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By Erin Smith

Many of Bladen County’s parents, teachers and staff are beaming with pride after this week’s State Junior Beta Convention in Greensboro. Bladen County’s Junior Betas performed well winning three State Junior Beta offices, two Golden Tickets to perform, and bringing back several awards. Winners will move on to compete the National Jr. Beta Club Conference in Savannah, Georgia in June.

Two of Bladen County’s Jr. Betas received a Golden Ticket to perform in dance at the National Jr. Beta Club Convention. They were Macey Potter of Emereau:Bladen and Sydney Gardner with Clarkton School of Discovery.

Three of Bladen County’s Jr. Betas were elected to State offices. They were Clarkton School of Discovery’s Cate DeVane who was elected to the office of Secretary; Bladenboro Middle School’s Lainey Autry was elected to the office of Chaplain; and Ashtyn Fell of Emereau:Bladen was elected to the office of Reporter.

The Clarkton School of Discovery’s Jr. Betas also won first place in Scrapbook, first place in Campaign Skit, second place in Group Talent, third place in Songfest, third place in Living Literature, and they earned a Top Ten in Banner and T-shirt.

CSD’s Merritt Martin and Rylee Brice earned a second place in wreath.

Principal Stephanie Norris said the School of Discovery’s Jr. Betas were also awarded the Golden Key and named a National School of Merit.

“It was impressive to go up there and to have that kind of success. It says a lot for our schools,” said Norris.

“I am extremely proud of all of our schools in Bladen County for our results and how we were represented,” said Jennifer Marlowe who is one of Clarkton School of Discovery’s Jr. Beta sponsors.

Bladenboro Middle School was also well represented at the convention. In addition to Autry’s election to a State office, the Jr. Betas placed first in Spotlight Your Club, second place in Scrapbook, and earned a Top 10 in Banner and T-shirt.

Elizabethtown Middle School Principal Elizabeth Cole and staff are very pleased with the performance of their school’s Jr. Betas, as well. Nathaniel Stewart earned a first place for Science and they also earned a third place for Tower of Power.

“I am mighty, mighty pleased with our club. Our club did well in other areas as well,” said Cole.

Tar Heel Middle School also did well. They earned a second place in Science and were also named a National Beta School of Merit.

“We did well,” said Ms. Wilkins of Tar Heel Middle School’s Jr. Betas.

East Arcadia School’s Jr. Betas performed well. Celeste Lennon, one of the Jr. Beta Co-sponsors said, “Any time our students performed they got support from other Betas,” said Lennon.

She said they were very excited about attending the State Jr. Beta Convention though they did not earn a spot at the National Jr. Beta Convention.

Elizabethtown Christian Academy enjoyed their time at the convention as well, said Jr. Beta Sponsor Genia Hester. Olivia Hill earned a first place in Quilt, Max Dilello earned a second place in Digital Photography and Eliza Waters and Miriam DeVane earned a third place in Special Talent.

Kellye Fell, one of Emereau:Bladen’s Jr. Beta Co-Sponsors said they were proud of their students as well. In addition to Ashtyn Fell being elected to a State office, the school earned a third place in the categories of Speech, Science, Math and Sculpture.

Emereau:Bladen’s Jr. Betas also earned second place in the category of Poetry while Macey Potter earned a Golden Ticket in Special Talent.

Emereau:Bladen also earned second place in advertising design and received first place standings in the categories of Social Studies, Black and White Photography, Banner and Digital Art Photography.

Harrells Christian Academy’s Jr Beta’s fared well. In Group Talent  they earned first place Division I

In Advertising & Design, Hudson Griffin, Daughtry Jackson, Molly Hilton, Joesen Pope earned first place; Book Battle, Eli Hardison, Garrison Hill, Savannah Grady  earned first;
in Poetry, Olivia Matthews earned third place; in Robotics, Christina Barnhill, Davis Barnette, Grant Swanson, Landon Coats, and Adrienne Squires earned earned first place; in Speech, Hudson Griffin earned first place; and in the Tower of Power, Daughtry Jackson, Jackson Lee, Trey Bryan, Baines Raynor, Garrison Hill earned first place.
Harrells Christian Academy’s Molly Hilton earned third place for Black and White Photography and Rebekah Bryan earned first place in Color Photography and Painting. In Fiber Arts, Mabel Parker earned second place and Lexie Sawvel earned second place in Handmade Jewelry.  Caiden Sutton earned first place for Pastels and Charcoal and Daughtry Jackson placed second in Recyclable Art. Cooper Barber placed first in Sculpture and Savannah Grady placed first in Woodworking while Jase Blanchard placed first in Wreath.
Harrells Christian Academy’s Jr. Betas also faired well in the Division II Poetry where Georgia Pope earned second place and in Social Studies where Evan Boussias  earned second place. Premier Performer Awards went to Camryn Fussell, Mabel Rose Parker, and Lexie Sawvel.
Bladen County School Teacher, Mrs. Patti Allen with Columbus Charter Middle School said, “We didn’t place,  but had a great time!  We competed in Songfest and the campaign speech, and some individual events.”

As of publication time, we were still receiving lists of winners and photographs and we will be updating as we receive them.

The Junior and Senior Beta Clubs are not just a club, they are a way of life. To know more, you can read Beverly Bridger’s column Beta Life: A Personal Reflection.

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