FHS Betas heading to nationals
The Forest High School Beta Club members had an outstanding showing at the 2019 Mississippi Beta Club Convention last month in Biloxi. The FHS Betas earned first place honors in four divisions and placed in 12 additional divisions. As a result of their accomplishments the FHS Beta Club received 12 invitations to compete at the National Beta Club Convention in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on June 17-22.
“I have been doing this with the BETA club for 13 years and this was by far our most successful year at the state convention,” said FHS BETA Sponsor Chantelle Herchenhahn. “At the statewide convention there are no classifications based on school size. Our students were competing with much larger state schools in every competition. This is a major accomplishment and says a lot about the quality of our students and the talent they have.”
FHS placed first in Group Talent competition. The students performed a patriotic themed silhouette performance titled “Letters from War” to a song ballad. “The patriotic theme is always very well received by audiences,” said Beta Club Sponsor Dawn Sanders. “The audience almost always interacts and has great reactions to the patriotic theme because of their respect for those who serve and have served.”
“This really says a lot about our students,” Sanders said. “These kids are keeping up with their school work and grades while most of them are involved in numerous extracurricular activities. We had to find time after everyone was through with their other activities on nights and weekends to practice. This just speaks to the
FHS placed first for their Service Board project which featured the FHS Beta Club 2018 Veterans Day Program. “The annual Veterans Day Program held at the school is always such a wonderful program and was a great feature for our Service Board project,” said Herchenhahn.
According to the National Beta Club office, “during the week of March 4-8, 2019, The National Beta Club will celebrate National Beta Club Week. This week is designated to celebrate and acknowledge the contribution this long-standing organization has had on the lives of young people across the country. The National Beta Club is the nation’s largest independent, non-profit, educational youth organization. Since its beginnings, The National Beta Club has been committed to providing students with positive experiences in schools. Between the Junior Beta Club (grades 4-8) and Senior Beta Club (grades 9-12), 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. There are now more than 520,000 active members and more than 8,900 clubs nationally and internationally. This week, we collectively celebrate the accomplishments of these individuals, as well as the ideals the National Beta Club set forth; Leadership, Character, Service and Achievement.”
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Members of the Group Talent team that won first place pictured from front left, are, YaXin Huang, Karen Calzadilla, and Madison Grayson. Middle row, Yalanis Wences, Agustin Ascencio, Asheley Clark, Rowan Russell, Jonathan Calzadilla, Jesus Garcia, and Angel Mondragon. Back, Laquincy Edmonds, Josuhe Gonzalez, Luke Tadlock, George Santamaria, Dylan Grayson, Reese Tillman, and Bonner Cox.