A leader among student leaders

High Springs Community School's Brooke Teele is elected Florida Junior Beta Club president.

Published: Monday, January 3, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 3, 2005 at 12:24 a.m.
Students from High Springs Community School recently made a splash at a state conference. The students are, from left, Brooke Teele, Drew Burgette, Stephanie McGuire, Rachael Wilks and John Anderson.
At just 12 years of age, High Springs Community School student Brooke Teele is already a leader among leaders.
Brooke has been elected president of the Florida Junior Beta Club, a youth organization that promotes leadership and service among honor students in middle schools throughout the state.
As president, she will conduct meetings of the statewide officers and preside over the organization's conferences and community service projects - a big task for a seventh-grader.
"Students participating in Beta Club have the qualities we want all our students to possess," said principal Jeff Means. "Having the statewide president shows the caliber of students that are attending High Springs."
Brooke's election is all the more significant because this is only her first year in Junior Beta. She campaigned for the presidency during the organization's recent conference in Orlando.
She and her classmates made up campaign signs and fliers, and Brooke delivered a speech outlining her qualifications to more than 1,000 Junior Beta Club members from throughout Florida.
To participate in Junior Beta, students must have high grade point averages. As club members, they are focused on academics, but they also become involved in the community, performing service projects such as neighborhood cleanups or participating in civic events.
Brooke also is involved with the High Springs Baptist Church youth group, student government and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. "I like helping people," said Brooke. "I know I'll have the chance to do that as president of Junior Beta."
Brooke is not the only Junior Beta Club member to win statewide recognition for her school. Several of her fellow members competed very successfully against other students during the Florida conference.
The school's Quiz Bowl team, including Rachael Wilks, Drew Burgette, Stephanie McGuire and John Anderson, took first place in the state competition. Burgette also took first place in social studies and Anderson took the top spot in science.
Rhrett Klemmons took second place in woodworking, and team members took second place for their campaign skit and third place in the songfest competition.
Club sponsor Amy Chestnut says she's proud of the performance of her High Springs students.
"Beta Club is a very prestigious organization that's been in existence in this country for 70 years," she said. "We're all looking forward to taking on the responsibility of a leadership school."

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