Over 300 Key Club members from the greater New Orleans area came together for an out of this world experience hosted at Chalmette High School on August 27. The Back to School Divisional Rally, themed “To Service and Beyond” welcomed eight Key Club divisions from the Louisiana Mississippi West Tennessee District of Key Club International, representing 25 schools for a day of hands on service, leadership training, networking, and some old fashioned fun.
Participants spent the day battling against one another in spirit, costume, and poster contests, raising money for the Louisiana flood victims, listening to leadership advice from St. Bernard Parish president Guy McInnis, and learning more about the structure and mission of Key Club International.
CHS senior Savannah Montoya, who serves as a Lieutenant Governor on the LaMissTenn District Board, was one of the driving forces behind organizing the event and felt the day was a huge success.
“It was a lot of work, but we had an amazing turnout and got much positive feedback from the participants,” Montoya said. “I am proud that Chalmette was chosen to host this event.”
The day was a success for the CHS Key Club, whose members took home wins in the lip sync battle, costume contest, and dance battle.
This year’s CHS Key Club officers are president Tiffani Poteet, vice president My Linh Hoang, secretary Alexis Gonzales, and treasurer Tyler Sanchez. Faculty advisors are Alison Schroeder, Tony Morales, and Michael Hudmon.
Special thanks to the St. Bernard-Arabi Kiwanis Club who sponsored lunch for the students and volunteered their time to serve lunch, manage forum rooms, and help with set up and clean up. Kiwanis advisors are Charlene Abadie and Sara Pena Spiehler.