Sumner Sykes has been a member of the Key Club at Abington High School for the past three years, advancing to the position of Vice President. He has participated in many club events and has led several others. Some of the many fundraising events include the football game benefiting breast cancer research, Hoops for Hope, the Heart Hop, and the Special Athletes Basketball Tournament. He was also heavily involved with the holiday canned food drive, shopping and providing gifts for children in foster care, and collecting books for Head Start. Through all these projects, Sumner has emerged as both a great leader, and a go-to guy.
Aside from Key Club, Sumner has also served as President of the Garden Club for Special Education students. This allows him to show his creative side, as well as lending a helping hand. He has also used his talents to help out at the Interfaith Food Cupboard.
The need for service learning first came to Sumner’s attention when he participated in a mission program in New Orleans, helping to rebuild homes and communities crippled and destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. Energized by working alongside people from different communities, he became aware of the need to serve in his own neighborhood. All these experiences have allowed him to discover and nurture his tremendous work ethic, as well as his motivational and leadership skills.
Sumner has never shied away from speaking before a large group. He relishes every chance to advance his verbal capabilities. At the 201 5 Key Club Convention, he came in 2nd place at the Oratory contest. Everyone was proud of his accomplishment, but Sumner vowed to do better. Undaunted, he entered the same contest this year and came home with the top prize. This was a tough contest with very strict rules and time constraints, but Sumner persevered, to edge out everyone else in the entire district. Members of the Glenside Kiwanis are looking forward to hearing his speech at an upcoming meeting. Kiwanians are thrilled when Sumner, and the other officers, his visits to speak of recent Key Club projects, and the upcoming schedule of activities.
Next year, Sumner will take all his gifts to George Washington University, where he will study Economics and Spanish. This seems a good place for a fellow who enjoys a spirited political debate.
Sumner has enjoyed living in our community with his Mom, Dad, and brother Andrew who shares his love for gardening and landscaping. Sumner’s free time is spent with golf, music, traveling, trying new cuisine, and walking his three dogs. All of these serve to make Sumner a well-rounded individual.