The Plainview High School Beta Club is ready to take on the nation.
After becoming state champions in quiz bowl and earning seven first-place plaques at the Oklahoma Beta Convention, the students are bound for the national competition in Richmond, Va., which begins June 25.
This is the second time the Plainview students have traveled to compete against students from 17 other states, which have Beta Clubs. Last year, the students were invited to nationals, which took place in Mobile, Ala.
Beta Club is an organization for junior high and high school students that promotes the ideals of academic achievement, character, leadership and service. At competitions, students compete in a variety of academic subjects.
At the annual Oklahoma Beta Club Convention in April, Plainview students received the following titles:
Creative writing: first place, Clayton Salzman, senior
English: first place, Sammie Hottel, junior
Math: first place, Riley Baird, senior
Pencil drawing: third place, McKenzie Cowlbeck, sophomore
Quiz bowl: first place, the Plainview team
Science: first place, Zac Weaver, senior
Social Studies: first place, Jantzen Faulkner, senior
Spanish: third place, Kyla Bruegel, junior
Spelling: first place, Sally Robinson, junior
The students say they are looking forward to the opportunity to compete against other state’s top Beta Club students. Additionally, they plan to take a day trip for touring Washington, D.C. and Colonial Williamsburg.
The students are seeking monetary donations for the trip to Richmond. The school district is covering the cost of the hotel stay during the four-day convention. The cost of airfare is left up to the students. Those who would like to donate can contact Plainview High School at (580) 223-5877.