Key Club International taps Bridgeport, WV, High School senior for leadership role - WV News

Hundreds of Key Club International students attending the Key Club International Convention in Baltimore July 3-6 voted for a rising Bridgeport High School senior to be an international leader for the upcoming

school year.

Hannah Povroznik, the 2018-19 Key Club lieutenant governor in West Virginia, was chosen by a panel of 600 delegates from around the world as the first international trustee from the Mountain State.

“I devoted myself to this organization and the election process. I had a community of support behind me, including my district administrators, Kiwanians, club advisers, fellow district Key Club officers and my parents,” Povroznik said. “I didn’t think about winning or losing.

“For months, I researched and brainstormed ways I could support this organization and its members, as well as how to relay an action plan for organizational growth to Key Clubbers. I am in this organization for one purpose: to serve.”

Povroznik also attended the 2018 Key Club International Convention in Chicago and called it “an amazing experience.” She knew last summer that she wanted to attend the 2019 convention.

“I got to meet Key Clubbers from around the world and heard from amazing speakers,” she said. “Since I came home last year, I knew I wanted to go back.”’

While in Baltimore for this year’s convention, Povroznik also toured the Twin Towers Memorial and the American Visionary Art Museum last week, as well as trading pins from other countries.

Now, Povroznik will prepare for international leader training at Kiwanis International in Indianapolis. Then, she will be tasked with supporting three Key Club districts this calendar year via board meeting visits and annual conventions “to ensure there is a personable and open flow of communication, as well as an understanding of the objectives of the district and the keys to growth for the overall organization.”

Povroznik was joined the 2019 convention by 17 Key Club members from other West Virginia high schools.

Povroznik attended the 2018 Key Club International Convention with Caroline Fulks, a Bridgeport High School graduate.

“She is very committed and is so organized,” Fulks said. “She has everything planned out. If she gets an idea, she’s always determined to carry out her plans. She’s very efficient in everything she does.”

Fulks said all grades are invited to the international convention, but usually the event is attended by upperclassman.

“There were different workshops that you could attend about the different aspects of Key Club and officer training,” Fulks said. “I went to one about different ways to serve Key Club internationally and participate in community service across the world. There was also one called ‘Connect the K’ about connecting Key Club and Kiwanis, which is our parent organization, and then some other ones with trivia games about Key Club trivia, like when it started.”

Student leaders at the convention were elected for international leadership or trustee positions, but Fulks was not a candidate. She was, however, Bridgeport High School’s bulletin editor and the state district project chair for her junior year and senior year, respectively.

Povroznik and Fulks also attended the HOBY youth leadership seminar at West Virginia University.

“It was awesome to share those experiences and then come home and work together to bring service to the community,” Povroznik said.

Povroznik looked forward to continuing to be a leader as well to younger Bridgeport High School students this fall.

“Anything that I can do to support their service endeavors, I’m looking forward to it,” Povroznik said. “As high schoolers, I think we have a duty to serve the community. And I think we learn lessons and communication skills, leadership, before we embark on college and future job opportunities later in life.”

Povroznik is not yet decided on her collegiate plans.

Fulks will now attend West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon and be one of two Bridgeport graduates who are part of the Wesleyan Service Scholars program, where she will complete at least six community service hours in Upshur County per week. She is already interested in joining the Buckhannon Kiwanis Club due to her Key Club background.

“(The international convention) definitely helped me realize that Key Club is a lot bigger, beyond my community or state. It’s a huge event where people attend for several different countries,” Fulks said. “I got to meet a lot of different people and realize how big Key Club and Kiwanis are.”

The collegiate version of Key Club, called Circle K, is currently available only at a handful of colleges around the state, including at West Virginia University, Fairmont State University, Marshall University and Shepherd University.

Charlene Keener, one of Bridgeport High School’s two Key Club advisors for more than 10 years, said Bridgeport High School students are welcome to attend annually. She has not attended the convention, but thought Povroznik will benefit from the trip by meeting other students from around the world.

“She’ll be able to bring ideas back to the school and community to help,” Keener said. “She was talking about this for months.”

Povroznik hoped other student leaders attend the International Convention in 2020.

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