IHS BETA Club member earns BETA State Secretary Title

With confident eloquence to match his 4.87 weighted grade point average, Wenchy likens his campaign slogan to a movement. “Each wave begins with an initial movement. A movement starts with one person and when others join the energy multiplies.” As with any movement, social or physical, the shared purpose of BETA clubs everywhere is to take a common goal to fruition. For the Immokalee High School BETA Club, success has come is waves year after year.

What started as a fundraising gimmick at a high-school football game selling snow cones to raise money for his BETA club, has now landed Immokalee High School’s Wenchy Dutreuil the title of Florida BETA State Secretary. His clever attempts to promote the snow cones as made with “homemade- organic ice” garnered the attention of one of his BETA club sponsors who eventually encouraged him to run for club candidacy. Earlier this month, an ingenious campaign slogan of “Wave with Wenchy” produced enough votes at the state level to claim the pursued seat. As Wenchy and his club now work towards the National BETA Club Convention, their eyes are now focused on getting him elected as the National BETA Club Secretary.

Living with his uncle and aunt, 16-year old Wenchy is also a part of the school’s Mock Trial group, the Immokalee Foundation and the Boys & Girls Club. When he has time off, he can be found enjoying youtube videos, reading or volunteering. A genuine fan of Mathematics and Computer Science, his love of structure and avenues that allow for creativity are notable qualities for anyone seeking leadership roles and factions to grow their movement. “The expert in everything was once a beginner” he explains. In advising younger students to aim for excellence he adds that “only effort and experience will help you develop your craft.” It is this type of mindset that will no doubt take him far beyond the walls of IHS.

As the Immokalee High School BETA Club heads for Oklahoma City for National Competition this summer, community support is no doubt needed. Anyone wishing to make a donation towards the trip should contact Immokalee High School.

Pete Cade can be reached at ibnews@newszap.com

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