Beta Club members from Thomson High School took home top prizes from the state Beta on March 2-3 in Atlanta.
Students won second place in the scrapbook competition and third place in the group talent competition.
“Compared to many of the urban Atlanta schools, THS is a small, rural school. For our small Beta club to place in two events against clubs who have 150 members is quite a feat,” said faculty adviser Amy Proctor. “Seeing students perform to the best of their abilities makes me proud to be a teacher.”
The scrapbook was the combined effort of the club and was edited by Holly Oubre.
Nineteen students competed in categories including academics, banner, oratory and art, as well as scrapbooking and talent. Students chose categories that interested them.
“I like being creative,” said Oubre, who also enjoys scrapbooking in her spare time. “I just enjoy it.”
The book’s theme is Beta Start Your Engines.
“Basically saying start your engines to a better future by helping others,” Oubre said.
It reflects the club’s activities throughout the year, including the club’s history, membership, community service, group and individual activities.
The scrapbook will be entered in the national competition, which will be held June 27-30 in Greensboro, N.C.
Six club members made up a band called Mayday ParadaBeta and took third place in the group talent competition.
Eric Dowler, Ethan Dowler, Alec Powers, Mitchell Powers, Tyler Petrie and Taylor Whitaker performed Mayday Parade’s If You Wanted A Song Written About You All You Had to Do Was Ask.
The group was judged on preparation, stage presence and actual talent, said Ethan Dowler.
“We’ve all got musical background,” he said, adding that a couple of band members play in a church band.
“The group that beat us, one of them that we thought was really good was a group that didn’t have a drummer. They just had a guy that played beat box,” he said.
Because only the first place winners in the group talent competition advance to the national competition, they won’t go any further.