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‘A great leader’

Junior gives back to community through SHS club
Junior Van Kong helps at a fundraiser for Key Club on Feb. 8. Konghas been apart of Key Club since her freshman year. photo contributed by Van Kong

At around 9:30 a.m. on Dec. 16, 2023, families of the Clinton Young Elementary School filled the cafeteria to kick off the school day with some breakfast.

But today’s breakfast looks different. Sitting alongside the young Lions for breakfast is Father Christmas.

It’s an event called Breakfast With Santa where SHS Key Club members team up with NHS members to volunteer and serve breakfast for families.

One of the volunteers that day was junior Van Kong. After volunteering every year since her freshman year, she now works as a junior officer for the club.

Juniors Zamantha Loza (back left), Lily Zing (front left) and Kong pose with Santa at a Key Club event at Clinton Young Elementary School.
photo contributed by Van Kong

“It was a way for me to get involved in my community …,” Kong said, “And it was a way for me to get to know other people.”

She’s already obtained around 40 hours (or points) of volunteering. Each school quarter, the club requires at least 9 points to stay in the club, while also requiring a $15 join-in fee.

The Key Club volunteers at events such as concession stands, Midwest Food Bank, Snowcoming and more.

The club isn’t just run by students though. Multiple teacher sponsors help in any way they can, one of them being Family and Consumer Science teacher Danielle Grehn.

“I really wanted to give back a little bit more and be involved with a club that does a lot for the community,” Grehn said.

Ever since joining Key Club, Kong has been able to be a lot more involved with her community alongside others. Her purpose is to get to know more people

 through volunteering.

“She’s a great leader in that … without Van in the club, we would definitely feel that,” Grehn said, ”Just because she’s such a great leader.”

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Thang Khai, Features Reporter
Hello everybody. My name is Thang Khai, and I’m going to be a Feature writer for The Journal this year. I am a sophomore here at SHS, and I’m on the Cross country team and the Track and field team. Most of the time, I hate running. But there are special occasions where it’s decently fun. I like to get involved, so you might see me volunteering at concessions or playing music for the Perry Township Art Show. I’ve played the violin for around four years now, and I believe the best kind of music is classical music. And I think people will hate me for this, but I’m a Boston Celtics fan. I don’t think it’s a big deal, but being in Indiana and telling people that I’m a Celtics fan might not be the best idea. My family is pretty huge. I have five siblings (including myself) and my parents. All of that aside, I’m pretty excited to be in The Journal and I can’t wait to start writing!

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