The Vienna High School chapter of the National Senior Beta Club recently attended the state convention in Springfield.
Following the trend of all previous state conventions that the club has attended since 2009, this year was a success for students who won numerous awards during the trip on March 1-2.
During the convention, there were three general sessions which included keynote speakers, a campaign rally, talent performances, and the culminating awards ceremony.
Courtney Craig was elected last year as Illinois Senior Beta Club Vice President, and she presided over a general session and also gave a keynote address this year.
Craig chose Lily Greer to give an inspiration during the second general session.
In the campaign rally, Vienna High School junior Faith Guest ran for the office of president.
Guest talked about her family’s love of Notre Dame football and the movie, “Rudy.” She said that when her father coached her athletic teams as a small child, he would reference the Fighting Irish to encourage the athletes by saying, “Play like a champion.” Later, he transitioned to saying, “Live like a champion,” which became Guest’s campaign theme.
Betas participated in Guest’s promotional campaign skit after her speech. Guest won the election against two other students to claim the office of State President.
Betas took part in academic, artistic and performance competitions against other high school students from throughout Illinois. Vienna brought home 17 awards, eight of which are first place wins.
Coming in first place in group competitions were character skit, a performance entitled, “How to be a Princess 101.”
Students in this piece were KJ Coonce, Lily Greer, Reagan Johnson, Sarah Penrod, Jaiden Sanders, Kyleigh Smith, McKenzie Smith and Mallory Zoeckler.
The other first place group award went to Haley Bundren, Reagan Hill, Jonathan Huckleberry, and James Peterman for Fresh Look at Beta, a new competition in which freshmen are quizzed on random facts about the National Beta Club.
Individual first place wins were awarded to Breanna Brasher in scrapbook, Wyatt Graves in banner, Lily Greer in digital photography, Lily Greer in spotlight on service, Sadie Johnson in agriculture division one and Hallie Newcomb in creative writing.
This is the first year for a VHS Beta to enter the scrapbook competition, and the club was thrilled for Brasher to receive first place.
Spotlight on Service is a new competition in which a student highlights a community service project with which Betas have participated.
Greer chose to spotlight the work completed at Faith Alive, the secondhand store on the Vienna square sponsored by the Ministerial Alliance.
Greer interviewed Janice Bundren, a committed longtime volunteer at Faith Alive, about how Betas often work during and after school at the store to assist the volunteers in sorting donated items, stocking the store, and managing inventory in the upstairs loft.
Second place awards were given to Max Allbritten in agriculture division two and Trenton Hyde in mixed media artwork.
Allbritten has placed in the agriculture test in each of the three years it has been offered.
Students in the group talent competition received third place for their “Peter Pan” performance.
The students in the competition were Isabella Brookshier, Katelynne Cantrell, KJ Coonce, Lily Greer, Cody Johnson, Reagan Johnson, Skylar Johnson, Jaiden Sanders, Serena Shreves, Kyleigh Smith, McKenzie Smith, Sarah Penrod, Emma Wells, Bradley West, Katelyn Wiggs and Mallory Zoeckler.
Other third place winners were Jaelyn Douglas in language arts division one, Lindsey Holhubner in general knowledge, Sadie Johnson in photography and Morgan Penrod in poetry.
Additionally, Jordan Henderson placed fifth in mathematics division one.
To conclude the week of Beta Club highlights, the club had their annual awards, performances and induction night on March 3, 2017 in the VHS gym.
The evening opened with the group talent performance, Faith Guest delivering her candidacy speech, and the character skit performance.
Then, the winners of awards at convention were acknowledged as well as recognition given to members who are seniors, members who earned 25 or more hours of community service and members who participated in talent for all four years of high school.
This was followed by the induction ceremony of new members.
Betas work for months to prepare for the state convention, and their hard work has paid off once again, as was seen by family and friends at the night of celebrating these students.
The VHS Beta Club sponsors are Leslie Bradley, Sarah Holhubner, Victoria Pearl and Kirsten Trambley, and they are grateful for the community, parent, and administrative support that continues to help the club succeed each year.