Students bring history to life


MES holds fourth annual ‘Living Wax Museum’

By Charles Warner - cwarner@uniondailytimes.com



Charles Warner | The Union Times George Washington (Caroline Cao) was one of the many historic figures of the past and celebrities of the present depicted in Tuesday’s “Living Wax Museum” at Monarch Elementary School. The Living Wax Museum is a project of the school’s 4th grade students who select a famous figure who interests them and then researches that figure. They use the information they gain to make an informational poster about the figure they will represent, write a monologue about the figure they will recite while they are portraying them, and make the costumes they wear as part of their presentation.


Charles Warner | The Union Times Ronald Reagan (Luke Koepke) was one of the many historic figures of the past and celebrities of the present depicted in Tuesday’s “Living Wax Museum” at Monarch Elementary School. The Living Wax Museum is a project of the school’s 4th grade students who select a famous figure who interests them and then researches that figure. They use the information they gain to make an informational poster about the figure they will represent, write a monologue about the figure while they are portraying them, and make the costumes they wear as part of their presentation.


Charles Warner | The Union Times Pocahontas (Cloe Dragoo) was one of the many historic figures of the past and celebrities of the present depicted in Tuesday’s “Living Wax Museum” at Monarch Elementary School. The Living Wax Museum is a project of the school’s 4th grade students who select a famous figure who interests them and then researches that figure. They use the information they gain to make an informational poster about the figure they will represent, write a monologue about the figure while they are portraying them, and make the costumes they wear as part of their presentation.


Charles Warner | The Union Times Nikola Tesla (Austin Pashcall) was one of the many historic figures of the past and celebrities of the present depicted in Tuesday’s “Living Wax Museum” at Monarch Elementary School. The Living Wax Museum is a project of the school’s 4th grade students who select a famous figure who interests them and then researches that figure. They use the information they gain to make an informational poster about the figure they will represent, write a monologue about the figure while they are portraying them, and make the costumes they wear as part of their presentation.


Charles Warner | The Union Times George Washington Carver (Marion Edwards) was one of the many historic figures of the past and celebrities of the present depicted in Tuesday’s “Living Wax Museum” at Monarch Elementary School. The Living Wax Museum is a project of the school’s 4th grade students who select a famous figure who interests them and then researches that figure. They use the information they gain to make an informational poster about the figure they will represent, write a monologue about the figure while they are portraying them, and make the costumes they wear as part of their presentation.


Charles Warner | The Union Times Opray Winfrey (Ty’Keria Booker) was one of the many historic figures of the past and celebrities of the present depicted in Tuesday’s “Living Wax Museum” at Monarch Elementary School. The Living Wax Museum is a project of the school’s 4th grade students who select a famous figure who interests them and then researches that figure. They use the information they gain to make an informational poster about the figure they will represent, write a monologue about the figure while they are portraying them, and make the costumes they wear as part of their presentation.


Charles Warner | The Union Times Dolly Parton (Alicia Williams) was one of the many historic figures of the past and celebrities of the present depicted in Tuesday’s “Living Wax Museum” at Monarch Elementary School. The Living Wax Museum is a project of the school’s 4th grade students who select a famous figure who interests them and then researches that figure. They use the information they gain to make an informational poster about the figure they will represent, write a monologue about the figure while they are portraying them, and make the costumes they wear as part of their presentation.


Charles Warner | The Union Times Mary Lou Retton (Libby Hardin) was one of the many historic figures of the past and celebrities of the present depicted in Tuesday’s “Living Wax Museum” at Monarch Elementary School. The Living Wax Museum is a project of the school’s 4th grade students who select a famous figure who interests them and then researches that figure. They use the information they gain to make an informational poster about the figure they will represent, write a monologue about the figure while they are portraying them, and make the costumes they wear as part of their presentation.


Charles Warner | The Union Times Muhammad Ali (Shawn Yarborough) was one of the many historic figures of the past and celebrities of the present depicted in Tuesday’s “Living Wax Museum” at Monarch Elementary School. The Living Wax Museum is a project of the school’s 4th grade students who select a famous figure who interests them and then researches that figure. They use the information they gain to make an informational poster about the figure they will represent, write a monologue about the figure while they are portraying them, and make the costumes they wear as part of their presentation.


Charles Warner | The Union Times Pleasant Rowland (Melle Ponder) was one of the many historic figures of the past and celebrities of the present depicted in Tuesday’s “Living Wax Museum” at Monarch Elementary School. The Living Wax Museum is a project of the school’s 4th grade students who select a famous figure who interests them and then researches that figure. They use the information they gain to make an informational poster about the figure they will represent, write a monologue about the figure while they are portraying them, and make the costumes they wear as part of their presentation.


