By LYDIA BERGLAR
Dade County High School’s Beta Club enjoyed competing at the Georgia Beta Convention in Savannah, Ga. From Jan. 25-27, students got to interact with other motivated and talented students from across the state.
Emma Stinnett noted that she enjoyed making new friends on the trip, and Jeremy Crane said he enjoyed seeing the beauty of Savannah.
Skylar Gerrells added, “The time I spent in Savannah with my friends is a memory I will cherish for years to come. Savannah was a very beautiful and unique area with very good ham sandwiches. I love BETA and can’t wait to compete again.”
Ashley Harrison, Beta Club sponsor at DCHS, led the trip, along with Jessica Wilson, drama teacher.
Our students competed in six events, two of which qualified the students for the National Beta Competition which will be in Louisville, Ky. from June 17-20. The top five in each state qualify to compete at nationals. Both groups that advanced to nationals are performance based.
In the Character Performance category, our students placed fourth out of 23 schools with their sketch, “The Power of BETA.” Each team wrote and performed an original five-minute sketch that featured Beta Club’s pillars: character, leadership, service, and academic achievement.
In the Small Group Performance category, our students earned first place out of 14 schools for their performance of “The Ballad of Sweeney Todd.” Alaynah Case said, “I had a great time performing for everyone there, and I was thrilled to place first with ‘The Ballad of Sweeney Todd.’ I am ready to take on nationals in Kentucky this June.”
Kamryn Carter added, “I was surrounded by some of my favorite people and we got to share what we love with thousands of others. None of us could really believe when it was announced that we were going to nationals, let alone when we placed first in state! I feel so blessed to have had this amazing opportunity with these amazing people.”
Harrison explained, “In addition, DCHS Betas are teaming up to compete in the National Convention Exhibitions including Reimagine, Recreate, Recycle and Club Trading Pin.”
The memories from the trip brought a Dr. Seuss quote to Vaeh Powell’s mind: “Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.”