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WHS named Beta School of Distinction

National Beta has announced that Waynesville High School is a 2019-2020 National School of Distinction. This award is an honor for Beta Clubs striving toward academic achievement, exemplary character, demonstrated leadership and service to others. With an ongoing quest to instill these qualities in more students, the National Beta School of Distinction Award is designed to award those schools that show an increase in membership for the current school year.

“I am very proud of our Beta Club and that we continue to grow by leaps and bounds,” said Dawn Wilking, Beta sponsor. “I am hoping that this trend continues and I can help spread the love of Beta to the other schools in our district. Last year, we had a student run for the state office and it was a wonderful experience to see her grow and perform at such a high level. She gave a speech to 4,000 people in December at the Missouri State Beta Convention. Even better, our club supported her by designing and painting a backdrop and props, performing a skit and campaigning for her at State Convention. While we didn’t win in the end, students grew as individuals and as a club, and that is what matters most.”

Award recipients received a National Beta School of Distinction banner to display as a symbol of their accomplishment. 

“This prestigious honor is a true indication of Waynesville High School’s dedication to academic excellence, leadership development and commitment to celebrating their student’s achievements,” said National Beta’s Chief Executive Officer, Bobby Hart.

National Beta is the largest independent, non-profit, educational youth organization in America. Since its beginnings in 1934, National Beta has been committed to providing students with a positive experience in a supportive manner in grades 4-12. The organization recognizes outstanding achievement, promotes character and social responsibility, encourages service involvement to school and community, and fosters leadership skills. For more information, visit


June 5, 2020