Charles Warner | The Union Times Harry Houdini (Eli Thompson) was one of the many historic figures of the past and celebrities of the present depicted in Tuesday’s “Living Wax Museum” at Monarch Elementary School. The Living Wax Museum is a project of the school’s 4th grade students who select a famous figure who interests them and then researches that figure. They use the information they gain to make an informational poster about the figure they will represent, write a monologue about the figure while they are portraying them, and make the costumes they wear as part of their presentation.


Charles Warner | The Union Times Florence Nightingale (Zoe Gregory) was one of the many historic figures of the past and celebrities of the present depicted in Tuesday’s “Living Wax Museum” at Monarch Elementary School. The Living Wax Museum is a project of the school’s 4th grade students who select a famous figure who interests them and then researches that figure. They use the information they gain to make an informational poster about the figure they will represent, write a monologue about the figure while they are portraying them, and make the costumes they wear as part of their presentation.


Charles Warner | The Union Times Julie Andrews (Calee Childers) in her Oscar winning role as “Mary Poppins” was one of the many historic figures of the past and celebrities of the present depicted in Tuesday’s “Living Wax Museum” at Monarch Elementary School. The Living Wax Museum is a project of the school’s 4th grade students who select a famous figure who interests them and then researches that figure. They use the information they gain to make an informational poster about the figure they will represent, write a monologue about the figure while they are portraying them, and make the costumes they wear as part of their presentation.


MONARCH — For the fourth year in a row the 4th grade students of Monarch Elementary School brought history to life Tuesday morning with their “Living Wax Museum.”

Historic figures from the past and celebrities from the present lined the halls of the school, their presence the result of the research, hard work, and creativity of the 4th graders who portrayed them. The students, dressed in character, stood perfectly still and silent until tapped on the shoulder at which time they told their stories.

As in years past, Tuesday’s event drew a large crowd of parents and visitor who made their up and down the ramps and through the halls of the school, reading the posters the students had made featuring pictures or illustrations of the figures they were depicting and information about their lives, achievement, activities and place in history and/or popular culture.

Hosted by 4th grade teachers Mrs. Kelly, Mrs. Wilson, Mrs. Russell, and Mr. Wix, the Living Wax Museum is a project of the school’s 4th grade students who begin by choosing a famous figure that interests them. This is then followed by weeks of research after which they write a biography about the figure they’ve chosen, create the informational poster they stand beside during the museum, make the costume they wear, write the monologue they recite.

The figures in this year’s Living Wax Museum and the students who represented them were:

• Presidential And Governmental Figures

— George Washington (Caroline Cao)

— Abraham Lincoln (Wyatt Adams)

— Ronald Reagan (Luke Koepke)

— Barack Obama (Zyan Allen)

— Michelle Obama (Quateesha Lyles)

• Historical Figures

— Mary McLeod Bethune (Shirlissa Land)

— Ruby Bridges (Uari Lisbon)

— Sally Ride (Gracie Crawford)

— Pocahontas (Cloe Dragoo)

— Christopher Columbus (Johnathon Jones)

— Robert LaSalle (Mason Conner)

— Martin Luther King Jr. (Treveon Shorter)

— Rosa Parks (Harmony Gilliam)

— George Washington Carver (Marion Edwards)

— Juliette Gordon Low (Sarah Paige Glenn)

— Nikola Tesla (Austin Paschall)

— Sacagawea (Taylor Williford)

— John Deere (TJ Gibson)

— Madam CJ Walker (Aliviah Rainwater)

— Harriet Tubman (Kimora Tucker)

— Harry Houdini (Eli Thompson)

— Florence Nightingale (Zoe Gregory)

• Hollywood Figures

— Julie Andrews (Calee Childers)

— Demi Lovato (Amajzha Martin)

— Steven Spielberg (Anthony Dickert)

• Contemporary Figures

— Oprah Winfrey (Ty’Keria Booker)

— Lonnie Johnson (Jayden Chick)

— Prince William (Maddox Robinson-Teague)

— Pleasant Rowland (Melle Ponder)

— Princess Diana (Aliyah Smith)

— Marcus Persson (Jack Kerr)

• Authors

— Norman Bridwell (Jason Sanders)

— Judy Blume (Shy’Terria Peake)

— Patricia Polacco (Hannah Robinson)

— Mary Pope Osborne (Kyleigh Roark)

