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Maryville brings historic figures to life at school

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PIONEER VILLAGE - Maryville Elementary fifth graders had an opportunity to wax poetic like historical figures.

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The school hosted a history wax museum with students playing the roles of important historical figures.

Each student selected their figure, researched their biography information, then wrote and performed a monologue while dressed as the figure.

Alex Duncan selected Walt Disney based on her love of cartoon movies.

"The most movies I watch are animated and he basically invented animation." Duncan said.

Aaron Smith and Ty Howard worked together to portray Orville and WIlbur Wright.

"I think it's fun," said Smith. "You don't have to work like in class."

"It's like a science fair," Howard added. "It was fun to to build the (airplane) model."

"It's fun to see the kids learning," Smith said of the younger student visitors.

"They learn more, extra stuff, and they might get more interested in something," said Howard.

Michael Chesser donned a Leonardo Da Vinci costume, educating on the man's career beyond painting.

"I saw him in a video game once and he looked interesting," Chesser said. "He had the ideas for the first flying machine and the first robot. He died in the King of France's bed."

Lexi Palao is of Peruvian descent. While trying to find a Peruvian American historical figure, she decided to go with Native American Sacagawea.

"A friend encouraged me to be Sacagawea for Halloween," Palao said. "Then I learned more about her and she was really amazing. She was the only girl on the (Lewis and Clark) expedition. SHe taught them how to survive."

Basketball fan Hunter Dwyer wanted to tie in his favorite sport, selecting its founder, James Naismith.

"I couldn't do Michael Jordan, so I found out who invented it," Dwyer said. "The first baskets were peach baskets. They had to get ladders to get the ball."

Trinity Dale and Lauryn Eigel selected Anne Sullivan and Helen Keller, respectively. Dale had an aunt who was blind from birth, while Eigel had a great uncle that was almost deaf.

Dale included a pin as part of her costume. It belonged to her blind aunt, with small plates attached. Each plate included, in Braille, the word of a color so the aunt would know what color the shirt was that she was wearing.

"She could paint, crochet, cook, and she even taught swimming lessons," Dale said. "She also had an assistance dog."

Maryville fifth grade instructor Kimberly Taylor said the wax museum was brought back from a three-year hiatus. The excitement from the students may return the event to a permanent status.