Qureshi selected to serve as Area One KAY President

Junior Raabia Qureshi will serve as the 2019-20 Area One KAY President after she was elected on Nov. 12.

Ethan Knauth, Editor in Chief

After deciding to run only a few days before the election, junior Raabia Qureshi was selected over two other candidates to serve as the 2019-20 Area One Kay Club President. As part of her duties as president, Qureshi will be required to attend a training meeting in Topeka, write up to three newsletters for the clubs she serves, attend the KAY Leadership Camp from July 27-31 and help conduct the 2020 Area One KAY Regional Conference.

Kansas is separated into six areas and as Area One President, Qureshi will serve mainly the Kansas City Metro schools. Cheryl Gleeson, the KAY State Director, said via a news release she is eager to see what Qureshi can do as Area One President. 

“We are honored to have Raabia Qureshi serve as a KAY Area President,” Gleason said. “Her strong background in the KAY program, her proven leadership and enthusiasm for serving others will serve as a valuable motivator for the KAY Clubs of Northeastern Kansas.”

The Kansas Association for Youth (KAY) is a service organization run through KSHSAA. All KSHSAA member schools are able to have their own KAY clubs. Qureshi currently serves as the Vice President of Service at Northwest and is expected to attend to these duties as well as the Area One President’s duties. 

With being elected, Qureshi said she has a few things she’d like to accomplish as the Area One President. 

“I think just making it a bigger deal [and] connecting more with each individual school and seeing what their plans are and how they plan to improve,” Qureshi said. 

As the first Area One KAY President from Northwest in seven years, BVNW KAY club sponsor Linda Strieby said she’s excited Qureshi will get the opportunity to refine her leadership capabilities. 

“At this point, we’re just so excited to have her in that position,” Strieby said. “I think she brings some diversity as well as her leadership skills to that position. So we’re really excited to have her there.”