Carrollton, Ky. — March 2, 2018 — Thirty-eight Carroll County Middle School students attended the Kentucky Junior Beta Club Convention in Lexington, Kentucky, in early February.
Students competed as individuals, teams and clubs in a variety of disciplines:
- Alyssa Dermon, Lilly Melton, Kylie Smith and Chloe Young (Advertising)
- Maci Breeden, Cristian Castillo, Mallory Coghill, Madigan Coulter, Lylah Cox, Rileigh Darnold, Layne Huesman, Connor Mefford, Megan Perkinson, Anna Richter, Bailey Stewart and Trey Stucker (Arts)
- Emily Hagan, Jackie Stephens and Loretta Young (Book Battle)
- Bryce Hollingsworth, Julie McCollum and Averie Schaub (Language Arts)
- Lylah Cox, Andrew Frye and Reagan Schadler (Math)
- Jayden Cannon, Cameron Darnold, Andrew Frye and Reese Gill (Quiz Bowl)
- Brandy Bowman and Grayson Kinman (Science)
- Avery Gill and Jackie Stephens (Social Studies)
- Johnica Spenneberg (Speech)
- Khirstyn Gooch and Lauren Smith (Spotlight)
- Cameron Darnold (T-shirt)
- Madie Hicks (Talent)
- Cole Brown, Aiden Aldridge, Trent Imus, Cale Leonard and Brack Cayton-Wright (Tower of Power)
Andrew Frye placed second overall in the seventh-grade mathematics competition. Lylah Cox placed third overall in the arts competition. Frye and Cox will attend the National Junior Beta Club Convention in Savannah, Georgia, in June.
“This is the first year that we have participated in Junior Beta Club, and I am so happy with how our students have responded to the new opportunity,” said Katie Perraut, a CCMS math teacher and the club’s sponsor.
According to its website, The National Beta Club promotes “the ideals of academic achievement, character, service and leadership among elementary and secondary school students.” Beta Club hosts state-level conventions and a national convention each year.
“Junior Beta Club gives students a way to learn about leadership through achievement, character building and service,” Perraut said. “Our students embraced the new opportunities, and we are proud of their work.”
The CCMS Junior Beta Club has more than sixty members. Outside of competing at the state convention this year, the club has worked on several service projects.
“Our members have sent Valentine’s cards to veterans, conducted a food drive to help with the district’s Backpack Buddy program and sent books to Florida libraries that were impacted by severe weather,” Perraut said. “It’s just been a great year, and we are looking forward to more great things from our kids.”