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State Sr. Beta Club students in Tupelo

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Updated: 2/17/2014 8:49 pm
TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- High school Beta Club students were having a lot of fun on stage Monday morning.

The students are part of a group talent competition.

They've been practicing for weeks.

It's just one part of the 68th Mississippi Senior Beta Club Convention.

"Beta Club is all about showcasing your children with their artistic and academic abilities," said State Sponsor Alicia Genna.

In a much quieter setting down the hall other students take part in an art competition.

Not far away, groups of other students collaborate to come up with a poster comparing aspects of the Beta Club to the winter games in Sochi.

Around 2,500 students and sponsors are in Tupelo for this convention, and they will go back to their hometowns with a mission to help others.

"One thing we promote in our clubs at the local level is let us lead by serving others. We encourage all our clubs across the state to find service projects to benefit their local communities," stated Genna.

This has been a very special year for a local student who has served as state president of the Beta Club.

As Robert Fleming from Pontotoc High School gets ready to hand the title of state president to someone else, he says he's learned a lot about building relationships with others.

"It's your opportunity and your time to go into your community and make a difference. Do that through service and finding any way you possibly can to help somebody out," Fleming said.

After graduation, Fleming plans to enter MSU majoring in human sciences and then into the ministry.

The Jr. Beta Club Convention is coming up in Tupelo in about one month.
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