Groves High School student leaders win Jefferson Award

Groves High School Beta Club (WTGS)

FOX 28 is a proud partner of the Jefferson Awards, a foundation that recognizes local heroes who help make their community better through acts of public service.

For the month of March, FOX 28 is recognizing the Groves High School Beta Club in Garden City for their leadership in the community and classroom.

“Let us lead by serving others” is the motto and guiding principle of the Groves High School Beta Club. It’s also a goal that the club’s 40 members strive for each day.

“Overall, we like to help out the community in any way we can,” said Mariana Murillo Vargas, the Vice President.

Every month of the school year, the students work with their adviser, Chiquita Polite, to stay active helping others.

“You need to invest in your community. If you want to make things better, you don’t wait for somebody else to do it," said Polite.

From organizing food drives and making blessing bags for those in need, to beautifying their school with new coats of paint, the Beta Club members have created memories with their service work.

“We went to a rehabilitation center and we were able to communicate and talk to some of the older people that were getting back up on their feet, and that really stood out to me,” said Caroline Peterson, the Secretary of the club.

But members aren’t just focused on leadership through service and kind words. They’re leading the way in their classrooms too.

“To be a leader, we have to show leadership first. If our grades are not up to par, how can we show leadership to others? So we have to show, be the example,” said Treasurer Jazmin Smalls.

And these Beta Club members are hoping their examples span generations to come.

“I think it’s important for them to start now so that later on they can continue and pass along these things to their own children in order to take care of the community,” Polite stated.

Congratulations to the Groves High School Beta Club! If you know a local hero who’s dedicating their time to serving their community, nominate them for Jefferson Award today.

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