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BRMS students win 3 Junior Beta Club state championships

Quiz Bowl team earns invitation to national competition

STAFF REPORTS
Published on Sunday, January 27, 2013

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The State Champion Quiz Bowl team from Blue Ridge Middle School are, left to right, Jake Holland, Amy Barnette, Addie Callahan, Campbell Davenport.

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The State Champion Quiz Bowl team from Blue Ridge Middle School are, left to right, Jake Holland, Amy Barnette, Addie Callahan, Campbell Davenport.

Blue Ridge Middle School won three first place awards and three thirds at the South Carolina Junior Beta Club Convention in Myrtle Beach last Thursday and Friday.

It was the school’s biggest haul of awards in over a decade at the .

BRMS won first place in Quiz Bowl, Poster Design and Banner. Addie Callahan finished with the same score as the top two finishers in the Language Arts Test but took longer to complete the test, thus the third place award.

Black and white and color photography also saw BRMS earn a pair of third place awards.

The Quiz Bowl team of Amy Barnette, Addie Callahan, Campbell Davenport and Jake Holland are state champions. The competition began with a written round and then the top four teams were selected for the semifinals and finals. 

Blue Ridge defeated Riverside Middle in the semifinals and Wren Middle in the finals. BRMS will be invited to compete at the National Junior Beta Club Convention in Mobile, Ala., in June. Caleigh Terry served as an alternate on the team.

The Poster Design team of Kandra Aho, Camryn Barnes, Bailey Black and Shana Pereira earned their state championship by producing a banner in 60 minutes with a set of eight colored markers and the theme “Charity”.

The design featured the words “Helping Hands, Helping Hearts” and showed the word Charity in the center of a heart formed out of helping hands.

The Banner entry won by featuring the keys of Beta Club (character, leadership, service, and achievement). It is BRMS’s first Banner blue ribbon since 2001.

Callahan was among three who tied with the best score. The time to complete the test was the tiebreaker, relegating Callahan to third place.

Samantha Hartley won third in the state in Black and White Photography. Micah Arms finished third in color photography.

Will Snipes, 7th Grade Language Arts teacher, said the students’ “behavior, manners, and attitudes were exceptional. They represented us so well. We enjoyed Medieval Times, Planet Hollywood, and also our own private dance party at the hotel that we like to refer to as the ‘Hottest Event on the Grand Strand.’

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