The Sulphur Bluff Beta Club had the honor of performing the skit which opened the talent program starting the First General Session at the National Beta Club Convention in Mobile, Ala., recently.
The club is the reigning Beta Character Skit winner, earning top honors with their skit, “The Average Day of a Texas Beta,” at the Texas State Beta Convention in January.
After the state contest, SB Beta sponsor Tressie South was in contact with National Beta Club sponsor Barbara Anderson. Through that connection, Sulphur Bluff’s skit team had the honor of opening the talent program at the national meet. Participating in the national conference were 2013 SBHS graduate Dylan diDonato; 2014 seniors Darron Foster, Beta Vice President Landon Dorner, Erin Zeringue, Beta Club Reporter Kaci Powers, Sarah Williams, Katelyn McDonald, Megan Coberley, Beta Club President Cheyenne Bryant; and 2014 juniors Hunter Powers, Justin Goldsmith and Kendra Jock. Tyler Raine and Club Secretary Casey Gore, 2014 seniors, were the only two members of the first-rated Texas character skit team who were unable to attend the national convention.
“Our club once again gave an outstanding performance with their ‘The Average Day of a Texas Beta’ character skit and had Betas from all around the United States laughing during our club’s comedy act. The skit went through the variety of service projects that our club hosts each year with a comedic point of view,” said South.
Anderson concurred. The national BPA sponsor told South afterward, "It was wonderful having your club perform their character skit at nationals. It was very, very good and I think everyone did enjoy watching it. So, I need to thank you and your club for a great performance and being willing to do it at nationals.”
“Our club is serious about the National Beta Club motto, ‘Let us lead by serving others,’ but we do try and have a great time while doing so,” South added. “I have a wonderful club and I am extremely proud of each one of my current members.”
South said the club members’ hard work throughout the year to raise funds to pay for the trip to nationals, and in all of their extra-curricular and academic endeavors personify that national motto, a standard she feels confident “this group will uphold the rest of their lives.”
“These students not only work hard all year long as Beta members by earning and maintaining a high GPA, serving at all of our club’s various service projects, activities, meetings and fundraisers, but these students also strive to do their best as active FFA members, FCCLA members, athletic team leaders, earning dual credits and participating in UIL and One Act Play. They are such an extraordinary group and we had an amazing time at the national convention,” South added.
The club was joined at the national convention by sponsors South and Kathy Hogue, chaperons Tyler South and Kim Bryant and seven other guests.
In addition to the national convention, the trip was structured so they were also able to enjoy three days touring various historical, fun and educational sites. They visited the USS Alabama battleship in Mobile, Ala., spent a full day on Pensacola Beach, Fla., and the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans, La.
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