Junior Beta Theta Convention

Bus-loads of young student leaders from all across the state are filling the Coast Coliseum for the 27th annual Junior Beta Convention.
Fifty-eight hundred are in attendance, making it the largest junior convention the state has held. That number includes fourth through eighth grade students, teachers, parents, grandparents and more. Beta is a nation-wide service and leadership organization that values academic excellence. The three day event includes academic competitions, talent shows, arts and crafts as well as an election.
Beta officials say the conference is all about encouraging youth to step out of their comfort zone and try new things. Ethel High School seventh grader Jace Dean said, “It’s very important to have good grades because I mean, it won’t be good with my mom if I don’t have good grades but being a leader is very important too. That’s a good quality in life.” Eighth grader Emily Rigney said, “Yes, you keep up your grades and everything but it’s more than just that aspect. It’s your attitude and that all contributes to what Beta is.”
The conference will continue through this evening. This is the first time in ten years the event has been held in Biloxi.

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