The last few months, National Beta members from Cleveland Middle have been working hard
to prepare their entries for National Beta Convention. In June, they were able to celebrate that hard work when announced as winners of the following competitions:
First Place in Seventh Grade Academic Science Test – Madalyn Dauphinais
Fifth Place Club award in Two-Dimensional Design
Ninth Place in Painting – Sahithi Rajuladevi
10th Place in Sixth Grade Academic Science Test – Grace Dauphinais
Leadership Summit Teams: Lead Outside the Box (Emma Fannon, Eva Lipschomb, Noah Hogan, and Anastasia White) placed ninth and Service Snapshot (Maggi Creel, Maeve Clark, and Abigail Salyer) placed fourth Nation-wide.
The National Convention, held in Orlando, provided all students the opportunity to compete at their comfort level, virtually or on-site. Over 13,000 Junior Beta (grades 4-8) students were able to represent their schools in the first National Beta Hybrid Convention.
Sponsor Kristen Early shared, “I remember standing before that group of students in 2018 at our first State Competition and saying that if we all worked really hard and learned how to compete well that in 2021, nationals would be held at Walt Disney World. We set a goal then to at least have one national qualifying group. We had 13.”
Club members originally completed and received awards in 13 categories: Painting, Sculpture, Mixed Media, Portfolio, Drawing, Service Learning, 2-D Design, Marketing, sixth and seventh Grade Academic test in Science, Eighth Grade ELA test, and Eighth Grade Social Studies, Book Battle and Speech during their Virtual State Convention held in February. Their victories at the state level provided an opportunity to compete at the national level.
Engineering and Robotics teams also were able to compete on the State and National Level while in Orlando.
The Engineering Team (Madalyn Dauphinais, Kara Alhberg, Nevan Hanley, Mary Kate Olinger and Paige Featheringil) placed third in the State.
The Robotics Team (Henry Hogan, Paige Featheringill, Kennin Featheringill, Maggi Creel, Annabell Alcock, Braddock Tippet, Will Matthews and Devin Barger) also placing third in the state of Tennessee.
Mrs. Ali Creel, head club sponsor, stated, “They not only achieved great things at State Convention and Leadership Summit virtually, during a pandemic no less, but they came to Nationals and made CMS proud. These students learned team work, problem solving, the creative process, serving the community and their neighbors, raising money for a good cause in a creative way, excelling academically and so much more.”
"CMS Beta looks to already be off to a great start for the 2021-2022 school year as they begin once again helping throughout their community while on summer break," officials said. "The Club was also a school of merit and distinction for the 20-21 school year."