ORLANDO, Fla. — The River Valley High School is travelling south to the Disney Swan and Dolphin Resort, which is hosting the annual National Beta Convention from June 29 through July 2.
There are 35 students from River Valley Beta on the trip, where they will compete at the national level in multiple academic and artistic categories.
According to Beta Advisor and RVHS English Teacher Aaron Walker: “The kids are excited. We have a great group of young people that are ready to compete.”
The RVHS group is competing in two group categories: living literature and a skit embodying the characteristics of a Beta student. In both of these competitions the River Valley team won first place at the state level, enabling them to compete nationally at Disney.
Several students are competing in individual categories as well, their event following their name. Shayla Sanger, language arts; Sharla Moody, language arts and jewelry; Alyssa Sheets, math; Katie Baker, poetry; Ethan Browning, speech; Harrison Luckeydoo, multi media and drawing; Sophie Branham, fiber art; and Brianna McGuire, club scrapbook.
Also representing Gallia County is Chance Gillman, who is a national ambassador for the Beta program from RVHS. He will be delivering the Inspirational Address too the 19,000 Beta members in attendance.
“The National Beta Club has shaped a huge part of who I am today. This past year I have travelled all over the southern part of the country, and made friendships for a lifetime through Beta. What Beta means to me is that there is a hope in this world. Thousands of students in a leadership organization are passionate top make a difference in the world,” Gillman said.
The trip is funded throughout the year as students do fundraising events. The students that get to go on the trip have to be involved and work hard with the Beta program all year.
Beta is a national youth organization that develops students in four areas: achievement, character, leadership, and success. Students not only work on academics but also do community service.
Amy Stanley, librarian and Beta advisor said: “It is good to have students that are able to travel and compete academically.”
Reach Morgan McKinniss at 740-446-2342 ext 2108.