HARRELLS — For the third year in row, Harrells Christian Academy took first place in the character skit competition at the North Carolina State Beta Convention in Greensboro.
The skit, which highlighted different character strengths in the Disney characters Woody, Olaf, Belle, Pocahontas, Ariel, and Lumiere, was written and produced by HCA students Brayden Sutton, Miranda Wells, and their peers. This first place win once again earns them a spot at the national Senior Beta competition this June in Orlando, Fla. They will be joined by nine other Harrells students who placed first or second in academic and creative subject competitions.
Additional achievements at this year’s state convention include junior Cameron Tyler of Elizabethtown’s election to the office of Vice President for the State of North Carolina, and senior Holden Quinn of Kenansville’s selection to receive the Hannah Leitner Scholarship. These honors represent significant achievements: seven schools mounted vigorous campaigns for Vice President, and the $1,000 Leitner Scholarship recognizes Quinn’s outstanding academic achievement, strong character, and multiple ongoing service projects.
Founded in 1934, Beta exists to promote the ideals of achievement, character, leadership, and service in young people nationally and internationally through school clubs, state and national competitions, scholarships, and camps. Many Harrells parents and teachers remember their own experiences as junior and senior Beta members.
Overall, in a field of over 2,000 competitors, Harrells Christian Academy students placed in the following Senior Beta events:
First place — Advertisting & Design – Abbigail Clark of Clinton, Mackenzie Odum of Clinton, Anna Rackley of Clinton, and Lydia Thompson of Wallace, 9th-12th grade; Character Skit – Abbigail Clark, Will Huff of Clinton, Caroline Jones of Kenansville, Joseph Lee of Atkinson, Sydney Norris of Garland, Gracy Peterson of Garland, Brayden Sutton of Clinton, and Miranda Wells of Rose Hill, 9th-12th grade; Short Story – Lucas Thornton of Teachey, 11th grade; and Speech – Gracy Peterson, 9th grade.
Second place — Fresh Look At Beta – Josh Barber of Rose Hill, Stefani Boussias of Elizabethtown, Jeana Grace Bowker of Clinton, and Mya Sloan of Kenansville, 9th grade; and Mixed Media Art – Madison Guthrie of Kenansville, 10th grade.
Third place — Speech – Miranda Wells, 11th grade