Students bring history to life


Living Wax Museum at Monarch Elementary

By Charles Warner - cwarner@civitasmedia.com



Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times Ben Franklin (Ross Dochterman) appears ready to conduct his famous experiment with electricity during Tuesday’s “Living Wax Museum” at Monarch Elementary School. The Living Wax Museum is an annual presentation of the school’s fourth grade students who pose as historic figures and modern celebrities whose stories they present to visitors and their fellow students.


Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times Mary, mother of Jesus (Cora Garland) holds her child during Tuesday’s “Living Wax Museum” at Monarch Elementary School. The Living Wax Museum is an annual presentation of the school’s fourth grade students who pose as historic figures and modern celebrities whose stories they present to visitors and their fellow students.


Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times Martin Luther King Jr. (Warren Childers) stands ready to tell the story of his role in the Civil Rights Movement during Tuesday’s “Living Wax Museum” at Monarch Elementary School. The Living Wax Museum is an annual presentation of the school’s fourth grade students who pose as historic figures and modern celebrities whose stories they present to visitors and their fellow students.


Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times George Washington (Landon Sumner) stands at the ready to tell the story of his role in winning America its independence and helping set up its Constitution and the government of the United States during Tuesday’s “Living Wax Museum” at Monarch Elementary School. The Living Wax Museum is an annual presentation of the school’s fourth grade students who pose as historic figures and modern celebrities whose stories they present to visitors and their fellow students.


Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times Cleopatra (Maliya Howell) is as regal as you’d expect the queen of ancient Egypt to be as she waits to tell her story during Tuesday’s “Living Wax Museum” at Monarch Elementary School. The Living Wax Museum is an annual presentation of the school’s fourth grade students who pose as historic figures and modern celebrities whose stories they present to visitors and their fellow students.


Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times Annie Oakley (Mackenzie Holcombe) is ready to tell the story of her career as a sharpshooting performer during Tuesday’s “Living Wax Museum” at Monarch Elementary School. The Living Wax Museum is an annual presentation of the school’s fourth grade students who pose as historic figures and modern celebrities whose stories they present to visitors and their fellow students.


Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times Chris Kyle (Luke Paschal) is ready to tell the story of how he became a decorated US Navy SEAL and the most lethal sniper in American military history during Tuesday’s “Living Wax Museum” at Monarch Elementary School. The Living Wax Museum is an annual presentation of the school’s fourth grade students who pose as historic figures and modern celebrities whose stories they present to visitors and their fellow students.


Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times John Wayne (Trent Horne) wears a cowboy hat as he did in so many of his movies as he waits to tell the story of his legendary career during Tuesday’s “Living Wax Museum” at Monarch Elementary School. The Living Wax Museum is an annual presentation of the school’s fourth grade students who pose as historic figures and modern celebrities whose stories they present to visitors and their fellow students.


Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times Bruce Lee (Amariyon Johnson) strikes a martial arts pose as he waits to tell the story of his career as one of the greatest action heroes in motion pictures during Tuesday’s “Living Wax Museum” at Monarch Elementary School. The Living Wax Museum is an annual presentation of the school’s fourth grade students who pose as historic figures and modern celebrities whose stories they present to visitors and their fellow students.


Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times Michael Jordan (Will LeMaster) is ready to play ball as he waits to tell the story of his basketball career during Tuesday’s “Living Wax Museum” at Monarch Elementary School. The Living Wax Museum is an annual presentation of the school’s fourth grade students who pose as historic figures and modern celebrities whose stories they present to visitors and their fellow students.


Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times Mary Lou Retton (Emma Garner) stands ready to tell the story of her incredible career as an Olympic gymnast during Tuesday’s “Living Wax Museum” at Monarch Elementary School. The Living Wax Museum is an annual presentation of the school’s fourth grade students who pose as historic figures and modern celebrities whose stories they present to visitors and their fellow students.


Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times Rihanna (Miracle McCoy) looks ready to not only tell the story of but also sing about her musical career during Tuesday’s “Living Wax Museum” at Monarch Elementary School. The Living Wax Museum is an annual presentation of the school’s fourth grade students who pose as historic figures and modern celebrities whose stories they present to visitors and their fellow students.


Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times Michael Jackson (Ja’Maria Gregory) strikes a pose as he stands ready to tell the story of his life and phenomenal musical career during Tuesday's "Living Wax Museum" at Monarch Elementary School. The Living Wax Museum is an annual presentation of the school's fourth grade students who pose as historic figures and modern celebrities whose stories they present to visitors and their fellow students.


MONARCH — Historic figures from the past and the celebrities of today lined the halls of Monarch Elementary School Tuesday morning during the “Living Wax Museum” presented by the school’s fourth grade clases.

