Pee Dee Math, Science & Technology Academy’s Junior Beta Club attends National Junior Convention

The Pee Dee Math, Science & Technology Academy’s (PDMSTA) Junior Beta Club Delegates attended the National Junior Convention in Savannah, Georgia, June 13-16. The delegates were Faith Ham, Stephanie Layne, Ky’Asia Sims, Danielle Holmes, Aaliyah McCullough, Christopher Moorman, Tyler Brown, Jude Plyer, and Neil Bailey. Student delegates demonstrated leadership and academic skills, shared ideas, engaged with and competed against other scholars from around the nation.

Faith Ham, a 4th grade scholar from Hartsville, contended in Division I: Social Studies Competition and placed third in the nation. The social studies competition is a sixty-minute exam testing critical thinking, geography, government, US history, world history and social studies vocabulary.

The mission of the National Beta Club Convention Program is to allow students opportunities to showcase their academic achievement, artistic creativity, critical thinking skills, collaborative team work, and increase student leadership.

“This is our first time attending and competing at the National Junior Convention,” said E. Keith Bailey, Executive Director of PDMSTA. “I am so proud of our PDMSTA scholars and of the academic achievement Faith Ham demonstrated by placing in the top 10 at the convention. I look forward to our local club growing, achieving more awards and the increase in their confidence as leaders.”

The Pee Dee Math, Science & Technology Academy (PDMSTA) is a tuition-free public charter school established in fall of 2013. PDMSTA offers a unique approach to students located in the heart of rural Pee Dee region of South Carolina and serves students kindergarten through ninth grade. For more information visit

Author: Stephan Drew

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