Sixth-Graders Bring History to Life

Sixth-Graders Bring History to Life pic

What do Anne Frank, Napoleon Bonaparte, Isaac Newton and Clara Barton have in common?

All four historic figures, along with many others, vied for a spot in the coveted North Salem Middle/High School Historical Hall of Fame at the annual sixth-grade Historical Costume Contest.

After choosing a historic figure to research, the sixth-graders transformed into those individuals by creating costumes to wear and showcase for their classmates on Halloween. The day culminated in a grade-wide contest to crown winners in the areas of best costume, best presentation and total excellence, with five finalists presenting in each category.

A panel of administrators and teachers carefully inspected the costumes and listened to the presentations as students’ peers cheered them on before the three winners were announced during the Oct. 31 affair.

Congratulations to:
Best Costume Winner – Aleia Rizzo as Long Wang Dragon
Best Presentation Winner – Izzy Halstead as Mother Teresa
Total Excellence Winner (and Historical Hall of Fame inductee) – Matt Moia as Blackbeard

The historical Halloween project and contest, spearheaded this year by social studies teacher Jim Savarese, has been a tradition for the school’s sixth-graders for almost 40 years. Students also work in collaboration with their English teachers to master persuasive writing, research and public speaking skills.