Barren County Middle School student Taryn Kerley was elected as state Beta Club president last weekend at the State Beta Convention in Louisville.
Though Taryn ran unopposed for the position, she didn’t take that as an excuse to put anything less than her best effort forth. Taryn’s voice boomed with enthusiasm during her candidacy speech despite her small stature.
“You’re probably thinking ‘She’s really small how can she lead us,’” Taryn said at the competition. “... Size has nothing to do with a person’s ability to lead effectively.”
Taryn’s father, Scott Kerley, said he was very proud of his daughter especially for having the courage to speak in front of an audience of more than 5,000 at the state convention. He said he’s seen his daughter become more outgoing and confident through her years of involvement in Beta Club, which promotes student leadership and community service.
“Beta Club allows children to be able to spread their wings,” he said. “She’s learning great values that transcend time.”
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