By GURLEEN KAUR, junior
FOLLOWING THE MOTTO of “Pass the torch. Share the flame. Share the light. Make some change,” the JP Stevens Key Club went to Six Flags Great Adventure for Fall Rally, an event at which Key Clubbers from all over New Jersey met and joined to support each other’s services. This year’s Olympic theme consisted of each Key Club division representing a different nation. JP Stevens, along with other schools including Edison High, represented India in Division 10.
Nicole Ventrone, the District Governor, kicked off the event by explaining the year’s district project: Eliminate. The Eliminate Project has brought together Kiwanis International and UNICEF to help fight against maternal and neonatal tetanus, a disease that kills one baby every nine seconds. The District Governor continued by stating that the goal was to raise $100,602.23 throughout the service year. “I feel proud of taking part in the Eliminate Project since it helps so many newborns in other countries. The district project is the quintessence of the commitment, dedication, and service that lays the foundation of Key Club,” sophomore Gunica Bhatia expressed.
After the ceremony came to a close, Key Club members had the opportunity to spend the entire day at Six Flags with their friends. Drishti Chhabria, President of JPS Key Club, recounted, “Despite the constant rain and chilly winds, we all enjoyed the Fall Rally and made the best of every moment at Six Flags. It was an amazing experience together with friends and over 3,000 Key Clubbers from all over New Jersey. But most importantly, Fall Rally gave us an opportunity to meet new people, learn about upcoming projects, and kick off a great start to the service year, all while reliving the Olympics, Key Club style.”
After spending twelve hours playing games and riding roller coasters, JPS Key Club headed home, tired but happy. In the words of adviser Ms. Nixon, “Adventures like the Fall Rally make great memories.”