The National Senior Beta Club called the Four Seasons Convention Center in Greensboro, N.C. its home from June 27 to 30. Two students from Lakeview had the opportunity to join the festivities in North Carolina.
Senior Beta clubs from all over the country met to compete in academic competitions, attend sessions on leadership, vote for their national officers, and, ultimately, make new friends.
Senior Beta Club is a non-profit organization whose main goal is service and is high school based. It sets up numerous service projects all over the country aiming to help gain funds and awareness for anything from cancer to Muscular Dystrophy.
But before these students travel to the national convention, they must go to their state convention.
In April, Ohio held a state gathering in Columbus. Forty-seven students from Lakeview High School attended, 14 of which placed in the top three of their academic competition, seven of whom won first place.
Out of these seven students, Robert McKay and Marissa Snyder traveled to North Carolina - Robert to compete in the science competition; Marissa to compete in the oratory competition.
Out of roughly 20 students in their perspective categories, Robert did not place nationally; Marissa placed ninth nationally.
Robert McKay called the test "challenging," and said, "The National Beta Club convention gives you an opportunity to exercise your intellect and meet people of the same caliber."
The Lakeview students were helped out in their trip to North Carolina by sponsors Bazetta Optimist Club, James and Diana Whetstone, Shortreed Financial Services, and Dr. David Hunkus.