The Caldwell County Middle School Junior Beta Club attended its first state convention, attending the event at Galt House in Louisville on Jan. 22-24.

The school was represented by 49 students at the convention, and each member took part in an event.

"I think there were 7,200 students there," club sponsor Chelsea Ardrey said. "It took us a lot of preparation and planning, a lot of work to get there."

Ardrey said the trip was funded through club dues, fundraising and donations.

The convention featured students taking part in events as well as running for state office in Junior Beta Club. Students who were not taking part in events were able to watch other students in their events. The top five in each event earned a berth in the national championships in Fort Worth, Texas.

CCMS sixth-grader Jackie Farmer took fifth place in language arts, while the robotics team won third place. Both earned spots in the national championships.

"It was a good trip," Ardrey said. "The kids had a lot of fun, and they learned a lot. We're excited for next year."