Jackson County schools were well represented last week at the State Junior Beta Convention. The TIMES cannot say enough about what a great job these young boys and girls did competing and in their behavior while representing their schools. This week, the TIMES will highlight Marianna Middle School and Malone Junior BETA’s achievements at State. Grand Ridge, Graceville, and Cottondale will be covered in next week’s edition of the TIMES.
Marianna Middle School sponsors Jena Jeter and Greta Charles were beyond ecstatic about their club’s performance. They had lots of help in preparing the BETA members for their select competitions. Advisors who helped with individual competitions were Hope Commander with Quiz Bowl, Kayla Wilson with Talent, and Daniel Williams with Robotics. Community members that donated their time were Jennifer Tillman, Lauren McAllister, Calen Sims, Carlos Staley, Alex Monteaqudo, and Tori Willis.
According to Charles and Jeter, the students started fundraising and working extremely hard by the end of August so that they could participate in the state competition. The competition was held at the Renaissance at Sea World hotel and conference center in Orlando on November 27th and 28th. The students and staff loaded buses at 4 a.m. on the 26th to enjoy a day at Walt Disney World. They enjoyed the Christmas decorations, rides, hot chocolate, fireworks, light show, parades and even some snow on Main Street. For many of the students, this was the first time that they had the opportunity to visit Magic Kingdom. With all the sights and sounds of Disney a distant memory, the students were down to business Monday morning.
Bright and early Monday morning our competitions began and ran all day. The students competed with everything they had in them and for several it paid off. The night concluded with a Beta mixer dance where our students were dressed to impress. Tuesday, our talent group had to compete again as they were in the top five. After the talent group competed again, awards were given out.
Marianna Middle School did an amazing job representing their school. Caroline Brunner won 3rd place in jewelry making and Ethan Heinemann won 2nd place in the sculpture competition. The MMS talent group consisting of Presli Busby, Lauren Ramin, Riley Commander, Jade Hendrix, Trista Williams, Hayden Gause, Mia Merrifield, Gracie Charles, Lily Roberts, Jenna Jarrad, Emilyann Roulhac, and Kaitlyn Strickland placed 3rd in the state.
The Robotics team with members Ricardo Rivera-Girald, Brantley Willis, Caleb Butler, Liam Walter, Syler Griffin, Zoe Saunders, and Cayman Smith placed 1st in the state with PERFECT SCORES FROM ALL JUDGES. Quiz Bowl members were Chase Bethea, Anna Barber, Colby Williams, and Jackson Connolly, also brought home 1st place in the state.
Charles and Jeter said, “We are extremely proud of all of our students who attended and competed at the state level, as they are all winners in our eyes! We couldn’t have asked for a better trip, harder working parents or more awesome students! We are already planning our trip to compete at the National level in June. The students and sponsors are very excited and looking for ways (monetary) to make this dream become a reality for these students.”
Malone Junior Beta also had a very successful State Convention trip. Sponsor Kacee Floyd was extremely pleased with her attendees and the awards they received. Those attending this year’s state convention were: Victoria Lowe, Ethan Baxter, Kyan Holden, Max Harkrider, Missy Newsom, Hector Rodriguez, Madison Peeler, Trevor Shelton, Lorena Arriaga, Ashlyn Golden, Tanner Padgett, Shelby Askew, Lael Faust, Kelis Garrett, Kaitlyn Golden, Peyton Tidwell, Safire Holmes, Macy Jordan, Jermaine Mathis, Kaycie Rich, Amanda Rouse, Karlee Williams, and Danielle Mosley.
Making Quiz Bowl finalist were Trevor Shelton, Macy Jordan, Kaycie Rich, and Kaitlyn Golden. Ashlyn Golden, Ethan Baxter, Danielle Mosley, Tanner Padgett, and Amanda Rouse placed 2nd in Tower of Power.
Bringing back third place in 6th Grade ELA was Karlee Williams.
Floyd was extremely proud of her students, their performance, and conduct at the State Beta Convention.
Superintendent Larry Moore and Amy Allen who is on the National Beta Florida State Council attended the State Convention.