Amelia Academy

By Jean Tremaine



Students from Amelia Academy attended a leadership summit at Great Wolf Lodge in early November. Sponsored by The National Beta Club, they met with other students from chapters around Virginia and North Carolina to focus on honing their leadership skills through a variety of group activities. Several guest speakers presented pertinent programs geared to the students.
The National Beta Club’s purpose is “to promote the ideals of academic achievement, character, leadership and service among elementary and secondary school students.” More than 8,750 clubs exist internationally for students spanning grades 4 through 12.
AA’s Junior Beta Club (grades 6-8) participated in the Rapid Response Challenge. Rapid Response teams are assigned challenging problems to solve and given a short time frame in which to complete the task. Rapid Response participants were eighth graders Emma H., Olivia S., and Barit M.; seventh grader Cameron M.; and sixth graders Amanda C. and Kyle A.
Rapid Response challenges are scored based on team cooperative skills. The Junior Club received a Mastery Score. Thirteen junior clubs competed and just four received mastery level scores. As a result, AA’s team will compete again at the National Convention in Savannah, Georgia, and have the opportunity to attend special leadership workshops while competing.
The Academy is looking forward to attending both the state and the national conventions later this year.

photo Beta Club members from Amelia Academy participated in team-building exercises with Beta members from other schools.

photo Our Beta Club out wolfin' around . . .