By Charlotte Smith
Bladen County students brought home many awards from the North Carolina State Junior Beta Club Convention this week. Schools from Bladen County attending the convention held in Greensboro were Bladenboro Middle School, Clarkton School of Discovery, Elizabethtown Christian Academy, and Emereau: Bladen. There were escorts parading home the award winners in some towns across the county. Many Bladen County students left the state competitions with the opportunity to compete on the national level this coming summer.
Jair McElveen and Gabriella Brey were two Bladen County students running for elected offices at the state level. McElveen from Clarkton School of Discovery was very grateful after receiving his victory as the newly elected President of the North Carolina Junior Beta Clubs. Brey, a fifth grader from Emereau:Bladen ran a tight race for Secretary, but Madeline Evans from another school district took the office of Secretary.
Every local school that participated in the convention brought home multiple awards. Bladenboro Middle School announced their awards as follows:
First place in 6th grade ELA, Portfolio and Service Learning Project. They received second place in T-shirt Design and third place in Digital Photo and Banner. After the school announced the placements on their social media post the said, “We are so proud of you all!”
Laney Autry from Bladenboro Middle School was the 2018 Chaplin. Autry brought a very powerful speech before retiring the office which received standing applause.
Clarkton School of Discovery announced awards their students received at the convention as follows:
First place in Sculpture, 3D Design, and Campaign Skit. They received second place in Group Talent, fourth place on Photography and Songfest and fifth place on Engineering and Painting.
The school’s sponsors Mrs. Nance, Ms. Marlowe, and Principal/Sponsor, Mrs. Norris were all smiles. They congratulated all their students, parents and staff members for all the hard work resulting in a very successful convention.
CSD was also excited about the fact the school had student holding state offices two years in a row. In 2018, Cate DeVane held the title of Secretary and now Jair McElveen as 2019 President.
Elizabethtown Christian Academy won awards at the state level. The school announced Witt Gooden placed fifth in Social Studies and Max Dilello placed fifth in Digitally Enhanced Photography. The local academy also announced Ms. Genia Hester with the school is now a North Carolina State Junior Beta Sponsor.
Kellye Fell a school sponsor with Emereau: Bladen and Carey Patrick were extremely pleased with the results from this year’s convention. Fell said the school received even more awards this year than last year.
She announced the final break down of the local charter school awards from the competition. They are as follows:
First place awards for Songfest, Engineering, Banner, and Wreath. Second place awards for Digital Art, Living Literature , and Recyclable Art. Third place awards for Language Arts(4th grade), Performing Arts Duo, Campaign Skit, Mixed Media, and Speech. Fourth place awards for Language Arts (5th grade), Woodworking, Science (4th grade), and Language Arts (6th grade) and a Fifth place award for Photography.
Macey and Marlee Potter received a golden ticket to dance in Oklahoma for the National Junior Beta Convention, according to Fell and Emereau: Bladen received a Gold Key award for growth from last year.
Ashtyn Fell from Emereau: Bladen was the Jr. Beta State Reporter for 2018. She reminded those in attendance that it’s alright to be different and thanked all in attendance before her term ended.
Surrounding area schools such as Columbus County Charter School, Harrell’s Christian Academy, and other neighboring schools in Robeson and Sampson County also received state awards and the opportunity to compete in the National Junior Beta Convention which will be held in Oklahoma this coming June.
Columbus Charter School placed in the top five in multiple divisions. Harrells Christian Academy won first place in Junior Beta Songfest and Group Talent. Their elementary students won multiple awards as well.
Use the #betacon19 on social media to view more photos and information about the event. Bladen County high school Beta Club members are now preparing for their state convention held in Greensboro this Thursday and Friday. Check back with BladenOnline for more information as soon as it becomes available.
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