As the Erath High School Beta Club
returned from the national convention, amidst the bus load of
tired teens making their way home the morning of June 25th, was
the 3rd National Sr. Beta Club officer in the school’s history.
This past January, Erath native Ryan Poche
was elected as the state Beta President. During the week of June
21st through 24th, Poche and area beta clubs upped the ante to
reach for a higher goal in Nashville Tennessee. The group’s goal
was to help elect a Louisiana representative at the national
level. The hard work of Poche, sponsors and beta clubs from
Erath High, Kaplan High, Catholic High of New Iberia and others
paid off as Ryan Poche was voted the Beta Club President at the
Poche is the 3rd Erath High student to
claim a national officer’s title in the senior club in the past
13 years. Erath Middle has had two Jr. Beta National officers as
well. Poche will serve the National Chapter during 2011-2012.
The senior is Erath High’s second National President.
1998, EHS graduate Jade Nunez left the National Convention with
the same title and ironically in the same city (Nashville) as
Poche. During 2009-2010 another former EHS graduate, Lauren
Lange was elected and served as Secretary for the National Beta
Club. In looking at the three EHS students who have been
elected, evident are attributes that tie the trio together.
Aside from leading parallel academic careers and serving in
similar leadership roles, each have set high standards for
themselves, have a clear vision and above all else, always work
hard to achieve their goals.
who served as the 1st ever National Beta Club officer from Erath
High is currently on the tail end of achieving his career goal.
With the dream of becoming a trauma
surgeon, Nunez graduated from Erath High in 1999 and received
with his MD from LSUHSC in 2007. He then spent three years at
the Ochsner Clinic as a general surgery resident. He
completed his surgical critical care fellowship in June of 2011
at Wake Forest in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where he will
remain for his final two years of surgery residency.
Nunez recently returned from a month in Johannesburg, Africa
where he where he was able to work with top trauma surgeons. In
2005, he participated in a medical school trip to Maracaibo,
Venezuela as well. As Nunez recently spoke about his long
journey he stated quite simply, “after it (his journey) is all
said and done, I will be finally be a trauma surgeon.”
Nunez is the son of Carson and Fran Nunez of Erath and has three
siblings, Beau, Kyle and Mya. Nunez.
graduate Lauren Lange became the National Beta Secretary at the
Orlando, Florida Convention and served throughout the 2009-10
As Poche begins his tenure as the National
Beta President this year, his cousin Lauren will begin her
sophomore year at Tulane University, majoring in
Cellular and Molecular Biology.
As an active college
student, Lange serves as tour guide for Tulane, Senator-At-Large
on the undergraduate student government, and is on the varsity
cheerleading squad at Tulane. This is her 2nd year as a
cheerleader. She is currently in the Honors Program at Tulane
and is one of the two Tulane freshmen to serve on the Dean's
executive board. Lange is also part of the Global Brigade
program and she recently traveled to Honduras on a medical
Upon graduation from Tulane Lange, like
Nunez hopes to be a surgeon. Her goal is to attend medical
school in New Orleans and eventually become an orthopedic
surgeon with a sports medicine specialty.
Lange is the daughter of Keith and Angela Lange with one
The youngest of the three is Ryan Poche
who will be an Erath High senior this fall. As a natural born
leader, he clearly possesses the same ambition as his two EHS
Poche will serve as Class President again
during his senior year. He has been president since 9th grade
and serves on the EHS Student Council. Not only has he been Sr.
Beta President for the State, but also served as the Louisiana
Jr. Beta President while at Erath Middle. He has 4.0 GPA and
Poche is active in sports such as cross country, soccer and
Last summer Poche attended HOBY (Hugh
O'Brien Leadership Conference in Baton Rouge) after which two
other Louisiana students were chosen to participate in the World
Conference in San Francisco, California.
As part of his
service work, he had the opportunity to work with Habitat for
Humanity program last summer.
This past January he was
elected and served as the District Attorney for the Vermilion
Parish Government Day. He attended Boy’s State and has plans to
attend the National Broyhill Conference in mid July.
After graduation in 2012, he hopes to attend Tulane or LSU with
the hope of attending Law School. He is the son of Mark and
Schuyler Poche with one sister, Caroline. In addition to the EHS
trio who served the on the National Sr. Beta level, two Erath
Middle students have also served as National Beta Officers at
the Jr. Beta level. Those are Chandra Comeaux and Jennifer Drott.
On Lauren Lange’s current facebook site, she has
no less than a dozen positive quotes filling her page.
One quote in particular from the 2004 movie “A Cinderella Story’
is a simple yet powerful phrase that binds this trio together.
The quote states “Never let the fear of striking out, keep you
from playing the game.”
Without a doubt, Poche, Lange
and Nunez can say they are not only played in the game, but have
scored homeruns. In looking back it is obvious each stepped up
to the plate by setting goals in life. Then picked up the bat
and worked hard to achieve those goals and last, they swung that
bat with hope, knowing all too well, that they are not only
played in the game, but they gave it their very best shot.
Dr. Jade Nunez
top photos show Jade Nunez as the National Sr. Beta
President during 1998-1999. The bottom left shows Nunez
on his recent trip to Johannesburg, South Africa. He
spent May working in the trauma unit at Johannesburg
General. Pictured are Nils Edstrom, Jade Nunez, Tchaibo,
and Sarah Nietz. Bottom right shows Nunez on a medical
school trip to Maracaibo, Venezuela in 2005.
left: Lauren Lange was elected during the 75th
Anniversary of the Beta Club in 2009 in Orlando,
Florida. Top right: Pictured are the 2009-2010 National
Beta Officers Lauren Lange, Secretary, Akeem Muhammed,
President (from Illinois) and Wood Smith, Vice-President
(from Kentucky). Bottom left: Lauren Lange is in her 2nd
year at Tulane. She will be on the varsity squad this
coming fall. (Bottom right) Lange is part of the Global
Brigade program and she recently traveled to Honduras on
a medical mission.
left: Ryan Poche has always been an avid reader. He
is shown at Dozier Elementary as the top AR reader.
Top right: Last summer, Ryan Poche and two other
Louisiana students were chosen to participate in the
(HOBY) World Conference in San Francisco,
California. As part of his service work, he had the
opportunity to work with Habitat for Humanity
Program. Bottom left: Ryan Poche is currently as the
LA State Beta President and the National Beta Club
President. Poche is shown at the convention in
Nashville, Tennessee. Bottom right: Ryan Poche with
his family in Nashville at the National Beta
Convention where he was named the National Beta Club
President. Pictured are Schuyler, Ryan, Mark and