BIDWELL — Students at River Valley have been preparing for a display of skill and hard work which will culminate this week.
On Monday, members of the River Valley Beta Club met for a dress rehearsal for the upcoming state convention in Columbus where they will be competing in a myriad of events ranging in nature from academic to artistic and performance. The convention began Wednesday and will continue through Friday. There are 79 students from River Valley who were set to travel to Columbus where they will compete with 13 other schools.
Earlier this week, both advisors and students had high hopes for the competition, including Advisor Amy Stanley who said there was a “flurry of excitement” as the club prepared for the convention.
While the National Beta Club is more than 80 years old, many in the area are not familiar with it. According to one advisor for the program Aaron Walker, it is the largest independent, non-profit, educational organization in the United States. It exists in order to create future leaders and enable students to grow in four major areas: achievement, character, leadership, and service. The motto for Beta Club is: “Let us lead by serving others.” The students that wish to be members of Beta have high standards to reach. Prospective students must maintain good grades, demonstrate positive character, and actively serve in the community, according to Walker.
“Beta is a great organization that prepares today’s students for future service and leadership,” Walker explained. “Mrs. Stanley and I consider it our privilege to work with these outstanding young people.”
One student, Jarret McCarley, is running for Beta state office, an exceptional honor.
“I’m really excited about running for state office,” McCarley said. “I’m honored to represent this great club on the state level.”
Not only were the teachers and parents excited, the students were eager to represent their school and community this week in Columbus.
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