IMMOKALEE HIGH BETA CLUB SHINES AT STATE CONVENTION
January 31, 2013
Another victorious year is on the books for the Immokalee High School (IHS) BETA Club. Some 80 club members participated in the 71st Annual State of Florida BETA Club Convention, held in Orlando last weekend, bringing home multiple State Championships and other honors.
The Immokalee Indians placed first in the state in the Sketching, Character Skit, and Group Talent competitions. The IHS BETAs also placed second in Ceramics, On-site Art (colored pencil), Philanthropy, Spanish, and Scrapbook, and they received third place rankings in Wood Working, Watercolor, and Service.
Several current and former IHS students received additional honors and participated as part of the program throughout the convention program.
- Junior Jeffrey Flores was elected as the next Florida State BETA Vice President.
- IHS alumnus and the 2004-05 National BETA Club President Rodelin Anthony gave the closing session inspiration followed by senior Kerby Henry, current State BETA Vice President, presenting his closing keynote address titled “You’ve Gotta Have Heart.”
- Senior Maricruz Gutierrez was recognized as the only Florida BETA to receive the Harris Leadership Award.
- IHS alumni Ramces Rouzard and Josh Washington performed a musical tribute to the National BETA Club Assistant Executive Director Glenn Stribling.
And, continuing on the theme of recognitions, longtime IHS BETA Club sponsor Linda Ayer was honored for thirty years of service and was re-elected Vice Chair of the Florida BETA Council.
Based on their performance, the Immokalee BETA Club will represent Florida in various categories at the National BETA Convention to be held June 19-22 in Mobile, Alabama. Club members will be working hard in the next few months to raise funds for their journey.
BETA stands for Better Education Through Achievement. The club motto is “Let us lead by serving others.” To be eligible to take part in convention activities, BETA members must maintain a 3.0 grade point average.
To learn more or if you would like to help in any way, please contact IHS BETA Club sponsor Tim Rayburn at 377-1800.