Arcadia High School Students “Wax” Creative for Black History Month

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Rya Brown as First Lady Michelle Obama and Victor Drummond as President Barack Obama

Story by Stefanie Jackson and Photos by Della Jordan –

Arcadia High School students recreated a “wax museum” by posing as figures of black history at the school Feb. 5. in honor of Black History Month.

The students treated the Accomack school board to a performance before their meeting and public hearing that evening.

The participating students were chosen and coached by Assistant Principal Della Jordan, who was inspired by another wax museum presentation she saw at a different school.

Jordan assigned each student an “influential African-American” to research, and the performers met bi-weekly in December and weekly in January to prepare.

Tyre Ballard greeted guests, and the AHS Step Team and Elise Britt on the saxophone provided live entertainment.

A “soulful” dinner was provided by culinary arts lead, Alyese Justis.

Student Kaylen Wharton also made an appearance as Arthur Ashe.

“The finished product was awesome and we are very proud,” Jordan said.

The project was recently featured in a Virginia School Board Association newsletter.

Keith Grinage as Michael Jordan
Rodedarline and Rodenise Pacifi as Venus and Serena Williams
Tevon Bunting as Jesse Owens
Kylen Wharton as Langston Hughes