The Vienna Grade School Junior Beta Club attended the State Junior Beta Convention in Springfield on February 10-11. The theme of this year’s convention was “Making History with Beta.” Twenty-three members of the club attended the two-day event. Throughout the convention, students competed in both academic and artistic competitions and received awards in 14 categories, six of them 1st place awards.
For the fifth consecutive year, our club ran a candidate for state office. This year’s candidate, Jaiden Sanders, was elected to the office of State Junior Beta Vice President. The club campaigned for her behind the Kentucky Fried Chicken logo, some even dressed as chickens, and encouraged everyone through the slogan “Don’t Be Chicken, Vote Jaiden “Colonel” Sanders.” Jaiden won 2nd place in Campaign Speech, her skit was awarded 1st place in the campaign skit competition, and she was elected as Vice President.
Members of the club sang in the Songfest competition. Their song changed the lyrics of the Imagine Dragons’ song Radioactive to reflect the convention theme and received 3rd place. The Calisthenics of the Mind team also received third place. Jason McIntyre received a 2nd place award in Language Arts.
VGS also took 1st place for the seventh time with our Living Literature entry portraying the scene and characters from the Mother Goose nursery rhyme There Was an Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe. In this challenging competition, students had to create a scene from a work of literature and hold a “wax museum-like” pose as spectators and judges viewed the exhibit.
In the Arts and Crafts competitions, our club received 1st place in Banner. Jaiden Sanders placed 1st in the Oil and Acrylics category. Joseph Kossack placed 1st in Recyclable Art and T-Shirt design. Shanena Vinson placed 2nd in Sculpture. Isabella Brookshier received 3rd place in Pastels. Nate Kerley received 3rd place in Spotlight Your Club. With all of those honors, we received 2nd place overall in the Arts and Crafts Sweepstakes.
In addition to the convention events, the students were able to tour the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. The club was graciously awarded the opportunity to compete in ten categories at National Junior Beta Club Convention in Richmond, Virginia in June of this year. Jaiden will have the opportunity to run for National Vice President as well.