The 2014-15 Key Club president, Maria Palazzolo, tells us a little bit more about what made her want to get involved, her thoughts on the alumni program, as well as what the future holds for her after High School! Take advantage of this opportunity to get to know Maria!
Q: Why did you want to be involved with Key Club at the international level?
A: It just kind of happened for me. I attended my first International Convention in Orlando as a lieutenant governor and just kind of fell in love with international aspect as a whole. After serving on the local level, I wanted to serve a broader base, and the international level was the best way to go about doing that while continuing to serve my club and district as well.
Q: Do you have any suggestions/thoughts/ideas about KCI alumni? Is there anything that you’d suggest to alumni in regards to staying engaged with Key Club?
A: I think that Key Club alumni want to stay involved, especially right after they graduate. A committee has been created by Kiwanis International to solve that exact problem, and we are trying to make a stable alumni network so that past Key Clubbers can continue to support the organization that they love! I would tell Key Club alumni that even if they don’t want to join Circle K or Kiwanis right away they should still remember the Kiwanis Family for later on in life.
Q: Favorite thing to do outside of school and KCI?
A: My current obsession is Netflix, House of Cards and Parks and Recreation are my current favorites. The best thing to do is watch Netflix with your friends, so I tend to do that when I find the time (which isn’t that often).
Q: What is it that you know now that you wish you knew last year when you were in office?
A: I would like to think that I was pretty prepared coming in after working with the past international board, but I guess that no one can really prepare you mentally for the stress and workload. It’s just something to deal with as it comes. I’ve learned to cope pretty well with everything, but with school and DCON season, it can be a tad difficult sometimes! I love Key Club, though, so it’s nothing I can’t handle!
Q: What High School do you attend? When are you graduating?
A: I attend Sacred Heart – Griffin High School in Springfield, Illinois. I will be graduating this May!
Q: Any plans after High School?
A: I plan to attend the University of Notre Dame as a Hesburgh – Yusko Scholar and take classses in the Mendoza School of Business.
Q: How long have you been a part of the Kiwanis family?
A: I’ve been a part of the Kiwanis Family since 5th grade when my grade school first got a K-Kids. I then joined Builders Club and was the Builders Club President in 8th grade. I've always been a part of the Kiwanis Family, however, because both of my parents were highly involved. I’ve attended all but two Kiwanis International Conventions during my lifetime, and I absolutely love Kiwanians. You could say Kiwanis is in my blood!
Q: What do you think your future with Kiwanis will hold?
A: Notre Dame has a very strong Circle K, and I have no doubt that I will continue my passion for service in that club! I’m not sure if I’ll run for any district or international offices in Kiwanis or Circle K, though. Only time will tell, I suppose!