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National Beta Club
National Beta Club
Formation1934
FounderDr. John W. Harris
TypeINGO
Purposeto promote the ideals of academic achievement, character, leadership and service among elementary and secondary school students
HeadquartersSpartanburg, South Carolina
Location
  • United States
Membership
Over 700,000
Key people
John W. Harris, Bobby Hart, Jay Moore, Laura Lewis
Main organ
Board of directors
Websitewww.betaclub.org

The National Beta Club (often called "Beta Club" or simply "Beta") is an organization for 4th through 12th grade students in the United States. Its purpose is "to promote the ideals of academic achievement, character, leadership and service among elementary and secondary school students."[1] National Sponsors Include; Laura Lewis, Hollee Ellis, Amy Lutrell, Damon Garrison, Dee Martin, and Lisa Fields. Headquartered in Spartanburg, South Carolina, the organization has more than 8,750 clubs nationally and internationally.

History and description

Beta is an academic honors program with a strong emphasis on community service. It was founded in 1934 by Dr. John W. Harris, a Wofford College professor. Its motto is "Let Us Lead By Serving Others." Traditionally, students are awarded membership based on their grades (GPA), or test scores and character traits. Each individual school chooses what items they will look at for their chapter's member qualifications.

The Junior Division of The National Beta Club, begun in 1961, is for students in 4th through 8th grade. The Senior Division of Beta is for 9th through 12th graders.[2] There are more than 500,000 active Betas in the Senior and Junior divisions and over 7 million alumni.

Conventions

Every year students on the Senior level compete in academic and talent competitions such as Quiz Bowl, Creative Writing, English, Math, Science, Social Studies, Spelling,Group Talent, Special Talent, Oratory and Character Skits. On the Junior level, students can participate in Science, Social Studies, Language Arts, Spelling, Math, Visual & Performing Arts, Arts & Crafts, Poetry, T-shirt design, Banner, Scrapbook, Essay, Living Literature, and Songfest and Speech competitions. In order to compete at the national level, a participant must place at the state level. This also includes those candidates running for office. The first National Beta Club convention was held in June 1981, at the Sheraton Twin Towers in Orlando, Florida.[3] Each year there is a new theme, and a new site for the National Convention.

State Conventions are a bit different from the National Conventions. State Conventions are held by the state sponsor and the state sponsor elect which are elected to the position by other sponsors from the state. The state has the authority to create or deny competitions from happening in their own state. The Junior Convention hosts similar competitions except for state office. At the Senior level, there are three positions; at the Junior level, there are five.

States that host state conventions: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia.[4]

Convention Themes & Locations:

  1. 2012-2013 The Heart of Beta
  2. 2013-2014 Making History With Beta Mobile, Alabama
  3. 2014-2015 Betas, Rockin' the country Nashville, Tennessee
  4. 2015-2016 Let the Beta Times Roll New Orleans, Louisiana
  5. 2016-2017 Above and Beyond Orlando, Florida
  6. 2017-2018 Beta on My Mind Savannah, Georgia
  7. 2018-2019 Betas Fueling the Future Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  8. 2019-2020 Beta As Far As You Can See Fort Worth, Texas

National Officers

2019-2020 Junior

  • Hadley Adams President/Kentucky
  • Chloe Thompson Vice-President/Kentucky
  • Oliver Blincoe Secretary/Kentucky
  • Sully Smith Elementary President/Tennessee
  • Presley Bishop Elementary Vice-President/Kentucky

2019-2020 Senior

  • GRACE WILLIAMS President/Arkansas
  • SPENCER STELLY Vice-President/Louisiana
  • KAIDEN WEST Secretary/Texas

2018-2019 Junior

  • AIDEN MILLER President/Kentucky
  • HANNAH RAGER Vice-President/Kentucky
  • CHASE HORD Secretary/Kentucky
  • ZION COPPER Chaplain/Mississippi
  • MARY CLAIRE WARREN Reporter/Kentucky

2018-2019 Senior

  • DRAKE TOLL President/Arkansas
  • ERIK HUNTER Vice-President/Indiana
  • JESUS ENRIQUEZ Secretary/North Carolina

2017-2018 Junior

  • Dawson Hill President/Missouri
  • Buzz Ashley Vice-President/Kentucky
  • Peyton McCubbin Secretary/Kentucky
  • Carson Mattingly Chaplain/Kentucky
  • John Haire Reporter/Tennessee

2017-2018 Senior

  • Jeremiah de Sesto President/Georgia
  • Joseph Dupre Vice-President/Louisiana
  • Eshan Patel Secretary/Tennessee

2016-2017 Junior

  • Junior Garica President/Tennessee
  • John David Kandel/Tennessee
  • Zach Brady Secretary/Kentucky
  • Brooklyn Roller Chaplin/Kentucky
  • Emma Wayne Reporter/Tennessee

2016-2017 Senior

2015-2016 Junior Auggie Burch President/Tennessee

2015-2016 Senior

2014-2015 Junior

2014-2015 Senior

2013-2014 Junior

2013-2014 Senior

2012-2013 Junior

2012-2013 Senior

2011-2012 Junior

2011-2012 Senior

  • RYAN POCHE President, Erath High, Louisiana

2010-2011 Junior

2010-2011 Senior

2009-2010 Junior

2009-2010 Senior

  • MIKE JONES President
  • WOOD SMITH Vice President
  • LAUREN LANGE Secretary, Erath High, Louisiana

2008-2009 Junior

2008-2009 Senior

2007-2008 Junior

2007-2008 Senior

2006-2007 Junior

2006-2007 Senior

2005-2006 Junior

2005-2006 Senior

2004-2005 Junior

2004-2005 Senior

2003-2004 Junior

2003-2004 Senior

2002-2003 Junior

2002-2003 Senior

2001-2002 Junior

  • CHANDRA COMEAUX, President, Erath Middle, Louisiana

2001-2002 Senior

2000-2001 Junior

2000-2001 Senior

1999-2000 Junior

1999-2000 Senior

1998-1999 Junior

1998-1999 Senior

  • JADE NUNEZ, President, Erath High, Louisiana

1997-1998 Junior

  • JENNIFER DROTT, President, Erath Middle, Louisiana

1997-1998 Senior

Past Officers

Prominent Beta alumni

See also

References

  1. ^ Official website
  2. ^ National Beta Club website
  3. ^ The National Beta Club: The Spirit of Beta
  4. ^ Convention Schedule at official website
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n National Beta Club alumni website

External links

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