The Edmond Sun

Education

January 24, 2014

Edmond Kiwanis Club honors 3 sophomores

EDMOND — Edmond Kiwanis Club President Kathleen Duncan recently announced the club’s selection for the Edmond high schools’ “2014 Sophomores of the Year” awards.

The students were chosen in part through an essay contest sponsored by Edmond Kiwanis.

“Our contest was one of many contests conducted by Kiwanis clubs throughout Texas and Oklahoma,” Duncan said. “These contests are intended to encourage sophomores to start planning activities in high school which foster community service and leadership, and we encourage them to seek scholarships and help prepare the next generation of civic and corporate leaders.”

The “Sophomore of the Year” award winners from Edmond are: Megan Hudspeth from Edmond Memorial High School, Nabiha Ahmad from Edmond North High School and Rynel Luo from Edmond Santa Fe High School.

“Sophomore of the Year” winners were selected based more on leadership qualities, community service and school achievements other than academics. Students were asked to submit essays that describe their leadership ability and desire to learn and share knowledge with others. Students also must explain their role in meeting the objectives of the Kiwanis Club. The Kiwanis Club motto is “Serving the Children of the World.”

These Edmond students will receive a plaque and will be offered an opportunity to attend Key Leader Training, a three-day weekend leadership camp conducted by Kiwanis International in Oklahoma and Texas. The Edmond Kiwanis Club will pay all registration costs associated with the three winners attending this special event.

Meagan Hudspeth is Edmond Memorial High School’s “2014 Sophomore of the Year” and she has been involved in Student Council and Key Club her sophomore year. For the past two years, she has worked with Humana, an organization that packs and ships food to countries in need after a major disaster, with LOVE Wichita and with Goodwill in support of the Moore tornado victims this year. She said Key Club inspires her to host service projects year-round and to take initiative to start projects with her friends and watch the chain reactions.

Nabiha Ahmad is Edmond North High School’s “2014 Sophomore of the Year” and has been a member of the Pre-Med Club, Latin Club (club secretary), Student Council staff, Key Club (freshman officer and now club historian) and has taken the Rachel’s Challenge to help others in need. She was part of the BALTO Fundraising project, which last year raised funds for the March of Dimes. Nabiha has created study groups and made study guides to help classmates in Math AP classes, Latin and Biology classes. She also participates in choir programs and encourages friends to volunteer for community service through Key Club.

Rynel Luo is Edmond Santa Fe High School’s “2014 Sophomore of the Year” and she has been part of the National Forensic League, Debate team, Interact Club and Academic Team, and she is the sophomore class president. As the event coordinator for the Interact Club, Rynel has help coordinate many community projects for the 200 members in Interact. These projects include helping after the Moore tornado and even providing water for villages in Africa and Cambodia. As the sophomore president for the Class of 2016, she constantly tries to convey the potential when this class comes together to achieve important goals. She has been part of the Academic Team (quiz bowl) since the sixth grade and has tutored elementary students for the past three years. Her parents were raised in a small village in China and provide her with an unbelievable perspective on making the world a much better place.

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