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Strengthening Service and Education: The U.S. Army Attends the Key Club International Convention

Sep 19, 2016

Every summer Key Club International celebrates a year of service with over 2,000 students and advisors gathered together to introduce new programs, present awards to outstanding clubs, conduct the organization's business, attend educational workshops and elect international officers for the upcoming year.

Service, leadership and education are qualities that both Soldiers and Key Club students share in common. So it’s no surprise that the Army was in full form at the Key Club International Convention that took place on July 6-8, 2016 in Atlanta, GA.

To kick off the convention, the Army Band from Fort Bragg, NC brought some musical entertainment, singing the national anthem to start off the General Opening Session of the Key Club Convention. The band then continued the music by playing two 30-minute sets during the Convention’s “Meet and Greet,” which provided a nice atmosphere while attendees mingled.

The Army Band performs during Key Club’s Meet and Greet to kick off the convention. 

The next day, students stopped by the Army’s exhibit space to get a deeper understanding of the career and education opportunities that the Army offers. Soldiers were on hand to answer any student questions about joining Army ROTC, Army scholarships and career-readiness tools like March2Success and the ASVAB test. At the booth, students walked away not only with more information about an Army education and career, but also some awesome swag – sunglasses, lanyards and water tumblers.

Key Club students learn about education and career opportunities that the Army provides at the exhibit space. 

A highlight of the Key Club Convention was the two Army-led workshops that occurred on the second day of the convention. During the first workshop, “How to Pay for College”, Lt. Shaquita Johnson talked about how the U.S. Army makes it possible for thousands of men and women to reach their career and education goals each year. Through the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC), future Army officers are trained and educated for careers in more than 150 specialties. Army ROTC scholarships are available to pay for undergraduate education.

Lt. Shaquita Johnson talks to Key Club students about the scholarship and education opportunities available through Army ROTC during the workshop “How to Pay for College.” 

The second workshop, “Take Charge: Be a Leader in Today's World,” provided Key Club students insight into the U.S. Army’s leadership development best practices and tips to help Key Club members lead their respective organizations. Lt. Col. Tony Parilli led a discussion around the Army’s Core Leader Competencies, and the Army’s commitment to education and leadership development. He emphasized believing in yourself and that the key to success was to “look, listen and learn.”

Lt. Col. Tony Parilli leads the workshop, “Take Charge: Be a Leader in Today's World” during which he discusses the Army’s Core Leader Competencies and what it takes to become a successful leader.

The U.S. Army’s participation at the Key Club International Convention is part of a six-year partnership between the Army and Kiwanis International. 

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