National Beta members from Northwestern Middle School are celebrating their recent participation in the Louisiana Junior Beta Hybrid State Convention. The following students were announced as state winners:
Emilia Sully, Jewelry, 1st place and Best in Show
Kara Griffith, Painting, 2nd place
Carson Southall, 7th grade Social Studies, 2nd place
Kate Cornelius, 7th grade Math, 4th place
Connor Conachen, 8th grade Math, 4th place
Emily Wedblad, 8th grade Science, 5th place
National Beta State Convention allows students the opportunity to compete in various academic and STEM-based, virtual, and performing arts competitions. This year, State Convention was offered as a hybrid event. This gave students the opportunity to compete either virtually or onsite at the Cajundome in Lafayette, LA depending on their comfort level. These victories at the state level provide an opportunity to compete at the national level. The National Convention will be held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, Tennessee during Summer 2022.
Thirty-two of the NMS Betas participated in State Convention this year. “It was nice to be able to participate in person again. It was one more step toward getting back to normal after the pandemic changed everything,” stated Mrs. Kelli Hill, a long-time NMS Beta sponsor. “It was overall eye-opening as to how involved students and adults are in Beta and how we can truly be of service to those who need it,” remarked Layla Jackson, an eighth grade Beta who participated in-person at State Convention.
With more than 500,000 active members and 8,750 clubs nationally and internationally, National Beta has become the nation’s largest independent, non-profit, educational youth organization. National Beta promotes the ideals of academic achievement, character, service, and leadership among elementary and secondary school students. National Junior Beta includes grades 4-8 and National Senior Beta includes grades 9-12. Visit betaclub.org for more information.