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8th Graders Bring History to Life
8th Graders Bring History to Life


The annual Living Wax Museum has become a popular tradition for BC 8th Graders, and this year saw students transform into living and historical figures including Ulysses S. Grant, David Bowie, Michelle Obama, and Christa McAuliffe, to name only a few.

To prepare for the Wax Museum, students select from a variety of political leaders, inventors, artists, sports heroes, and revolutionaries who have made the world a better place. After reading a memoir, biography, or autobiography, 8th graders then adapt what they've learned into a presentation along with costumes and props.

During the night's gallery walk, students greeted visitors and shared the story of their historical figure's life and work.

See photos from this year's Wax Museum here. A full list of historical figures below.

Political Figures, Explorers, Adventurers

  • Michelle Obama – Aaliyah A.
  • Eva Peron – Lola P.
  • Theodore Roosevelt – Teddy P.
  • Ulysses S. Grant – Ryan T.
  • Elizabeth II – Mary D.
  • Indira Gandhi – Clio R.
  • Joan of Arc – William W.
  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg – Maxine A.M.
  • Jackie Kennedy Onassis – Clementine C.
  • Barack Obama – Rahul R.
  • Napoleon Bonaparte – Avi R.
  • Henry Hudson – Jackson M.
  • Jacques Cousteau – Jesse P.
  • Christa McAuliffe – Matilda N.
  • Cabeza de Vaca – Henry H.
  • Sally Ride – Eva B.

Athletes

  • Billie Jean King – Jackie B.
  • Lionel Messi – Jack C.
  • Anthony Ervin – Michael M.
  • Rodney Mullen – Zachary M.
  • Harry Houdini – Zack P.
  • Martina Navratilova – Nina T.
  • Florence Griffith-Joyner – McKenna D.
  • Steffi Graf – Lila M.B.
  • Babe Ruth – James Z.
  • Wayne Gretzky – Aidan K.

Artists and Writers

  • Vincent Van Gogh – Julian A.
  • Marie Colvin – Anika F.
  • Andy Warhol – Aidan P.
  • Dr. Seuss – Zeb S.
  • Niccolo Machiavelli – Ethan C.
  • William Shakespeare – Gia F.C.
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder – Amalia M.
  • Mark Twain – Dexter R.M.
  • Stan Lee – Chrissy C.
  • Anne Frank – Chiara N.
  • Maya Lin – April S.

Stars of Entertainment

  • Stanley Kubrick – Teddy D.
  • Audrey Hepburn – Annick H.V.
  • Dorothy Dandridge – Sydney H.
  • Grace Kelly – Georgia M.
  • P.T. Barnum – Ian M.
  • Mindy Kaling – Julia B.
  • Marilyn Monroe – Ella B.
  • Rick Rubin – Arlo N.
  • David Bowie – Amba D.C.
  • Tina Fey – Eliza S.
  • Gordon Ramsay – Colin D.
  • Oprah Winfrey – Cynthia J.
  • Alfred Hitchcock – Evan K.
  • Hedy Lamarr – Mika C.

Scientists and Innovators

  • Fibonacci – Nadine O.
  • Helena Rubinstein – Severan L.S.
  • Albert Einstein – Marius R.
  • Coco Chanel – Cece V.
  • Nikola Tesla – Luca I.
  • Thomas Edison – Luke K.
  • Elizabeth Arden – Saba U.
  • Richard Feynman – Graham M.
  • Steve Jobs – Jason P.
  • Rosalind Franklin – Lane R.
  • Robert Oppenheimer – Gray S.C.
  • Ada Lovelace – Ellie C.
  • Elon Musk – Jack R.
  • Carl Sagan – Jude T.

Activists and Revolutionaries

  • Tupac Shakur – Michelle B.
  • Fred Korematsu – Noah G.
  • Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn – Oskar R.
  • Gloria Steinem – Jade A.
  • Paul Revere – Olivier H.V.
  • Che Guevara – Macon T.
  • Simone Veil – Hannah W.
  • Elie Wiesel – Nick E.
  • Booker T. Washington – Laurence N.
  • Malcolm X – Jalen V.