Fifth Grade Academic Achievers Attend BETA Convention

Nineteen students from Red River Elementary School went to the BETA convention for elementary students. The BETA club at the elementary school was started after Shenell Deville became principal several years ago. Here is Deville’s report on the convention: 

On January 28 and 29, Red River Elementary School (RRES) attended the state Junior BETA Convention in Lafayette, Louisiana. Two years ago, my goal was to identify and celebrate students who demonstrate academic achievement and talent in the visual arts, and that is still one of my goals for our students as of today. This is RRES 2nd year with the BETA program, and we are proud to announce that our students placed 2nd in the Songfest competition among 25 elementary schools that represented. We also placed 4th in Campaign Skit which was led by our school BETA President, Kinya Gray, 5th grade student. Because we placed in the top three for one of the competitions, we have been invited to compete in the National Beta Convention, which will be held June 15-18 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Our BETA club has also earned 5 GOLDEN Tickets to be a member of the Premier Performers of the 2019 National BETA Convention to showcase outstanding dance and vocal abilities. Five of our students will perform with students from various schools across the United States. 

The National Beta Club is the largest independent, non-profit, educational youth organization in America. It is an organization for 4th through 12th grade students in the United States, and for more than 80 years, it has prepared today’s students to be tomorrow’s leaders. Its purpose is “to promote the ideals of academic achievement, character, leadership and service among elementary and secondary school students.” This year, we had 19 fifth grade students to participate in the state convention. 

We had many parents and staff to attend and support their students and our Sponsor, Tiffany Williams along with Co-Sponsors, Kenyotta Calhoun and Crystal Williams have done a wonderful job organizing the startup and BETA activities for the past two years. 

For more information on BETA, you can visit the website at 

Pictured in the gold shirts from left to right, front to back: Collin Stafford, Payton Christen, Zachary Thompson, Cedric Moody, Tylan Beavers, Fa’Dasia Demery, Taleha Hill, A’niya Davis, Demarche Newton, Karrington Owens, Makilah Murphy, Emily Morgan, Zy’Quavious Smith, Gaylon Brewer, Bri-anna Taylor, Skylar Roberson, Jaskyla Williams, Kinya Gray, & Laniyah Latson, along with their sponsor, Tiffany Williams. 

Pictured are boys on the floor building a roller coaster for the engineering competition: Gaylon Brewer, Collin Stafford, Karrington Owens, Tylan Beavers, & Zy’Quavious Smith 

Pictured for Group Talent are girls in costumes: Skylar Roberson, A’nyia Davis, Bri-anna Taylor, Jaskyla Williams, Fa’dasia Demery, & Taleha Hill 

Pictured in school designed black & gold BETA shirts are BETA students with 5th grade teacher, Ranette Smith-Crockett.

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