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Utopian Academy Scholars Honored For High Achievement

Utopian Academy for the Arts has inducted 27 scholars into the National Junior Beta Club, a prestigious organization honoring students who demonstrate academic excellence, leadership, and good behavior.

The scholars were chosen as the inaugural members of Utopian Academy’s new Beta Club chapter.Beta Club, which has been serving students for 80 years, is the country’s largest independent youth organization. It promotes scholarship, leadership, character, and community service. The organization has more than 350,000 members nationwide. Students can transfer their membership as they move to high school. “In order to be a part of our chapter of the National Beta Club, students have to have a 90 percent or better grade point average and be free of disciplinary infractions,” said Raquel Jones, the  ​guidance counselor at Utopian Academy who also serves as co-sponsor for the Beta Club . “They also have to be students who have integrity and can represent their community. Character is very important.” Beta Club members across Georgia are invited to attend an annual state leadership conference in Macon where they show off their artistic talents, leadership abilities, public speaking skills, and mastery of the school curriculum. They compete in quiz bowl games, banner design tasks, and chapter performance events. They also perform community service projects and receive tips on how to succeed in college. “One of the main reasons for being in the Beta Club is to make sure you serve others,” Jones said. “We will have community service projects. Our students will participate in the Beta Club conference. We want them to have them to have an opportunity to interact with other Beta Club students from across the country.” Utopian Academy scholars say they are excited to be named as inaugural members of the school’s Beta Club chapter. Four students have been chosen to serve as officers in the club. Music teacher Erica Thomas is the club’s other co-sponsor. “It feels amazing,” Monica Daniel, a seventh grader said. She was named as the treasurer of Utopian Academy’s new chapter. “This feels like a new chapter in my life.” Sydney Williams, an eighth grader with a perfect 4.0 grade point average, was named as club president. “It’s an honor to be able to sit with peers who are excited to learn and are motivated to get good grades,” she said. Williams said she would like to see Utopian’s Beta Club chapter grow. “Beta Club is for everyone,” she said. “You just need to develop good study habits. You can’t be a lazy student or procrastinate when it comes to completing your assignments.” Arkayla Napper, the new secretary of Beta Club agrees. She said that time management is essential to improving your grades. “I find time to study even though I am very active in school,” Napper said. “I am manager of the basketball team. I’m in broadcasting club and chorus. ” Jabari Godfrey, the new vice president of Utopian’s Beta Club, said that being a good student takes hard work. If more students want to be inducted next year, they will have to be self-motivated to do well, he said. “You have to strive to do your best in whatever you do,” said Godfrey, a straight-A student. “If you have a goal, aim for that goal no matter what.” Utopian Academy parents beamed with pride as they saw their scholars inducted into the club for high academic achievers. “I was a Beta Club member when I was younger,” said Tiffany Woum, the mother of Jada Scandrett, a seventh grader. “I am very proud to see her cross over.” Sherita Willis, the mother of eighth grade scholar, Mia Willis, said her daughter is also Beta “legacy.” “This is her final year at Utopian,” Sherita Willis said of her daughter. “We are glad that she was able to be a part of this inaugural chapter. She is continuing the family legacy. Her two sisters and me were also in the Beta Club.” Jones said that Beta Club membership is an accolade that looks great on an academic resume. The exposure to overnight conferences, service projects, and the duties of a Beta Club office can help students develop as leaders. “Giving them this leadership opportunity boosts their self-confidence,” Jones said. “It helps them to mature and grow.” Seventh grade inductees: Jordan Blossomgame, Briana Christian, Monica Daniel, Emmanuela Emah, Xavier Foster, Jabari Godfrey, Alexys Lyons, Eric Mai, Jakai Yancey, Queen Isis Merck, Da’Ryah Peoples, Jaahlil Ryans, Jada Scandrett, Jordan Sims, Jailyn Sorrells, Kayla Stokes, and Starlis Thompson. Eighth grade inductees: Lauren Allums, Aissata Diallo, Ronald Ford-Hales, Brittani Gates, Maia Jackson, Nia Parham, Mia Willis, Sydney Williams and member Arkayla Napper.

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