Only in its second year of existence at Oxford High School (OHS), the Senior Beta Club—an academic honors program with a strong emphasis on community service—has already garnered an award distinguishing the student organization as one of the fasting growing in the nation.
The OHS Senior Beta Club student membership has grown over 57 percent since the last school year, from 28 members to 49, earning them a National Beta School of Distinction Award for growing their membership over 25 percent in one school year.
Recently, OHS Senior Beta Club held its new member induction ceremony. According to student organization sponsor Katie Bridges, who teaches English at OHS, “All Senior Beta Club student members must maintain above a ‘B’ average in academics while also completing 10 hours of community service per semester.”
The Senior Beta Club’s motto is to lead by serving others, and their mission is to promote the ideals of academic achievement, character, service and leadership among elementary and secondary school students. Between the Junior Beta Club (grades 4-8) and Senior Beta Club (grades 9-12), both under the National Beta Club, the national organization has helped nearly seven million students learn how to make a life for themselves— and, since 1991, it has awarded over $5 million in scholarships.
There are now more than 450,000 active members and more than 8,750 clubs nationally and internationally.