‘Living Wax Museum’ at MES

By: By Charles Warner - [email protected]
Charles Warner | The Union Times In 1969, as a member of the crew of the Apollo 11 spaceflight, Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the surface of the moon. On Tuesday, 47 years later, Armstrong, portrayed by Monarch Elementary School 4th grade student Drake Sealey, told his story to those attending the “Living Wax Museum” at the school. An annual event, the Living Wax Museum is presented by the school’s 4th grade students who select a famous figure that interests them, does research on them and then writes a biography of that figure, creates an informational poster, makes a costume, and writes a monologue they recite while in character.
Charles Warner | The Union Times In 1803, the United States of America purchased the Louisiana territory — an area that encompassed all or parts of 15 modern American states and two modern Canadian provinces — from France. Following the acquisition of the territory, President Thomas Jefferson sent an expedition lead by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark to explore and map the territory. As Lewis and Clark made their way across the Louisiana territory they were assisted by Sacagawe, a Shoshone woman who served them as an interpreter helping them communicate with the Native American peoples they met along the way. More than two centuries later, Sacagawea, portrayed by Monarch Elementary School 4th grade student Sha’Niiyah Beaty, told her story to those attending the “Living Wax Museum” at the school. An annual event, the Living Wax Museum is presented by the school’s 4th grade students who select a famous figure that interests them, does research on them and then writes a biography of that figure, creates an informational poster, makes a costume, and writes a monologue they recite while in character.
Charles Warner | The Union Times Cleopatra VII Philopator, better known to history as simply Cleopatra, was the last ruling pharaoh of Egypt before it became part of the Roman empire. More than 2,000 years later, Cleopatra, portrayed by Monarch Elementary School 4th grade student Mia Sherbert, told her story to those attending the “Living Wax Museum” at the school. An annual event, the Living Wax Museum is presented by the school’s 4th grade students who select a famous figure that interests them, does research on them and then writes a biography of that figure, creates an informational poster, makes a costume, and writes a monologue they recite while in character.
Charles Warner | The Union Times Called by one of his biographers the indispensable man of American history, George Washington’s life was one dedicated to serving his country as, first, commander of the Continental Army during the American Revolution, they as chairman of the Constitutional Convention that wrote the US Constitution, and, finally, as the first President of the United States of America. More than two centuries later, Washington, portrayed by Monarch Elementary School 4th grade student Jake Sweezy, told his story to those attending the “Living Wax Museum” at the school. An annual event, the Living Wax Museum is presented by the school’s 4th grade students who select a famous figure that interests them, does research on them and then writes a biography of that figure, creates an informational poster, makes a costume, and writes a monologue they recite while in character.
Charles Warner | The Union Times Who you gonna call? Why actor Bill Murray as ghostbuster Dr. Peter Venkman from the 1984 smash hit motion picture “Ghostbusters.” Murray, whose career extends back to the 1970s when he was a member of the cast of the “Saturday Night Live” TV show, has for the past four decades been a very successful and critically acclaimed star of both comedies and dramas, especially in motion pictures. On Tuesday, Murray, portrayed by Monarch Elementary School 4th grade student Wyatt Yarbrough told his story to those attending the “Living Wax Museum” at the school. An annual event, the Living Wax Museum is presented by the school’s 4th grade students who select a famous figure that interests them, does research on them and then writes a biography of that figure, creates an informational poster, makes a costume, and writes a monologue they recite while in character.

MONARCH — For the third year in a row history came to life at Monarch Elementary School this past week thanks to the hard work, research and preparation of the school’s 4th graders.

A large crowd of parents and visitors gathered in the halls of the school Tuesday morning to enjoy the “Living Wax Museum” hosted by 4th grade teachers Mrs. Kelly, Mrs. Wilson, Mrs. Russell, and Mr. Wix. According a brochure presented to those attending the event, the Living Wax Museum is a project of the school’s 4th grade students who began by “choosing a famous figure that interested them. After weeks of research, they wrote a biography of their chosen figure, created an informational poster, a costume, and a short monologue.”

