National convention

MCHS Beta Club Attends National Convention – Greene Publishing, Inc.

Susanne Griffin


Six members of the MCHS Beta Club have qualified to attend the National Convention in Orlando. Skylar Kemp, DeAriel Allen and Kourtney Kegler attended the Beta Leadership Summit in October 2020. Their winning virtual presentation in the Service Snapshot Competition qualified the MCHS club to compete in the national championships. In addition, Yanet Serrano, Jasmine Bryan and Jessica Hasty competed in individual state level (virtual) competitions and also had the opportunity to attend the national championships.

This is the third year in a row that the MCHS Beta Club has qualified to attend the National Beta Club Convention. Two years ago, a group traveled to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to compete. Last year, the club qualified to attend the national championships in Fort Worth, Texas, but the convention was canceled due to COVID. This year, the National Convention was held in Orlando, Florida at the Swan and Dolphin Resort from Friday June 25 through Monday June 28. The six girls were chaperoned by their godmother, Ms. Susanne Griffin, Mr. Ray Griffin and Ms. Peggy Hasty.

The theme of this year’s convention was “It All Started With Beta” and brought together Beta Club groups from 18 states.

After checking in and checking out on Friday June 25, the girls toured Disney Springs for a few hours. Their first competition was “Reimagine, Recreate, Recycle”. Jessica Hasty, Jasmine Bryan, and Yanet Serrano created a sea turtle before they arrived. For this competition, clubs had to build any animal, using only recyclable materials. The three girls were then to meet with judges to explain their designs and answer any questions. This exhibit “showcased Betas’ cooperative teamwork, creativity and knowledge in STEM.”

The girls attended the convention’s first general session later that evening, where they listened to the national vice president’s campaign speeches and skits, heard about the national scholarship recipients, and then voted for vice. –national president.

The second day of the convention began with the second general session (Sponsor of the Year award, President’s campaign rally, a few awards shows and the Performing Arts Finals). After lunch, the girls participated in the Service Snapshot Expo. Five girls (Bryan, Allen, Serrano, Kemp and Kegler) presented the MCHS Clothes Closet service project they worked on this year. They showed their poster board and each girl explained a little bit about their project, such as how the closet started and the progress that has been made so far.

The guidelines for the Service Snapshot Contest included:

• identify a need in the community

• describing the action plan and how the club carried out the service plan

• creation of a visual logo

• create a visual presentation

They were judged on project creativity, club collaboration, communication of ideas, presentation skills and logo design. The educational links were leadership skills, creativity and innovation, community service, critical thinking and problem solving.

“Seeing so many young teens in the community push for something positive opened my eyes. Says historian Kourtney Kegler. “Just learning the history of beta was great. Seeing a well-founded organization for academics is what I would call motivation.

While this was certainly a full club effort, only five members could show up. After the competition, they headed back to Disney Springs, where chef Art Smith, a native of Jasper and formerly of North Florida Junior College, had made reservations for the group at his restaurant, Homecomin ‘. At dinner, the waiter told the group that they had made the Nation’s Top Ten in the Reimagine, Recreate, Recycle contest. (Mrs. Griffin had met with the waiter earlier to inform him of this honor and arranged for him to bring a birthday cake and ice cream!)

On Sunday June 27, they attended the third general session (Secretaries’ campaign rally, awards ceremony, Top 5 performing arts, voting). It was during this presentation that the beta girls learned that they had won fourth place in the Nation contest in the Snapshot service. Senior Jasmine Bryan accepted the award on stage on behalf of the entire MCHS organization. After receiving their award, the group decided to visit the Florida Mall to celebrate their national victory. Then, from 5:00 p.m. to midnight, Universal hosted a special beta night, where betas from across the country enjoyed their favorite Universal rides and theme park food.

On Monday, June 28, the Closing Ceremony took place and Jessica Hasty, President of the MCHS Beta Club 2020-2021, accepted the National Finalist plaque of the Reimagine, Recreate, Recycle competition. The installation of the national leaders took place, the leaders’ representatives were sworn in, and the performance choir finals were held. “It has been an honor to represent Madison County High School nationally and to rank in every division we’ve entered. Being able to compete together and work together on our projects has helped us grow as leaders, ”said Jessica Hasty, President of Beta. “Now we can bring that quality back to Madison County High School. ”

Principal Secretary Jasmine Bryan is grateful to the MCHS Beta Club and says, “The Beta Club has helped me grow in so many ways. It helped me meet new people and complete different types of projects. Specifically on the convention, Bryan appreciated the variety and uniqueness of Beta, as she took part in other college competitions and conventions that weren’t as interesting as this one.

“I am so proud of these ladies. They represented Madison and MCHS very well, and they made the history of the school by being the first (to my knowledge) to win national level Beta Club awards. First of all, we would like to thank everyone who has already donated items for this commendable project. We would like to thank Ms. Shandi Kemp for donating the grill (we held a raffle on the grill to raise money for the trip). Thanks also to Ms. Beth Moore, Chef Extraordinary, for cooking the chicken and rice for another fundraiser. A special thank you to Club Kiwanis for hosting us a lunch, allowing us to share our project with you and donating funds to our mission. Thank you to our school administration, the district school board and our superintendent for allowing us to travel and participate in the national championships. Thank you also to our student body, faculty, staff and community for purchasing chocolate, dinners and raffle tickets which helped us raise funds for this expensive trip. We appreciate and thank our chaperones, Ms. Peggy Hasty and Mr. Ray Griffin. And, of course, thank you to the parents for allowing their children to invest their time, energy and money in this event, ”Griffin said.

The MCHS Beta Club always accepts clothing, footwear, school supplies and / or personal hygiene items. They can also use financial donations to improve their wardrobes. They desperately need more shelves, shelves and a dressing area. Please contact Ms. Susanne Griffin, Sponsor, at (850) -973-5777 or any member of the MCHS Beta Club. If you know of anyone who could benefit from this closet, please don’t hesitate to contact us!