Martin Elementary Sees Big Results

MES Sees Big Results at Beta Convention
Posted on 12/12/2019
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With a theme centered on imagination, fifth-graders of Martin Elementary School were ready to share their creativity when they gathered at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville the week of Thanksgiving.

The group of enthusiastic students showcased their talents “as far as the eye can see” and managed to impress the judges. Martin Elementary School Beta Club advisor Cindy Watkins said this was the seventh year the school has taken a group of fifth-graders to convene, compete and connect with other schools across the state.

“We took 30 students and 27 chaperones to this year’s convention,” Watkins noted. Tina Brown of MES also served as advisor to the MES Beta Club.

Those students brought back 10 awards, all centered on the statewide Beta Club Convention theme, “Beta — As Far As the Eye Can See.”

Although the convention is held the week of Thanksgiving, students spend weeks, even months, preparing for the friendly competition with their statewide peers.

Some categories were group activities while others were individual projects. But in talking with the group of students, they all demonstrated the spirit of camaraderie as they enthusiastically praised their classmates. While one student may have brought home an award for an individual project, all of the fifth-grade Beta Club students were celebrating.

Seussical performersThis year marked an inaugural year for fourth- and fifth-grade performers at MES after they spent three months preparing for their musical, “Seussical, Jr.” The community performance fit the Beta Club Convention imagination theme well this year, so much so that the group of Beta students recreated their performance on the stage in Nashville.

‘It was about using your imagination and that is what Dr. Seuss does. Our play shows that you can never see as far your imagination goes,” Neeley Sims explained.

The MES Beta team — Sims, Corrina Boyd, Amelia Pritchett, Macy Norton, Elaina Wilson, Josie Allen and Carson Gibson — brought home a second-place award in Performing Arts for their “Seussical, Jr.” performance.

Nathan Parker won for fiber artAn individual project by student Nathan Parker landed the MES Beta Club a first-place award in the category of Fiber Art. Parker said he was inspired by the “as far as the eye can see” theme and a picture of a mountain range. He worked day and night for about a month to thread string on small nails to create a picturesque mountain landscape. As a result of earning the top spot, Parker gets to take his work of art to the National Elementary Beta Club Convention in Ft. Worth, Texas, in June to represent his school.

Elaina Wilson with winning shirt designFor the first time in the school’s Beta Club history, the group garnered an award for its T-shirt design. Designed by Elaina Wilson, she worked with her peers to create a design of a star-gazer looking through the lens of a telescope. Monograms and More in Martin printed the T-shirt, and the group brought home a fifth-place award from the state convention.

Lina Zimmerman with b&w photoLena Zimmerman earned a third-place award in Black and White Photography for her picture at the base of a mighty tree looking up to the sky, “as far as the eye can see.”
Using plastic coffee stirrers and pieces of magazines to create an eye with lashes, the group landed a third-place slot for its recyclable art.

Izaiah Chua won 5th in speechIzaiah Chua placed fifth in the speech competition about “Broadening Beta’s Vision.”

Reagan Whitledge won for creative writing

In the Creative Writing category, Reagan Whitledge penned a fourth-place award-winning piece about “if you receive a box, what do you do with it.”

Scrapbooking winnersOverall, the MES Beta Club brought home a second-place award for the Scrapbooking category. The group’s scrapbook included photos from its past and present service projects, including the Book Battle, Angel Tree project and Target House donation drive.

Hallee Nanney, social studiesHallee Nanney took her social studies skills to the competition and, after completing a series of online tests, she brought back a fifth-place award.

Robotics has always been a category appealing to the fifth-graders and this year proved no exception as seven of the club members joined together to create “Jimmy the Robot.”
Jimmy is capable of doing wheelies and picking up items. Carter Peevyhouse, Zimmerman, Daniel Kang, Caleb Campbell, Briar Nevil, Bracen Dowdy and Cade Totty earned fourth-place honors in the Robotics competition.

Robotics winnersThe group gave credit to Peevyhouse’s dad, Jamison, who helped guide the students in turning the vision of Jimmy the Robot into reality.

MES Beta Club members competed in 27 categories and placed in 10. The students didn’t contain their excitement when talking about other projects, even if they didn’t earn awards in all competition categories.

The group also created a set of beaded tassel jewelry. The marketing group spotlighted leaders of the school, including MES Principal Patresa Rogers. Their theme — “I must-ache you a question, are you a leader?” — was a hit for the group at convention.

Josh Frensley's handcrafted woodworking Although Josh Frensley’s handcrafted woodworking piece didn’t place at convention, Watkins and his classmates agreed the “piece was number one.”

He created a moveable wooden propeller with football players. The story behind the piece was a recent account of when the MES football team played Dyersburg this year for the championship title. The football player is the team’s quarterback, Thomas Myers, who threw a touchdown pass to Miles Brown in the end zone with one second left in the game. The pass resulted in the championship win for the team.

Beta winnersThe items were on display in the front halls of MES before they were taken to the Beta Room to be used as teaching tools for next year’s class of Beta Club students.