ELLERBE — Junior Beta Club members from Ellerbe Middle School are celebrating their recent participation in the N.C. Junior Beta Hybrid State Convention. Members were announced as winners of the Junior Quiz Bowl competition and as top-five finishers in the following competitions: painting, social studies, mathematics, poetry, and creative writing.
The Quiz Bowl Team is comprised of eighth-graders Luke Gilliam, Carson Hunsucker and Austin Taylor, and seventh-grader Cole Lambeth.
The other winners were:
- 4th place Painting – Mackenzie Hill, eighth grade
- 4th place Creative Writing – Alyssa Sellers, eighth grade
- 4th place Social Studies – Austin Taylor, eighth grade
- 5th place Math – ZyRihanna Robinson, sixth grade
- 5th Place Poetry – Lillian Hill , seventh grade
National Beta State Convention allows students the opportunity to compete in various academic and STEM-based, virtual and performing arts competitions. This year, State Convention was offered as a hybrid event. This gave students the opportunity to compete either virtually or onsite at the Koury Convention Center in Greensboro, North Carolina. These victories at the state level provides an opportunity to compete at the national level. National Convention will be held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, Tennessee, during Summer 2022.
“All of us here at Ellerbe Middle are beyond proud of our Jr. Beta members. We are excited to see them compete at the National level,” said Laura Greene, Ellerbe Middle’s Beta Club advisor.
With more than 500,000 active members and 8,750 clubs nationally and internationally, National Beta has become the nation’s largest independent, non-profit, educational youth organization. National Beta promotes the ideals of academic achievement, character, service and leadership among elementary and secondary school students. National Junior Beta includes grades 4-8 and National Senior Beta includes grades 9-12. Visit betaclub.org for more information.
Alyssa Sellers placed fourth in Creative Writing.
Lillian Hill placed fifth in Poetry.
Mackenzie Hill placed fourth in Painting.
ZyRihanna Robinson placed fifth in Math.