By Lindsay Owens Times Herald
The Washington Times-Herald
---- — Last weekend proved to be quite successful for Daviess County students at the Indiana State Beta Convention held in Indianapolis. All four area high schools were represented in the two-day long event.
Washington Catholic’s 53 Betas brought home five first place awards, eight second places, and four third places in artistic categories that included commercial graphics, drafting and design, mixed media, charcoal drawings, fabric crafts, watercolor paintings, photography, jewelry, acrylic paintings, and sculpture.
“The arts have always been a big thing for us,” said Washington Catholic Principal Karey Craney. “We’ve been known to sweep the categories. Mrs. Carrico has been a real asset to the kids.”
First place finishes were earned by Matt Fisher (commercial graphics, computer art), Nik O’Brian (drafting/design, computer drawn), Rachel May (fabric arts), Eric Zipperle (watercolor), and Hayley Fields (metal sculpture).
Second places were recorded by Austin Taylor (drafting/design, computer drawn), Marisa Bradley (charcoal), Uma Patel (mixed media), Claire Burch (watercolors), John Buchanan (photography/color), Brandon Strange (jewelry), Jasmine Patel (acrylics), and Elizabeth Perkins (photography/ black and white).
Third places went to Brody Wilson (drafting/design, computer drawn), Annie Buckley (charcoal), Brian Brown (watercolors), and Megan LaGrange (jewelry).
Washington Catholic chapter President May also won the oratory competition. May’s speech “Never Give Up” earned a standing ovation by the third and final general session audience during the awards presentation and officer installation ceremony. In June, May will be making her second trip to the national convention held in Richmond, Va. During the officer installation ceremony, Fisher was declared the new state president of Beta. This will mark the second consecutive year that a Washington Catholic student has been named the state president. Sam Baker, the outgoing state president, had the honor of announcing Fisher’s successful campaign. Gracen Jarrett served as Fisher’s campaign manager. Fisher’s campaign booth was also awarded second place.
During campaigning, Fisher said he spent quite a bit of time meeting the other Betas. “I don’t think there was a face I didn’t say hi to,” said Fisher, whose slogan “Finding Fisher” was printed on t-shirts wore by his school Beta members.
“The skit we performed I think also helped with my campaign. Everyone from our school wore the “Finding Fisher” shirts and I think that helped as well.”
Fisher, the son of David Fisher and the late Susan Mangin Bennett and stepson of Lee Bennett, said during his one-year term he plans to educate others about the dangers of radon gas and encourage people to become involved in Relay for Life teams.
In the group talent portion, the Cardinals received third place for their Bruno Mars medley and Aubrey Aldridge received second place in creative writing.
Another academic award for Washington Catholic came in the form of a third place finish in the quiz bowl.
The team consisted of Sam Baker, Armando Ramirez, Tyler Underhill, and Gracen Jarrett.
In addition to May qualifying for the national competition, Aldridge will be competing in the creative writing contest and Jasmine Patel will be competing the acrylic painting category.
Barr-Reeve also had students place in several competitions. Emily Lee (acrylics) and Jenny Killion (charcoal) both earned first places with Lee earning a spot at the National Convention. Three third place finishes were also earned by Barr-Reeve with Maria Colvin (talent), Logan Tedrow (short story), and Zach Tanksley (science).
“As a first year sponsor of Beta, I was amazed by the creativity, the leadership, and the talent of the students — not just Barr-Reeve students but all the students at the convention,” said Dr. Nancy Harrison. “I am extremely proud of the Barr-Reeve students who attended convention. They did an excellent job and they were a fun group to be with.”
Washington High School garnered first place finishes in scrapbook, ceramics, French, and talent. “The scrapbook provides short biographies of each club member,” said Laura Schilling, sponsor.”It also highlights the club’s service within the community and its fundraising efforts.”
Individual first places were earned by Maria Barco (ceramics), Juan Vicente (French), and the talent group of Clay Hatton, Ashlyn Stoll, and Madison Igleheart. “Clay and Ashlyn sang ‘True Colors’ while Madison gave a dramatic performance in front of a vibrant backdrop painted by Rebecca Guthrie,” said Schilling.
Second places went to Taylor Killion (ceramics), Drew McCarthy (metal sculpture), Fabian Becerra (Spanish), and Bailey Kendall (English). Third places were earned by Ben Lambert (social studies) and Natalya Meinhart (oratory).
Hatton also ran as a candidate for state office.
His slogan was “Keep it classy with Clay.” Hatton, with the help of his campaign manager, Jake Wilson, and other Beta s earned first place for the campaign booth and second place for campaign skit.
“The club is eligible to submit the scrapbook and banner to the National Convention,” Schilling said.
Other Washington Betas eligible to compete at Nationals include Becerra, Kendall, Lambert, Hatton, Stoll and Igleheart.
North Daviess Beta first year Beta sponsor Monika Glade’s students also fared well at the state convention earning first places in agriculture, science, and philanthropy.
Individuals earning first place include Jessa Newby (agriculture) and Wyatt Shafer (science).
This marked the 11th year in a row that the North Daviess Betas earned top philanthropy honors. The club, with the help of the community raised $4,500.
Second place finishes went to Kirsten Madsen (French) and Renee Rink (spotlight display that promotes the club). Carrie Winklepleck earned third place in scrapbook.
Newby, Madsen and Shafer are now eligible to compete in their respective events at the national event.
All members of Beta can attend the National Convention but only those who qualify may compete in the various contests and competitions.
The Beta National Convention will be held June 25 through 28 at the Richmond, Va., Marriott and Richmond Convention Center.