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Kemble, BMS classmates at national Beta convention

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By Stephen Thomas

 CLERMONT - The Bernheim Middle School Junior Beta Club features a national member in its ranks.

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Kelsin Kemble attended and competed at the 2012 National Junior Beta Club convention in Greensboro, NC.

Kemble was one of five BMS students attending the national convention, along with Cali Buday, Miranda Davis, Brien Hall and Lindsey Vest.

BMS assistant principal and club sponsor Jennifer Harrison said Kemble first ran for and won the office of chaplain at the state competition.

At nationals, Kemble competed against seven other students at nationals, beginning with a two-minute speech followed by a question-and-answer session with judges in front of a crowd of nearly 5,000.

A second round included performing a campaign skit to promote the competitior. Kemble’s skit was called, “Don’t Mouse Around,” with the Mickey Mouse Theme rewritten to spell “K-E-M-B-L-E” instead of “M-I-C-K-E-Y.”

“There were about 30 kids from other area schools, Old Kentucky Home in Bardstown, Larue County, Scottsville near Bowling Green, they assisted us with the campaign skit,” Harrison said.

Kemble completed the competition with a second one-minute speech.

Although he did not place at the nationals, Kemble will continue  to participate in state-level activities. He will assist other state officers in planning and leading the state convention, as well as presenting the 2013 keynote speech.

Kemble is the son of Kirby and Angel Kemble. Kirby is is the BMS music/band instructor.

Former BMS student Kayley Strange, now a Bullitt Central freshman student, also won at the 2012 state convention in the cross-stitch competition.