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Beta students grab bevy of awards
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To be or not to be. Pictured is WCHS Beta Club’s Living Literature entry. Students chose to recreate a scene from Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” and placed third in the competition. The actors in the Living Literature set were Lauryn Ashby, Karigan Bost, Kristen Bost, Kaden Hobbs, Erin McBride, Kamrin McLaughlin, Chloe Rogers, Caroline Stewart, and Emily Wilcher.

Warren County High School Beta Club members received multiple awards at the Beta State Convention Delegation, including three second-place finishes.

“I think we had a very successful year this year,” said WCHS Beta Club sponsor Rachel McGee. “It has been two years since we have been able to have an in-person convention. Last year, 2020, was a full virtual competition in the fall for state convention. We were super excited to be able to go back in person and overall they did very well.”

Annaley Myers won second place in ninth grade Language Arts. Karigan Bost won second place in Mixed Media, and Brylee McCormack placed second in Division 2 On Site Painting.

Lauren Mansfield won fourth in Division 2 Speech. Sawyer Thompson placed fifth in Division 2 Woodworking. Chaz Alivo, Susannah Netherton, Maverick Smith, and Aaron Templeton placed fifth in Freshman Problem Solving.

The Warren County Beta Club also placed third in Living Literature. More than 60 students, teachers, and parents contributed to the end result. For their entry, they created a scene from Shakespeare’s "Hamlet."

“The kids will pick a piece of literature and it can come from a book, it can come from poetry, it can be a play,” said McGee. “And then they decide what scene they want to create and then come up with the plans for the room itself. The space itself is a 12x12x12 cube. So we can’t go any larger than 12 feet and you are not allowed to use any wood or metal in your major construction. So all that you saw on there as far as the walls and the construction itself was all made out of green insulation foam and PVC pipe. We created our stones from white Styrofoam.”

The Living Literature chair was Emily Wilcher and the story concept was by Lauryn Ashby. Carrol-Lee Mayberry was in charge of costumes and the structural specialists were Braden Marcum and Sawyer Thompson. The actors in the Living Literature set were Lauryn Ashby, Karigan Bost, Kristen Bost, Kaden Hobbs, Erin McBride, Kamrin McLaughlin, Chloe Rogers, Caroline Stewart, and Emily Wilcher. 

The WCHS Beta Club will be headed to nationals in July in Nashville.