BGE BETA at National Convention

Bowling Green Elementary was proud to send five students to the National Junior Beta Convention in Oklahoma City this year.  While enjoying a bit of the culture of the host city, these young men competed in five events; Living Literature, Woodworking, Marketing and Communications, Apparel Design, and Service Learning Showcase.

Elijah Parker, Elijah Rohm, and Amarjay Childs designed the Growing Kind Hearts program to enter in the Marketing and Communications competition. This positive behavior support program allows students to earn seeds for demonstrating appropriate behaviors.  These seeds would then be planted in a community garden to help those in need. This team won a fourth place award for their presentation and program.

The Marketing and Communications team was joined by James Scott and Daniel Busic for the Service Learning Showcase event.  This competition allows Betas to highlight their service projects for the year. With a focus on the Have a Heart campaign to help the area homeless population, this presentation offered insight into the service projects that the BGE Beta Club performed to help their school and local community. The students were proud to receive a third place award for their service.

MES BETA at National Convention

MES Jr Beta Club had 12 students qualify for Nationals in Oklahoma City, OK with 9 participating. Zoe Kitchen  competed in Visual Arts with a beautiful handmade dream catcher choker necklace. We had a group of 4 students Adrian Salas,Brayden Perry,Allyson Hoover and Riley Funk that competed in the Quiz Bowl. The students had to collaborate as a team in taking a quiz while going against other Elementary schools. Our last competition was our Robotics Team. Kyler Hall,Nathan Vontomaszewski, Lee Carty, Judiah Hogan designed a recycled obstacle course using a robot with added recycled parts that emptied a can into a box that represented a recycling bin. This was entirely student led without any help from teachers or parents. They were judged in areas such as their performance,collaboration and creativity. The Robotics team placed 6th out of approximately 22 other schools.
The students displayed great character and showed great responsibility while proudly representing MES being so far away from home. During some of our down time we were able to take in some history by riding a water taxi through a canal and learning some of the history in OKC. The highlight of our entertainment was visiting the Oklahoma City Bombing memorial and museum. When asking the students of their favorite highlight of the trip they all agreed in saying this museum. What a very important part of history that our students were able to learn about in person not just reading in a textbook.