In all the time I’ve known Kelly Mendes, she has been an active leader and role model. Now, as I write this recommendation, I have continued to be floored by her participation rates, her organizational skills, and her calm and level headed demeanor as she manages her house.
Since her last recognition in February of this year, Kelly has participated in 41 competitions, coorganized 5 competitions, and submitted 4 additional Quaestor reports - always on time on the 10th of each month. In regards to her own activity, she is a consistently present and successful gamer, being the primary reason for Plagueis attaining #1 in gaming participation out of all of the clans during multiple consecutive weeks. Of course, Kelly is not limited to her gaming ability, which admittedly has earned her a whopping 1,441 Clusters of Fire and 13 Pendants of Blood; she has also managed to garner 20 Clusters of Earth, 9 Clusters of Graphite, 4 Clusters of Ice, 2 Crescents with Amethyst Stars, and 6 Crescents with Ruby Stars (the last of which are due to her frequent participation in Brotherhood-wide competitions).
Kelly showed her mettle in the May the 4th! Competition, though where she truly shone was in her organization of the Mysteries of Aliso event within Clan Plagueis. In my recommendation for Furios’ Grand Cross, I claimed he was the godfather of the event; if that is the case, then Kelly can absolutely be considered the architect. She took everyone’s ideas and thoughts and made them all make sense, creating full blown competition templates and guidelines and particularly showing her skills by putting together the original NPC and Aliso Locations competitions that members could contribute their own ideas to. There was little to nothing that Arden and I changed in regards to those specific comps and their rules - that’s how well put together they really were.
While Kelly has proven herself on both the ACC Staff and the Shadow Academy staff, I personally believe that her activity in Plagueis alone warrants an award. Despite being in a vastly different time zone compared to the rest of the clan, Kelly is active in both the Plagueis Telegram channel and the DB Fiction channel. She steps in to help as a mentor, and she provides wry humor, silliness, and perspective to the culture of her clan. She holds high expectations for the members of her house Ajunta Pall, though she always encourages them rather than simply pressuring them, reminding them that she is there to help. She is a true example of a leader that all of us can look up to.
It is for this reason, and all others stated above, that I wholeheartedly recommend that Kelly be awarded a Grand Cross of the Dark Side for her work. Thank you, Kelly, for being one of the best.