The Vienna Grade and High Schools recently returned, with several awards, from Greensboro, North Carolina after attending the National Junior Beta Convention held on June 23-26 and the National Beta Convention from June 27 to the 30. There were over 5000 Betas in attendance at each with 20 of those were from Vienna High School, two from Goreville High School, and 21 of them from Vienna Grade School.
Betas had to first qualify at the State Convention to then move on to the Nationals. VGS placed Nationally in five events. This was two more than the year before and the most National awards they have won at a single convention. VHS placed nationally in one competition.
VHS student Elizabeth Korb won 5th in colored pencil drawing in the Arts and Crafts division of the Senior Beta Convention. This is the second time a Vienna student has placed in this category.
Taylor Bundren, of VGS, placed 1st in the nation in poetry following her 1st place award in the state competition. Students in this event were given a theme and 60 minutes to write an original poem.
VGS received 5th place in the banner competition. A small group of students designed the banner around the convention theme, “Betas, Start Your Engines!” The club has placed in this category for three consecutive years now.
Living Literature, a competition in which students had to create a scene from a familiar work of literature and hold a “wax museum-like” pose as spectators and judges viewed the exhibit, won 1st place. This is the third time VGS has placed in this category. The students portrayed the circus scene in Water for Elephants.
In the Arts and Crafts competitions, VGS student Miranda Brookshier won two National awards, placing 5th in Colored Photograph and 2nd in Recyclable Art.
Vienna Grade School was welcomed home at 1 a.m. by a police escort into town.
The National Beta Convention is also a time to elect new national officers. Vienna High School junior Dominick Tedeschi ran for National Vice-President, and although he did not win the office, he represented Vienna High School well. Dominick will serve the 2012-2013 school year as the Illinois State Vice- President. Next up for him is the Broyhill Leadership Conference in Gaffney, SC on July 18-25.
Hannah Loyd, the Illinois State Junior Beta Vice President, having won the State competition in February, was eligible to run at the national level. The group worked hard campaigning and doing a skit, and even though Hannah did not win, the students had a fun time with her campaign. Hannah will serve as the Illinois State Junior Beta Vice-President for the 2012-2013 school year.
While in Greensboro the High School and Grade School students got the chance to go to a Greensboro Grasshoppers baseball game, a team in the minor leagues. While there senior Dominick Tedeschi and Freshman Ryan Bradley sang “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during the 7th inning stretch, along with the Grasshoppers’ MC Spaz.
The high school students also attended the Barn Dinner Theatre to see the show Soul Sista. During their down time in the convention center, they held a scavenger/ photo hunt with the winning team consisting of Jacob McGill, Dominick Tedeschi, Ryan Bradley, and Lucas Wright.