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Hibriten and South Beta Students Win at the Nationals

State Beta winners from Hibriten High School and South Caldwell High School recently competed at the National Convention in Oklahoma City and seven students won a Top 10 spot in four different categories of competition.

Joe Watson and John Pezzi, both rising seniors at Hibriten High School, brought home a Top 10 finish. Watson placed sixth in 11th grade, Division 2 Mathematics and Pezzi won eighth in 11th grade, Division 2 Science.

From the Spartan team, Rachel Kripner, rising 10th-grader at South Caldwell, placed seventh in Onsite Painting Division I, where students created an original artwork within a two-hour timeframe. Kripner was also a member of the South Caldwell Lead Outside the Box team that took ninth place in the competition where students had 24 hours to research, develop, and present a program on preventing vaping at their high school. The winning team included Kripner, Sarah Arnold and Braxton Griffin, rising sophomores; and Gretchen Hughes, a rising senior.

All students who competed at the National Beta Convention had to qualify by placing first, second, or third at their respective state conventions.

More than 20,000 attendees participated in the 2019 Nationals that offered Beta members the opportunity to share project ideas and showcase their academic and leadership abilities with peers from around the globe.

Shawna Greeno is the Beta Club sponsor at Hibriten High School. “The level of competition was extremely rigorous,” said South Caldwell Beta Advisor Jonathan Haas, who also serves as the NC Beta State Sponsor-Elect.