Pictured holding the plaques they won at the recent Beta Club competition are Middleton Elementary School members (l-r): Peyton Keller, J.J. Albanez, Madeline Coupe, Noah Seever, Katrina Gossett and Club Sponsor, Cindy Bucud. The competition was held at the Opryland Hotel Nov. 22-24. Not pictured is Bailey Timmons. Photo courtesy of Principle Doris Keller

MES Beta Club members win honors in state competition

Nov. 22-24, approximately 7,000 Beta Club members descended on Nashville’s Opryland Hotel. Included in that number were several students from Middleton Elementary School. Competitions were held in several areas. Poetry, Language Arts, Science, and a Book Battle (reading) were the academic areas students were tested in. There was also an arts and crafts division.
Five Middleton students were awarded plaques in the academic competitions.  There were numerous students taking these tests representing the fifth and sixth grades.
Noah Seever and Katrina Gossett took second place in the state. This placement qualifies them for the national competition. Acting as a team, they were required to read 12 books. Their test lasted an hour. It was basically a comprehension exam with questions such as “What did this say to you?”
Peyton Keller entered for her second year in the Poetry Division. A fifth grade student, Peyton competed against students through the eighth grade. She won third place. “They gave us a picture of a pair of hands holding a small tree. We were required to write a poem about the picture. We were given an hour to write it. We could use no more than 350 words,” she said.

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