Weeks of work by the entire Bethel Middle School sixth grade Social Studies classes culminated in the crowning of the "Ultimate Leaders" of ancient civilizations at an Inaugural Ball held on May 17, 2012 at the Bethel Middle School. Students were required to dress more formally for this very special event.
Students worked in smaller groups at first, and Social Studies teachers Mrs. Burns of 6A and Mrs. Bolz of 6B assigned a different ancient civilization to each group. Much research was then conducted by students "to determine what the relevant issues were at that civilization's time, and how they would have solved those issues" said Mrs. Burns.
Three top issues were chosen from each group and by a raise of hands a vote was taken to choose the best three.
A representative from each class was chosen by students after they volunteered to make "persuasive speeches" as to why they should represent the class. Voting was done by paper ballot.
One student from each class then discussed ancient civilization issues in front of the class. The remaining students were each assigned a different state to represent the Electoral College of the United States and a final vote was taken. Results would be revealed on May 17.
Students celebrated, danced to lively music, and ate sweet treats at the Inaugural Ball. Soon the final crowning began. Crowds formed quickly and surrounded the stage. Excitement and anticipation was felt by all.
Pairs of student candidates sat in chairs on the small stage, then one student from each pair was named a winner. A gold crown was placed on their head and they made another speech to thank everyone for electing them the "Ultimate Leader."
Mrs. Bolz, Mrs. Burns, and Assistant Principal Mrs. Chapman thanked students for a job well done.