CMS Junior Beta students shine at State Convention

by Feb 27, 2012COMMUNITY sgadugi, Front Page0 comments



     GREENSBORO – On Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 5, the 8th grade members of the Cherokee Middle School Junior Beta loaded onto the Boys Club Charter Bus and headed for the North Carolina Junior Beta Club convention in Greensboro.  CMS betas were well prepared to compete with more than 3,000 top students representing beta chapters from 120+ schools across the state.  The 24 eighth grade members entered 13 individual art categories, five academic tests, and all six club projects.

Cherokee Junior Beta (left-right from top) Trace Lambert, Shaderick Wofle, Cory Tolley, Jacob Long, Cilina Murphy, Augustina Saunooke, Justice Davis, Steven Straughan, Bree Stamper, Gabby Squirrell, Joely Queen, Lidia Flores, Bea Grant, Annleata Montoya, Kristen Driver, Tyra Standingdeer, Emily Kayonnie, Kissie Mathis, Faith Long, Laurel Welch, Tysha Sampson, Danica Sequoyah, Brittany Driver and Samantha Rauch. Not in attendance (Isiah Davis and James George). (Photo courtesy of Bette Fitzgerald/CMS)

     At a Valentine’s Day Assembly, the CMS Junior Beta members were applauded by their peers and teachers as they presented two first place trophies and four art ribbons to Principal Rogers.  “Our students were so well behaved and helpful as they represented their school at the state convention,” praised Susan Lanier, teacher Beta sponsor and chaperone for CMS.  “In 12 years of attending the convention with CMS, this trip felt the most successful.”

     Bette Fitzgerald, sponsor of CMS beta club commented “Our CMS betas prepare for competition and must be entered in events in order to attend the convention.  It is always rewarding to bring home ribbons and trophies to mark their success, but I am extremely proud of the efforts of all of our beta members this year.”

     Special thanks to Beta Members, Families, Cherokee School Board, Ms. Reba Elders, Ms. Susan Lanier, Ms. Judy Castorena (shirts), and teachers.

     Awards won by the CMS Junior Beta students include:


– 1st place in Banner (out of 65 entries)

– 1st place in Overall Art


–  1st place in Jewelry, Emily Kayonnie

– 2nd place in Watercolor Painting, Annleata Montoya

– 2nd place in Quilting, Cilina Murphy

– 3rd place in Oil Pastels, Lidia Flores

      The following students worked on the various contest submissions and contests:

The Cherokee Middle School Junior Beta Club banner won 1st place at the recent State Convention.

– Banner: Club (main artists were Bea Grant, Tyra Standingdeer and Tysha Sampson)

– T-shirt: Club

– Scrapbook:  Club

– Living Literature: Tyra Standingdeer, Bree Stamper, Kissie Mathis, Trace Lambert, and Steven Straughan

– Poster Competition: Augustina Saunooke, DJ Sequoyah

– Spotlight on Our Club Poster:  Brittany Driver and Shaderick Wolfe

– Workshops: Gabby Squirrell, Brittany Driver, Cilina Murphy, Samantha Rauch

– Art Categories:

  • Wreath: Club
  • Oil/Acrylic: Laurel Welch
  • Oil Pastel: Lidia Flores
  • Pen/Pencil/Ink: Laurel Welch
  • Water Color: Annleata Montoya
  • Wood Working: Cory Tolley
  • Sculpture: Joely Queen
  • Jewelry:  Emily Kayonnie
  • Quilting: Cilina Murphy
  • Photography:  Bea Grant (color), Emily Kayonnie (bw), Tysha Sampson (digitally enhanced)
  • Recycled Art: Shaderick Wolfe


  • Social Studies:  Joely Queen
  • Math:  Jacob Long
  • Science: Faith Long
  • Language Arts: Kristen Driver
  • Quiz Bowl: Lidia Flores, Bea Grant, Emily Kayonnie, Annleata Montoya