For the second year in a row, students from Irving College School captured first place during the statewide Jr. Beta Club convention in Nashville.
Competing in the technology division, the students won first with a multi-media presentation that highlighted the virtues stressed by the Jr. Beta Club, those being academic achievement, character and leadership.
“The presentation we did, we set it up like a race with an announcer in the booth and a race track in the background,” said adviser J.B. Smith. “We would flash down to the pits, we had a reporter down there, and we even had a shot from victory lane. I thought it was very well done.”
The presentation, which was done using Power Point, included still photos, music and animated clip art. Smith said the students spent about two days filming it, three days editing it, and about two weeks overall.
Irving College Jr. Beta Club students attending the convention were Brianna Cooke, Callie Cathcart, Lauren McDonald and Cheslee Curtis. They were under the direction of school sponsors Gail Curtis and Nicole Magness.
“There were 6,000 kids throughout the state at the convention so it’s a big deal to win this,” said Gail Curtis.
Smith said students came from as far away as Dyersburg in West Tennessee and Sevierville in East Tennessee. He said the majority of students came from Middle Tennessee in the Nashville and Mufreesboro areas because of their proximity to the convention site.
It’s the second year in a row Irving College students have claimed first place in the technology division.
“People ask me which presentation I liked better and really they were totally different,” said Smith. “Last year there was a lot of humor, but this year was more of a parody with a lot of good information.”