Twins tackle Key Club presidency

TWINS FOR THE WIN: The Mumford twins recruit new members into Key Club outside North Penn High School during the 2022-2023 Student Activities Fair.

Molly Agriss

TWINS FOR THE WIN: The Mumford twins recruit new members into Key Club outside North Penn High School during the 2022-2023 Student Activities Fair.

TOWAMENCIN – For the first time ever, the presidency of the North Penn Key Club is being shared. Twins Katie and David Mumford are currently serving as co-presidents of the club, following in the footsteps of their older sister, Julie Mumford, who was Key Club president in 2018.

The Key Club is a service club at North Penn High School in which each member participates in roughly 100 hours of volunteer activities to help the community. The Key Club has 11 officers who are elected in the Spring of each year to serve the following year. In 2021, David and Katie Mumford both felt strongly about running for Key Club President for the 2022-2023 school year, so they could make an impact on the club and inspire some positive changes. 

I saw a need for a leadership role in this club, and I felt that I could help this club grow and create more involvement from the members into the community”

— David Mumford, NPHS Key Club Co-President

“I saw a need for a leadership role in this club, and I felt that I could help this club grow and create more involvement from the members into the community,” David explained.

The Mumfords’ parents, however, did not want them running against each other, so the Key Club advisor, Mrs. Law, allowed them to run together.

So far, serving as co-presidents hasn’t caused any significant controversy in the Mumford household.

“I don’t think we ever argued on anything, but we certainly had different ideas and views. So we would sit down and brainstorm how we could meet in the middle,” David said, when asked if they disagree on issues concerning the club.

In fact, the Mumford twins are enjoying their co-leadership experience.

“I enjoy our time being able to work together on something because even though we are twins, we lead separate lives. We don’t have opportunities to do things together, and Key Club gives us the ability to work together and give back to our community,” Katie explained.

Co-leadership also has other advantages, as Katie and David are able to divide Key Club president responsibilities along the lines of their complementary strengths. Katie, who is very creative, takes charge of creating slides for the meetings that are visually impactful, while David, who enjoys public speaking, does the presenting of the slides and upcoming events.

It didn’t take long for the Mumford team to have an impact on the club, as they have already added new service projects this year like volunteering for the Towamencin soccer club, adding more Scoogie events, and volunteering at the apparel stand at football games. They also raised money for the Key Club by selling North Penn slides and are currently preparing to sell North Penn beanies in the winter. The pair also brought back the “Tackling Childhood Cancer” awareness shirts for a football game this fall. Proceeds from the shirts go to funding further research in childhood cancer.

If David and Katie were driven by a desire to have a bigger impact on North Penn and the community, they have certainly done that so far. For a look at what the club is doing, North Penn students can visit the Instagram David and Katie created to capture updates on the Key Club’s latest service activities.