Beta Convention: President’s reflection

Beta President and Smoke Signals writer Zach Ross offers his insights on the convention experience

Zach Ross

A Lady Gaga song, yodeling, and a multitude of cowboy hats launched us to the finals last year.

This year a bunch of Greasers and a beauty school dropout received the same treatment.

The BETA Club had more fun than ever at state convention, competing in a wider variety of competitions than we ever had before. However, with more schools jumping on the trend, convention was more competitive than ever.

Twenty-seven BETA members, including myself, took on the colossal task of representing GRC at convention. We put in hours of dedication and work, but we found that having fun benefited the club more than winning. 

Our club won about the same amount of awards as we did last year in total. Lauren Clem, a junior in the club, won second place for a language arts test. 

Other than that, our club was successful in winning fifth place in a large group performance. We performed a medley of Grease songs that featured solos by Mallory Jones, Josh Muse, Emma Hackworth, Grace Owen, and myself.

One of the best parts of the convention this year was the newly established BETA Scavenger Hunt. A team from GRC, calling themselves the Beta Fish, won sixth place. The team was made up of Grace Owen, Mallory Jones, Emma Hackworth, Libby Taylor and myself.

Along with the competitions we could enter, our BETA Club earned the honor of having a 10% increase in school participation. Next year, we are hoping to achieve that same feat, and have even more members join us at state convention.

With national convention in June, we are rooting for Kentucky BETAs to show up and show out. 

Twenty-seven GRC Beta Club members attended the state convention Jan. 15-17. (Photo submitted)