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Eastside Beta impresses at virtual convention
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Eastside School’s Beta Club 4-5 grades brought home awards from the club’s national competition. It was the first to be held online due to COVID-19. Pictured front row, from left, are Cadence Slatton, Aaliyah Goodman, Piper Lewis, Avery Bolding and Emme Reed. Second row, Izzy Pitts, Jake Gillispie, Journey Younglove, Lily Herren, Hadassah Bryan and Gracie Smith. Third row, Beta Club sponsors Mandy Blankenship, Lisa Rowland and Rachel Livesay.
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Pictured at the state competition, which was held in person prior to the pandemic, is Avery Bolding with her sculpture.

Eastside School’s Beta Club continues to excel in competition, even when COVID-19 forces that competition into the virtual world.  

“Over the last few months, our 4-5 grade Beta members from Eastside Elementary have been working hard to submit their entries for the National Beta Virtual Convention,” said Rachel Livesay, who sponsors the club with Mandy Blankenship and Lisa Rowland. 

Hard work paid off when winners were announced:

• Aaliyah Goodman placed 8th in Jewelry

• Gracie Smith, Emme Reed and Avery Bolding placed 7th in T-shirt Apparel Design

• Violette Hardin placed 7th in ELA Academics test

• Avery Bolding placed 8th in sculpture

• Kenzi Cook, Cadence Slatton, Izzy Pitts and Journey Younglove placed 8th in Marketing and Communications

Also competing: Technology were Lily Herren and Hadassah Bryan, 3-D Design were Blake King and Piper Lewis, Solo Performance was Emme Reed, Samuel Blankenship in Black and White Photography, and Jake Gillispie in Recyclable Art.

“We are so proud of each and every one of these Beta members for their hard work and dedication to the new adventure of competing at a national level,” said Blankenship.

These members originally competed and received awards during the state convention held in November 2019. Their victories at the state level provided an opportunity to compete at the national level. The national convention, originally planned to be held in Texas, was canceled due to health and safety concerns stemming from the pandemic. 

With the 2020-21 school year beginning, so does this year’s competition.

“We look forward to competing once again at the state level in November and hope to return to the national level of competition,” said Rowland. 

Because the national competition was held online, pictures of the students with their exhibits are from the state competition, which was held in person. 

Over 12,000 Junior Beta students (grades 4-8) and Senior Beta students (grades 9-12) represented their schools in the first National Beta Virtual Convention.