Students from FCHS, WHHS elected state Beta Club officers

By MELISSA ARNOLD State Journal Staff Writer Published:

Sarah Lawson and David Abell got a firsthand taste of what it is like to run a campaign with witty slogans and clever speeches during the state Beta convention in Louisville the first weekend in December.

Beta Club is a service-oriented group as well as one that celebrates academic success. To be inducted into the club a student must be a sophomore and have obtained a certain GPA, which varies based on each high school's requirements.

Lawson, a junior at Franklin County High School, was elected president of the state Beta Club Saturday, Dec. 6, during the convention.

The 17-year-old said she was very proud to represent her school.

"I was shocked when my name was read as the winner for president," she said. "I was really surprised, because at the beginning I didn't really think I had a chance because there were so many good candidates."

Lawson's campaign had a cowboy theme with the slogan "No one is above the law, son."

Susie Banks, FCHS Beta Club sponsor and math resource teacher, said Beta members always do a skit for their candidate.

"Our campaign skit was like a shoot-out and we had the background music of 'the good, the bad and the ugly' playing," she said.

From FCHS, 95 Beta students and six adults attended the convention.

"It was definitely a group effort in helping to get her elected, so taking one of the largest groups definitely helps when it comes time to vote," Banks said.

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