“Any Beta that wants to go can, but only the top two winners in each event get to compete at the national convention,” said SB Beta Club sponsor Tressie South. “The club has several fund raisers set to help us pay our way to the National Beta Convention in Mobile, Ala., this summer.”
The 10-member character skit team from Sulphur Bluff won first place honors for their creative display of National Beta Club’s ideals.
“I am proud to say that SB is the state champion in this event. The skit was 4 1/2 minutes long and was first done only for judges. Since the club won first place, we were able to perform the skit in front of the entire Texas Beta convention during our second general session of the convention,” South noted. “The members did an outstanding job and had every Beta in the ballroom laughing! The skit was based on an average day of a Beta. I wish that everyone could see this skit because it really does inform individuals what it means to be in Beta.”
The Sulphur Bluff Beta Club also garnered third place honors in the scrapbook competition at the state convention, held Jan. 11-13, in Austin.
“This is our third year in a row to place third and we are proud of our club for that, but are already thinking of ways to improve it and take first place next year,” South said.
The scrapbook competition is meant to display the countless service projects, activities and fundraisers that each club completes in a year's time. All SB Beta members contributed to this year’s scrapbook, which they called “The Beta Bunch” and dedicated to Sulphur Bluff ISD secretary Sharon Cox, who they note “is the heart of SB.”
“All of the artwork was illustrated by the members. Each of the 100 pages was designed to be 70s-style wallpaper that would be seen in The Beta Bunch's house, complete with the pictures and journaling in the book inside of gold picture frames,” South said. “Our club always votes on a special person for the book to be dedicated to. This year that special person was Mrs. Sharon Cox, the SB secretary. True to this year's National Beta theme, ‘The Heart of Beta, she is the heart of SB.”
While the club has been involved in several service projects so far, they still have quite a few in the works this school year. Some include selling heart pendants as a fundraiser for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, hosting a book and art supply drive for the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital, a coke tab drive for Dallas Ronald McDonald House , Pennies for Patients fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and a spring blood drive in April. Their most recent project was a dinner last Thursday honoring school board trustees during School Board Appreciation Month.
“All of the service projects we hold are a way our club follows the National Beta Club motto, ‘Let us lead by serving others,’” South said. “Our club expresses our gratitude to our school board trustees, who have helped us ‘Rise To New Heights’ by sending us to the state convention.”
South noted that SB also entered their Beta Club’s banner, designed by Casey Gore, in the state banner competition.
“Although it did not place in the top three, it definitely stood out amongst the others by being classy and flashy with black and silver silk, and silver, red and blue sequins. The theme of the banner has to be the National Beta Club theme for this year ‘The Heart of Beta,’ ” South said.
SB Beta Club members participating in the state convention included Hunter Powers, Meagan Coberley, Tyler Raine, Erin Zeringue, Justin Goldsmith, Brian Saures, Dillon Harred, Casey Gore, Dylan diDanoto, Darron Foster, Sarah Williams, Katelyn McDonald, Cheyenne Bryant and Kendra Jock.
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