Immokalee H.S. Beta Club makes history at state convention.

“BETA did it again!”  

Those were the words straight from Immokalee High School principal Ken Fairbanks as he announced another victorious year for the Immokalee High School (IHS) BETA Club after their participation in the 72nd Annual State of Florida BETA Club Convention, held January 18-19 in Orlando.  

The Convention’s theme this year was “Making History” and the IHS BETAs did just that with their largest delegation ever attending – 96 members strong.  The team brought home multiple State Championships and other honors.

As a group, the Immokalee Indians placed first in the state in the Character Skit, Group Talent, Banner, Scrapbook, and Philanthropy competitions.  The IHS BETAs also placed second in Campaign Skit and Service.

Several IHS students received additional honors and participated as part of the program throughout the convention program.

  • Jeffrey Flores – current Florida State BETA Vice President, conducted one of the general sessions and gave an inspiring speech titled “Life’s Wild Ride” 
  • Regine Francois – elected as the next Florida State BETA Secretary
  • Benny Valdez – gave the inspiration for the closing session
  • Shania Bogner – 1st in Ceramics
  • Brenton Duncan – 1st in Computer Graphics
  • Santana Cardenas – 2nd in Watercolor and Onsite Acrylics, and 3rd in both Digitally Enhanced Photography and Color Action Photography
  • Daniel Martinez – 2nd in Woodworking
  • Efrain Martinez – 3rd in Math
  • Lynecee Romelus – 3rd in Oratory
  • Efren Varela – 2nd in Mixed Media, Colored Pencil, and Onsite Colored Pencil
  • Emmanuel Vega – 2nd in Spanish

Based on their performance, the Immokalee BETA Club will represent Florida in various categories at the National BETA Convention to be held in June in Richmond, Virginia.  Club members will be working hard in the next few months to raise funds for their journey. 

To learn more or if you would like to help in any way, please contact the school at 377-1800.

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