From Press Reports
Brad Blaylock, elected as Mississippi’s state Beta president at the senior Beta convention in Tupelo in February, will seek the office of national president in June. Brad is the son of Lyn and Stan Blaylock, and grandson of Frances and Pat Hyde and Bobbie and Thomas Blaylock. He is a junior at Eupora High School. Brad will represent Mississippi at the National Beta Convention in Greensboro, N.C . He is an active member of EHS, First Baptist Church and his community. During the 2012 school year, Brad served as the first vice president of the Student Council, president of the Interact Club, president of Fellowship of Christian Athletes and president of the Beta Club. He was last year’s HOBY representative and a member of the Mock Trial team. Brad was a varsity basketball and tennis team member. Beta is an organization that encourages young people to volunteer and give back to their communities. The national motto of Beta is “Let us lead by serving others.” Through the work of the Eupora Beta Club and Interact clubs, Brad and others have supported Relay for Life, 20th Century’s puppet project and many other community endeavors, Brad has a heart for missions. His first volunteerism began shortly after Hurricane Katrina when he, as a sixth-grader, traveled to the Coast to help with cleanup. As an eighth-grader he traveled during spring break to Atlanta to serve at a homeless shelter. He subsequently made another trip to Atlanta the following year to work with the same shelter. He has also spent several days over the past few years volunteering for the Memphis Mission homeless shelter. Traveling with a group from Calhoun City to South Dakota, Brad helped to conduct backyard Bible schools and sports camps. Last summer, through his work with HOBY (Hugh O’Brien Leadership), Brad worked at a Salvation Army Center sorting, pricing and displaying clothing. He, along with FBC youth and Mississippi State BSU students, worked at a backyard vacation Bible school here in Eupora. He gives of his time to work on volunteer community projects. As a state officer, Brad will attend a state officers’ workshop and the Broyhill Leadership Conference in South Carolina in July. The BETA Broyhill Leadership Conference is a version of the Broyhill Leadership Conference created just for BETA club members. During the six-day, five-night conference, middle- and high school- age Betas are challenged to learn, develop and practice leadership skills that they will be able to apply personally as well as when serving as Beta club members and state officers . Here, Brad will meet other Betas from all over the United States. BETA BLC will be held on the campus of Limestone University in Gaffney, S.C. On June 26, the EHS Beta Club will travel to Greensboro for National Beta Convention. Here Brad will seek the office of national Beta president. Beta members Ashton Bryant, Lauren Carney and Madison Smith will attend the convention, and participate in the campaign and skit performance. Beta members from Houston High School and Bruce High School will also be involved in the campaign. While there, the EHS Beta Club will participate in meetings, sightseeing, and campaigning. Students will be fundraising in order to attend the convention. Anyone interested in supporting the EHS Beta Club’s efforts may contact Laci Knight or Brad Blaylock at Eupora High School.