Wednesday, 10 March 2021 16:55

Rockingham Middle Beta members participate in national convention

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ROCKINGHAM — National Beta members from Rockingham Middle School are celebrating their recent participation in the North Carolina Junior Division Virtual State  Convention. They were announced as winners of the following competitions:  

  • DJ Gainey, Jentry Denson and Grayson Wrenn - 1st place, Marketing and Communications  
  • Anthony Bastida -2nd place, English/Language Arts  
  • Tristan Bullard - 2nd place, Science  
  • Madisen Jackson - 3rd place, Science  
  • Cheyenne Guttery - 3rd place, Social Studies  
  • Jentry Denson - 3rd place, Color photography  
  • Sarah Nessell - 2nd place, painting; 3rd place, drawing  
  • Jacey McRae - 3rd place jewelry design and recyclable art  
  • Natalie Richardson - 5th place, mixed media  

Group event national qualifiers  

  • Rapid Response - Joseph Parsons, Cash Monroe, Hanna Smith, Jacey McRae, Jack  Hawkins  
  • Service Snapshot - DJ Gainey, Jentry Denson  

Typically, National Beta State Conventions bring together students from across the state to compete in a variety of competitions ranging from academic and STEM-based to visual and  performing arts. While State Convention, originally planned to be held in Greensboro, was cancelled for in-person competitions due to health and safety concerns stemming from  COVID-19, members worked hard while taking online tests and preparing competition submissions for their Virtual Convention.

Their success at the state level provides the  opportunity to compete at the national level. National Convention will be held at the Swan and Dolphin Resort at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, during Summer 2021.  

The Rockingham Middle School Beta Chapter stands on the shoulders of giants. This  organization has enjoyed great success in the past few years, competing in Orlando, New  Orleans, Savannah, and Oklahoma City, according to Beta advisor, Nikki Covington. The RMS  Beta Advisory team celebrates these accomplishments while wishing these competitors great  success on the national stage.  

With more than 500,000 active members and 8,750 clubs nationally and internationally, National  Beta has become the nation’s largest independent, nonprofit, educational youth organization. National Beta promotes the ideals of academic achievement, character, service and leadership among elementary and secondary school students. National Junior Beta includes grades 4-8 and National Senior Beta includes grades 9-12.

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