Sacred Heart creates wax museum

Older students showcase historical figures for younger students

Contributed Photo Participating in the wax museum for Sacred Heart Catholic School are, from left, front row, Dominic Badalementi, Carson Chambers, Andrew Mukka, Awan Weso and Cristian Hernandez; middle row, Alynn Fowler-Doxtator, Jack Dietz, Destiny Webster, Isabella Waupochick, Athena Steel, Athena Ghent, Hannah Yeager, Dugan Webster; back row, Brayden Waukau, Bode Frechette, Tristan Miller, Corina Ramirez, KatieJo Mahkimetas, Maddie Krueger, Jeffrey Lyons and Derrick Webster.

Scott Marohl and the sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade classrooms at Sacred Heart Catholic School presented a Black History Month wax museum in the school’s gymnasium on March 4.

The event had originally been planned to take place in February but had to be postponed due to a number of school closures due to weather.

Each student had to research and then create a presentation board that shared major life events, achievements and characteristics of an African-American who is noted in the country’s history as being influential. They had the option to choose an athlete, politician, musician or trailblazer, and students chose individuals that ranged from Jesse Owens, Barack Obama and Muhammad Ali to Frederick Douglass and Maya Angelou.

During the museum students were dressed up and remained as still as a wax figure, until their push button was pressed by a visitor. They then had to share important facts while remaining in character.

Students from all grades visited the museum, and enjoyed this fresh take on a traditional historical report. Students were able to appreciate each person that was researched in a more in-depth way, and they gained further insight into the struggles and the achievements during their lifetime.

“After seeing the event, I am so happy with the effort and results that these Sacred Heart students put forward,” Marohl said. “They were able to research and find a strong idea of their famous African-American and share their research with students of all ages. As I reflect on this assignment, I am happy and proud. I am proud of these students and their accomplishments. All of the students worked very hard on this project and the results show.”