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WCHS students excel at statewide Beta competition
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Warren County High School students captured nine awards during a statewide Senior Beta Club competition in November.
“Zachary Keel placed first in 11th grade science,” said Rachel McGee, who sponsors the club with Joann Barnes. “This is his third year to participate. As a freshman, he placed third at the state level, traveled to and competed at the New Orleans National Convention in 2016, but did not place nationally.”
Also taking first place were Marynia Harris, who designed club training pins, and Mary Humphrey, who performed a dance routine in the special talent category.
“Mary was also selected as a premier dancer to represent the state of Tennessee in the opening ceremonies at the National Convention in Savannah, Ga., in June 2018,” said McGee.
Second place finishers were Alyssa Boles and Alaura Bivens in mixed media, Harris in onsite color pencil, and Harris in watercolor.
Third place awards went to Matthew Coppinger in social studies 10th grade, and a Living Literature entry directed by Caroline Brooks with actors Jacqueline Becerra, Clara Brackley, Jaydon Brantley, Caroline Brooks, Claire Brooks, Ike Gillentine, Lucy McGee and Gwynie Simpson.
“Living Literature is like a tableau of frozen scene,” said McGee. “Students chose a scene from a piece of literature, planned the staging and made the props, costumes and scenery. Our scene was taken from Jane Austen’s ‘Pride and Prejudice.’”
Leo Fuentes supervised building the Living Literature set with assistance from Jorge SiFuentes.
WCHS Beta Club was also presented a Gold Key Award for growth in convention attendance.
“This is the sixth year for our club to attend convention, and by far our largest list of honors,” said McGee. “We would like to give special shout-outs to Rachel Stewart, who represented us as a candidate for state secretary and to student convention coordinator Megan Biles. These two put in a tremendous amount of work leading to a successful trip. Now onto Savannah.”
All these students are eligible to compete in the national convention in Savannah, Ga.