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LEADERSHIP  Meet your new officers (page 4)

RECAP  DCON 2014 (page 6)

Kilometers to Combat Cancer (page 13)


A WORD FROM THE EDITOR Articles, articles, articles! I, as well as the rest of the


officers, would greatly appreciate it if more


Upcoming Events


Welcome Aboard

the end of each semester


DCON 2014

we will reward the person


5K to Combat Cancer


Exley Carnival



members would submit articles. As motivation, at

who has written the most articles with the chance to pie an officer of his or her choice (hopefully not me, haha). Remember, it’s

never a bad time for some article-writing!

Yours in service, Christina Xu


Thursday, May 1 – 1st General Meeting

Friday, May 2 – Relay For Life

Friday, May 9 – Mayde Creek Elementary Carnival

Thursday, May 15 – 2nd General Meeting

Friday, May 16 – Banquet

Saturday, May 17 – Show Me Your Green 5K


Crystal Tran Position: President Favorite color: red Likes: writing, books, seafood Dislikes: bugs, heights, chocolate Nasa Xu Position: Vice President

Favorite color: blue Likes: eating, sleeping, guinea pigs Dislikes: bad food, no sleep, Twizzlers Jefer Yu Position: Vice President Favorite color: green Likes: Parkour, dancing, manga Dislikes: peas, rap, purple cabbage Yeonsoo Koo Position: Secretary Favorite color: yellow Likes: potatoes, summer, extended monthly report deadlines Dislikes: homework, forgetting earphones at home, cockroaches

Carly Leweke Position: Secretary Favorite color: purple Likes: dogs, listening to music, sleeping Dislikes: cats, broccoli, homework

Grace Jung Position: Treasurer Favorite color: yellow/cream

Likes: cats, blankets, ink Dislikes: humans, sensory overload, stress Christina Xu Position: Editor Favorite color: mint green Likes: pajamas, ice cream, dogs Dislikes: smudged glasses, disorganization, hot weather Kelsey Tara Position: Historian Favorite color: purple Likes: tennis, good grades, hanging out with friends Dislikes: no sleep, sadness, bad drivers Amberlyn Chi

Position: Secretary Favorite color: blue Likes: cats, candy, good grades Dislikes: bugs, physics, milk Laureen Gbordzoe Position: Secretary Favorite color: blue Likes: sleeping, having fun, people Dislikes: school, bugs, being sick



The Key Club District Convention is one of the biggest Key Club events of the year; it is a celebration of a year of hard work and dedicated service, and what an incredible celebration it is! This year, I was one of the fortunate individuals given the privilege to attend this event, and I can now say from personal experience that DCON is an entirely worthwhile experience for those who are on the fence about attending.

Every year, Key Clubbers from around the world tirelessly serve their respective communities, improving the world bit by bit while asking for little in return. While none of us are paid to do what we do, we do not go without compensation; the leaders of the organization understand the value of rewarding hard work, and they give us, the members, significant compensation through fun social events at which we are able to make new friends and share ideas. Many schools’ Key Clubs organize socials amongst themselves, but these events barely scratch the surface of the Key Club iceberg. To truly

appreciate the depth and scale of Key Club International, attendance at the District Convention is absolutely necessary. Before DCON, I had always imagined Key Club as a tight-knit group of friends from suburban Texas that would go out and help the community on weekends. However, upon my arrival at the Sheraton in Dallas, I was exposed to the hundreds of Key Clubbers filling the halls of the hotel for the welcoming event. The members came in various shapes and sizes and from all walks of life; to witness such a diverse showing was truly eye-opening for me. In that one moment, I felt so much smaller and yet so much larger at the same time, for I began to see my place in the grand network that is Key Club International. As previously mentioned, DCON is fun and exciting. Throughout the day, there is always something to do for entertainment. It is also worth noting that not all of the excitement of DCON comes from the convention itself. However, before I elaborate any further, I must first give a word of advice: DCON is only as fun as the individual makes it out to be. DCON is about breaking down barriers, making new friends, and having fun by expanding horizons. To be shy or reserved is greatly detrimental towards this goal. With that said, I urge anyone who wishes to attend DCON next year to put him- or herself out there because there are a large number of attendees who try to do the same. Feel free to say “hi” to random people

