Twenty-one members of the Magazine High School Beta Club are eligible to compete at the National Beta Convention to be held in Savannah, Ga., June 17-20.
Eleven members qualified to compete during the Beta Regional Leadership Summit held in Hot Springs on Sept. 25-26, 2017, and 10 more qualified at the Arkansas State Beta Convention held in Hot Springs on Jan. 26-27.
Hannah Smith, a junior, and the daughter of Dale and Delania Smith, was chosen to be one of three leadership representatives to represent Arkansas at the National Convention and compete for the opportunity to be a national leadership representative. She was recognized on stage at the state convention and was informed that the National Beta Club would also be paying her expenses to attend the National Beta Leadership Conference to be held in Washington, DC, immediately following the National Convention.
Adison Bennett, Caleb Curtis, and Reagan Pickartz qualified for national competition in the Service Snapshot competition. Bennett and Curtis received 5th place nationally in this same competition at the 2017 National Beta Club Convention and are hoping to improve their placement this year.
Emily Staton, Montana Burris, John Lor, Ethan Staton, and Hunter Thompson qualified for nationals in the Rapid Response Challenge. In this competition, team members must think on their feet by applying collaborative leadership skills to produce a response to the challenge which is a combination of performance-based and task-based problem solving. This is the second year in a row that Magazine has qualified for nationals in this competition.
Levi Wright, Staton, Matthew Wood, and Clair Curtis competed in Lead Outside the Box and also qualified for nationals. In this competition, the team is given a real-world problem and about 24 hours to produce a solution to the problem and then prepare a presentation about their solution. They also must prepare to answer questions about the problem and their solution. At the Regional Leadership Summit, the real-world problem involved a community affected by industrial pollution and how they would go about clean-up efforts.
Magazine Beta Club’s show choir received 3rd place in their first year to compete at the state Beta convention. The choir consists of Reagan Pickartz, Smith, Savannah Cessna, and Sam Duvall, Hannah Green, Michal-Ann Dobson, Ally Gray, Taryn Leslie, Lauren Littleton, Wood, Sydnie Pickartz, Clair Curtis, Hunter Thompson, and Tatum Scott.
The club’s character skit, written and directed by Reagan Pickartz and starring Wright, Wood, Witt, Green and Leslie, also won 3rd place, and Magazine will be competing in this event at the National Convention for the second time in three years.
Finally, Wood placed 2nd in the Division I Speech competition. He wrote a three-minute speech about the stresses on busy teenagers, memorized it, and received high marks for both his content and delivery.