— Phillis Wheatley (Taraji Chamberlain)

• Singers

— Selena Gomez (Kaliyah Shaw)

— Whitney Houston (Zoeie Smith)

— Michael Jackson (Quatavius Lyles)

— Elvis Presley (Adam Hicks)

— Ariana Grande (Ja’Mya Walton)

— Taylor Swift (Gracie Reid)

— Dolly Parton (Alicia Williams)

— Shakira (Kyra Burgess)

• Sport Figures

— Jackie Robinson (Lamarcus Littlejohn)

— Tony Romo (Eric Gray)

— Babe Ruth (Cliff Gregory)

— Muhammad Ali (Shawn Yarborough)

— Roberto Clemente (Junior McNab)

— Ricky Carmichael (Ethan Epps)

— Jennie Finch (Caroline Davis)

— Willie Mays (Kameron Salter)

— Peyton Manning (Caden Walden)

— Jackie Joyner-Kersee (Nicole Thompson)

— David Beckham (Ja’Karius Chamberlain)

— Dominique Moceanu (Jaelyn Davis)

— Emmitt Smith (Tre’ Smith)

— Walter Payton (Austin Duckett)

— Gabby Douglas (Camora Crosby)

— Derek Jeter (Ja’Sereion Jeter)

— Jerry Rice (Khalik Woods)

— Jeff Gordon (Logan Yarbrough)

— Michael Jordan (My’Son Grant)

— Mary Lou Retton (Libby Hardin)

— Shoeless Joe Jackson (Byrson Knox)

Charles Warner | The Union Times George Washington (Caroline Cao) was one of the many historic figures of the past and celebrities of the present depicted in Tuesday’s “Living Wax Museum” at Monarch Elementary School. The Living Wax Museum is a project of the school’s 4th grade students who select a famous figure who interests them and then researches that figure. They use the information they gain to make an informational poster about the figure they will represent, write a monologue about the figure they will recite while they are portraying them, and make the costumes they wear as part of their presentation.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_IMG_2249.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times George Washington (Caroline Cao) was one of the many historic figures of the past and celebrities of the present depicted in Tuesday’s “Living Wax Museum” at Monarch Elementary School. The Living Wax Museum is a project of the school’s 4th grade students who select a famous figure who interests them and then researches that figure. They use the information they gain to make an informational poster about the figure they will represent, write a monologue about the figure they will recite while they are portraying them, and make the costumes they wear as part of their presentation.

Charles Warner | The Union Times Ronald Reagan (Luke Koepke) was one of the many historic figures of the past and celebrities of the present depicted in Tuesday’s “Living Wax Museum” at Monarch Elementary School. The Living Wax Museum is a project of the school’s 4th grade students who select a famous figure who interests them and then researches that figure. They use the information they gain to make an informational poster about the figure they will represent, write a monologue about the figure while they are portraying them, and make the costumes they wear as part of their presentation.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_IMG_2250.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Ronald Reagan (Luke Koepke) was one of the many historic figures of the past and celebrities of the present depicted in Tuesday’s “Living Wax Museum” at Monarch Elementary School. The Living Wax Museum is a project of the school’s 4th grade students who select a famous figure who interests them and then researches that figure. They use the information they gain to make an informational poster about the figure they will represent, write a monologue about the figure while they are portraying them, and make the costumes they wear as part of their presentation.

Charles Warner | The Union Times Pocahontas (Cloe Dragoo) was one of the many historic figures of the past and celebrities of the present depicted in Tuesday’s “Living Wax Museum” at Monarch Elementary School. The Living Wax Museum is a project of the school’s 4th grade students who select a famous figure who interests them and then researches that figure. They use the information they gain to make an informational poster about the figure they will represent, write a monologue about the figure while they are portraying them, and make the costumes they wear as part of their presentation.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_IMG_2252.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Pocahontas (Cloe Dragoo) was one of the many historic figures of the past and celebrities of the present depicted in Tuesday’s “Living Wax Museum” at Monarch Elementary School. The Living Wax Museum is a project of the school’s 4th grade students who select a famous figure who interests them and then researches that figure. They use the information they gain to make an informational poster about the figure they will represent, write a monologue about the figure while they are portraying them, and make the costumes they wear as part of their presentation.

