Pikeville High School competed at the 76th annual Kentucky Beta Club senior convention held January 22-January 24 at the Lexington Convention Center in Lexington, Kentucky. Pikeville High School’s Club secured individual and group honors including Will Williamson taking third place in Social Studies; Sam Musgrave placing third in Mixed Media and group talent taking second. Group talent members included Lynne Atkins, Megan Bailey, Lauren Blackburn, Lily Case, Rebecca Clark, Lexie Damron, Trey Grant, Britney Hopkins, Emily Hughes, Taylor Johns, Dalton Justice, Sylvia Justice, Braden Kendall, Savannah Little, Kristen Maynard, Maura McCoy, Andrew McNamee, Austin Mullins, Sam Musgrave, Brooklyn Newsome, Jonathan Ray, McKinley Webb, Maddie Willard, Will Williamson, Paige Workman, and Alicia Zacarias.
In addition to student competitions, the statewide gathering included conference meetings, officer elections and guest speakers. Pikeville sophomore Emily Crum was elected as Beta state secretary and senior Clay Slone gave an inspirational speech during the opening ceremony. Senior Maddie Willard completed her service as the 2016-17 Beta state president at the convention. The club also received the G.O.L.D. Key award.
The National Beta Club promotes the ideals of academic achievement, character, service and leadership among elementary and secondary school students. The 2017 national senior convention is slated for June 29-July 2, Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort in Orlando, Florida.
Club sponsors are Mary Anne Prater and Dawn Stewart. Special thanks to Kim Willard for her time and efforts in making our group talent successful.