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Top scholars at Ivy Preparatory Academy Kirkwood School for Girls were recently inducted into the DeKalb campus’ inaugural Beta Club for high achievers.

IPA’s Beta Club is a local chapter of National Junior Beta Club, the country’s largest independent nonprofit youth organization. The Ivy Prep Academy Beta Club promotes scholarship, leadership, good character, and community service. Ivy scholars in grades 5-8 who have stellar behavior and a grade point average of at least a 3.5 are recommended by teachers to be considered for membership in the prestigious organization.

“We are thrilled to launch a Beta Club chapter at Ivy Prep Kirkwood,” said Dr. LaShunda Hawkins,  Beta Club sponsor at IPA Kirkwood. “Beta Club promotes academic achievement and the development of leadership skills. Members get to compete with other schools  in events that allow them to show their creativity and intelligence. It helps them to bond as a team and understand the true meaning of sisterhood.”

Fifth grader Tiana Watt said she feels special being part of the inaugural Beta Club. She serves as secretary and co-treasurer. “I like doing things and helping others,” she said.

Ivy Scholars have a legacy of achievement within the Beta Club. The 2016 president of the Georgia Junior Beta Club organization is a scholar from Ivy Prep Gwinnett, Selina Vazquez-Mendoza. In 2014, Gwinnett’s Beta Club became the first club from a single-gender public charter school to win as a top contender in an academic competition at the Georgia Beta Club Convention. The team also placed fourth at nationals in 2015 playing a Jeopardy-style Quiz Bowl game that tested their mastery of math, literature, social studies, and science.

Members of the Kirkwood Beta Club said they will continue the tradition of excellence.

Several of the new inductees will attend. They will compete in conference arts and academic events including Quiz Bowl, the banner contest, and more.

Fifth grader Damartys Williams said she is excited about being inducted into the scholastic organization.

“I know Beta Club will help me to get a college scholarship,” said Williams. a fifth grader who serves as co-treasurer. “Who doesn’t want a free college scholarship?”

Williams says that other scholars should strive to be in Beta Club, too. “If you keep making good grades and have good behavior, you will make it one day.”

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