2019 BETA State Convention –
Event Date: January 31-February 1, 2019
Location: Gaylord Texan Resort Hotel & Convention Center, Grapevine TX
2019 BETA National Convention –
2018 Prairiland Beta Club State Convention
February 9-10, 74 of our Prairiland Beta Club members traveled to Grapevine, Texas, for the Texas State Sr. Beta Convention. The Beta Club is an academic organization that promotes service and leadership in our schools and community. Our students competed in a variety of academic, talent, speaking, art, service, and performance competitions. Prairiland High School Beta Club has been recognized as a School of Merit and brought home 20 state titles from the state convention. One of the most important awards was second place in School Service for the entire state. Our Prairiland Betas logged around 18,000 hours of school and community service.
Keldon May won Texas State President and his Campaign Skit team won 3rd place. It will advance with him to nationals in Savannah, Georgia, in June. Shawonna Rhoades served as the Texas State Sponsor and will again next year.
(Keldon May – State President)
(Keldon May’s State Winning Campaign Skit)
Our Group Talent team won first place. Dustin May, Wendy May, Shawonna Rhoades, Kristen May, Brandon May, Sarah Unruh, Cory Wood, Crystal Folse, Misty Smith, Kim Moore, Chris Holt, and Issac Unruh were the adult talent coordinators and oversaw the set building. Several more parents assisted in helping the kids design and make the backdrops and practice for state as well.
(1st Place State Winning Group Talent and 3rd place Show Choir- Seth Smith , Preston Williams, Trace Smith, Marietta Hamill, Jacob Holt ,Ryan Doughterty, Cole Wright, Grace Unruh, Lizzy Riney, Savannah Moore, Addi May, Gabbi Wood, Mikali Moore, Christian Osburne, Morgan Landreth, Corbin Strain, Riley Vaughn, Emaly Sneed, Colton Danna, Lexi Riney, Gracie Jordan, Destiny Keisler, Madison Story, Morgan Harris, Caitlyn Folse, Trey Johnson, Taylor Gordon, Taylan Cobb, Katie Green, Elizabeth Preston, Lydia Blassengame,Karsen McClain, Emily Newman, Lauren Ross, Baylee Covington, Taylor Gordon, Reese Paris, Hannah Ray, and Malorie Sneed)
We won third in show choir. Dustin May, Wendy May, Kristen May, and Brandon May were the choir directors and Shawonna Rhoades, Issac Unruh, Sarah Unruh, Crystal Folse, Kim Moore, and Misty Smith assisted them when needed. Joey Hamm and Brittney Drake from Stepping Out Dance Studio for volunteering
(Our Banner that was painted by Hunter Smith and Chloe Allen won 1st place.)
(Left to right: Alexis Williams - Division 2 2nd place Math, Marietta Hamill - Division 1 1st place Science, and Chloe Osterbuhr - 2nd in Division 2 Poetry)
(Left to right: Luke Bene - Division 1 2nd place Science, Gracie Harp - 2nd place in Recyclable Art, and Madison Clark and Baylor Sessums - 1st place in Jewelry)
(Left to right: Trinity Chapman, Madison Clark, Baylor Sessums, and Audrey Gray - 1st place in Woodworking and Karsen McClain and Savannah Moore won 1st in Spotlight on Service)
(1st Place State Character Skit team – Savannah Moore, Lane Cornmesser, Karsen McClain, Chloe Allen, Colton Danna, Jacob Holt, Chloe Osterbuhr, and Hunter Smith. Frankye Sessums and Donnet Lyon were the directors.)
(1st Place State Living Literature team – Lydia Blassengame, Colton Danna, Hunter Allison, Lane McGee, Hunter Smith, Destiny Kesiler, Kennedi Rickman, and Conner Bridges.)
Our Living Literature team chose to display a 12 x 12 still scene of Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allen Poe. Shawonna Rhoades and Hunter Smith directed it. We would like to thank Chris Holt, Cory Wood, Kim Moore, Misty Smith, and Franky Sessums for all their help and direction with the set and Mika Reynolds for loaning us some dresses.
Our Scrapbook won second. The hours that go into this book is outrageous and takes all year to put together and complete. Vickie Chapman as the coach and ran that team. Stacy Walker assisted with the students and the majority of the club members colored, traced, drew, cropped pictures, and typed articles for it.
Our Beta Build team won first place. They had to build multi-step machine that performed a 5 step task given to them at state with a tub of supplies of specific items. They then were judged on ingenuity, design, completion of the task, group cooperation during the building, and their team interview. This competition takes a lot of engineering skills, creativity, and common sense.
(1st place state Beta Build team - Justin Eudy, Eli Rolen, Cole Wright, and TJ Folse)
The Prairiland Beta Club will compete in total of 25 national contests in Savannah, Georgia, in June. They advanced in all the above contests plus two contests they won at the Texas Beta Leadership Conference in October, Service Snapshot and Lead Outside The Box Leadership Challenge. Plus, there are four events that have been added at nationals for them to enter that include Site-Up Technology Challenge, Meeting of the Minds, Convention Invention, and the Reimagine, Recreate, and Recycle Fashion Challenge.
Shawonna Rhoades, Vickie Chapman, Crystal Folse, Stacy Walker, and Frankye Sessums are the high school Beta sponsors and would like to thank all the other parents volunteers for their countless hours in the Beta concession stands and/or at our club practices raising money and preparing our kids for competition. Our club deeply appreciates our administrations, the school board, faculty, parents, the Blossom Church of God for letting us build backdrops and practice their, Pastor Dollins, and all of our communities support over the course of this year.