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Junior wins Key Club Lieutenant Governor

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Rising from her beginnings in Key Club as a skeptical seventh grader, junior Dalya Ackerman earned the position of Key Club Lieutenant Governor for Division 24B, South Florida’s local division of the club.

Ackerman first discovered Key Club as a seventh grader after reading a flyer and wondering if the club “made keys.” Attending her first meeting sparked Ackerman’s passion for community service, inspiring her to work her way up the ranks of the club, beginning as a member and then serving as the secretary during eighth grade. Elected as Key Club president in 9th grade, she led the club at the school level for two years. This year, Ackerman opted to take her passion for community service to the next tier and run for Lieutenant Governor. The election took place at the Spring Zone Rally, a Key Club district event, Feb. 10. After delivering a rousing speech, Key Club members from across South Florida voted Ackerman as the Lieutenant Governor.

For me, I did the president thing, and I wanted to do more,” Ackerman said. “I’m grateful for the opportunity.”

Each Lieutenant Governor holds the responsibility of supporting and growing the clubs within his or her division and serving as a liaison between the district and the club. Duties include publication of a newsletter, holding divisional council meetings, training and consulting with club officers and advisors and serving on one or more district committees.

“I wanted to make the biggest difference I could,” Ackerman said. “because that’s what Key Club is about. Everyone wants to make the biggest difference he or she can.”

As Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Patriot Post and a third-year staffer, Amber lives and breathes journalism. Alongside her better half and Co-Editor Angela, she converted The Patriot Post into a news magazine and often refers to it as her child. She also serves as the National Honor Society President and English Honor Society Vice President and competes in science research and Model UN. In her (limited) free time, Amber volunteers in the ICU at Cleveland Clinic, bakes, reads, shops and eats brunch (her favorite meal).

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