School Board celebrates Meadowview’s ‘Newsies’

The Meadowview Middle School Junior Beta Club “Beta Newsies” performed at the Hamblen County school board meeting Tuesday night. The team includes: Sawyer Stacy, Parker Stansell, Hezikia Davis, Brendin Belger, Jada Smith, Cristian Angel, Hailey Romero, Kailynn Mullins, Ryan Wheeler, Hannah Stokely, Ashlei Peterson, Nathan Perdun and Megan Vaughn.

The Meadowview Middle School Junior Beta Club almost brought down the house Tuesday night at the Hamblen County school board.

Spread all throughout the Heritage Room at the Hamblen County Department of Education building, the group, called the “Beta Newsies” performed the song “Carrying the Banner” from the Broadway musical “Newsies.”

The club members placed seventh place in the nation during the summer at the National Junior Beta Club Convention in Dallas, Texas and third place last year in the state competition.

Dressed in period attire, the Junior Beta Club sang and danced at the school board meeting.

By the end, everyone in the room was clapping.

The team that went to nationals and performed included Sawyer Stacy, Parker Stansell, Hezikia Davis, Brendin Belger, Jada Smith, Cristian Angel, Hailey Romero, Kailynn Mullins, Ryan Wheeler, Hannah Stokely, Ashlei Peterson, Nathan Perdun and Megan Vaughn.

“That was exceptional!” proclaimed Chairman Dr. Joe Gibson.

During the meeting, the school board unanimously approved a funding resolution for $620,000 of additional money this year that the Hamblen County Commission had approved last month as part of its 2019-2020 fiscal year budget.

The commission voted in July that $200,000 would be a one-time expenditure and $420,000 would be recurring money the school board will now see every fiscal year.

Dr. Jeff Perry, school superintendent, praised the County Commission for its efforts.

“The commission went above and beyond,” he said.

The school board also heard a report from Tuff Torq on its summer internship program. Students Miraida Morales, Dylan Alexander and David Price went over their experiences with the program.

Tuff Torq also announced it would begin its first ever fall and spring work program for students who go through the summer internship program. Alexander and Price were named as the first ones to participate in the program.

Youth Leadership Hamblen also visited the school board meeting Tuesday night, led by Daryl Brady, the volunteeer coordinator of the group. Thirty four students attended, a larger group than last year. The group is made up of juniors from MorristownHamblen High School East and Morristown-Hamblen High School West. The students will also be soon attending a Hamblen County Commission meeting and a Morristown City Council meeting.