Madras Christian School hosted nearly fifty guests at a social studies fair May 22.

PHOTO BY JENNI BURKE - Eighth grader Diamond Amya dressed as Queen Nefertiti of Egypt for the Madras Christian School's open house.Nearly fifty guests encountered Caesar, Cleopatra, and other leaders of the ancient world at an open house and social studies fair hosted by Madras Christian School May 22.

The students spent three months researching the life and times of their chosen characters, then came dressed in costume and presented their findings through interactive poster board displays.

Community leaders such as Mae Huston and Janet Bissell showed up to support the students. Also in attendance were parents, grandparents and prospective families, including three families who are newly enrolling students for the fall.

Caleb Miller (eighth grade) was Alexander the Great, Diamond Amaya (eighth grade) was Nefertiti, Hayley Amaya (seventh grade) was Julius Caesar, Candace Miller (seventh grade) was Cleopatra, Jase Cundell (third grade) was Aristotle, and William Burke (first grade) was Hammurabi.

"Hammurabi was really young when he inherited Babylon. Instead of picking fights with other kingdoms at first, he improved his land with canals and helped his people," said 7-year-old William Burke. Perhaps the next generation of 21st century leaders will be inspired by history, after all.

Madras Christian school's mission is "developing lifelong learners through Christ-centered academic excellence."

Principal teacher Brian Iseminger is scheduling education consultations at 541-475-7545,

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