The results of all that hard work were on display Tuesday as the student, dressed as the figures they’d researched, stood still and along the walls of the ramps and hallways with the posters they’d worked up taped to the walls alongside them. They remained silent until tapped on the shoulder at which time they recited the monologue they’d written about the figure they were representing.

Those figures and the students representing them were:

• Presidential And Governmental Figures

— George Washington (Jake Sweezy)

— Abraham Lincoln (Andrew Anders)

— John F. Kennedy (Benton Ivey)

— Hillary Clinton (Nicole Padgett)

— Barack Obama (Christian Crank)

— Michelle Obama (Mickia Gist)

• Contemporary Figures

— Kate Middleton (Madyson Conard)

— Jane Goodall (Maliyah Snow)

— Stan Lee (Taegan Bishop)

— Steve Jobs (Nathan Hembree)

— Andy Griffith (Harrison Lawson)

— Oprah Winfrey (Shakira Renwick)

• Authors

— J.K. Rowling (Sara Hart)

— Chris Van Allsburg (Brayden Dowis)

— Maya Angelou (Morgan Gilmore)

— R.L. Stine (Richie Ocampo)

— Laura Ingalls Wilder (Gracie Garland)

• Historical Figures

— Martin Luther King Jr. (Evan Payne)

— Cleopatra (Mia Sherbert)

— Milton Hershey (Hayden Shetley)

— Pocahontas (Shaniya Smith)

— Daniel Boone (Luke Robbins)

— Juliette Gordon Low (Hailey Moxley)

— Sacagawea (Sha’Niiyah Beaty)

— Albert Einstein (Ben Fowler)

— Harriet Tubman (Tierrany Jeter)

— Benjamin Franklin (Blaine Henderson)

— Henry Ford (Lee Kitchens)

— Madam CJ Walker (La’Zaria Worthy)

— Nefertiti (Aniyah Rainwater)

— Anne Frank (Reagan Turner)

— Robert Baden-Powell (Hunter Woods)

— Ruby Bridges (Celine Bell)

— Amelia Earhart (Rease Ferrell)

— Queen Elizabeth I (Eva Jolly)

— Florence Nightingale (Trinity Smith)

— Rosa Parks (Makenzie Jeter)

— Clara Barton (Jolene West)

• Hollywood Figures

— Miley Cyrus (Makayla Dinneen)

— Selena Gomez (Tristen Davis)

— Steve Harvey (Mekhi Young)

— Bill Murray (Wyatt Yarbrough)

— Audrey Hepburn (Destiney Vanderford)

— Dove Cameron (Ni’Asia Lindsey)

— Zendaya (Maggie Grace Lancaster)

• Singers

— Janet Jackson (Skylar Sartor)

— Ariana Grande (Zy’Maria Martin)

— Meghan Trainor (Reagan Wicker)

— Taylor Swift (Jenna Childers)

— Carrie Underwood (Kylie Roberts)

— Tori Kelly (Tyla Stewart)

— Jason Aldean (Jackson Shields)

— Selena (Jazmyn Wade)

— Whitney Houston (Orianna Stewart)

— George Strait (Jacob Kingsmore)

— Rihanna (Ireyanna Jeter)

— Beyonce (Kare-ra Duffy)

— Katy Perry (Ja’Niyah Glenn)

— Frank Sinatra (Greyson Day)

• Sports Figures

— Yogi Berra (Mason Crower)

— Richard Petty (Josh Williford)

— Tony Hawk (Davis Rochester)

— David Ortiz (Cade Coker)

— Hulk Hogan (Sam Lindler)

— Randy Moss (Keylan Jeter)

— Dominique Moceanu (Ja’Taria Mills)

— Emmitt Smith (Elijah Byrd)

— Babe Ruth (Trey Fowler)

