On February 12, 8th grade students at North Garner Middle School presented their 2016 Risk-Taker Wax Museum. Students were challenged to research and “become” someone they admire. They created and set up their trifolds, got into character, and struck a pose for others to view the wax-like museum figures. Featured subjects risked many things to achieve recognition, fame or even infamy during their lifetime, which is why they were chosen to be portrayed by the students.
The selection of risk-takers was varied. There were well-known authors, ball players, and civil rights activists. The museum was a hit for everybody, no matter what their interests were. Nobody walked out of that gym without learning something new. NGMS Principal Greg Butler was pleased with the outcome of the student project. “Every year I am amazed at the number of students that I have to stop and read their trifold to learn more about the person they selected,” Butler said. “I love seeing the pride in the faces of the students who may not always excel on a paper or pencil assignment.”
When asked their opinion on how the museum went, students from Amy Griggs’ class replied positively. “I think it was a success… my legs hurt from standing, though,” Keturah Kirkland said. Kirkland researched Wilma Rudolph for this year’s museum. Dawson Rhoades portrayed his war hero uncle, Ned Herbert Rhoades. Dawson said, “It was great it was kind of a bit annoying staying still for such a long time, but it was fun, too.”
Brandon Trejo-Pineda portrayed Elvis Presley, the King of Rock and Roll. “It was a success. I would do it again because it was fun being able to prove yourself and show that you could do something,” Trejo-Pineda said.
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Teachers received positive feedback from the parents of the students and other students and teachers who circulated through the museum. Butler said he appreciates the project, “so that all eighth graders have the opportunity to shine in front of parents and members of the community.”
Overall, these eighth grade students rose to the challenge and exceeded expectations. North Garner Middle School has done this event for four years and hopes to continue to do it for many more.
Oliver and Jackson are 8th grade students at NGMS