Curry student places first at National Beta Convention

By NICOLE SMITH
Posted 6/23/19

CURRY —  A rising senior at Curry High School placed first at the National Beta Club Convention for her photography skills.Abbeygail Moon impressively placed first for photography in Division …

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Curry student places first at National Beta Convention

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CURRY —  A rising senior at Curry High School placed first at the National Beta Club Convention for her photography skills.

Abbeygail Moon impressively placed first for photography in Division II at the State Beta Club Convention earlier this year. She traveled this past week to Oklahoma City, and she again brought home a win — this time as the National Beta Club Photography Champion for Division II.     

Moon submitted the same photograph for the state and national competitions. The shot features a lightbulb with stunning peach blossoms that peek through the glass bulb.

"I was with my grandma and my cousin one day. We were just thinking about different options and places I could go to take a cool picture that was kind of out of the box," Moon said.

She joined her grandmother and cousin on a road trip to Oakman, where she took several scenic pictures, but the images weren't quite what Moon had envisioned.

"I thought if we could take a lightbulb and focus more on the lightbulb and give the background a different contrast, that would be really cool," she said.

They traveled back to her grandmother's house, and some peach blossoms on her property inspired the winning shot. The golden hour was on her side as well, which produced the perfect lighting that was complemented by the peach blossoms' pop of pink color.

Last year Moon placed second at the State Beta Club Convention for a picture she submitted of Duncan Bridge. She went on to place fifth at the national convention.

Beta Club has kept Moon busy since she was in the sixth grade at Curry Middle School, and she has been a Beta officer since she joined the club.

"Beta has really been a big part of my life, and I love the community service projects and things that we do like that," Moon said. Her favorite Beta Club service project is helping to feed those in need at a Thanksgiving meal held each year at the Jasper Civic Center. 

Moon is also part of her school's Anchor Club, SGA and FCCLA groups, and she is the secretary of her class. Sports are a big part of Moon's life, and she participates in basketball, volleyball and track for Curry High School. She is also a recent graduate of Youth Leadership Walker County.  

"I'm pretty busy," Moon said with a laugh. "My sponsors and coaches at the school are all very supportive and they want us [all] to be involved."

Moon says she wants to continue pursuing photography as a hobby, but she plans to study dermatology after high school.

She said she is appreciative of Curry High's administrators for their support on her journey to Beta Club nationals and is also thankful to her Beta Club sponsor.  

"I would really like to thank Brook Meadows. She's the Beta Club sponsor. Really, I couldn't have done any of this without her," Moon said.

Meadows congratulated Moon on Facebook in a touching post that read, in part, "Competing against the schools in our state and winning is a HUGE feat (which she did), but competing against all the schools in the Nation and winning...well that’s making Curry High and National Beta history!"

Moon is the only Curry High Beta Club student to compete at nationals for the past two years; however, some of her peers did place at the state level.