By MAGGIE MCMURRAY
Moapa Valley Progress
The Mack Lyon Middle School (LMS) BETA club chapter inducted a new crop of young members during a ceremony held Friday in the school’s auditorium.
BETA is a service organization that is aimed at kids who have shown leadership and academic achievement during their first year in middle school. Those chosen will serve next school year, during their 7th grade year.
Students chosen for organization membership went through an extensive application process that included gathering letters of recommendation, writing essays, and an interview process where they were quizzed on their knowledge of national politics, state politics, the origin of their school, and many other things. In the end, only 19 students were chosen to be part of next year’s organization.
The induction ceremony began with a short speech from club advisor Crystal Blackwell. “You should be proud of what your children have achieved,” Blackwell told the audience made up of parents and family members of the inductees. “With these children in it, our future looks bright.”
Lyon Middle School principal Ken Paul read the children a book by Max Lucado that encouraged them to lift others instead of labeling them. “As leaders, it is all about serving others and not about judging them,” Paul summarized. “I’m proud of you for being leaders.”
New BETA President-elect Savannah Aikele spoke next and explained that BETA is a club for serving others. She pointed out that serving others helps you feel good inside.
Aikele was followed by outgoing president Tyler Walker who shared experiences the current BETA members have had through the year. He said that his favorite was when they delivered numerous pies to the elderly around Thanksgiving time.
Blackwell presented service awards to eleven current BETA members who had provided over 15 hours of community service throughout the past year. She also presented “Above and Beyond” awards to members Mavis Hill and Whitney Waite. A special award was presented to member Chyler Cooper for providing over 40 hours of service during her time in BETA.
“I am super proud at how hard my 7th grade students worked this year,” Blackwell said. “They went above and beyond all my expectations.”
New inductees were then invited on stage and each given a candle. Current members lit the candle and administered the oath of office to the new inductees.
The new BETA members and officers are Savannah Aikele, president; Paige Harter, vice-president; Marcus Shambaugh, secretary; Brady Montierth, treasurer; Deni Jarrel, historian; Shaylee Adams, Tyelar Anderson, Vianey Arellano, Joey Boss, Devyn Craven, Paige Fairchild, Logan Harris, Olivia Houghtalen, Aleana Hull, Adam MacFarlane, Iain McMurray, Cassandra Nelson, Sophia Rowley, and Trevor Witter.