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Celebrations continue in Fayetteville City Schools as FMS Beta members announced as national qualifiers

Fayetteville City Schools is celebrating the accomplishments of its Beta Club at Fayetteville Middle School, where three teams were announced as national qualifiers, earning a trip to Disney World in Orlando, Fla., next summer.

FMS Beta Club members recently participated in the TN Virtual Leadership Summit. They were announced as qualifiers of the following challenges: Service Snapshot, Lead Outside the Box, and Rapid Response.

Typically, National Beta Leadership Summits bring together students from multiple states for 1-2 day events. During that time, students work with interactive speakers who engage members through introspective exercises and team-building activities. Clubs can also participate in team-based leadership challenges which test their communication, critical thinking, creativity, presentation, and collaboration skills.

While the Leadership Summit, originally planned to be held in Pigeon Forge, was cancelled for in-person attendance due to health and safety concerns stemming from the COVID-19, members were able to work together to submit their challenges online and met virtually for interactive leadership trainings from Bill Cordes and Ted Weise. Their victories at this level provide the opportunity to compete at the national level.

National Convention will be held at the Swan and Dolphin Resort at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., during Summer 2021. 

This is the fourth year Fayetteville Middle School’s Beta Club has competed in the Leadership Summit and the first year they have competed in all three categories.  Congratulations to the following students:

Service Snapshot - Kali Groce, Alea Gentry, Jack Fincher, Garrett McHenry, Te’Asia Ewing and Rylan Bradley

Lead Outside the Box - Braila Hockett, Ellaina Sheridan, Livey Wright, Sara Bradford, Grace Uriostegui, Lucy Phillips and Eli Hester

Rapid Response - Maddie Seals, Cayson Martinez, Maci Harwell, Hannah Martin, Hailey Sanders and Vincent Ruhlander

To watch a video of the students being announced as qualifiers, visit 

Beta Students will now start preparing to compete in the state competition which will be held virtually in March of 2021.  Students will compete in a variety of categories, including academics, art, dance performance, engineering and several other categories.  We can’t wait to see who qualifies next!


With more than 500,000 active members and 8,750 clubs nationally and internationally, National Beta has become the nation’s largest independent, non-profit, educational youth organization. National Beta promotes the ideals of academic achievement, character, service and leadership among elementary and secondary school students. National Junior Beta includes grades 4-8 and National Senior Beta includes grades 9-12. Visit for more information.