Hannibal High School Key Club Welcomes 30 New Members

The Hannibal High School Key Club poses for a group photo after a recent induction ceremony held in the Lockwood auditorium.
The Hannibal High School Key Club poses for a group photo after a recent induction ceremony held in the Lockwood auditorium.

HANNIBAL – Student leadership and character were on display in the Hannibal High School Auditorium recently, as nearly 30 new members were inducted into the Key Club.

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Hannibal High School Key Club President Samantha Eddy delivers a speech during the recent Key Club induction ceremony held in the Lockwood auditorium.

Citing the organization’s vision to develop competent, capable and caring leaders through service, club advisor Kenny Greenleaf applauded the new inductees and current members for their contributions.

The students, Greenleaf said, embody these traits and have made a positive impact on their school and community.

“They have had an amazing year so far,” Greenleaf said. “We want to empower students and build character and leadership abilities in them. They have grown and transformed into wonderful student leaders.”

Those sentiments were echoed by Superintendent of Schools Christopher Staats, who challenged the students to continue exploring ways to serve as leaders in the community.

Newly elected Key Club President Samantha Eddy presents a certificate welcoming Katherine McCraith into the service organization.
Newly elected Key Club President Samantha Eddy presents a certificate welcoming Katherine McCraith into the service organization.

“I want you to find the problem and identify the solution,” Staats said. “As leaders, look at a problem, size it up … and look at your resources to come up with a solution.”

The inductees accepted the challenge as they recited the Key Club pledge to “build my home, school and community; to serve my nation and God; and to combat all forces which tend to undermine these institutions.”

In addition to the induction of new members, Samantha Eddy was installed as club president; Alexis Lathrop as vice president; Kierstin Lathrop as secretary; and Abigail Harrell as treasurer.

Special acknowledgement was also given to Superintendent Staats, Hannibal High School Principal Stephen Dunn, and John and Brenda Eddy, who were recognized as honorary Key Club members.