Persons attending Tuesday’s event got to meet presidents, historical figures and contemporary figures, Hollywood figures, singers, and sports figures, all of whom remained perfectly still until tapped on the shoulder at which time they told their stories.

Monarch Elementary’s Living Wax Museum is an annual production of its fourth grade classes as part of their study of history.

“This is our second year doing this,” fourth grade teacher Heather Wilson said as her students and those of the other fourth grade classes took their places in the school’s halls. “The students really enjoy doing the research. They get to choose the person they represent.”

Wilson said that the students in her class and the classes of fellow fourth grade teachers Lisbeth Kelly and Emily Russell spent approximately five weeks preparing for the Living Wax Museum. She said they wrote a biography of the person they portrayed; made posters with pictures and information about that person; prepared their own costumes; and wrote a monolog they recite when tapped on the shoulder by visitors to the museum.

Unless tapped on the shoulder, the students while in character remain still and silent as visitors and other students filed past them, just like exhibits in a real wax museum.

Wilson said that not only does participating in the Living Wax Museum help the students in their study of history, but also helps them in other areas by incorporating reading, writing, research, and verbal presentation skills.

The following figures were portrayed by the following students during the Living Wax Museum:

Presidential And Government Figures

• George Washington (Landon Sumner)

• Abraham Lincoln (Nic Palmer)

• Barack Obama (Masahiro Steele)

Historical Figures

• Harriet Tubman (Analyssa Dunn)

• Martin Luther King Jr. (Warren Childers)

• Daniel Boone (Peyton Howell)

• Clara Barton (Bridgette Davis)

• Mary, mother of Jesus (Cora Garland)

• Amelia Earhart (Layla Williford)

• Ben Franklin (Ross Dochterman)

• Pocahontas (Emily Hall)

• Sacagawea (Rebecca Lindler)

• Annie Oakley (Mackenzie Holcombe)

• Cleopatra (Maliya Howell)

• Rosa Parks (Zamya Sanders)

Contemporary Figures

• Chris Kyle (Luke Paschal)

• Marcus Luttrell (Ross Arthur)

• Oprah Winfrey (Aniya Robinson)

• Steve Jobs (Owen Gregory)

• Wendy Williams (Tiarra Richmond)

• Danny Ford (Jake Glenn)

• Theodor Seuss Geisel (Levi Edwards)

Hollywood Figures

• Dwayne Johnson (Jakob Clark)

• Miley Cyrus (Falijah Jackson)

• Lucille Ball (Kenzleigh Fleming)

• Selena Gomez (Emma Brown)

• Dove Cameron (Emily Comer)

• Sylvester Stallone (Ayden Lancaster)

• John Wayne (Trent Horne)

• George Lucas (Garrett Ponder)

• Jim Henson (Gabriel Gilstrap)

• Bruce Lee (Amariyon Johnson)

Singers

• Carrie Underwood (Brianna Millwood)

• Michael Jackson (Ja’Maria Gregory)

• Ella Fitzgerald (Kaitlynn Gist)

• Taylor Swift (Mackenzie Flowers)

• Rihanna (Miracle McCoy)

• Ariana Grande (Janese Marler)

• Beyonce (Yazmene Rice)

• Katy Perry (Heaven Betenbaugh)

Sports Figures

• Tavon Austin (Ryder Smith)

• Tim Tebow (Dylan Davis)

• Tiki Barber (Matthew Johnson)

• C.J. Spiller (Garrison Hooper)

• Tom Brady (Hunter McCall)

• Dabo Swinney (Andrew Latham)

• Barry Sanders (Keyshon Harden)

• Odell Beckham, Jr. (Kerrie Hill)

• Cam Newton (Jaylan Salter)

• Jerry Rice (James Jeter)

• Russell Wilson (Jacob Meadows)

• Ben Roethlisberger (Gregory Garner)

• Eli Manning (Gabe Jordan)

• Randy Moss (Christian Walker)

• Michael Jordan (Will LeMaster)

• Lebron James (Keyshaun Stevens)

• Kevin Durant (Keishawn Gibson)

• Candace Parker (Precious Rice)

• Dwayne Wade (Torrence Jeter)

• Nolan Ryan (Luke Rector)

• Chipper Jones (Tanner Hardin)

• Yogi Berra (Mason Small)

• Jackie Robinson (Omarion Feaster)

• Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (Steven Revis)

• Travis Patrana (Jaylen Sinclair)

• Rey Mysterio (James Howard)

• Gabby Douglas (Daria Davis)

• Mary Lou Retton (Emma Garner)

• Alex Morgan (Norah Greer)

• Serena Williams (Michaela Purdie)

Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times Ben Franklin (Ross Dochterman) appears ready to conduct his famous experiment with electricity during Tuesday’s “Living Wax Museum” at Monarch Elementary School. The Living Wax Museum is an annual presentation of the school’s fourth grade students who pose as historic figures and modern celebrities whose stories they present to visitors and their fellow students.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_Museum-1.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Daily Times Ben Franklin (Ross Dochterman) appears ready to conduct his famous experiment with electricity during Tuesday’s “Living Wax Museum” at Monarch Elementary School. The Living Wax Museum is an annual presentation of the school’s fourth grade students who pose as historic figures and modern celebrities whose stories they present to visitors and their fellow students.

Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times Mary, mother of Jesus (Cora Garland) holds her child during Tuesday’s “Living Wax Museum” at Monarch Elementary School. The Living Wax Museum is an annual presentation of the school’s fourth grade students who pose as historic figures and modern celebrities whose stories they present to visitors and their fellow students.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_Museum-2.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Daily Times Mary, mother of Jesus (Cora Garland) holds her child during Tuesday’s “Living Wax Museum” at Monarch Elementary School. The Living Wax Museum is an annual presentation of the school’s fourth grade students who pose as historic figures and modern celebrities whose stories they present to visitors and their fellow students.

Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times Martin Luther King Jr. (Warren Childers) stands ready to tell the story of his role in the Civil Rights Movement during Tuesday’s “Living Wax Museum” at Monarch Elementary School. The Living Wax Museum is an annual presentation of the school’s fourth grade students who pose as historic figures and modern celebrities whose stories they present to visitors and their fellow students.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_Museum-3.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Daily Times Martin Luther King Jr. (Warren Childers) stands ready to tell the story of his role in the Civil Rights Movement during Tuesday’s “Living Wax Museum” at Monarch Elementary School. The Living Wax Museum is an annual presentation of the school’s fourth grade students who pose as historic figures and modern celebrities whose stories they present to visitors and their fellow students.

Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times George Washington (Landon Sumner) stands at the ready to tell the story of his role in winning America its independence and helping set up its Constitution and the government of the United States during Tuesday’s “Living Wax Museum” at Monarch Elementary School. The Living Wax Museum is an annual presentation of the school’s fourth grade students who pose as historic figures and modern celebrities whose stories they present to visitors and their fellow students.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_Museum-4.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Daily Times George Washington (Landon Sumner) stands at the ready to tell the story of his role in winning America its independence and helping set up its Constitution and the government of the United States during Tuesday’s “Living Wax Museum” at Monarch Elementary School. The Living Wax Museum is an annual presentation of the school’s fourth grade students who pose as historic figures and modern celebrities whose stories they present to visitors and their fellow students.

Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times Cleopatra (Maliya Howell) is as regal as you’d expect the queen of ancient Egypt to be as she waits to tell her story during Tuesday’s “Living Wax Museum” at Monarch Elementary School. The Living Wax Museum is an annual presentation of the school’s fourth grade students who pose as historic figures and modern celebrities whose stories they present to visitors and their fellow students.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_Museum-5.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Daily Times Cleopatra (Maliya Howell) is as regal as you’d expect the queen of ancient Egypt to be as she waits to tell her story during Tuesday’s “Living Wax Museum” at Monarch Elementary School. The Living Wax Museum is an annual presentation of the school’s fourth grade students who pose as historic figures and modern celebrities whose stories they present to visitors and their fellow students.

Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times Annie Oakley (Mackenzie Holcombe) is ready to tell the story of her career as a sharpshooting performer during Tuesday’s “Living Wax Museum” at Monarch Elementary School. The Living Wax Museum is an annual presentation of the school’s fourth grade students who pose as historic figures and modern celebrities whose stories they present to visitors and their fellow students.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_Museum-6.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Daily Times Annie Oakley (Mackenzie Holcombe) is ready to tell the story of her career as a sharpshooting performer during Tuesday’s “Living Wax Museum” at Monarch Elementary School. The Living Wax Museum is an annual presentation of the school’s fourth grade students who pose as historic figures and modern celebrities whose stories they present to visitors and their fellow students.

Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times Chris Kyle (Luke Paschal) is ready to tell the story of how he became a decorated US Navy SEAL and the most lethal sniper in American military history during Tuesday’s “Living Wax Museum” at Monarch Elementary School. The Living Wax Museum is an annual presentation of the school’s fourth grade students who pose as historic figures and modern celebrities whose stories they present to visitors and their fellow students.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_Museum-7.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Daily Times Chris Kyle (Luke Paschal) is ready to tell the story of how he became a decorated US Navy SEAL and the most lethal sniper in American military history during Tuesday’s “Living Wax Museum” at Monarch Elementary School. The Living Wax Museum is an annual presentation of the school’s fourth grade students who pose as historic figures and modern celebrities whose stories they present to visitors and their fellow students.

Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times John Wayne (Trent Horne) wears a cowboy hat as he did in so many of his movies as he waits to tell the story of his legendary career during Tuesday’s “Living Wax Museum” at Monarch Elementary School. The Living Wax Museum is an annual presentation of the school’s fourth grade students who pose as historic figures and modern celebrities whose stories they present to visitors and their fellow students.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_Museum-8.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Daily Times John Wayne (Trent Horne) wears a cowboy hat as he did in so many of his movies as he waits to tell the story of his legendary career during Tuesday’s “Living Wax Museum” at Monarch Elementary School. The Living Wax Museum is an annual presentation of the school’s fourth grade students who pose as historic figures and modern celebrities whose stories they present to visitors and their fellow students.

Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times Bruce Lee (Amariyon Johnson) strikes a martial arts pose as he waits to tell the story of his career as one of the greatest action heroes in motion pictures during Tuesday’s “Living Wax Museum” at Monarch Elementary School. The Living Wax Museum is an annual presentation of the school’s fourth grade students who pose as historic figures and modern celebrities whose stories they present to visitors and their fellow students.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_Museum-9.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Daily Times Bruce Lee (Amariyon Johnson) strikes a martial arts pose as he waits to tell the story of his career as one of the greatest action heroes in motion pictures during Tuesday’s “Living Wax Museum” at Monarch Elementary School. The Living Wax Museum is an annual presentation of the school’s fourth grade students who pose as historic figures and modern celebrities whose stories they present to visitors and their fellow students.

Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times Michael Jordan (Will LeMaster) is ready to play ball as he waits to tell the story of his basketball career during Tuesday’s “Living Wax Museum” at Monarch Elementary School. The Living Wax Museum is an annual presentation of the school’s fourth grade students who pose as historic figures and modern celebrities whose stories they present to visitors and their fellow students.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_Museum-10.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Daily Times Michael Jordan (Will LeMaster) is ready to play ball as he waits to tell the story of his basketball career during Tuesday’s “Living Wax Museum” at Monarch Elementary School. The Living Wax Museum is an annual presentation of the school’s fourth grade students who pose as historic figures and modern celebrities whose stories they present to visitors and their fellow students.

Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times Mary Lou Retton (Emma Garner) stands ready to tell the story of her incredible career as an Olympic gymnast during Tuesday’s “Living Wax Museum” at Monarch Elementary School. The Living Wax Museum is an annual presentation of the school’s fourth grade students who pose as historic figures and modern celebrities whose stories they present to visitors and their fellow students.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_Museum-11.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Daily Times Mary Lou Retton (Emma Garner) stands ready to tell the story of her incredible career as an Olympic gymnast during Tuesday’s “Living Wax Museum” at Monarch Elementary School. The Living Wax Museum is an annual presentation of the school’s fourth grade students who pose as historic figures and modern celebrities whose stories they present to visitors and their fellow students.

Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times Rihanna (Miracle McCoy) looks ready to not only tell the story of but also sing about her musical career during Tuesday’s “Living Wax Museum” at Monarch Elementary School. The Living Wax Museum is an annual presentation of the school’s fourth grade students who pose as historic figures and modern celebrities whose stories they present to visitors and their fellow students.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_Museum-12.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Daily Times Rihanna (Miracle McCoy) looks ready to not only tell the story of but also sing about her musical career during Tuesday’s “Living Wax Museum” at Monarch Elementary School. The Living Wax Museum is an annual presentation of the school’s fourth grade students who pose as historic figures and modern celebrities whose stories they present to visitors and their fellow students.

Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times
Michael Jackson (Ja’Maria Gregory) strikes a pose as he stands ready to tell the story of his life and phenomenal musical career during Tuesday’s "Living Wax Museum" at Monarch Elementary School. The Living Wax Museum is an annual presentation of the school’s fourth grade students who pose as historic figures and modern celebrities whose stories they present to visitors and their fellow students.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_Museum-14.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Daily Times
Michael Jackson (Ja’Maria Gregory) strikes a pose as he stands ready to tell the story of his life and phenomenal musical career during Tuesday’s "Living Wax Museum" at Monarch Elementary School. The Living Wax Museum is an annual presentation of the school’s fourth grade students who pose as historic figures and modern celebrities whose stories they present to visitors and their fellow students.
Living Wax Museum at Monarch Elementary

By Charles Warner

cwarner@civitasmedia.com

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090 or cwarner@civitasmedia.com.

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090 or cwarner@civitasmedia.com.

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