at forums, sit down with a different group of people at mealtimes, or throw around some pickup lines at the gym, as a good friend of mine (somehow) successfully did. Remember, you are the main factor in your enjoyment of DCON. Be the best that you can be, and a good time is sure to follow. Also, make sure to get out and explore the hotel and the city of Dallas. Every minute spent locked up in a hotel room watching Spanish soap operas could be better spent in the pool, walking down the streets, or even simply playing card games downstairs. There is fun to be had at DCON, but it is elusive. Make no hesitations and take any opportunities that present themselves to you. If the first night of DCON made me feel small, then the following days made me feel microscopic; if there is one thing that DCON did to me, it was that it humbled me. At 5:30 on Friday night, all attendees reported to a large ballroom for the first official session of the convention. Music blared from large, bass-heavy speakers, multicolored strobe lights panned dramatically throughout the room, and the stage was set with eerily-lit Peter Pan scenery. The district officers and long-time members of the Key Club family came and went, delivering their rehearsed lines and moving the program along. The Keynote speaker was excellent, as he delivered a unique message in a very unique way. All of them had one thing in common: they all made me realize just where I stood in the grand scheme of things, and it was without a doubt a humbling experience. The same thing happened the next day, especially at dinner, during which awards were distributed to the various clubs of the T-O District. As I sat at my table, clapping and listening to the uproarious applause of

overjoyed clubs, I felt truly blessed to be a part of Key Club. Sadly, all good things must come to an end, as was the case with DCON. On Sunday morning, everyone gathered once more in the ballroom to have breakfast and bid one another farewell. This was perhaps the most emotional part of the whole convention; the breakfast is a ceremony in which the old district officers wrap things up and the newly elected ones are ushered in. The district governor gave his farewell speech, saying goodbye to the organization in which he had invested much of his time and energy, tearing up at the prospect of leaving it all behind. With the old officers retired, the new district governor took the helm and dismissed the convention, and just like that, one of the greatest weekends of my high school career came to an end. Now, with DCON behind me, I yearn for more exposure to the vast world of Key Club International. My weekend in Dallas enlightened me and opened my eyes to a greater reality. My final statement is this: to all who wish to attend next year’s District Convention, come for whatever reason you may have, but know that in the course of three days, your life will be changed profoundly. –Kevin Huang


This year, one of Cinco’s very own ran for a position on the district board. For her, it was a long and tiring weekend, and we congratulate her on her journey as a District Secretary candidate!

Q & A with Samantha Pol

Q: How has running for District Secretary changed you? A: Through running for District Secretary, I’ve become more confident and even more passionate about Key Club. Q: Describe your experience as a candidate for District Secretary. A: Elections were very stressful. My brain felt like mush by the end of DCON. But I won’t ever regret running; it’s something I’m proud of. Q: What advice do you have for those who plan on or are interested in running for a district position? A: First, you need to understand Key Club and be truly passionate about it. Also, the support of your friends will help a lot throughout the preparation as well as during the elections. Q: Why did you decide to run for District Secretary? A: Key Club is the only club that has ever given me a sense of purpose. I loved being club secretary, but I also wanted to do so much more. I felt that by becoming District Secretary, I would be able to share my passion and knowledge more efficiently and with a bigger crowd.


District Convention is a lifechanging event, according former president Kevin Chung. Others will say that it is something that you will never forget and something that you will continue to look forward to. It is an event that starts a fire within you that you never thought was capable of being started. From an outsider’s perspective, Key Club is just a club that volunteers in the community--nothing more and nothing less. However, what outsiders don’t know is that Key Club inspires others to move forward and make decisions they’ve never made before. This year, the District Convention gave me the courage to come out of my shell and to talk to other people whom I might I have considered as complete strangers if I had not known that they were fellow Key Clubbers. Looking back on the one weekend that Cinco Ranch Key Club officers had been hyping up all year, I can say that it was full of exciting activities such as forums and banquets. Everyone was dressed in professional attire, and yet the atmosphere was still as welcoming as ever. That is one of the many special characteristics of Key Club that sets it apart from other service organizations: the ability to emotionally unite us Key Clubbers. The key to the warmth and acceptance that Key Club offers to its

members is through communication. DCON offered forums and banquets to give members a chance to exchange ideas and feel the unity between clubs. Key Clubs from all over Texas and Oklahoma came together in order to see how they had progressed together as a district. And the one place that brings members together the most effectively and quickly, I must say, is in the elevator. It’s a small space, so the people inside can’t help but come closer together while waiting to go to whatever floor level. While waiting, there is just enough time to have a conversation that helps to establish somewhat closer relationships between one another. As a Key Club member, I used elevators to my advantage in order to get to know my peers better and to develop lasting bonds that would excite me for the next district convention. Before DCON, it had been hard for some members, such as myself, to talk to others and show my personality. Since then, I have seen myself transform into a person who loves to make conversation with other fellow members. Like I had said many times that weekend to folks that I met, “it all starts in the elevator”. In other words, communication is up to each individual, and it can start in the simplest ways, like behind the doors of an elevator. –Samantha Pol


