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Bemis Montessori Students Learn About Nobel Prize Winners

By Laura Bannon
By lbannon@wbbjtv.com

JACKSON, Tenn. - Seventh and eighth grade students took a walk through history dressed as Nobel Peace Prize Winners.

From President Obama to Mother Teresa, every prize winner stood in the gymnasium at Bemis Montessori.

Students were assigned to a prize winner and were asked to study the life of these people. In chronological order of the winners, each student gave a short speech about what they accomplished in order to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

Demi Striligas is a 7th grade student and she said it was a lot of fun to dress up and get into character.

"It's beneficial because we get to actually live a part of their lives that they went through in winning their prize," said Striligas.

This is the first year the students dressed in character and actually took a walk in their shoes. School leaders said that this was a great way to get students out of their desks and interacting with this influential people who have made a difference in the world.

Jackson McLemore is a 8th grade student and said this is something he will always remember.

"It gives you a better grip of why it's important to have more peace in the world. I think the whole point of doing this is so we'll stop basing time periods off of war and more off the great peacemakers,"said McLemore.

Organizers told WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News that parents and students were invited to the assembly. From this presentation not only are the participants learning more about the Nobel Prize but they are educating others.