TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- A dance routine is just one of several competitions that students entered at this year's Mississippi Beta Club Convention in Tupelo.
"You're going to see people who are just so incredibly smart," said Caroline Little, student. "People are just so beautiful, and it's just who we are."
For the 2,500 students attending the two-day convention, which began on Monday, the convention gives them an opportunity to compete for scholarships and to be better prepared for experiences after high school.
"This is really great for college," added Victoria Webber, student. "You get a lot of references, and you meet a lot of different people. You can get a lot of scholarship money from being in Beta."
"When you have students who have an opportunity to come and showcase their talents, whether it is academic talent or art based, it allows them to get the motivation that they need to go beyond the classroom walls and find success," said Alicia Genna, Mississippi State Senior Beta Sponsor-Elect.
To be a member and be involved in club activities, the students have to maintain a certain grade level.
"Beta Club just made me a better person and made me more brave," said Little. "It just opened me up to new things that I didn't think I would ever do or have the opportunity to do."
"I think most of them like the camaraderie that they are building with their fellow peers," added Genna. "[Also,] the opportunity to compete academically and to see other schools and to meet people."
For years, the convention was held in Biloxi.
Ever since Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005, it has been held at Tupelo's BancorpSouth Arena.