STA HOSTS DISTRICT IX BETA CLUB DISTRICT DAY
As home of both the District IX Governor and Lieutenant Governor of Beta Club, St. Thomas Aquinas once again played host to their District for Beta District Day last week. The event was held at Southeastern Louisiana University's University Center.
STA's Quiz Bowl team won first in the district after defeating Slidell High in the final round. Team members are seniors Butch Bartels, Logan Thompson, Shannon Garrety; juniors Clayton Ourso, Aaron Mixon, Preston Richardson; and sophomore William Daley. STA's T-shirt, designed to resemble a New Orleans water meter, also won first place in "T-shirt Design". The "Beta Scrapbook" committee brought home a first place win. They were seniors Reagan Greer, Allie Ridgell, Morgan Busch, Haileigh Bolton, Madelyn Miley and junior Camryn Flanagan.
STA's team also placed second in "Oratory" with senior Shannon Garrety and in "Special Talent" with their own STA rock band comprised of seniors Alexis Theriot and Luke Orlando, and sophomore Alex Theriot. All of STA's teams will advance and compete in the Beta State Convention in January.
Emily Owens, in her position as District Governor, served as host of the event and offered a challenge to the participating schools to bring canned goods to be donated to the Tangi Food Pantry. Beta District IX responded with nearly 700 cans to be donated for this holiday season.
STA's Beta Club officers are Emily Owens, District Governor; Shannon Garrety, District Lieutenant Governor; Butch Bartels, President; Lindsey Dettwiller, Vice President; Cailin Sampey, Secretary; Megan Davis, Treasurer; and Reagan Greer, Historian.
Other District IX schools participating in the District Day were Amite High School, Albany High School, Ben's Ford Christian School, Bogalusa High School, Franklinton High School, Hammond High Magnet School, Independence High School, Mount Hermon High School, Northshore High School, Pine High SChool, Salmen High School, Slidell High School, Jewel Sumner High School, and Varnado High School.
Logan Thompson, Butch Bartels, Preston Richardson, and Aaron Mixon await an answer from Slidell's Quiz Bowl team in the final round.
Beta District Day participants from St. Thomas Aquinas.
Alex Theriot, Alexis Theriot and Luke Orlando placed second in the "Special Talent" division for their musical performance with Alexis on vocals and the boys playing guitar.
Sophomore Nicholas Hudspeth and Ethan Jackson and senior Reagan Greer helped to unload the nearly 700 canned food items being donated to the Tangi Food Pantry by Beta Club District IX.