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Ola Middle student wins county’s first Harris leadership award
by Christine Fonville
July 23, 2014 01:34 PM | 1078 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Taylor Johnson
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An eighth-grade Ola Middle School student is excelling in her leadership role with the National Beta Club, including winning the title of Georgia’s Junior Beta vice president.

Taylor Johnson, 13, daughter of Kim Johnson of McDonough, traveled to a club convention in Macon where she and other club members were required to give a two-minute campaign speech and perform a one-minute skit to campaign for the title. 

Taylor, who has been a member of the club since the fifth grade, said although she was nervous to campaign and perform, the experience was challenging and the result is rewarding.

“I am very excited to represent the state of Georgia as the state’s junior vice president,” she said. “Some of my duties include visiting schools that do not yet have a Beta Club to help them get started and help clubs that are struggling become stronger clubs.” Taylor will also help run next year’s convention, a role she said she is particularly excited to play.

The invitation-only club, which bases membership on academic achievements and teacher recommendations, promotes community service, character building and community involvement.

For Taylor’s hard work in the club, the accolades and awards keep coming.

Most recently, she was named as one of 50 nationwide recipients of the John W. Harris Leadership Award, named for the club’s founder who died in 1976.

The accolade recognizes outstanding guidance and management skills exhibited by the club’s junior and senior members.

The prestigious award is given to 25 juniors and 25 seniors throughout the country, all of whom will receive an all-expenses paid trip to the Beta Leadership Conference next week in Tennessee. 

“To our knowledge, no other student from Henry County has ever won this award, so we are extremely proud of Taylor’s accomplishments,” said Mrs. Johnson.  “She is a hard worker, a strong leader and we know that she will continue to work hard to represent Henry County and Ola Middle School to the best of her ability.”

Taylor said she will continue to work hard in the club because it has allowed her to make new friends and learn life skills.

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