Andrew West, a senior at Los Alamos High School, was elected to the Key Club International Board during a July special meeting held in lieu of the 2020 Key Club International Convention. This year’s convention, planned for San Francisco, was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Key Club International, a Kiwanis International student leadership program, is a growing organization with thousands of clubs in more than 38 countries. Key Club enables high school students to lead and stand for what’s right through service and volunteerism. In partnership with local Kiwanis clubs, Key Club members make positive impacts by serving others in their schools and communities.
A six-year member of Kiwanis International student programs, West has served in multiple Key Club office positions. “I have a lot of past experience in Key Club, so I definitely know of areas we can improve in,” West stated. “I also have experience working at the club, district and international levels, which gives me a good idea of what each level needs from international.”
During his term as lieutenant governor and Kiwanis family chair on the Southwest District board, West improved the district’s communication with Kiwanis clubs and the community. He created monthly articles for lieutenant governor newsletters encouraging Kiwanis club and Key Club collaboration, chartered new guides for every branch of the Kiwanis family, began an advisor pen pal mentorship program and introduced a new award at the Key Club District convention to showcase Kiwanis family projects.
As international trustee, West’s main priority is to support his three districts during the COVID-19 pandemic. He intends to have the international board work closely with general members, improve Key Club’s relationship with Kiwanis clubs, amend bylaws and help create the 2021-2025 strategic plan.
Outside of Key Club, West swims at the varsity and club level and is a ski patroller. He is also a member of National Honor Society and National Math Society.
West is enrolled in MOSTEC, a six-month online science and engineering program for rising high school seniors from across the country. He also attends Stanford Online High School. After graduation, he intends to study a combination of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and social justice.
In his free time, West enjoys skiing, reading, listening to music and spending time with friends.
About Kiwanis International
Founded in 1915, Kiwanis International is a global organization of clubs and members dedicated to serving the children of the world. Kiwanis and its family of clubs, including Circle K International for university students, Key Club for students age 14-18, Builders Club for students age 11-14, K-Kids for students age 6-12 and Aktion Club for adults with disabilities, annually dedicate more than 18.5 million service hours to strengthen communities and serve children. The Kiwanis International family comprises more than 551,000 adult and youth members in 80 nations and geographic areas. Visit kiwanis.org for more information.
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Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus
Los Alamos Public Schools
Office: 505-663-2230, Mobile: 505-470-3478