Two Richmond County middle school students are going to be competing at the National Junior Beta Club Convention in June.
Maggi Chambers, of Ellerbe Middle School, and Josh Brewer, of Rockingham Middle School, won their events at the 21st North Carolina Junior Convention.
The theme for this year’s event, both state and national, is “The Heart of Beta.” Students compete in events such as woodworking, sketches, watercolors, science, poetry and quilting.
Chambers won first place in the Essay competition and Brewer won first place in the Cross-stitch competition.
The National Convention will be held June 15-18 at the Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel in Mobile, Ala..
“I think it’s going to be wonderful. They get a chance to compete at the national level,” said Nikki Covington, the academically and intellectually gifted teacher for both Rockingham Middle and Ellerbe Middle schools.
“This is surreal to me, that I will be participating in the National Beta Club Convention. I am honored to be able to represent Richmond County at a national convention,” said Chambers.
Brewer said he decided to compete in the cross stitch competition because nobody in his school signed up for the event and they needed the points for the competition. “I would not have been able to do it if my Grandma hadn’t taught me when I was little,” he said.
“I was very excited when I learned that I won and will go to the National Beta Club Convention,” Brewer said.
The National Beta Club is an independent, non-profit, educational youth organization. The Club recognizes and promotes high academic achievement, worthy character, leadership skills and encourages service to others.
According to the National Beta Club website, there are currently more than 420,000 active members and more than 8,000 clubs nationally and internationally.
— Staff Writer Laura Edington can be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 18, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.