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History gets its own school fair in Arlington

Students show off their research into history at the annual Post Middle School Social Science Fair.


Christopher Andersson

Post Middle School student Itzel Ceja with her presentation on Sacagawea for the Post Middle School Social Science Fair on March 15.

Re-creations of historical events with middle school students dressed as historical figures took over Post Middle School's gym on March 15 for the annual social science fair.

The eighth-grade students dressed up as firefighters, Sacagawea, colonial women and more, while models of trains, cannons or a Lego Boston Massacre stood on tables to demonstrate the students' research.

The fair is an annual tradition in its 36th year, according to Post Middle School teacher Melinda Skyles.

Students read a non-fiction book about a historical event and pick something out of that book to research. Topics can include anything before 1900, anything relating to the student's family or to Washington state. Students choose topics like the Great Seattle Fire, the Gold Rush or the first shot of the Civil War.

This is the first year that 100 percent of the students completed their project, according to Skyles.

Christopher Andersson

Post Middle School student Sydney Jenkins with her presentation on colonial women for the Post Middle School Social Science Fair on March 15.

"Parents and students really made an effort this year to get their project done. And the students, they're so proud. If you go up to them they'll tell you all about their topic," she said.

Students like Itzel Ceja, who constantly had to explain why she had a plastic baby with her Sacagawea presentation (because Sacagawea carried her baby with her on her journey with Lewis and Clark).

Itzel said she was surprised just how much people appreciated Sacagawea and just how many statues of her there are around the United States.

Post Middle School student Sydney Jenkins did her project on colonial women like Anne Hutchinson, who came across the Atlantic to escape religious persecution.

She said she learned how hard-working and independent women had to be at the time, just to survive.


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