RICHMOND, Va. — Once again, “the country boy from Bladen County,” as he is often referred to, has made West Bladen High School, Bladenboro, Bladen County and North Carolina proud.
Zane H. Singletary has always been a highlight at previous Beta events, and the 2014 National Beta Club Convention was no exception. The 34th Annual National Convention was held this year in Richmond, Va., from June 21-28.
Singletary was elected as the North Carolina Junior Beta president in February 2009, and was selected the following year to perform the National Anthem on his saxophone at the National Convention in Louisville, Ky. Once in high school, he was prompted to run for the North Carolina Senior Beta president, although he had a few reservations since no one had been successful in being elected to both offices. Singletary was successful in his bid for president, making him the first in North Carolina’s history to hold both offices.
During his tenure as president, he has travelled to 16 States, helping to conduct other State Beta Conventions and has attended numerous leadership conferences during his time with Beta.
As the current North Carolina Beta president, Singletary carried in the North Carolina Flag on behalf of his state, and bid farewell to Beta’s across the nation. He was a crowd favorite, being the only state president to receive a full standing ovation, as well as many cheers. Afterwards, he had a long line of admirers waiting for pictures with the “country boy” who has become a beloved name in Beta.
Some Beta’s are still scratching their heads wondering how he did not win his attempt to become National Beta president in Mobile, Ala., in 2013 considering his obvious popularity with the Beta crowds through the years. Although Beta never releases winning margins, it has been rumored that only 2 votes separated Singletary and the National President Darren Green, who is from Missouri. Many of the Beta’s in the southeastern coastal states, where Singletary had huge support, simply were not able to attend the Convention in Alabama, whereas Missouri had a good showing that year.
When questioned on this issue, Singletary stated, “That’s just the way politics goes. You’ve got to have a thick skin and move on. Darren and I have become friends throughout this past year, and he has done a good job for Beta.”
In addition to carrying in the state flag during opening ceremonies, Singletary was one of the top five scholarship recipients in the nation and was presented a $6,000 check during the closing session of the convention. Beta Club Executive Director Bob O. Bright began the presentation by stating that he wanted to be the first to go on the record to announce that the Beta Club was making a scholarship award to “the future governor of North Carolina, Zane Hamilton Singletary.”
Besides his extensive Beta activities, Singletary has been involved in civic and community events and has excelled with music and academics. He served as president of his class at West Bladen High during his sophomore, junior and senior years. He received a Coca-Cola Scholars award; was named the Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen winner for both Bladen County and the Southeastern Region; was awarded the Wendy’s Heisman Award for his golf and academics; was the soloist for the West Bladen Marching Knights marching band show in both his junior and senior years; and was valedictorian of his class.
Last month, Singletary was named by the North Carolina State Democratic Party to lead the Charter Chapter of the Bladen Teen Democrats, and is also the campaign youth manager of the Committee to Elect Judge Ola Lewis as Supreme Court Chief Justice of North Carolina.
He is the son of Stanton and Cynthia Singletary of Bladenboro. He attends First Baptist Church of Bladenboro, where he frequently shares his musical talents.