LOW MOOR — Fourteen Alleghany High School students were recently inducted into the Beta Club, an organization that recognizes students for academic excellence and service to the community.
The Nov. 20 induction ceremony at Hodnett Hall was historic in terms that it represented a combining of the former Alleghany High School and Covington High School Beta Clubs. As a result of the July 2022 merger that created Alleghany Highlands Public Schools, students in grades 9-12 began attending Alleghany High School this fall. The former Covington High School is now Covington Middle School, and it houses grades 6-8.
New members of the AHS Beta Club are Burton Graham, Sadie Moye, James Conner, Kayden Jack, Evelyn Jessee, Bryce Leitch, Isaiah Thomas, Joowon Chung, Owen Hicks, Faith Holt, Kathryn Johnson, Michael King, and Regan Paitsel.
Returning Beta Club members are Orchid Tucker, president; Matthew Clayton, vice president; Casey Simmons and Riley Spangler, treasurers; Jacklyn Snyder and Tori Critzer, secretaries; Serenity Campbell, Holly Dressler, Sarah Francis, Hayli Givens, Travis Hicks, Breanna Reynolds, Harlie Reynolds, Grayson Siers, Gabriela Taylor, Christina Terrell, Riley Walker, Laken Cantrell, Charity Craft, Brooklynn Hicks, Ella Hicks, Sophia Mundy, Kaitlyn Petrero, Amia Riddick, Tyra Rose, and Crystal Wright.
Faculty members Karen Johnson Hopkins and Alania Lowman serve as co-sponsors of the AHS Beta Club.
“It has been a privilege to work with these students, your children, in the capacity of the AHS Beta Club co-sponsor. I enjoy the time I am able to spend with Beta Club students completing projects and working with them in the community,” said Johnson Hopkins.
“This group of young people has been busy helping out in various capacities throughout our school district and community. They have volunteered to help at the Callaghan Elementary Family Reading Night, Mountain View Trunk or Treat, and at the Clifton Forge School of the Arts Kriskindlmarkt, among other involvements,” Lowman added.
Beta Club is the nation’s largest independent, nonprofit, educational youth organization. It was founded in 1934 to cultivate service and leadership ideals in youth. The Alleghany High School chapter invites students with above-average academic achievement to participate and gives them opportunities for leadership and community service.
Each school sets its own criteria for acceptance into the club. AHS Beta Club members must maintain a grade point average of 3.55 or above and at least one SOL score of 500 or higher. Students must also agree to volunteer time with projects illustrating the four pillars of being a Beta Club member: leadership, character, service, and achievement.
In the current school year, AHS Beta Club members have been involved with several community service projects, including assisting the Alleghany Highlands Christmas Mother, Family Reading Night at Callaghan Elementary School, the Kriskindlmarkt at the Clifton Forge School of the Arts, several Halloween activities across the AHPS’ elementary schools, donating socks during “Socktober” (which were donated to the Christmas Mother), and participating in the faculty breakfast for American Education Week.
AHPS serves approximately 2,700 students and it is jointly funded by Alleghany County and the City of Covington. School division news and events are regularly updated on Facebook at AHPublicSchools and Instagram at ahpublicschools. Information is also available by visiting the division website www.ahps.k12.va.us.
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