DMS student elected state Jr. Beta Club leader _lowres

Torri Aleigh Jackson

Dutchtown Middle School made an Olympic-worthy run for several honors during the recent Junior Beta Club State Beta Convention held in Lafayette, club leaders said.

DMS student Torri Aleigh Jackson was named the new State Junior Beta Club president. Jackson ran a campaign playing on her name, “Seize the Glory with Torri,” a news release from the club said.

Jackson, the 12-year-old daughter of Marcus and Lequita Jackson, said she was honored to have been elected to the office. Jackson based her campaign on the Olympic games. After her speech in front of more than 12,000 Beta Club members gathered in the Cajundome in Lafayette, fellow club members presented a campaign skit using the Olympics as a model. The campaign skit included various members, tumbling, dancing, skiing and lugeing their way on the stage. The members in the campaign skit included James Graugnard, Cyrus Bahman, Landon Louque, Mitchell Dixon, Hannah Rabalais, Bailey Landry, Celeste Kling, Shaelyn Martinez, Kendall Knaps, Haley Leonard, Logan Pontillas, Liam Daly, Kathleen Daly, Zoe Wooten, Haley Marks, Matthew Dixon, Cassie Louque, Jonah Williams, Marissa Lund, Cleveland Jackson, Jacob Gauthreaux, Madison Stelly, Sam Dupeire and Madison Ingrassia.

Mya Vinnet, who competed in the speech contest; and Kallie Commaradelle with Parker Blackwell in the poster contest, earned additional honors.

The DMS club was honored as one of the top achieving clubs for service hours it earned during the year. The club won first place in the sweepstakes competition.

Jackson will travel to Richmond, Virginia, along with other Beta members to compete on the national stage as she runs for National Beta Club President.