A large group of students at two Bartow County elementary schools have been recognized for their academic success, leadership skills and community service.
Fourth- and fifth-graders at Cloverleaf and Clear Creek have joined the ranks of the National Junior Beta Club during the past two weeks.
Cloverleaf Elementary School
Chartering its first Junior Beta Club this school year, Cloverleaf inducted 28 members last Friday morning during a ceremony in the cafeteria.
“Cloverleaf Elementary School chose to charter our own Junior Beta Club as a way to recognize high academic achievement, develop leadership skills in our students and encourage service to others,” said Title I instructional lead teacher Jennifer Martel, who advises the club with Ellen Mooney and Paige Bennett. “We are very proud of our first group of inductees. They are constantly looking for ways to better our school and community.”
Fourth-graders who were inducted are Kaytlin Arnold, Ashlyn Baines, Conlan Belcher, Addison Brown, Briley Buchanan, Gilberto Camarena, DaYou Choi, Hunter Limbaugh, Kirtan Miasuria, Addison Morgan, Aidan Neathery Castaneda, Riley Rogers, Ramsey Rowell, Karen Ruiz-Vela, Sarah Sanford, Madison Stiles and Calvin Vazquez.
Fifth-grade inductees were Giovanni Aguilar, Gabe Baker, Gavin Dawson, Rylee Decker, Kaley Doi, Elijah Giroir, Ariana Hanks, Kaitlyn Harmon, Tucker Ivester, Alicia Juarez and Hunter Lovett.
Monday, the school received an email from National Beta Club that named Cloverleaf as a 2017-18 National Beta School of Merit because its chapter “includes all eligible grade levels on your school's campus,” according to Martel.
To gain membership in Beta Club, students were required to be in fourth or fifth grade, maintain an A average each nine-week grading period, submit two references and complete three service projects each semester, Martel said. To maintain membership, students have to strive to maintain all A's and to complete more service projects.
“Last semester, our students chose a wide variety of projects,” she said, noting no schoolwide service projects have been scheduled yet. “Donations were collected and delivered to Bartow Family Resource Center, Good Neighbor Homeless Shelter, Toys for Tots, Goodwill, Backpack Buddies and various nursing homes. Students volunteered around our school by serving on safety patrol, recycling team, computer lab helpers and peer tutors as well as around the community by helping with pet adoptions, coaching T-ball and basketball, cleaning for the elderly and participating in the Great Lake Allatoona Cleanup. Several students also made cards for the military, elderly and firemen.”
The future Beta members were notified of their selection in the fall at the end of the first nine-week grading period.
Each grade level meets once a month for about an hour and has its own officers.
Fourth-grade officers are President Kirtan Maisuria, Vice President DaYou Choi, Secretary Logan Vickers, Treasurer Ashlyn Baines, Historian Briley Buchanan and Reporter Gilberto Camarena.
“I think [being elected president is] really good, and I will always honor the members of my club and be there and shall strive to always help them if they need me and the community around me,” Kirtan, 9, said.
Leading the fifth-graders are President Kaitlyn Harmon, Vice President Tucker Ivester, Secretary Alicia Juarez, Treasurer Rylee Decker, Historian Hunter Lovett and Reporter Ariana Hanks.
Eleven-year-old Kaitlyn said it was a “surprise” that her peers elected her president.
“I was honored,” she said.
Clear Creek Elementary
Clear Creek Elementary School inducted 48 new fourth- and fifth-grade members into its Junior Beta Club and recognized 20 returning fifth-grade members at its third annual ceremony in the cafeteria Jan. 26.
“This year’s Beta Club members are a great group of kids and are eager to serve others and make a difference in our community,” said GATEWAY teacher Robin Morrow, who serves as co-adviser with fellow GATEWAY teacher Shelly Abernathy. “Beta Club members benefit from leadership development, increased awareness of community service projects and motivation to strive for excellence in the classroom.”
Principal Dr. Kelly Wade said to “tell you how proud that I am of all our Beta Club participants would be an understatement.”
“They are able to learn so many valuable lessons from their experiences,” he said. “The leadership skills that the students are developing will serve them and their communities very well as they grow into adulthood. I am truly blessed to be able to witness the growth of these students on a daily basis.”
New fifth-grade members are Kelsey Fowler, Caleb Goodwin, Lorelei Gould, Jacsen Hambrick-Bagley, Emily Hammonds, Grayson McKinney, Aurora Senecal, Kadence Torok and Bryson Wheeler.
Fourth-graders who are new inductees are Carley Aspenwall, Karter Bagby, Ethan Baker, Lexi Beth Bowman, Amelia Carter, Gracie Cash, Gabby Chun, Charlie Cullifer, Carly Edwards, Hayden Erickson, Isaiah Fritz, Bryson Geiger, Juan Godinez, Madeline Greenway, Brookelin Hall, Chloe Jamison, Ramona Jensen, Julius Jones, Brea King, Timothy Knight, Ruth Kunf, Lily Ledbetter, Hailie Lieving, Mason Madrid, Breanna Mazarky, Blayden Mitchell, Linden Moates, Brianna Morris, Emma Phillips, Breeana Robinson, Cooper Souders, Carsen Stanfield, Hailey Sullins, Jackson Taylor, Kersten Tuthill, Donavan Wacaster, Haven Walker, Catherine Grace Wells and Ava Whitfield.
Returning fifth-graders are Jade Becerra, Avery Black, Peyton Bowen, Rylie Bright, Oscar Chun, Mackenzie Cornett, Kaitlin Ferguson, Rachel Gordy, Harley Hannah, Jessica Hogue, Garrett McGill, Caroline O'Kelley, Macie Pajarito, Brie Patterson, Caden Pearson, Kayden Pineda, Lexi Purdue, Brock Slocumb, Sarah Smith and Lilly Southerland.
For membership, CCES requires students to provide two character references, complete three service projects per semester and make all A’s and B’s, with at least three A’s, Morrow said, noting students were invited to join the club in October.
As for fall-semester service projects, many of the fifth-graders served as kindergarten mentors, recycling team members, school photographers, safety patrol and the school mascot, Morrow said.
“Some individual service projects that stood out this year include a pillow drive by Carsen Stanfield for the homeless shelter,” she said. “He learned they had a need for new pillows, and he collected enough for every bed. Jackson Taylor collected nearly 100 coats for the needy in Bartow County to stay warm during this cold winter season.”
Each grade level meets once a month for an hour during lunch to “discuss service opportunities, leadership skills and club business,” Morrow said.
Both grades already are conducting schoolwide service projects for their school and community, she said.
“Fourth grade has been challenged to support the Little Libraries around Bartow County by conducting a book drive,” she said, noting the drive is scheduled for Feb. 12-23. “The fifth-graders are currently supporting a classmate whose house recently burned down with Candygrams. They also want to support a children’s hospital, and they are researching the needs of hospitals.”
Fifth-grade leaders are President Brock Slocumb, Vice President Caroline O’Kelley, Secretary Avery Black, Treasurer Rachel Gordy, Reporter Brie Patterson and Historian Peyton Bowen.
Brock, 11, said he thinks it’s “great to be the fifth-grade Beta Club president.”
“It is a great feeling that you are president,” he said. “To be elected is the best feeling because it shows all your hard work you put into Beta Club.”
Officers for the fourth grade are President Linden Moates, Vice President Lexi Beth Bowman, Secretary Ramona Jensen, Treasurer Noah Paige, Reporter Amelia Carter and Historian Jackson Taylor.
“I was very excited when I heard that I was going to be elected president for my grade,” 10-year-old Linden said.