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Eastside Beta brings home state awards
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Eastside School students attended Beta Club’s state competition and brought home two awards. Pictured are the Junior Beta club members that were in attendance, front row, from left, Macie Bush, Blakely Jordan, Jake Gilispie and Bryson Locke. Second, Samuel Blankenship, Trace Bouldin, Dillon Kester, Cash Livesay and Aspen Davis. Third, sponsor Chris Hutcheson, Bryson Davis, Erin McBride, Adira De la Cruz, BeBe Brackley, Elena Rowland, Cooper Key, sponsor Angela Brock, Sammy Elder, Haley Millraney

Eastside Elementary School’s Beta Clubs brought home several wins from this year’s state competition Nov. 25.

Bringing home a first-place award for the school’s Elementary Beta Club was Aaliya Goodman. The intricate design of her quilled paper pendants caught the eye of the judges in the Jewelry Design category.

“I was very nervous,” Goodman said, of the competition. “I didn’t think I would win. It was my first competition.”

Her category had more than 150 entries. 

“We are very pleased she won first place,” said Mandy Blankenship, who sponsors the club with Rachel Livesay and Lisa Rowland. “I’m very proud of all our students. They worked hard. I’m also proud of our parents because they helped get everything accomplished. We couldn’t have done this without them and support from the school.” 

Other Elementary Beta Club winners:

• Avery Bolding in Sculpture with second place

• Hadassah Bryan and Lily Herren in Technology with second place

• Avery Bolding, Aailya Goodman, Emme Reed, Atlanta Fults and Gracie Smith with Apparel Design with second place

• Kenzie Cook, Ella Dodson, Cadence Slatton, Isabella Pitts and Journey Younglove in Marketing and Communications with fourth place

• Emme Reed in Performing Arts Solo with fifth place

• Violette Hardin in Academics English with fifth place

• Blake King, Malachi Wilcher and Piper Lewis with 3-D Design with fifth place

The theme for this year was “Beta as far as you can see” and that’s how far Bolding wanted to go with her sculpture of a rocket. 

“The theme was ‘as far as you can see’ and the furthest you can see is space,” said Bolding. “You can go to space with a rocket so that was what I wanted to construct.”

Her category attracted approximately 100 entries.

Elementary Beta is for grades 4-5, while the school’s Junior Beta Club is for grades 6-8. The two clubs had approximately 50 students at the competition.

Junior Beta brought home two awards: Jake Gilispie won second place in Recycled Art, and Samuel Blankenship won fifth place in Black and White Photography.

Gilispie constructed “Recycled Rob” out of various objects including an old door bell, dresser handle, fishing lures, tin, rulers, Scrabble pieces, a cardboard box and cloth. 

“I got the idea from Pinterest,” said Gilispie, who generated a photo journal of the pictures he took of the construction process and submitted it with his entry. “With the name, I wanted something catchy. I didn’t think I was going to win. There were a lot of good entries. I’m happy that I won.” 

Junior Beta members also in attendance were Macie Bush, Blakely Jordan, Bryson Locke, Trace Bouldin, Dillon Kester, Cash Livesay, Aspen Davis, Bryson Davis, Erin McBride, Adira De la Cruz, BeBe Brackley, Elena Rowland, Cooper Key, Sammy Elder, Haley Millraney, Kristin Bost, Chloe Rogers, Dylan Vandeveer, Aspen King, Katie Carter, Karigan Bost and John Wallace McPeak.

Junior Beta is sponsored by Angela Brock, Kristi Bost and Chris Hutcheson.

“I’ve very pleased with these wins,” said Brock. “All the students did well. There was an incredible level of competition and I’m extremely proud of them.”

Beta members placing first thru fifth place are eligible to attend the Beta National Convention in June 2020 in Houston, Texas.  

“Hopefully, these students can attend the national competition in Houston,” said Blankenship. “We need to get some fundraisers going and determine who’s interested in going. I think we have some good competitors who can represent Eastside School and the state of Tennessee well.”