Winston County Key Club shows off talents to Kiwanis members
by James Phillips
May 10, 2011 | 2559 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Winston County High School has only had a Key Club organization for five years, but in that time, the group has gained statewide recognition for its activity and the talents of its members.

At the recent Alabama District Key Club Convention, the Winston County club won more than 15 awards, including the 2010/2011 Distinguished Club Award.

"Our club is very active and we have a large group. It is the third-largest club in the state," said Frances Gillentine, a math teacher at Winston County High who serves as the Key Club's sponsor. "The students are hard working and talented, and they have fun with Key Club."

Several members of the Winston County club showcased their talents Monday at the weekly Kiwanis Club of Jasper meeting. Jessica Bloom and Bella Martinez gave speeches to the group which earned them first- and second-place awards, respectively, at the Alabama convention. Macie Dodson and Hannah Jacobs earned a first-place award in talent for singing a song the duo co-wrote, and the quartet of Tyler Cagle, Will Hodge, Tyler Marks and Spencer Sawyer finished second in the same category for their singing of "Man of Constant Sorrow." The duo and the group also shared their songs with the Kiwanis Club Monday.

"I'm so proud of this group," said Winston County High School principal Jeff Cole. "We appreciate everything this Kiwanis Club does for our students, and we were honored to have them come and show off their talents today."

Gillentine said nine students from the Winston County club have qualified and plan to participate in the Key Club International Convention, which will be held in Phoenix, Ariz. in June.

"These students are bringing a lot of attention to our school, and we are so proud of them," she said. "I can't wait to see how they do at the international convention."