Posted Date: 07/07/2021
Despite the difficulties of COVID and a virtual state convention, Fordland High School Beta Club qualified in several national level competitions and attended the National Beta Club Convention in Orlando, Florida June 25 – June 29. In order to qualify a Beta member must place in the Top 5 at the state level. Students who met this criteria at the Missouri virtual convention were Dantae Mason-Hicks (senior) -Social Studies; Lily Hendershot (junior) - Language Arts; Grace Grandel (sophomore) - Language Arts; Lily Moreland (sophomore) - Poetry; Dakota Bilyeu (sophomore) - Onsite Painting; Lauren Hale (junior), Audrie Buckert (sophomore), Tucker Uchtman (sophomore), Samantha Irwin (freshman), and Christian Booth (freshman) – Marketing and Communications Team. As well, Mia Wiley (senior), Graham Brooks (senior), Grace Grandel (sophomore), Drew Jones (sophomore), Luke Holmes (freshman) were allowed to compete in an open Engineering Team competition because there was no state qualifying round in that event due to COVID. The engineering team had over 200 hours in creating their project, having worked together since August.
In Orlando, Dakota was recognized as the national champion in Division I Onsite Art. She is the first Fordland Beta to win an individual event at the national level. As well, Mia, Graham, Grace, Drew, and Luke were named as Engineering national champions. This is the second time the Fordland club has won this event at national convention following a win in 2018. Furthermore, this victory places the team as Missouri state champions since the state and national engineering competitions were combined this year. Each national event included competitors from hundreds of schools across the country.
As always, “It’s a Great Day to be an EAGLE”!!!