— Chipper Jones (Mason Greer)

— Peyton Manning (Brayden Edenfield)

— Michael Jordan (Jamarion Cathcart)

— Bo Jackson (Donald Gist)

— Tim Tebow (Omarion Ruth)

— Muhammed Ali (Zy Jeter)

— Walter Payton (Ryan Vassey)

— Lou Gehrig (Jacob Boulware)

— Kobe Bryant (Kameron Dunn)

— Arnold Palmer (Mason Russell)

— Jackie Robinson (Jakevious Jennings)

— Mike Piazza (Joe Knox)

— Terry Bradshaw (Houston Ward)

— Lisa Leslie (Keyaunah Ruth)

— Mia Hamm (Emma Hart)

MES Principal Mickey Connolly said that the Living Wax Museum is a annual event that has been presented by the 4th grade for the past three. He praised the students for their hard work and what that hard work produced.

“The students have been working for weeks researching their characters,” Connolly said. “Their hard work paid off today.”

Charles Warner | The Union Times In 1969, as a member of the crew of the Apollo 11 spaceflight, Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the surface of the moon. On Tuesday, 47 years later, Armstrong, portrayed by Monarch Elementary School 4th grade student Drake Sealey, told his story to those attending the “Living Wax Museum” at the school. An annual event, the Living Wax Museum is presented by the school’s 4th grade students who select a famous figure that interests them, does research on them and then writes a biography of that figure, creates an informational poster, makes a costume, and writes a monologue they recite while in character.
https://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/web1_IMG_0013MES.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times In 1969, as a member of the crew of the Apollo 11 spaceflight, Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the surface of the moon. On Tuesday, 47 years later, Armstrong, portrayed by Monarch Elementary School 4th grade student Drake Sealey, told his story to those attending the “Living Wax Museum” at the school. An annual event, the Living Wax Museum is presented by the school’s 4th grade students who select a famous figure that interests them, does research on them and then writes a biography of that figure, creates an informational poster, makes a costume, and writes a monologue they recite while in character.

Charles Warner | The Union Times In 1803, the United States of America purchased the Louisiana territory — an area that encompassed all or parts of 15 modern American states and two modern Canadian provinces — from France. Following the acquisition of the territory, President Thomas Jefferson sent an expedition lead by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark to explore and map the territory. As Lewis and Clark made their way across the Louisiana territory they were assisted by Sacagawe, a Shoshone woman who served them as an interpreter helping them communicate with the Native American peoples they met along the way. More than two centuries later, Sacagawea, portrayed by Monarch Elementary School 4th grade student Sha’Niiyah Beaty, told her story to those attending the “Living Wax Museum” at the school. An annual event, the Living Wax Museum is presented by the school’s 4th grade students who select a famous figure that interests them, does research on them and then writes a biography of that figure, creates an informational poster, makes a costume, and writes a monologue they recite while in character.
https://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/web1_IMG_0012MES.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times In 1803, the United States of America purchased the Louisiana territory — an area that encompassed all or parts of 15 modern American states and two modern Canadian provinces — from France. Following the acquisition of the territory, President Thomas Jefferson sent an expedition lead by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark to explore and map the territory. As Lewis and Clark made their way across the Louisiana territory they were assisted by Sacagawe, a Shoshone woman who served them as an interpreter helping them communicate with the Native American peoples they met along the way. More than two centuries later, Sacagawea, portrayed by Monarch Elementary School 4th grade student Sha’Niiyah Beaty, told her story to those attending the “Living Wax Museum” at the school. An annual event, the Living Wax Museum is presented by the school’s 4th grade students who select a famous figure that interests them, does research on them and then writes a biography of that figure, creates an informational poster, makes a costume, and writes a monologue they recite while in character.

