieutenant governors dinner, during which contest winners received awards, followed by a dance. 

Haertling and Glasco won a award for their skit and performed it in front of everyone at DCON. Berl placed first in prepared oratory speech and also performed at dinner and Los Alamos High School placed second in the traditional scrapbook contest. 

On the final day of the convention, there was a farewell breakfast where service awards were handed out, past board members said goodbyes and the new board was inducted. 

Los Alamos’ own Elizabeth Hjelvik became the new Sangre de Cristo lieutenant governor and that chapter received three service awards one including the Major Emphasis Award. 

After breakfast was dismissed, all the clubs got packed and left for home.