Several Catholic schools in our diocese sent students to the Louisiana State Beta Club Convention, held at the Cajundome in Lafayette on January 28-29.


St. Anthony of Padua School, Bunkie

4th and 5th graders from St. Anthony of Padua School (Bunkie) attended the National Jr. BETA Club State Convention held Jan. 28 in the Cajundome, Lafayette. This is St. Anthony’s first year to have a Jr. BETA Club which includes the younger students.

The students participated in many different competitions including woodwork, drawing, creative writing, quiz bowl, speech, apparel design, banner, photography, songfest and group talent.

Lilly N. and Stella V. placed 4th in Apparel Design, designing the school’s BETA tee shirt and were interviewed to explain why they chose the design. They are eligible to compete in the National Beta competition which will take place in June in Fort Worth, TX.

Graham N. placed 4th in the Speech category. He competed against 62 other kids across the state and also will be eligible to compete at Nationals.

The school’s group talent also placed 4th and is eligible to compete in Nationals. The group talent consisted of 12 students that performed CATS.

These students represented St. Anthony School and our diocese well with other students across the state. Special thanks to Kate Webb, an 8th grader at St. Anthony School, who choreographed the entire CATS performance and to the Jr. BETA sponsors Lori Scallan and Carmen Cook.


St. Frances Cabrini School, Alexandria

Twenty one students from St. Frances Cabrini School in Alexandria participated at the State Beta Competition held in the Cajundome, Lafayette, Jan. 28-29. Students competed in the following competitions: Songfest, apparel design, 2 and 3 dimensional design, robotics, engineering, quiz bowl, jewelry design, recycled art, drawing, solo, duo, trio talent Book Battle and photography.

Adanna N. was 3rd in the State for 5th grade Science academics (she took a test with all the other schools in the state who competed).

Natalie P. was 5th in the State in ELA.