Our Spirit Never Dies

The West Tech Wranglers cheered their hearts out on Saturday, October 14, in a competition for which school in Division 28 had the most Key Club spirit.

Regional Training Conference, mostly referred to as RTC, is a leadership event for all members a part of Key Club.

The twelve-hour-long day began with a speech from the Lieutenant Governor Justin Zhao. Zhao and other representatives of multiple organizations like the Thirst Project and Yuda Bands explained how they aid children in third world countries who aren’t able to provide for themselves.

Different workshops were made available for all students throughout the day. These workshops included how to run for a Key Club officer position, searching for service events, and even dog toy making.

The West Tech Key Club showcasing their Wrangler Pride at RTC

Photo Credit: Nikolai Apilado

Once the workshops ended, the long anticipated spirit battle began. West Career and Technical Academy competed with much more populated schools such as Southwest Career and Technical Academy and Sierra Vista High School. Although Valley High School took home the gold, West Tech’s spirit left a huge impact on the other schools.

The day concluded with a gigantic dance where all the schools came together to celebrate their seamonkey spirit. “You don’t go to RTC to win. You go to RTC to have fun,” said Robin Leuterio, a general member of West Tech Key Club.

The whole day consisted of cheering, learning, and a whole lot of cough drops. But almost any Key Clubber would tell you it was an unforgettable experience. And with all that West Tech has accomplished at RTC these past few years, the Wranglers stay hopeful that next year they’ll win the spirit stick.

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