Trist Middle School was the proud host of the recent District 12 Junior National Beta Club District Day Competition. Students from all three St. Bernard Parish middle schools attended the event alongside students from Plaquemines and Jefferson Parishes. Over 400 students were in attendance.
The day focused on the four pillars of Beta Club: leadership, character, achievement, and service. Competitions included Speech, Advertising Design, T-shirt Design, Banner Painting, Spotlight your Club, Robotics, Tower of Power, Songfest, Quiz Bowl, Book Battle, Group Talent and Special Talent.
The day concluded with Katherine Lemoine, St. Bernard Parish School Board Member and Nunez Community College professor, addressing the students.
“I was in Beta a long time ago, and being a part of that was something I still remember. To be chosen, not elected, for the organization is a true complement to your character and intelligence. You should be proud of yourselves for being a part of this incredible organization,” she said.
Lemoine also acknowledged the hard work and dedication of the club sponsors who were present at the event.
“I hope you all have a great time today and while you are here, take a moment to appreciate the adults that made this morning possible. On a Saturday, teachers and other school leaders are working, not for themselves, but for you so that you can experience this opportunity. They are providing this moment for you to learn and laugh and grow. They aren’t doing it for the applause or for extra credit. That’s what character and leadership are truly about – service, commitment, and dedication.”