Charles Warner | The Union Times Nikola Tesla (Austin Pashcall) was one of the many historic figures of the past and celebrities of the present depicted in Tuesday’s “Living Wax Museum” at Monarch Elementary School. The Living Wax Museum is a project of the school’s 4th grade students who select a famous figure who interests them and then researches that figure. They use the information they gain to make an informational poster about the figure they will represent, write a monologue about the figure while they are portraying them, and make the costumes they wear as part of their presentation.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_IMG_2254.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Nikola Tesla (Austin Pashcall) was one of the many historic figures of the past and celebrities of the present depicted in Tuesday’s “Living Wax Museum” at Monarch Elementary School. The Living Wax Museum is a project of the school’s 4th grade students who select a famous figure who interests them and then researches that figure. They use the information they gain to make an informational poster about the figure they will represent, write a monologue about the figure while they are portraying them, and make the costumes they wear as part of their presentation.

Charles Warner | The Union Times George Washington Carver (Marion Edwards) was one of the many historic figures of the past and celebrities of the present depicted in Tuesday’s “Living Wax Museum” at Monarch Elementary School. The Living Wax Museum is a project of the school’s 4th grade students who select a famous figure who interests them and then researches that figure. They use the information they gain to make an informational poster about the figure they will represent, write a monologue about the figure while they are portraying them, and make the costumes they wear as part of their presentation.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_IMG_2253.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times George Washington Carver (Marion Edwards) was one of the many historic figures of the past and celebrities of the present depicted in Tuesday’s “Living Wax Museum” at Monarch Elementary School. The Living Wax Museum is a project of the school’s 4th grade students who select a famous figure who interests them and then researches that figure. They use the information they gain to make an informational poster about the figure they will represent, write a monologue about the figure while they are portraying them, and make the costumes they wear as part of their presentation.

Charles Warner | The Union Times Opray Winfrey (Ty’Keria Booker) was one of the many historic figures of the past and celebrities of the present depicted in Tuesday’s “Living Wax Museum” at Monarch Elementary School. The Living Wax Museum is a project of the school’s 4th grade students who select a famous figure who interests them and then researches that figure. They use the information they gain to make an informational poster about the figure they will represent, write a monologue about the figure while they are portraying them, and make the costumes they wear as part of their presentation.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_IMG_2258.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Opray Winfrey (Ty’Keria Booker) was one of the many historic figures of the past and celebrities of the present depicted in Tuesday’s “Living Wax Museum” at Monarch Elementary School. The Living Wax Museum is a project of the school’s 4th grade students who select a famous figure who interests them and then researches that figure. They use the information they gain to make an informational poster about the figure they will represent, write a monologue about the figure while they are portraying them, and make the costumes they wear as part of their presentation.

Charles Warner | The Union Times Dolly Parton (Alicia Williams) was one of the many historic figures of the past and celebrities of the present depicted in Tuesday’s “Living Wax Museum” at Monarch Elementary School. The Living Wax Museum is a project of the school’s 4th grade students who select a famous figure who interests them and then researches that figure. They use the information they gain to make an informational poster about the figure they will represent, write a monologue about the figure while they are portraying them, and make the costumes they wear as part of their presentation.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_IMG_2262.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Dolly Parton (Alicia Williams) was one of the many historic figures of the past and celebrities of the present depicted in Tuesday’s “Living Wax Museum” at Monarch Elementary School. The Living Wax Museum is a project of the school’s 4th grade students who select a famous figure who interests them and then researches that figure. They use the information they gain to make an informational poster about the figure they will represent, write a monologue about the figure while they are portraying them, and make the costumes they wear as part of their presentation.

Charles Warner | The Union Times Mary Lou Retton (Libby Hardin) was one of the many historic figures of the past and celebrities of the present depicted in Tuesday’s “Living Wax Museum” at Monarch Elementary School. The Living Wax Museum is a project of the school’s 4th grade students who select a famous figure who interests them and then researches that figure. They use the information they gain to make an informational poster about the figure they will represent, write a monologue about the figure while they are portraying them, and make the costumes they wear as part of their presentation.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_IMG_2267.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Mary Lou Retton (Libby Hardin) was one of the many historic figures of the past and celebrities of the present depicted in Tuesday’s “Living Wax Museum” at Monarch Elementary School. The Living Wax Museum is a project of the school’s 4th grade students who select a famous figure who interests them and then researches that figure. They use the information they gain to make an informational poster about the figure they will represent, write a monologue about the figure while they are portraying them, and make the costumes they wear as part of their presentation.

