It was a record-breaking year for the Caroline County Junior and Senior Beta Clubs at the National Beta Convention in Orlando, Florida. For the first time in local history, each school in the county was represented at the convention. Among more than 15,000 student attendees, Caroline students brought home nationally-ranked awards for the very first time.
The team from Bowling Green Elementary won second place for their Spotlight Your Club presentation, which highlights local service projects that the students do throughout the year. Also from BGE, Sabian Rollins took 2nd place in Handmade Jewelry for his metal-forged bracelet and pendant, as well as winning 5th place in Charcoal for a sketch of an owl. Michael Hayden from Lewis and Clark Elementary also became the National Champion in Social Studies, proving that where a person comes from does not define their potential.
From Caroline High School, Kirsten Whittaker took 2nd place in English Division II, and Madison Gillespie, Sierra Butler, Safra Waugh, and Brianna Queen won 4th for their Service Snapshot, a group project focusing on giving back to the community.
The Junior Beta Club and the Senior Beta Club each spent a week at Walt Disney World, attending sessions on leadership, teamwork, and community service. The convention proved an unprecedented opportunity for Caroline students to learn what it means to truly work together and discover that it is possible to have an impact on the world.
While leaving the park, one student remarked of the fireworks, “This is what the week was.” Truly a celebration of Caroline’s academic and community achievement.