UAIS team earns top honors for leadership, service
UAIS team earns top honors for leadership, service
Posted on 03/23/2017
Mr. Spear holding an award in front of students who are lined up on a stairway

A Utica Academy of International Studies team had a near clean sweep of top honors at a statewide competition that promotes community service and leadership.

The UAIS Key Club team captured first place in five of six service categories in a March Service Leadership Conference, held March 10-12 in Lansing.

The students also earned three top individual awards and advisor Justin Spear was named Outstanding Faculty Advisor of the Year for Michigan.

Awards earned by students are:

  • First place: Andy Bryan Interclub Award: hosting/working on a project with every Key Club in our division (Ike, Utica, Stevenson, Ford, Romeo and Richmond)
  • First Place: District Project Award: Project Thirst (Providing drinkable water to impoverished communities)
  • First Place: Major Emphasis Award: Project Eliminate (Fundraising to eradicate neo-natal tetanus through UNICEF)
  • First Place: Partners in Service: Successfully donating to/collaborating with Kiwanis-sponsored charities (UNICEF, March of Dimes, Children’s Miracle Network and Project Thirst)
  • First Place: Single Service Award: Focus on a signature project for our Key Club (Relay for Life)
  • Second Place: Kiwanis Family Relations: maintaining a working relationship with local Kiwanis clubs and helping to sponsor Heritage’s Builders Club

For individual awards, Sam Saba was elected to the Michigan District Board as Bulletin Editor and will serve as one of four students running Key Club across the state on the Michigan District Board for 2017-18. 

Lisette LeMerise won the 2016-17 Outstanding President Award among from more than 100 Michigan clubs, and Ally John won the Outstanding Lieutenant Governor award out of twelve candidates for her service to the Michigan District. 

Spear, the UAIS Program Director/CAS Coordinator, received the top advisor award after being nominated by the UAIS Key Club.