Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Lamar County Schools Win Big at State Beta Convention

The 76th annual Alabama Senior Beta Convention was recently held in Birmingham where over 2000 students and chaperons gathered to participate in various areas of competition. Students from Lamar County High School and Sulligent High School came home with numerous awards. The highlight for these schools involved the campaigns for state office which resulted in two students from our county being elected to represent our state. Ashlynn McCain, a junior at LCHS, was elected as the new state president, and Collin Carruth, a junior at SHS, was elected as the new state secretary. In addition, LCHS received the 1st place award for campaign skits, and Sulligent was awarded 2nd place.

The following students from LCHS also received individual awards: 

McCain, Irvin, Robertson, Allen, Hankins
Regan Robertson- 1st place in painting, 1st place in watercolor, and 1st place in onsite acrylic painting;
Julia Irvin- 1st place in spelling, 3rd place in mixed media art, and 3rd place in onsite colored pencil;
Katelyn Allen- 3rd place in oratory; and
Madison Hankins- 3rd place in poetry.

Sulligent was awarded 3rd place in quiz bowl and was named as a finalist in special talent. Nicholas Roberts placed 2nd in the social studies academic test.

The state convention was planned by Mrs. Leanne Burks of Lamar County High School who is currently serving a two-year term as the state sponsor. She was assisted by Ms. Rebecca Green of Sulligent High School, who is serving as state sponsor-elect. They would like to thank LCHS Principal Vance Herron, who is serving on the state council, and their fellow sponsors in the county (Ernestine Chandler, Portia Johnson, Janet Adams, Tracy Windle, Molly Wheeler, and Brooks Moss), who all helped organize and carry out various competitions. Such an event would not be possible without the cooperation of dedicated teachers and administrators. Most of all, they would like to thank the students for representing our schools in such a distinguished manner.

Pictured L to R: Portia Johnson, Ernestine Chandler, Leanne Burks, Ashlynn McCain,
Vance Herron, Collin Carruth, Rebecca Green, Janet Adams, Molly Wheeler, and Tracy Windle

Congratulations and best wishes to these schools as they prepare for nationals in New Orleans this summer. Any support and encouragement given to these young people would be greatly appreciated.

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