By BETTE FITZGERALD
CMS BETA SPONSOR
Twenty-six new members were inducted into the National Junior Beta Club at Cherokee Middle School on Monday, Nov. 8. These students were selected from the eighth grade class based on academics, behavior, attendance, teacher recommendations and principal approval.
The ceremony was held in the Cultural Arts Center with a reception in the gallery lobby following the program. On display in the lobby were six of the beta club banners that have been framed by Nancy Martin who donated her time and materials to preserve these outstanding examples of student artwork. They will be on permanent display in the Middle School.
The following students were inducted as Junior Beta Club Members: Lacey Arch, Ashley Bradley, Gracia Bradley, Jaron Bradley, Nesta Bradley, Brandon Buchanan, Dre Crowe, Aidan Galloway (Secretary), Elicio George, Corey Hill, Nick Hill, Mack Lackey, Olivia LaCombe, Meli Lambert, Nigel Ledford, Madison Long (Treasurer), Kaycee Lossiah, Simon Montelongo, Jared Panther, Makayla Pheasant, Gabe Rodriguez, Xan Sadongei (Vice President), Kendall Toineeta, Kobe Toineeta, Cole Wildcatt(President), and Peri Wildcatt.
The students will now prepare to compete at the NC Junior Beta Convention in Greensboro on Feb.6-8, 2011. The students will compete in: banner, scrapbook, living literature, arts (drawing, painting, water colors, pastels, poster design, photography and sculpture), crafts (knitting, embroidering, cross stitch, jewelry, and woodworking) and academics (math, science, social studies, spelling, poetry, speech, power point and quiz bowl).
Last year, Cherokee Middle School placed first in the banner (Chicoah Ledford, Justin Buchanan, Dylan Thompson), first in woodworking (Jeremy Saunooke), first in acrylic painting (Tagan Crowe) and second in embroidery (BraDe Brady). The theme of this year’s convention is “Beta…A Volunteer State of Mind,” with nationals in Knoxville, TN in June.
The CMS Junior Beta Club related they would like to extend a special thanks to Cherokee Central Schools and the GEAR UP program who make this convention possible each year.