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Two members of Ogdensburg’s Key Club Orlando-bound

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Longtime Ogdensburg Free Academy Key Club Kiwanis Advisor James E. Reagen said it’s not often an OFA student is nominated to run for an international office in the Key Club, which includes over 300 clubs in New York alone.

“In the past 50 years, only one student from Ogdensburg has been named to the International Board of Trustees,” Mr. Reagen said, referring to OFA alum Sally Baker.

W. Jack Vielhauer, a junior, could be the second, having been nominated as one of 25 finalists for the international board at the Key Club State Convention last month in Albany.

“It makes me feel really good, not only the nomination, but also just being a volunteer with Key Club,” Mr. Vielhauer said Friday. “As far as being involved internationally, I look forward to spreading the word, raising awareness, and fundraising for projects like Eliminate and UNICEF.”

He said his three years with the club has allowed him to communicate and make connections with people he’d otherwise never meet.

“Like Clay Aiken and Simon Curtis,” he said.

If elected, Mr. Vielhauer said, his role as an international trustee is to act as a liaison between Key Clubs at the international and district levels.

“I would be assigned three districts, ranging from the Caribbean Islands, to Germany, and North America,” he said. “What I would have to do is keep in contact with district governors, making sure they stay up to date on educational tools for clubs. I would also be responsible for international communications.”

Eleven of the 25 nominees will be named to the international board.

Mr. Vielhauer, along with Lt. Gov. Nabiha T. Qudsi, an OFA sophomore, have been invited to attend the Key Club International Convention in Orlando, Fla., in July.

“As a member of the state board of directors, Nabiha represents the 10 Key Clubs in Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties,” Mr. Reagen said. “Ogdensburg’s club has a state-wide and national reputation as one of the top service organizations in the country.”

Ms. Qudsi said she is grateful for the opportunity.

“It’s a chance to give back to the community that has given me so much. I’m looking forward to hearing what other club members have to say and to bringing back service ideas to clubs in our division,” she said.

The OFA Key Club’s annual spring talent show on May 31 in the school’s George Hall Auditorium will serve as a fundraiser to send the two students to Florida, said Christina B. Frank, faculty advisor.

The show, she said, will offer three divisions for elementary students, middle and high school performers and begins at 7 p.m. Admission is $3.

To enter the talent show, contact Mrs. Frank at 713-4016 or obtain an application at the principal’s office at area schools. Divisions will be limited to the first six registrants, with May 24 serving as the deadline to apply.

“It’s a real hands-on fundraiser for the club, and both Jack and Nabiha will be working,” Mrs. Frank said. “The kids do everything, from recruiting the acts to MC’ing the event and working as stage hands and at the door.”

Trophies will be awarded to the top three performers in each division.

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