In a school noted for academic excellence, Croatan’s Beta Club members represent the pinnacle of success. They are stellar in academics, character, service and leadership. They truly are paragons of the Croatan Way, the high standard to which we have an unwavering commitment.
I would like briefly to spotlight two Beta Club keys—Academics and Service.
Why is academic achievement so important to Croatan? There are very smart students in great NC cities and towns like Beaufort (and east of the bridge), Morehead City, Topsail, Nags Head, Boone, Cary, Chapel Hill, Raleigh, Charlotte, Greensboro, etc and great US cities like Atlanta, Cleveland, Boston, Dallas, San Diego, New York, etc and great world cities like Shanghai, Jakarta, Montreal, Dublin, Tokyo, Rio, Johannesburg, Milan, etc. just as there are very smart students in great western Carteret County locations like Emerald Isle, Peletier, Ocean, Cape Carteret, Stella, Bogue, Newport, Cedar Point.
These great students will inevitably and invariably compete for precious jobs—that are becoming increasingly more complex, creative and specialized—in a global economy. Therefore, academic preparation and competitiveness is paramount.
And why is service so important? Here is a prime example: November 10, 2010, marks the 235th birthday of the US Marine Corps; November 11th is Veterans Day. Not to steal thunder from our Beta Inductees, but the men and women of the United States armed forces epitomize the virtue of service by placing duty to country above self. Without their service, we would not enjoy the freedoms we have today in this great nation.
We would be remiss not to recognize our service men and women and veterans who, along with Beta Club members, embrace the concept of service as a way of life. Thank you for all you do.
Thank you, students, for your cooperation and respect during the Beta Club induction ceremony. Thank you, parents, for your continual support of your student and Croatan High School. Thank you, staff, for continually challenging our students to uncompromisingly high standards…and supporting them along the way. Thank you, Ms. Sheila Moore and crew, for staging this prestigious event.
Thank you, Beta Club members and 2010 Beta Club inductees, for daring to excel.