J.B. Martin Jr. BETA team recently competed at the District Day event held at R.K. Smith Middle School in Luling. The team won first place in the following captions: banner design, a free flowing banner that depicts the 2016-17 convention theme, Above and Beyond; Book Battle, a literature driven written test that consists of multiple choice questions and written responses based on a list of books; Robotics, where members design, program, construct, and implement their robot in order to address the challenge theme, Movers, Shakers, Creators; and Group Talent, where a group of students decide a theme and present that to the judges using guided regulations for the challenge.
The team received third place for Tower of Power, using innovative problem solving techniques and engineering concepts to create a tower that supports a tennis ball for one minute.
Jr. Beta Club provides an opportunity for the school’s outstanding students to work together and encourages high academic merit and service in the community.
Students are invited into the club twice a year based on academic achievement.
Seventh and eighth-grade students who maintained an A/B average in their previous school year are invited into the club in August.
After the first quarter of the school year, students who have all As and Bs on their report card (who are not already members) are invited to join the club in October. In addition to normal club responsibilities, students participate in various community activities to earn service hours. The core value of the organization is best summed up in its motto; Let us lead by serving others.
Jr. Beta members are able to participate in a variety of talent and academic competitions on the district, state, and even national level.