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Sisters thrive as Davidson's Key Club leaders

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Natalie Hagy, left, and Laura Hagy serve as state district officers in Key Club International, an organization they say aligns with their shared commitment to helping others. Natalie is a governor who oversees 220 Key Clubs in the Ohio district and Laura is bulletin editor for the district. The 17-year-old twins are juniors at Hilliard Davidson High School.
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Twin sisters at Hilliard Davidson High School are working together to help make a better life for others.

Seventeen-year-old juniors Laura and Natalie Hagy are dedicated to the Key Club International, a student-service organization that is part of Kiwanis International.

They both serve as state district officers: Natalie as a governor overseeing 220 clubs and Laura as a bulletin editor.

"Natalie and Laura have wonderful qualities as leaders," said Carol Parker, adviser of the Davidson Key Club. "Natalie is a speaker with a lot of potential (and) Laura is a witty with a great sense of humor.

"Both are great leaders and admired by the other students and our Kiwanis club."

Both sisters said the desire to help others and make the world a better place was instilled by their parents and their participation in the Girl Scouts.

They said their parents, Ken and Wendy Hagy, were not involved in Kiwanis International, but when the girls were freshmen at Davidson, they discovered the principles of Key Club aligned with what they learned at home, church and the Girl Scouts.

"We have always wanted to help people and Key Club gives us a means to do that," Laura said.

Last month, Natalie spent four days in Anaheim, Calif., at an administrator-training conference for Key Club students from throughout the United States and American territories who had been elected governors.

"I had the privilege of meeting governors from all over the country, and governors from the Bahamas and Jamaica," she said. "It was a great experience."

She was elected governor of the Ohio District of Key Club International earlier in April at an annual state conference.

As governor, Natalie meets with other club leaders, helps plan and promote student activities and serves as an ambassador for 220 Key Club organizations -- composed of about 11,800 student members -- in Ohio.

Laura was elected bulletin editor of the Ohio district at the state conference.

As bulletin editor, Laura is responsible for the production of a quarterly electronic publication, about 15 to 20 pages, that reviews and promotes all the activities of Key Clubs in Ohio.

"I do it all," Laura said. "I interview people or they send me (copy). I take (or receive) pictures and do the layouts, too."

As governor, Natalie can choose a charity on which Key Clubs may focus.

She chose maternal and neonatal tetanus, a disease Kiwanis International works to prevent through the Eliminate Project. Kiwanis partners with UNICEF to fund the program.

"The disease is wholly preventable and can be controlled though vaccinations (that are about 60 cents)," Natalie said.

She said the disease generally is limited to third-world countries where children are born healthy but quickly become ill and have a low survival rate.

The condition results from newborns becoming infected by tetanus in soil spores, often received during birthing in unsanitary conditions, she said. The disease is equally fatal to mothers.

To raise money for the cause, the Hagy sisters helped organize the Eliminate Project Concert featuring the Davidson High School orchestra. The concert was scheduled Tuesday, May 14, at the high school.

"What we do for Key Club is all about helping other people," Laura said.

Her sister said the club members also benefit.

"Aside from making the world a better place, I think Key Club is a place where future leaders are created," Natalie said. "It's a crash course for us to learn how to achieve, but allows us to make mistakes to without serious consequences. ... We can learn from those and continue to improve."

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