Charles Warner | The Union Times Cleopatra VII Philopator, better known to history as simply Cleopatra, was the last ruling pharaoh of Egypt before it became part of the Roman empire. More than 2,000 years later, Cleopatra, portrayed by Monarch Elementary School 4th grade student Mia Sherbert, told her story to those attending the “Living Wax Museum” at the school. An annual event, the Living Wax Museum is presented by the school’s 4th grade students who select a famous figure that interests them, does research on them and then writes a biography of that figure, creates an informational poster, makes a costume, and writes a monologue they recite while in character.
https://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/web1_IMG_0010MES.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Cleopatra VII Philopator, better known to history as simply Cleopatra, was the last ruling pharaoh of Egypt before it became part of the Roman empire. More than 2,000 years later, Cleopatra, portrayed by Monarch Elementary School 4th grade student Mia Sherbert, told her story to those attending the “Living Wax Museum” at the school. An annual event, the Living Wax Museum is presented by the school’s 4th grade students who select a famous figure that interests them, does research on them and then writes a biography of that figure, creates an informational poster, makes a costume, and writes a monologue they recite while in character.

Charles Warner | The Union Times Called by one of his biographers the indispensable man of American history, George Washington’s life was one dedicated to serving his country as, first, commander of the Continental Army during the American Revolution, they as chairman of the Constitutional Convention that wrote the US Constitution, and, finally, as the first President of the United States of America. More than two centuries later, Washington, portrayed by Monarch Elementary School 4th grade student Jake Sweezy, told his story to those attending the “Living Wax Museum” at the school. An annual event, the Living Wax Museum is presented by the school’s 4th grade students who select a famous figure that interests them, does research on them and then writes a biography of that figure, creates an informational poster, makes a costume, and writes a monologue they recite while in character.
https://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/web1_IMG_0005MES.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Called by one of his biographers the indispensable man of American history, George Washington’s life was one dedicated to serving his country as, first, commander of the Continental Army during the American Revolution, they as chairman of the Constitutional Convention that wrote the US Constitution, and, finally, as the first President of the United States of America. More than two centuries later, Washington, portrayed by Monarch Elementary School 4th grade student Jake Sweezy, told his story to those attending the “Living Wax Museum” at the school. An annual event, the Living Wax Museum is presented by the school’s 4th grade students who select a famous figure that interests them, does research on them and then writes a biography of that figure, creates an informational poster, makes a costume, and writes a monologue they recite while in character.

Charles Warner | The Union Times Who you gonna call? Why actor Bill Murray as ghostbuster Dr. Peter Venkman from the 1984 smash hit motion picture “Ghostbusters.” Murray, whose career extends back to the 1970s when he was a member of the cast of the “Saturday Night Live” TV show, has for the past four decades been a very successful and critically acclaimed star of both comedies and dramas, especially in motion pictures. On Tuesday, Murray, portrayed by Monarch Elementary School 4th grade student Wyatt Yarbrough told his story to those attending the “Living Wax Museum” at the school. An annual event, the Living Wax Museum is presented by the school’s 4th grade students who select a famous figure that interests them, does research on them and then writes a biography of that figure, creates an informational poster, makes a costume, and writes a monologue they recite while in character.
https://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/web1_IMG_0016MES.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Who you gonna call? Why actor Bill Murray as ghostbuster Dr. Peter Venkman from the 1984 smash hit motion picture “Ghostbusters.” Murray, whose career extends back to the 1970s when he was a member of the cast of the “Saturday Night Live” TV show, has for the past four decades been a very successful and critically acclaimed star of both comedies and dramas, especially in motion pictures. On Tuesday, Murray, portrayed by Monarch Elementary School 4th grade student Wyatt Yarbrough told his story to those attending the “Living Wax Museum” at the school. An annual event, the Living Wax Museum is presented by the school’s 4th grade students who select a famous figure that interests them, does research on them and then writes a biography of that figure, creates an informational poster, makes a costume, and writes a monologue they recite while in character.
4th graders portray famous figures

By Charles Warner

[email protected]

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

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