Trevor M., eighth grade student at Ripley Middle School, recently received his plaque for winning in the National Beta State Convention.  Trevor placed fifth across the state for the Science Academic Quiz – Grade 8.

National Beta State Convention allows students the opportunity to compete in various academic and STEM-based, virtual and performing arts competitions. State Convention was offered as a hybrid event. This gave students the opportunity to compete either virtually or onsite at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee,depending on their level of comfort. This victory at the state level provides an opportunity to compete at the national level. Trevor will be competing virtually in the National Convention which will be held at the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville, KY during Summer 2023.

Tonia Estes, RMS Junior Beta Club Sponsor said, “We’re excited to have Trevor participate in the National Beta Convention academic competition representing Ripley Middle School and Tennessee.  This is one example of the quality of education offered in Lauderdale County.”

With more than 500,000 active members and 9,000 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.