A MEMORABLE 5K On an early Saturday morning, with the sun just about to come out, members from a variety of major Cinco Ranch clubs gathered in front of the school to set up and oversee the Kilometers to Combat Cancer. Being that the event was almost entirely student-run, everyone was at first unsure about how smoothly everything would run. However, the 5K turned out to be a huge success, and the money collected from the runners was donated to the American Cancer Society. Setting up the race went rather well, considering everyone was still relatively groggy from having woken up so early. A few people were told to set up cones along which participants would run, while others helped raise the start and finish line banners. Additionally, water was distributed to each water station that was set up. Preparations were finished just as the runner started to arrive. After the race started, we positioned ourselves at various points along the course so that we could guide and cheer on the runners. While waiting for them to pass by, we ate a free breakfast given by Mission Burrito, one of our sponsors. As soon as the first runners were in sight, we would clap and cheer loudly. Some people would jokingly return our cheers, and others

would even say a few words of gratitude. It was really interesting to see all the different kinds of participants we had. Most people were affiliated with the school in some way, but some had simply heard about the event from the community. There were people of all ages who ran, from the elderly to the enthusiastic little kids. A couple of runners ran with their dogs, and there were even some cancer survivors participating. Everyone cheered especially loudly for them. At the end of the race, when all the runners had reached the finish line, ribbons and gift cards for the first three finishers were given out. The winner of the best costume competition was also announced and awarded. One by one, the runners left, and we volunteers stayed behind to clean and pack up everything. This race was the first event in which so many separate organizations joined together to accomplish something. It was nice to see groups that usually rivaled for incoming members work as one. Hopefully, the Kilometers to Combat Cancer can become an annual Cinco Ranch tradition, and everyone can work together for years to come. –Christina Xu


Some of my favorite places to volunteer are elementary school carnivals. Back when I was in elementary school, my school never held anything of the sort, so the idea of a school hosting a carnival has always been new to me. Every time I go to one, I feel as if I’m going back in time and enjoying what I’ve missed out on. This happened to me very recently during the Exley Elementary school carnival, which was by far the most enjoyable school carnival I’ve ever been to. Every year, Exley holds one of the biggest carnivals of all the elementary school carnivals in Katy. Some of the things that the Exley carnival has always had include a petting zoo, laser tag, and, of course, lots of food. This year, I was sent to the photo booth. Upon arriving at my station, I found that the lady there already had everything under control and hardly needed any help. Nevertheless, she let us stay, and from there on, everything just skyrocketed. She let us take as many pictures as we liked when lines were short, and she even brought crazy props like pirate hats for us to use while taking these photos. In addition to taking photos of myself and the other volunteers there, we also got to see the young elementary school children take their own photos. These kids were absolutely adorable, and the way they so creatively and effortlessly decided what poses they were going to do and

what props they needed was both inspiring and somewhat nostalgic. I almost regretted not being able to experience this sort of fun when I was at that age. The lady even convinced the Chick-Fil-A cow that was there to take photos in the photo booth. Based on the extremely long line in front of the photo booth, it was evident that the children enjoyed it as much as I did. In addition to little children, a lot of Key Clubbers came over during their breaks to take photos, too. It reminded me that even as seventeenand eighteen-year-olds, we still have the hearts of children deep inside. As we enjoyed ourselves and let go, we savored the break from reality and all the responsibilities that come with it by channeling our inner children. And the best part of it all? We were helping out the community and making others smile while we were at it. –Lilly Fang

Articles Lilly Fang Kevin Huang Samantha Pol

Photos Veronica Cho Violet Fan Yeonsoo Koo Vicky Luong Brinda Penmetsa Samantha Pol Crystal Tran Janida Wong Kristy Yin


CONTACT US Christina Xu Cinco Ranch Key Club Editor

Samuel Kinnin T-O District Secretary

Rachel Iselin 3W Lieutenant Governor

Kaitlyn Wilson T-O District Governor

April 2014 Newsletter  
April 2014 Newsletter