HARRELLS — Now in its second year under the direction of sponsors, Barbara Hollowell, Lori Boone, Jessica Sawvel, Margo Bowker, and Beth Griffin, the HCA Junior Beta Club has come home from the North Carolina Beta Convention with 24 wins, including 1st place in Division 2 Group Talent and 11 other events. In all, 87 Harrells 4th-8th graders have earned the right to compete at the National Convention this June in Savannah, Ga.
Fifth-grade teacher Melody Powell reflected on the event saying, “The huge variety of Beta events allows our kids to discover new areas of giftedness like robotics, for example, and really shine in ways they haven’t before. That’s a great thing to have alongside the learning we aim for in our classrooms.”
Harrells Christian Academy students placed in the following events:
1st Place — Group Talent
2nd Place — Poetry – Georgia Pope; and Social Studies – Evan Boussias
1st Place — Advertising & Design – Hudson Griffin, Molly Hilton, Daughtry Jackson, Joesen Pope; Book Battle – Savannah Grady, Eli Hardison, Garrison Hill; Language Arts – Lexie Sawvel; Pastels/Charcoal – Caiden Sutton; Robotics – Davis Barnette, Christina Barnhill, Landon Coats, Adrienne Squires, Grant Swanson; Sculpture – Cooper Barber; Speech – Hudson Griffin; Tower of Power – Trey Bryan, Garrison Hill, Daughtry Jackson, Jackson Lee, Baines Raynor; Woodworking – Savannah Grady; and Wreath – Jase Blanchard; Color Photography – Rebekah Bryan
2nd Place — Fiber Arts – Mabel Parker; Handmade Jewelry – Lexie Sawvel; Painting – Rebekah Bryan; and Recyclable Art – Daughtry Jackson
3rd Place — Black & White Photography – Molly Hilton; Poetry – Olivia Matthews and Sketching – Joesen Pope
Premier Performer Awards were given to Camryn Fussell, Mabel Rose Parker, and Lexie Sawvel. This award, new to Beta Club this year, invites selected dancers and singers to come to the national convention and rehearse with a professional choreographer for a special performance at both the convention and a “flash mob” in the city of Savannah.
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.