8th Grader Abby Clark, and 7th Grader Kylie Trummer both were able to accomplish something the Alton community hasn’t in a couple of years: placing at the Junior State Beta Convention. In 2018, JTA 8th Grader Norah Croghan placed first in the Sculpture category, the only known Alton State Beta Placement in recent history.
Abby Clark, who placed 5th in the State in Creative Writing, said that it’s been great to be a part of something so community-oriented. “The club has been very supportive of each other, We had to figure things out together with Mrs. (Mary) Crocker, to plan and set up for Conventions. And we were pretty successful for this being the first year back at it in a couple. I was nervous about it at first, but we were confident heading into it.”
This is Clark’s second year with the Beta Club at Alton, which did not attend the convention last year, and fully intends to continue participating next year at North Hardin after her success this year. Clark is also a two-year member of the Alton Academic team, which this year won their District Governor’s Cup, their second in two years.
7th Grader Kylee Trummer, who was the State Runner-Up in LAnguage arts, in her first year with the Alton Beta Club was surprised by how successful she was. “It was a very interesting experience, we didn’t know how certain things worked, but all in all it was a great experience, especially this being our first year back competing.”
Trummer also intends to continue with the Beta Club, emphasizing the importance of being so community-oriented. “It’s so important to give back, the way that Beta does because you don’t know what other people are going through.
New JTA Beta Club Sponsor, Mary Crocker, said that “Preparing to compete at the Kentucky State Beta Convention takes months of hard work and dedication. I am proud of all of our 62 students from James T. Alton who began preparations for their specific competitions starting in October of this school year.”
Alton Assistant Principal Allison Scherer was very complimentary of what the JTA Beta Club has done this year. “Mrs. Crocker has done an excellent job of laying a foundation for a successful Beta program here. These kids have done fantastic work this year, and I’m looking forward to seeing all the great things they can do moving forward.”
Both girls will represent J.T. Alton and the Commonwealth at the National Beta Convention this summer. That convention will be held in Fort Worth, Texas from June 19th through the 22nd.