Key Club Challenge Winners March 2013

Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation Awards Key Club Challenge Champions

Ft. Lauderdale, FL, March 22, 2013- The Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation (CKSF) awarded scholarships and a championship trophy to members of the Pembroke Pines Charter High School Key Club after they outscored seven other schools to claim the Key Club Challenge championship. Any school with a Key Club that is interested in taking on the champions to try and steal their title will have the chance when the Key Club Challenge resumes in October 2013.

During the month of March, Florida Key Clubs went head-to-head through an online quiz competition to demonstrate what they knew about Kiwanis, their parent organization. Each participating school was a team and Key Club members were given a study guide in advance to help teach their members about the mission, history, and objectives of Kiwanis and Key Club.  The program ended with a championship trophy for the top scoring school and individual college scholarships for the individual high scorers.

"The Key Club Challenge was a great way to help teach members more about the Kiwanis Family and its history," said Nicolas Azcarate, president of the Pembroke Pines Charter High School Key Club. "I always say that it doesn't really matter why one joins [Key Club], but what matters is why one stays. The Challenge was an amazing tool for membership recruitment and helped bring in new members."

The Key Club Challenge is one of many scholarship competitions developed by the Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation. Each quiz has fifteen questions and takes approximately four minutes to complete.  The student who answers the most questions correctly in the least amount of time is the winner. Results are posted on the CKSF website after each quiz so there is no waiting to see where each person ranks.

Sebastian Torres, president of South Broward High School's Key Club, is ready to train his members for the next challenge. "[Next time] I will improve participation by using the morning announcements and utilizing social media such as Facebook. This should raise the amount of participants, even if they are not in Key Club."

The Key Club Challenge is a joint effort between the Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation and South Florida Kiwanis clubs. The goal of the program is to increase high school students' understanding of Kiwanis as an organization and what it means to be an active Key Club member.

Based on the outcome of the first two Key Club Challenge Scholarships, CKSF is tweaking the scholarship to improve its efficiency and participation for the next challenge in the fall. Students interested in participating may register with CKSF at www.cksf.org.

About Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation:
Developed and administered at Nova Southeastern University's Fischler School of Education, the Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation (CKSF) creates unique opportunities for students of all ages by awarding scholarships and prizes through the use of internet-based quiz competitions. Students who answer the most number of questions correctly in the shortest amount of time are declared contest winners. Since 2001, CKSF has awarded over $350,000 to approximately 800 students in the United States. For more information on CKSF, please visit www.cksf.org.