ROGERSVILLE – If you’re wondering if George Washington really had wooden teeth, what really happened to Amelia Earhart, or if Elvis Presley really died, Rogersville City School was the place on Thursday to ask those questions.
About 80 RCS second-year students participated in the “Wax History Museum,” which this year took place on the campus lawn to promote social distancing.
In preparation for Thursday’s event, students chose an important historical figure, researched that person’s story, and then wrote a one-page biography.
On Thursday, they dressed up as their characters and took up positions on the school lawn, ready to give a presentation to everyone who arrived.
Caylan Spears chose George Washington because he was the first president, was elected twice, and because he fought in the French and Indian War and was a general in the Revolutionary War.
Caylan said it was important because “if he didn’t beat England we wouldn’t have our own country in America.”
But Caylan may also have chosen George Washington to show off his replica of wooden teeth. Of the many George Washington in attendance, Caylan was the only one to represent the myth that George Washington wore false wooden teeth.
Elaina Scalf was one of the few Amelia Earharts present for the event. Elaina wants to be a pilot like Earhart.
“She was a girl who flew across the ocean and I always dreamed of piloting a plane across the ocean like her,” said Scalf.
Levi Cheatum chose Jim Henson as his subject because he “likes the Muppets a lot”. Levi also pointed out that Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy are “dating.”
Second-grade teacher Janette Tackett said each student was allowed to choose the famous American they would represent from a list. Some of the favorites were Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Daniel Boone, Davy Crockett, Neil Armstrong and Sacagawea. There was also a Clara Barton, a Michael Jordan, Elvis, several Abe Lincolns, a Henry Ford, a very impressive Lucille Ball and rodeo star Lane Frost.
“People come by and push their little button, and they start their spiel,” Tackett said. “They just picked who they wanted from the list and did the research. We helped them put their photos on their board for them, and they do the rest. “
Tackett added, “It was really working on biographies, and writing biographies was one of the second year skills. Of course, the writing has been good for them, and the research and of course the public speaking has been really good for them.
Eli Sergent described his character, Henry Ford, as “an American industrialist, loving business and he is the founder of Ford”.
He chose Henry Ford because he likes Fords, although he admits that he also likes Chevys a bit and likes Lamborghinis and Bugattis. But, Ford is his first choice.
As for these historical questions, here is a summary of the most frequent answers:
Did George Washington Really Have Wooden Teeth? “I think so.”
What happened to Amelia Earhart? “She crashed.
Is Elvis Presley Really Dead? “I do not know.”