Friday over 150 students from Barr-Reeve, North Daviess, Washington Catholic, and Washington high schools headed to Indianapolis for the State Senior Beta Convention, two days filled with contests, guests speakers, and comradery among other things.
Monika Glade, adviser of the North Daviess Beta Club, said she is looking forward to her first trip to the state convention. “Our members have been working very hard. We have 25 students in attendance that will be competing in everything from scrap booking and talent contests to academic competitions,” said Glade. “I’m really looking forward to the experience.”
Robert Rhodes, Washington Catholic’s Beta adviser, said that 53 members of the WC club, including Sam Baker, this year’s Indiana State Beta President.
“I believe this may be one of the state conventions ever,” said Rhodes. “We are lead by an outstanding group of seniors and all of them are very experienced in Beta Conventions.”
The 40 members of the Washington High School Beta have the distinction of being the first Beta Club in the state. “The WHS Beta Club was established in 1938,” said Laura Schilling, adviser. “Last year we had several students qualify for the National Convention and we are hopeful that we’ll have more qualify this year.”
Members of Barr-Reeve’s Beta Club will also be competing in nearly all the categories. Travis Madison, school superintendent said that the Barr-Reeve group has about 30 members. “We always enjoy going to the state convention,” he said. “Our kids put in a lot of hard work and we are happy we have kids who want to be a part of Beta.”
Washington will also have two candiates up for state election.
Clay Hatton of WHS and Matthew Fisher of WC are both in the running for president, the position Baker currently holds.
The National Beta Club was founded in 1934 in Landrum, S.C. and has since become the country’s largest independent, non-profit, educational youth organization. The goal of the organization is to promote the ideals of academic achievement, character, service, and leadership among elementary and secondary school students.
Glade said that in addition to preparing for the state convention, the students complete service projects annually. At North Daviess, the biggest project is “The Battle of the Buildings”, a friendly competition between the corporations buildings where all first period classes donate money that goes to Camp About Face, a special camp that provides children born with cleft lip or another craniofacial anomaly a chance to experience a traditional camp setting with others experiencing the same unique problem of facial difference.
Camp About Face is also the state philanthropy project.