Eight months ago when she was preparing for State Beta Convention, Taylor Vaughn never thought that she would place first in Virginia for Apparel Design or that she would be having to “attend” the National Convention in Fort Worth, Texas, virtually.
“After the state competition, all I had left to do was book the trip to Texas,” she said. “Then COVID-19 changed everything, taking away many milestones of my senior year. I am glad to say that I still got to have somewhat of a National Convention experience virtually. To attend Virtual Convention, I had to submit my club information as well as pictures of my project. When I chose to do the Apparel Design project, I was hesitant as it was a new competition category, but I wanted to try something different for my last year in Beta.”
Vaughn recalls, she was cleaning out her closet and noticed her old jean jacket in the corner. “I had been thinking about what I was going to do for Apparel Design all week and could come up with nothing. Just as I was about to throw the jacket into the pile for Goodwill I thought, what if I recycle a piece of clothing into something new?” Now inspired, she started on the jacket the next day.
“I had the added task of portraying the 2020 theme, ‘Beta as Far as You Can See.’ I chose to design the back of the jacket to display some of the service projects that our club participated in throughout the year as well as the five officers of our Club.
Vaughn says it took some time and a lot of trial and error, but her effort was rewarded when she placed third in the nation! “I appreciate the support of RHS, my club, and my sponsor, Mrs. France, as well as the efforts of the National Beta Club to allow us to still compete virtually.”
Congratulation for Taylor Vaughn for this accomplishment!