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8th Graders Portray Historical Figures at Living Wax Museum
8th Graders Portray Historical Figures at Living Wax Museum

It's a rite of passage at Berkeley Carroll. Every year, 8th graders conduct an in-depth study of an historical figure and then become that person for an evening during the Living Wax Museum, embodying their spirit and telling friends, family, and faculty members about their life.

Students begin by reading a memoir, biography, or autobiography about a great leader, inventor, writer, musician, artist, sports hero, actor, rebel or revolutionary who have made the world a better place. Then they adapt the information they've learned into a compelling presentation through a series of free writes, imagination exercises, peer editing and revising. In class, they rehearse their presentations, create costumes, and gather props. The "gallery walk" feel of the Living Wax Museum requires students to think on their feet and practice interpersonal skills as dozens of visitors stop by to hear about the historical figure's life and work.

Read more and see photos from this year's event here, and view a full list of this year's participants below.

Heads of State and Change Makers

  • Oscar T. as Montezuma II
  • Olle S. as Charles XII
  • Mac F. as Alexander the Great
  • Constantine M. as Constantine the Great
  • Noah R. as Abraham Lincoln
  • Luke L. as Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Evan G. as Lyndon B. Johnson
  • Chloe P. as Mary McLeod Bethune
  • Zoe P. as Ida B. Wells
  • Danny G. as Steve Jobs
  • Louisa E. as Joan of Arc
  • Skylar W. as Bill Gates
  • Livvy M. as Henrietta Lacks
  • Grace F. as Susan B. Anthony
  • Wilder P. as King Henry VIII
  • Simon K-M. as Edward Snowden
  • Sam R. as Desmond Doss
  • Freda L. as Cleopatra

Great Thinkers and Inventors

  • Nate S. as Robert Oppenheimer
  • Finn A. as Thomas Edison
  • Olivia L. as Jane Goodall
  • Taro Z. as Ernest Shackleton
  • Anya R. as Marie Curie
  • Wen Yu C. as Nikola Tesla
  • Alex R. as Tenzing Norgay
  • Augie S. as Charles Darwin
  • Annika S. as Sally Ride
  • Leandre J. as George Washington Carver
  • Lee B. as Lise Meitner

Musical Mavens

  • Max E. as Duke Ellington
  • Graeme T. as Frank Sinatra
  • Truth T. as Louis Armstrong
  • Talin S. as Muddy Waters
  • Evan W. as John Coltrane
  • Liam F-F. as Benny Goodman
  • Julia P. as Carole King
  • Abby C. as Kurt Cobain
  • Sophia T. as David Bowie

Masters of the Arts

  • Manny P. as Ernest Hemingway
  • Ella S. as Natalia Makarova
  • Fiona G. as Vera Wang
  • Siena B. as Frida Kahlo
  • Nika S. as Tamara Mellon
  • Mikaela O. as Lee Miller
  • Charis B. as Georgia O'Keeffe
  • Ellor H. as Yves St. Laurent
  • Owen M. as Michelangelo
  • Luca M. as Margot Fonteyn

Legendary Competitors

  • Tristan C. as Pele
  • Ali H. as Muhammad Ali
  • Will C. as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  • Carter S. as Mickey Mantle
  • Annie M. as Billie Jean King
  • James E. as Larry Bird
  • Weezie W. as Josh Waitzkin

Stars of the Stage and Screen

  • Tess G. as Meryl Streep
  • Joseph G. as Harry Houdini
  • Theo C. as Charlie Chaplin
  • Amelia B. as Tina Fey
  • Margot S. as Sarah Silverman
  • Ilona H. as Audrey Hepburn
  • Ruby K. as Marilyn Monroe
  • Elijah B. as Spike Lee
  • Wilha D. as Lucille Ball