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Friends, Fellow Key Clubbers Represent Area As Lieutenant Governors
By Beth Dombrowa
Schools offer an abundance of opportunity to develop and sharpen leadership skills from leading a classroom group project to running for an officer position in a club. Two Goose Creek students, both committed to community service, are broadening their leadership roles by serving in key leadership roles in their Key Clubs.
Over the past year, Goose Creek Memorial High School junior Soham Datar has served as Lieutenant Governor for Division 28 of Kiwanis International, a position he was elected for through his membership in his school’s Key Club chapter. Division 28 encompasses approximately 12 schools between Baytown and Galveston. In his position, Datar has served as a liaison amongst the Key Clubs at the schools in District 28, ensuring that the clubs have the resources they need from Kiwanis to grow and complete valuable service projects in their respective communities.
“Being a Lieutenant Governor gives you so many opportunities to grow and become a leader,” said Soham. “You learn to become a good public speaker, develop time management skills and improve the way you interact with all kinds of people.”
Through his involvement with Key Club over the past three years, Soham has completed a number of service projects. Although a particular favorite is working with the Special Olympics, Soham said he has enjoyed the 30-40 service projects he has worked on every year since becoming a Key Club member.
“When the community reaches out to us, we try to make sure we have students there to help,” he said.
In April, Soham will pass the baton to the newly elected Lieutenant Governor, Aarushi Shukla, a junior at Sterling High School, but his leadership ambitions are far from over; he plans to run for Goose Creek Memorial’s Student Body President and plans to serve as President of the school’s Key Club.
“I knew the Lieutenant Governer-ship would be in good hands with Aarushi,” he said. In addition to having their dedication to their respective Key Clubs in common, the two have been close friends since childhood.
Like Soham, Aarushi was chosen by Key Club representatives from the clubs within District 12. She said she’s excited to take on the new role, and has a goal of bringing the Key Clubs within the district together, perhaps to complete collective service projects.
“I’ve gotten a lot out of Key Club,” said Aarushi. “I’ve always been pretty shy, and it has helped me get out of my shell and meet new people I wouldn’t ordinarily meet.”
Aarushi’s older sister was president of the Key Club as a student at Sterling, and Aarushi said she saw the positive aspects of giving back to the community, and wanted to follow in her sister’s footsteps.
“My parents have always instilled in us that it’s important to give back,” she said. “We need to make time to make that happen.”
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