LOGAN — Hannah White, a junior at Logan High School, recently won an art competition through the WV Beta Club Convention.
During an interview with the Logan Banner, White noted the Beta Club at Logan High School (LHS) had been dropped decades ago; however, Mrs. Bartley, the LHS Beta Club sponsor recently revived the program.
The National Bata Club’s website explains, “Between the Junior Beta Club (grades 4-8) and Senior Beta Club (grades 9-12), the organization has helped nearly seven million students learn how to make a life for themselves — and, since 1991, it has awarded over $5 million in scholarships. There are now more than 450,000 active members and more than 8,750 clubs nationally and internationally. It has become the nation’s largest independent, non-profit, educational youth organization.”
To be eligible for induction into the LHS Beta Club, students must carry a 3.5 cumulative grade point average.
At the WV Beta Convention, members of Beta Clubs across the state entered projects into varying categories.
White explained her experience at the WV Beta Convention saying, “It was frantic. You were always running around doing something. We all tried extremely hard to be there for each other’s displays or things that we felt should be supported by one another. One of my best friends, Amiri Bartley, actually won state secretary. It was amazing to be surrounded by people of common interests, and they were all so nice to us. Mrs. Bartley and Mr. McPeak supported us through all of it…”
White entered her painting of two tigers entitled “Significace” into the visual arts category on the convention and came away with top honors. White added, “I titled it “Significace” because it has so much meaning to me. It was the first big piece I’ve done that I’ve actually put out there to be judged, so that’s where the title derived from.”
When asked about her preferences for style, paint and art supplies, White noted she does not like to limit herself to one kind of art, but added she believes she is better at realistic pieces.
As for the world of high-end paints and brushes, White said she gets her supplies from Walmart adding, “It’s not about the quality of the paint to me because I know in the end, nobody’s going to ask me which brand I used.”
White will have a chance to pit her work against the work of Betas across the country at the National Beta Convention in New Orleans in June 2016.
Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1729 or by email at email@example.com.