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.
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 national level.
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 served the
National Chapter during 2011-2012. The senior is Erath High’s
second National President.
In 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.
Jade Nunez who served as the 1st ever National
Beta Club officer from Erath High is currently on the tail end
of achieving his career goal.
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
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
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.
2010 EHS graduate Lauren Lange became the
National Beta Secretary at the Orlando, Florida Convention and
served throughout the 2009-10 school year.
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.
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 brother, Jordan.
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 predecessors.
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 football.
Last summer Poche attended
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
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