Charles Warner | The Union Times Muhammad Ali (Shawn Yarborough) was one of the many historic figures of the past and celebrities of the present depicted in Tuesday’s “Living Wax Museum” at Monarch Elementary School. The Living Wax Museum is a project of the school’s 4th grade students who select a famous figure who interests them and then researches that figure. They use the information they gain to make an informational poster about the figure they will represent, write a monologue about the figure while they are portraying them, and make the costumes they wear as part of their presentation.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_IMG_2263.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Muhammad Ali (Shawn Yarborough) was one of the many historic figures of the past and celebrities of the present depicted in Tuesday’s “Living Wax Museum” at Monarch Elementary School. The Living Wax Museum is a project of the school’s 4th grade students who select a famous figure who interests them and then researches that figure. They use the information they gain to make an informational poster about the figure they will represent, write a monologue about the figure while they are portraying them, and make the costumes they wear as part of their presentation.

Charles Warner | The Union Times Pleasant Rowland (Melle Ponder) was one of the many historic figures of the past and celebrities of the present depicted in Tuesday’s “Living Wax Museum” at Monarch Elementary School. The Living Wax Museum is a project of the school’s 4th grade students who select a famous figure who interests them and then researches that figure. They use the information they gain to make an informational poster about the figure they will represent, write a monologue about the figure while they are portraying them, and make the costumes they wear as part of their presentation.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_IMG_2259.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Pleasant Rowland (Melle Ponder) was one of the many historic figures of the past and celebrities of the present depicted in Tuesday’s “Living Wax Museum” at Monarch Elementary School. The Living Wax Museum is a project of the school’s 4th grade students who select a famous figure who interests them and then researches that figure. They use the information they gain to make an informational poster about the figure they will represent, write a monologue about the figure while they are portraying them, and make the costumes they wear as part of their presentation.

Charles Warner | The Union Times Harry Houdini (Eli Thompson) was one of the many historic figures of the past and celebrities of the present depicted in Tuesday’s “Living Wax Museum” at Monarch Elementary School. The Living Wax Museum is a project of the school’s 4th grade students who select a famous figure who interests them and then researches that figure. They use the information they gain to make an informational poster about the figure they will represent, write a monologue about the figure while they are portraying them, and make the costumes they wear as part of their presentation.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_IMG_2255.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Harry Houdini (Eli Thompson) was one of the many historic figures of the past and celebrities of the present depicted in Tuesday’s “Living Wax Museum” at Monarch Elementary School. The Living Wax Museum is a project of the school’s 4th grade students who select a famous figure who interests them and then researches that figure. They use the information they gain to make an informational poster about the figure they will represent, write a monologue about the figure while they are portraying them, and make the costumes they wear as part of their presentation.

Charles Warner | The Union Times Florence Nightingale (Zoe Gregory) was one of the many historic figures of the past and celebrities of the present depicted in Tuesday’s “Living Wax Museum” at Monarch Elementary School. The Living Wax Museum is a project of the school’s 4th grade students who select a famous figure who interests them and then researches that figure. They use the information they gain to make an informational poster about the figure they will represent, write a monologue about the figure while they are portraying them, and make the costumes they wear as part of their presentation.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_IMG_2256.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Florence Nightingale (Zoe Gregory) was one of the many historic figures of the past and celebrities of the present depicted in Tuesday’s “Living Wax Museum” at Monarch Elementary School. The Living Wax Museum is a project of the school’s 4th grade students who select a famous figure who interests them and then researches that figure. They use the information they gain to make an informational poster about the figure they will represent, write a monologue about the figure while they are portraying them, and make the costumes they wear as part of their presentation.

Charles Warner | The Union Times Julie Andrews (Calee Childers) in her Oscar winning role as “Mary Poppins” was one of the many historic figures of the past and celebrities of the present depicted in Tuesday’s “Living Wax Museum” at Monarch Elementary School. The Living Wax Museum is a project of the school’s 4th grade students who select a famous figure who interests them and then researches that figure. They use the information they gain to make an informational poster about the figure they will represent, write a monologue about the figure while they are portraying them, and make the costumes they wear as part of their presentation.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_IMG_2257.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Julie Andrews (Calee Childers) in her Oscar winning role as “Mary Poppins” was one of the many historic figures of the past and celebrities of the present depicted in Tuesday’s “Living Wax Museum” at Monarch Elementary School. The Living Wax Museum is a project of the school’s 4th grade students who select a famous figure who interests them and then researches that figure. They use the information they gain to make an informational poster about the figure they will represent, write a monologue about the figure while they are portraying them, and make the costumes they wear as part of their presentation.
MES holds fourth annual ‘Living Wax Museum’

By Charles Warner

cwarner@uniondailytimes.com

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.

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