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Bladen County Students Lead by Serving at the Beta Convention

Update: Friday, Feburary 7, 2020

The annual North Carolina Senior Beta Club Convention started on Thursday, February 6, 2020 and will end this afternoon, Friday, February 7, 2020. Bladen County High School Students from Bladen Early College High School, East Bladen High School, West Bladen High School and Harrell’s Christian Academy have been competing in academic and talent contests.

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East Bladen High School announced Cadee Bryan won first place at the North Carolina Senior Beta Convention with her art submission. Zoe Lent placed third with her artwork at the covention. The school also said the performance by Jackson Bostic and Petyon Fell in the duo talent competition was “excellent”.

West Bladen High School’s Cara Beth Lewis is the new Secretary of the North Carolina Senior Beta Club.

Also, West Bladen High School announced the following winnings their students are bringing back from the State convention.

Campaign skit: 5th place

Digital art: 4th place

Language arts: 3rd place

Performing arts/group talent: 5th place

Onsite drawing: 1st place

Science: 4th place

Show Choir: 4th place

Phoebe Williams was presented a golden ticket for dance to perform at the National Convention held in Texas this summer.

View videos of the convention taken by Beta officials that will be uploaded in the near future at: https://vimeo.com/betaclub

Proud parents and school staff are asked to submit photos and information for publication about the conventions to BladenOnline.com by emailing the photos and information to gm@bladenonline.com.

Previous article published on February 4, 2020

The 28th Annual North Carolina Junior Beta Club Convention kicked off today in Greensboro with their opening general assembly ceremonies. The Junior Beta Club President, Jair McElveen, started the convention welcoming everyone in attendance. Everyone stood as the Pledge of Allegiance was recited and Clarkton School of Discovery student, Addison Long performed the National Anthem.

Several schools from across Bladen County are competing at the Junior Beta Club Convention.

Bladenboro Middle School, Clarkton School of Discovery, Elizabethtown Christian Academy (ECA), Emereau: Bladen, and Tar Heel Middle School have all been seen representing the area. Also Bladen County Students who attend Columbus Charter School and Harrells Christian Academy have been competing at the long awaited annual event.

ECA’s 4th grade teacher, Ms. Genia Hester, is the N.C. Junior Beta Club State Sponsor.

Between the Junior Beta (grades 4-8) and Senior Beta (grades 9-12) Clubs, the organization has helped nearly seven million students learn how to make a life for themselves—and, since 1991, it has awarded over $6 million in scholarships, according to their website.

Beta’s mission originated with Dr. John W. Harris, a professor at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina, who founded the organization in 1934. Over 80 years have passed, but his vision and Beta’s mission has remained the same.

Beta Club is a volunteer association that accepts students who are recommended by their teachers and meet the 3.0 GPA requirement. In Odyssey’s, Five Reasons You Should Be a Beta Club it states, the club not only focuses on community service though, but it trains youth to become the next servant leaders, who start their own non-profits and go out of their ways to better the world. Beta Club is also a well known resume booster, to any application, but little do people know that Beta is a great way to connect and develop lifelong friendships and a supportive network as well.

Beta holds annual state conventions in 18 states, both for Senior and Junior Beta divisions, and winners of these state events go on to compete on a national level. Activities range from academic contests to quiz bowls to talent competitions. Conventions give members the opportunity to interact, share project ideas and showcase their academic and leadership abilities.

Bladen Early College, East Bladen High School and West Bladen High School will be attending the Senior Beta Convention in Greensboro Thursday and Friday of this week.

View videos of the convention taken by Beta officials that will be uploaded in the near future at: https://vimeo.com/betaclub

View the full album of photos by Diane Trinidad from Junior Beta Convention: https://bit.ly/3boSBEu

Proud parents and school staff are asked to submit photos and information for publication about the conventions to BladenOnline.com by emailing the photos and information to gm@bladenonline.com.

Update Wednesday, February 5 at 11:00 a.m.

The 2020-2021 North Carolina Junior Beta Club Officers are President, Hudson Griffin from Harrells Christian Academy,

Vice President, Garrett Dunham, from Clarkton School of Discovery, and Secretary, Kynnady Locklear from Prospect School.

The Elementary Vice President is Jada Smith from Martin Millennium Academy.

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