Loralye Veach and Kiersten Davis of Rockingham Middle School didn’t get to bask in their fame personally.
Instead, they learned by text from their Beta Club sponsor, Nikki Covington, that their rather unconventional wreath had won first place at the recent National Junior Beta Convention in Savannah, Georgia.
Crafted to convey the theme “Beta on My Mind,” the girls’ wreath used found objects such as keys, a yardstick, wire mesh and marbles scrounged from a family barn. The objects spell out the theme.
“Instead of them doing the traditional wreath” of flowers or springy mesh, “they were kind of original,” said sponsor Nikki Covington. “The beautiful thing with arts and crafts” is that the girls could enter their composition even though they did not attend the convention, she said.
Loralye and Kiersten are rising seventh-graders who had won third place for their wreath at the state convention in February. Students invited to compete at nationals must have placed in the top three in their state-level Beta conventions.
More than 12,000 fourth- through eighth-graders across the country attended the National Junior Beta Convention in June, representing the largest independent, nonprofit, educational youth organization in the country, with more than 500,000 active members and approximately 9,000 clubs.