The convention, dubbed "Kiwin's Service Through the Century," was held at
the Ontario Marriott Hotel on April 14 through April 16.
This year's convention had the largest turnout ever, according to
regional advisor Caryn Birch.
Kiwin's focuses on community service, such as volunteering for AIDS walks
and at food shelters.
Schools were honored for their community service and fund-raising
activities at the convention.Fountain Valley High School did much better
this year than last, said Karen Liao, president of the Fountain Valley
High School Kiwin's. Students won 12 awards in various categories,
including spirit, fund-raising, most innovative project, poster contest
and service achievements.
The club also received the Sid Smith Award, recognizing the most dynamic
service project of the year. This year, it was the Fountain Valley High
Kiwin's book drive, which collected more than 2,000 children's books.
"We were so surprised and proud," Liao said. "Last year, we got three
awards. This year was really like, wow."
Edison Kiwin's club took home awards for best T-shirt, scrapbook and
Both Liao and Asha Goud, president of the Edison High School Kiwin's Club
and event coordinator, received $750 scholarships.
Student Katherine Tsai won a $1,000 scholarship.
"I'm very proud of all the Kiwin's in the Amethyst Division, especially
our local club at Edison and Fountain Valley High schools," Birch said.