Some of the most highly ranked academic students from across the nation gathered in June in Mobile, Alabama, for the 33rd National Beta Club Convention, where Rockingham Middle School eighth grader, Josh Brewer, competed with the best and the brightest from Oklahoma to Illinois to New York, and honorably placed as a National finalist.
North Carolina Beta Cross Stitch Champion and rising ninth grader, Josh placed fifth in the competition in the national event. Rockingham Middle School has placed in a variety of academic subjects at the State Beta Club convention before; however, Josh was the only student from Rockingham Middle to advance to the national stage.
The national award presented to Josh is a capstone of a long list of academic honors that he received while attending Rockingham Middle School.
To be invited to the National Beta Convention and qualify for competition, students must place either first, second or third in state competitions that were held earlier in the 2012-2013 school year. Participants are encouraged to interact, share project ideas, and showcase their leadership abilities.
Rockingham Middle School students attended four sessions listening to speakers, observing talent performances, and participating in campaign speeches and skits of students running for national offices.