Winston Key Club shares success stories
by JAMES PHILLIPS
May 07, 2013 | 933 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
As far as statewide recognition and awards go, no other clubs can top the Key Club at Winston County High School.

Several members of the club were guests of the Kiwanis Club of Jasper Monday and shared information about their recent success at the Alabama District Key Club Convention where the Winston County group was named a Diamond Distinguished Club and received the J. Whit King Outstanding Club award. The club received more than 10 awards and had two members installed as state officers.

“These young ladies and gentlemen are really good to work with,” said Frances Gillentine, a math teacher at Winston County High who serves as the Key Club’s sponsor. “They do a fantastic job and work hard.”

Bella Martinez was installed as governor for the Alabama District, which covers the entire state. She spoke briefly at Monday’s meeting.

“I’m excited about this opportunity,” she said. “I’m also thankful for the support the Jasper Kiwanis Club has given us throughout the years.”

Lexie Green was installed as the lieutenant governor for Division 7, which covers six counties, including Walker and Winston.

“I’ve already learned a lot through the experience of getting elected,” she said.

Awards won by the group at the recent convention included:

• First place in non-traditional scrapbook.

• First place in skit.

• Second place in oratorical by Olivia Martinez.

• Second place in poster by Lauran Dyer.

• Top Eight in talent by Fallon Christian and Madison Williams.

• First Gold Division - J.B. Whit Achievement Award.

• Paul Sexton Communication Award - Bella Martinez.

• Alabama District Project Keeping Promises Patch for WCHS donating $1,270 to Children’s Hospital of Alabama.

• Alabama District Project Keeping Promises Patch for Bella Martinez for District 7.

Pollyanna Higgs, current president of the Kiwanis Club of Jasper, complimented the group on their efforts.

“We are extremely impressed with your club and what you do each year,” she said.

Key Club International is the oldest and largest service program for high school students. It is a part of the Kiwanis International family of service-leadership programs. Winston County has only had a Key Club for seven years, Gillentine said.