SURGOINSVILLE — Surgoinsville Middle School's Junior Beta Club was honored earlier this month by the Hawkins County Board of Education for being recognized nationally as a Junior Beta Club "School of Distinction."
Junior Beta Club chapters earn this distinction by striving toward academic achievement, exemplary character, demonstrated leadership and service to others.
Students and club sponsors Emily Sauceman and Meagen Mauk were recognized during the Dec. 13 BOE meeting.
Director of Schools Dr. Reba Bailey told the BOE the National Beta Club School of Distinction award is designated to reward schools that show an increase in membership.
"Our Surgoinsville Middle School recipients received the National Beta Club School of Distinction banner to display as a symbol of their accomplishment," Bailey said. "In addition, National Beta Club School of Distinction recipients will be publicized in the 2019 National Beta Club convention in Oklahoma City this June."
Bailey added, "Congratulations to the sponsors for doing this with the kids, congratulations to the students for this distinction. We're proud of that."
On Nov. 19-20, eighth-grade members of the SMS Junior Beta Club competed in the beta Club state convention held in Nashville.
"All of the attendees competed in different competitions including talent division, creative writing and poetry competition, STEM challenge, the Quiz Bowl, and academic testing competitions in science and language arts," Bailey said. "We would like to recognize Eliza Smith for placing in the top five from the entire state in the poetry writing competition. With her win, she qualified to compete in the poetry writing competition at the National Beta Club Convention this summer in Oklahoma City. This is a huge accomplishment, and we are very proud of her."