Silver Creek Key Club members attend convention in state capital

Submitted Photo Nine members of the Silver Creek Key Club traveled to Albany for a leadership training convention in the spring. Seated: Senior Claire Castiglia, junior Alexis Murawski,– senior Savannah Karcz, junior Kennedy Parks, junior Ryan Rocque, and junior Allison Karcz. Standing: Junior Zach Rybak, senior Dariann Russo and junior Lauren Grover.

ALBANY – Members of the Silver Creek Central School’s Key Club recently attended the New York State Key Club’s spring conference and one student from the district was installed as lieutenant governor for Division 26. It has been many years since there has been a lieutenant governor from Silver Creek, so this is a huge honor.

Silver Creek’s Key Club sent its top nine members to the NYS Leadership Training Convention held March 31 through April 2 in the state capital. Members are ranked in order of completed and Key Club-approved service hours to see who qualifies for the trip. The group as a whole logged 471 service hours for the past two school years, with these top nine students representing 228.5 of those hours alone. Factoring in the additional hours many of these students have volunteered on their own time, the total is easily double if not triple.

The group, along with advisor Shannon Aures Karcz, traveled by Amtrak thanks to the generosity of the Silver Creek Kiwanis Club. For many of the students, it was their first time traveling by train. The convention was held at the Desmond Hotel and Conference Center with approximately 800 high school students from across the state in attendance. The conference introduced the Silver Creek students to an entire world of the Key Club organization and most would admit there was a bit of culture shock at the way many clubs “eat, breathe, and sleep” Key Club.

On the train ride to Albany, junior Alexis Murawski told Mrs. Karcz she was interested in running for a divisional position within the Key Club organization. Upon arrival at the convention, the Silver Creek club was asked if anyone had an interest to fill the vacant seat of lieutenant governor. Alexis took some time to get more information about the responsibilities and opportunities that accompany this important position and all the while embraced every opportunity offered at the three-day conference, from workshops to special sessions to the keynote address.

Once Alexis made her decision, Mrs. Karcz contacted her mother to ensure her family supported the undertaking of this role. At the final session of the three-day conference, Alexis was installed as the lieutenant governor of Division 26. Her responsibilities include attending state-level events, meetings, and trainings; emailing newsletters; and reaching out to other Key and Kiwanis clubs in the division.

Alexis’ first responsibility as lieutenant governor conflicted with her junior prom. She honored her commitment and attended a weekend training in Albany. Alexis knows it’s a big job and spent much of the end of her junior year reaching out to other clubs, developing a Facebook page for better divisional communication, and being trained.

A member of the Class of 2018, Alexis has the highest number of service hours for the Silver Creek Key Club and serving her community comes naturally to her. She is an honor roll student, works part-time, is an accomplished flutist and is performing in Europe this summer. She plans to attend the University of Alabama at Birmingham next year to major in genetics and immunology with a minor in music performance.

Alexis embodies the values of Key Club: leadership, character-building, caring, and inclusiveness. She is the daughter of Alecia and Scott Murawski.

If you are a Key Club in Division 26 and have not yet heard from Alexis or if you are interested in starting a Key Club at your school, contact Alexis for assistance at