Area 6th Grader Presides Over Elementary Beta Convention
Montgomery County 6th Grader Karmin Johnson, daughter of Terra Fountain and Josh Brinson, traveled to Savannah last week to preside over the 2022 Georgia Jr. Beta Convention as the Georgia Jr. Beta President, and to inaugurate the next state Jr. Beta president.
Johnson won the Georgia Jr. Beta Presidency at the 2021 Georgia Jr. Beta Convention last November, where she won over her peers with her “Vote Karmin with a K” campaign. Since winning the election, Johnson has traveled to Nashville, Tennessee, with her grandmother to run for the National Jr. Beta Presidency in June. Only two members of the Montgomery County Jr. Beta Club, Isabella Huber and Tatum Williams, were able to attend the National Convention to act as Johnson’s campaign skit team, so the Dorothy L. Sims Elementary School Jr. Beta Club, from Conyers stepped up and joined the efforts, an action which Johnson said she will never forget.
“Thank you to my community for supporting me to run for the National Presidency!” Karmin said during her farewell address. “I also want to thank Dorothy Sims Elementary School for being the only school in the state of Georgia that was willing to help with my skit during Nationals.”
According to Johnson, this act of kindness by the school is an example of the friendships and bonds she has created throughout her time as Georgia Jr. Beta President. She said it is people like Johnson’s 20212022 Jr. Beta Club Sponsor Amber Street, who encouraged her in her campaign and supported her throughout her presidency, and National Jr. Beta Club President Kash Miller, who rode 9 hours from Kentucky to support Johnson at the state convention, that have made her term so special.
“I want to say thank you to my fellow Betas for allowing me to be your president over the last year,” Johnson told the crowd during her farewell address. “Thank you to my Meme, Laurie Holland, for always being down to help me and always being along for the ride. Thank you to my parents and grandparents for all of their support.”
Johnson passed her presidency to North Dodge Elementary School Student Ryder Graham, who she said she believes will do an excellent job. “I have met the best people and the sweetest kids through Beta Club,” she said. “I’m glad to have been able to serve as president, and I look forward to remaining a part of Beta Club for several years to come.”