James Clemens shows academic, arts strengths at Beta Club convention

At the Alabama State Beta Club Convention, cast members Haelin Oh, from left, Martin Nguyen, Briana Davis, DeAnne Skinner and Jessica Waggener won second place for their skit, "Beta Idol," a parody of "American Idol." (CONTRIBUTED)
At the Alabama State Beta Club Convention, cast members Haelin Oh, from left, Martin Nguyen, Briana Davis, DeAnne Skinner and Jessica Waggener won second place for their skit, “Beta Idol,” a parody of “American Idol.” (CONTRIBUTED)
Beta Club sponsor Felisa Vess, at right, congratulates Ashley Whigham for her first-place win in talent competition at the state convention. (CONTRIBUTED)
Beta Club sponsor Felisa Vess, at right, congratulates Ashley Whigham for her first-place win in talent competition at the state convention. (CONTRIBUTED)

MADISON – Beta Club members from James Clemens High School attended their first state tournament but competed like well-versed veterans.

The Alabama State Beta Club Convention was held at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex on April 8-10. The convention “provided a platform for leadership and for members to showcase their talents in every division from politics to academics to visual and performing arts,” sponsor and Spanish teacher Felisa Vess said.

James Clemens entered most convention competitions, except group talent, running a state candidate and scrapbook (because they’re a new club).

In the special talent division, Ashley Whigham won first place by singing Miley Cyrus’ “The Climb” and will advance to national competition this June in Nashville. Chryselle Alvarado was second-place winner for art with a pencil-and-charcoal drawing of her friend, Cayla Alexander, praying.

For their character skit, “Beta Idol,” Healin Oh, Briana Davis, Martin Nguyen, DeAnne Skinner and Jessica Waggener won second place. In “Beta Idol,” a contestant sings badly and celebrity judges humiliate her with ridicule instead of constructive criticism.

“Only one celebrity judge remembered how they all started at the bottom,” Vess said. “Character traits of integrity, honesty, hard work, kindness and perseverance were emphasized.”

The convention included numerous other options for the James Clemens students. Students could vie for honors with arts and crafts for sculpture, painting, photography cross-stitch and needlework. Delegates also showed their academic aptitude in spelling, English, creative writing, math, history, Spanish, science, agri-science, poetry and oratory.

James Clemens students “met and networked with students from all over the state of Alabama,” Vess said. “This being our first time to attend state convention, I think it was a wonderful learning experience for all of us.”

Students with overall GPA of 85 minimum and good standing with the school are eligible to join Beta Club. At James Clemens, the club has 96 members, who follow the motto “Lead by serving others” and complete 15 hours of service work yearly.

Bob Jones High School

Samantha Chan Selected Presidential Scholar- Uses Swimming And Academics To Perfection

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Cotton Row Run 2024 Set For Memorial Day Morning

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Disc Golf Alive And Well In Madison

Madison

Third infant surrendered at Madison Safe Haven Baby Box

Bob Jones High School

“Where It Belongs”- The Bob Jones Patriots Earn Baseball State Championship

James Clemens High School

Liberty’s Shravan Balaji wins ‘Best of Fair Award’ in regional science fair

Events

Trash Pandas hosting Elvis tribute night contest on May 21

James Clemens High School

French, Latin students at James Clemens excel in testing

Harvest

Enable Madison County announces needed asset at event

James Clemens High School

Koswoski awarded Department of Alabama’s ‘VFW Scout of the Year’

James Clemens High School

Lilliann Markowitz achieves top rank in Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and Sea Cadets

Bob Jones High School

Madison’s JROTC cadets challenged in Rocket City Rivalry Day

James Clemens High School

McDaniel, Stundtner, Vaughn and Woodard earn national grants

Digital Version

Digital version of The Madison Record – May 15, 2024

Madison

Bob Jones bests Central-Phenix City in opening game of State Championship

Bob Jones bests Central-Phenix City in opening game of State Championship

Harvest

TARCOG’s Senior Fun Fest moves to Agribition Center at Alabama A&M University

Bob Jones High School

Heavyweight Baseball- Bob Jones To Play For State Championship

Bob Jones High School

Bob Jones holds off James Clemens in epic Final Four series to reach state final

Bob Jones holds off James Clemens in epic Final Four series to reach state final

Huntsville

Huntsville crews continue to assess damage and clear debris following strong storms

Bob Jones High School

Chess league to host Summer Camp in June

Madison

American Legion to honor Gold Star families on Memorial Day

James Clemens High School

Dr. Kerry Donaldson honored as ‘Alabama PTA Principal of the Year’

Bob Jones High School

Bob Jones Jazz Band to play at Jazz Brunch at Madison Senior Center

Harvest

Madison Lions’ air filtration helps Village of Promise, Second Mile

x