A total of 47 club members, parents and sponsors attended the state convention, held at the Savannah Convention Center Nov. 29 through Dec. 1.
The Elbert County students competed in a variety of categories, with many placing and the club qualifying for national in three categories.
“They definitely put Elbert County literally and figuratively on the State Beta stage,” Advisor Angela Scoggins said. “I couldn’t be more proud of these kids if they were biologically mine. There were moments when I thought that my heart would burst with pride. I’m so blessed to have the opportunity to have these students as part of my life. They never cease to amaze me.”
The ECMS club won first place in the state for its scrapbook.
ECMS will have a chance to win a second national title in the category at the National Junior Beta Club Convention next summer in Savannah. The club won for its scrapbook this past summer.
Callie Moss qualified for nationals by finishing third in speech out of 49 competitors.
Jade Partain also finished third in science, which qualifies her for the national competition.
In addition to those qualifiers, Elbert County took third place in campaign skit for its stage production in support of member Broughton Smith’s campaign for state chaplain.
Smith is the first ECMS Beta member to run for a state office. His campaign included a speech on stage, campaigning during the convention and a skit by his fellow club members.
“Broughton was a wonderful example of poise on stage and in campaigning,” Scoggins said.
Alex Bennett finished fourth in the state in social studies during the convention, and Ella Long took sixth in a 39-person field for special talent. Long sang, “Georgia on my Mind,” on stage at the convention as part of her competition.
Others competing were:
• Jude Sanders, painting and language arts;
• Cami Childs, sketching;
• Emma Albertson, photography and science;
• Jade Partain, photography;
• Maisie Jenkins, photography;
• Noel Farmer, cross stitch;
• Alex Bennett, recycable art;
• Levi Johnson, math;
• Carli Andrews, social studies;
• Summer Schultz, social studies;
• Lacie Hall, language arts;
• Janki Patel, math;
• Makenley Rorick, Matthew Fernandez, Emily Townsend, Slate Crook and Levi Johnson, Tower of Power
• Emalise Andrews, Nicolas Smith, Matthew Fernandez and Cami Childs, Quiz Bowl
• Carter Fleming and Ella Long, Battle of the Books;
• Cami Childs, Maisie Jenkins and Jude Sanders, Advertising and Design; and
• Eli Jourolmon, Carter Fleming, Brandon Nestor, Jack Smith, Pedro Guadaramma, Mekhi McDuffie, and Justin Brown, Robotics.
The Robotics competition was a first for the ECMS club. Scoggins said the team received high marks for its inaugural effort.
“I also had an amazing group of parents to pull off this largest group of students attending the BETA convention,” Scoggins, who was assisted by fellow advisor Shanda Rorick, said. “They were tireless in helping get students to their competitions, finish up craft projects, move all of our projects from place to place, get the kids fed and be a constant source of encouragement. I’m so thankful to them, and forever indebted.”