WHMS Junior Betas Go Above and Beyond at State Convention
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Sunday, March 19, 2017
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               The theme of the Alabama State Junior Beta Convention in Birmingham on February 22-24 was "Beta: Above and Beyond." Sixty-three Wilson Hall Middle School Junior Betas and their sponsors and chaperones answered the call to push themselves above and beyond. Club members competed in thirteen different competitions. Phoebe Prine won a third place ribbon for her sketch. The Ad Design Team consisting of Claudia Allday, Harleigh McCaskey, Shadiamond Pritchett, and Faith Pernell won second place honors. For the second year in a row, WHMS brought home the first place trophy for the Speech Competition. Seventh grader Cynthia Bradley used Michael Jackson's song "Man in the Mirror" to make points about living a life of service.

                Other competitors included Breanna Aucoin, Special Talent; Harleigh McCaskey, Essay; Angel Tripp, Poetry; Sam Gordon, John Clayton Pettis, Simon Hodge, and Cynthia Bradley, Quiz Bowl Preliminaries; Avery Newton, Tyeson Cumlander, Alex Steadham, and Hannah Wade, Tower of Power; Phoebe Prine, Bradford Baugh, and Bethany Peters, Book Battle; Tabatha Robinson, Ariell Campbell, and Cynthia Bradley, Spotlight Your Club; Sam Gordon, Social Studies; Tiauna Waters, Math; Austin Gilchrist, Science; Simon Hodge, English; Phoebe Prine and club members, T-shirt; Grayson Gibson, Woodworking; Chana Smith, Handmade Jewelry; Abbie Moore, Black and White Photography; Bradford Baugh, Recyclable Art; Maggi Gates, Wreath; and Abbie Moore, Fiber Arts.

                Songfest competitors included the following eighth grade members: Mikale Augburn, Shania Fail, Maggi Gates, Grayson Gibson, Austin Gilchrist, Larcie Goodman, Da'Veion Harris, Destiny Jackson, Tierra Kimbrough, Te'Lyn Lee, Shalyn Merida, Emma Morris, Lindsey Newton, Amari Pace, Chana Smith, Hannah Wade, and Tiauna Waters. Seventh graders were Claudia Agee, Cynthia Bradley, Ariell Campbell, Ji'Niyah Carstarphen, D'Asia Davis, Haylyn Luker, Breanna Miller, Briley Moore, Avery Newton, Faith Pernell, John Clayton Pettis, Shadiamond Pritchett, Tabatha Robinson, Ben Shears, Alex Steadham, Jalen Taite, and Ni'Kevia Williams.

                Other WHMS Junior Betas who travelled to convention were Chance Allday, Cody Barron, Talquon Stevens, Christian Barganier, Jordan Fletcher, Evonte Martin, Ethan Moore, Evan Moore, Javonte Bradley, Jayrahmee Sharp, Hayden Gilpin, and Jalen McCoy.

                Chaperones who accompanied the club were Craig Hodge, Shirley Bradley, Dana Gordon, Candise Savage, Naquitha Merida, and Angela Gilchrist, Melissa Gates, Lynn Allday.

                The club sponsors are Ellen Pettis, Annell Gordon, Cheryl Clarke, Petra Autry, and Beverly Bush. Gene Clarke provided expertise and assistance with the Songfest competition.

                The WHMS Junior Beta Club will be raising funds to assist the Bradley family in getting the first place speech winner Cynthia Bradley to Orlando, Florida, this summer so that she can compete in the National Junior Beta Speech Contest. The club is hoping to bring home a first place trophy in speech for the second year in a row. La’Miyah Bradley took first place in speech at nationals in New Orleans last summer. Donations may be sent to Wilson Hall Middle School Junior Beta Club, 121 Carter Drive, Grove Hill, Alabama 36451.

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