Arrowhead students explore careers, historical figures

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Samantha Hill
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Arrowhead students presented their flair for showmanship Tuesday night while performing the humanities projects they have been working on since February.

At the Arrowhead School in Pray, students in fifth through seventh grades presented projects on influential American figures and then represented them as “wax figures.” During this time the first through fourth graders dressed and reported on career opportunities they might be interested in in the future, according to middle school teacher Shannon Baukol.

Baukol said the older students came up with ideas of different historical figures they could research, write a report on and then eventually become the exhibit.

She also gave the students information on how to properly research the internet for a project.

“I tried to show them what is good information and what is bad information because there seems be a lot of it out there,” Baukol said.

She said that the students chose a very wide range of characters such as activists, like Martin Luther King Jr. to entertainers such as Walt Disney and Shirley Temple and scientists such as Albert Einstein.

Once they were in costume for Tuesday’s presentation, locals walked through the halls, visiting each student’s display with them in costume, and then pressing a button that would bring the students to life.

Once back to life, students would give a brief speech as their character and then freeze back into place.

“They did a very excellent job as their characters,” Baukol said.

Younger students were also able to participate in the evening’s festivities by dressing up as a potential future career.

She said some students dressed as ranchers, firefighters and doctors, while others went a little outside of the box by dressing as fashion designers, marine biologists, and animal rehabilitation specialists.

Baukol said that over 100 people lined the halls for the children’s exhibits.

“There were definitely people not affiliated with the school that came to visit,” she said.