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Pupils give their take on famous folks during event

Posted: April 17, 2012 - 10:21pm  |  Updated: April 18, 2012 - 11:09am
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Bryson Parler, 10, who portrayed Abraham Lincoln, has her beard adjusted by her mother, Cindy Parler, during the event for gifted pupils at Hammond Hill Elementary.    MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF
MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF
Bryson Parler, 10, who portrayed Abraham Lincoln, has her beard adjusted by her mother, Cindy Parler, during the event for gifted pupils at Hammond Hill Elementary.

 

Caleb Graham enjoys collecting LEGOs.

“I’m a big collector,” said the 11-year-old. “My passion is LEGOs.”

That’s why he chose to portray LEGO Group founder Ole Kirk Kristiansen for the 10th annual Night at the Museum event on Thursday put on by Hammond Hill Elementary School’s fifth grade gifted and talented class.

Because it’s something he’s passionate about, it wasn’t hard to come up with his backdrop and monologue.

“I like acting it out and telling people about the history of LEGOs,” he said.

The annual event culminates months of preparation and research. Each pupil picked a famous American or person who had an impact on America or its culture from 1878 to the present day, said Kat Snyder, the gifted and talented teacher.

“I wanted them to pick people they are passionate about,” she said. “What’s interesting is that they all picked personalities that fit their own.”

Pupils portrayed famous figures such as Michael Jordan, Walt Disney, Steve Jobs, Julia Child, Sacagawea, Emma Edmonds, Eleanor Roosevelt, Lucille Ball, Taylor Swift and Dr. Seuss.

Anna E. Mercer chose to portray actress Angela Lansbury.

“I like Beauty and the Beast a lot,” said the 10-year-old of her choice. “When I was little, I would walk around as Belle.”

Grayson Lott sat in front of a laptop as he acted as Bill Gates and talked about Gates’ life, his business and his charitable foundation.

Though the 11-year-old isn’t sure if he wants to pursue a career in computers, he has enjoyed learning more about Gates, he said.

“I like to use computers and I’m interested in learning more about Microsoft,” he said, adding he liked sharing information about Gates that people may not know.

About 100 people walked through the museum, said Snyder.

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