Rogersville Middle's Junior Beta Club earns trip to national competition

Jeff Bobo • Oct 5, 2019 at 7:00 AM

ROGERSVILLE — Rogersville Middle School’s Junior Beta Club earned a trip to the 2020 National Beta Club Convention with a presentation last week at the Beta Club Leadership Summit in Sevierville.

On Sept. 26-27, RMS’ seven Junior Beta Club members competed in two events at the summit, including an event called Lead Outside the Box.

When the students arrived for the summit, they were given a scenario about a middle school where students are dealing with stress, anxiety, and a number of other emotional issues.

The team had to come up with ways to relieve those issues through social and emotional learning.

The four students who participated in that event were Kennedy Dishner, Sawyer Fields, Leah Lipe, and Evelyn Velasco.

“It was amazing to watch these young ladies come up with solutions that not only fit their project, but would be useful in their own school.” said eighth grade teacher and co-sponsor Brandy McCracken.

RMS’ Lead Outside the Box presentation was called “Connections: Helping Students Connect to Their Feelings” and earned National Qualifier status.

That means those four presenters are now qualified to present at the National Beta Club convention in Ft. Worth, Texas, in June 2020.

The other event in which RMS participated last week was Service Spotlight, where the team presented the school’s service project idea of Adopt-a-Grandparent for the year.

They had to include details about how they would implement the project and what outcome they expected.

All seven members worked on that project, but it was presented by Jadelyn Elmore, Katie Chandler, Josie Rasmussen, and Dishner.

In both presentations, judges asked students numerous questions about how they would implement the projects and what they would hope to see as outcomes.