Franke Park Elementary fifth-grader Steve Gonzalez pounded a gavel, marking the start of the re-enactment of a historic Supreme Court appeal Thursday at The Lincoln Museum in Fort Wayne.
Gonzalez, 10, playing the role of court bailiff, hushed the crowd, which included about 80 fifth-graders. He then instructed them to stand as a panel of four students/Supreme Court justices walked to the front of the auditorium to hear the appeal of a Civil War protester.
The re-enactment focused on the legal battles of Lambdin Milligan, a Fort Wayne-area resident who opposed the Civil War and who was sentenced to death for treason by a military tribunal.
The Supreme Court declared Milligan a free man, agreeing his rights were violated when he was denied a jury trial by his peers.
The re-enactment, scripted by Elizabeth Osborn, assistant to the chief justice for court history and public education, aims to stress the importance of history and how court decisions like those involving Milligan affect future court cases.
Franke Park fifth-grade teacher Ruth Ann Bever said about 40 students had speaking roles in the re-enactment.
Many students participated simply by answering historical questions.
Efforts of all were cheered by Aleksandrea Rice and Marcus Brown, both 10, who displayed “applause” signs frequently and, at least once, upside down, eliciting titters as well as applause.
Although Franke Park’s fifth-graders haven’t started studying the Civil War yet, Bever expects the re-enactment will give them valuable background for that study.
“I think it will make it much more alive and meaningful to them.”
•Canterbury School will have visitation day for students in kindergarten through eighth grade from 8 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Thursday.
•West Noble High School will conduct a college and career fair from 8:30 to 10:10 a.m. Thursday in the cafeteria.
•Heritage High School students
were named the grand national winners of the Artistic Horticultural Demonstration at the National Junior Horticultural Association Convention. Kendall was also named the national winner of the Horticultural Illustrated Speech competition. A team of Kendall, Bienz and
placed second in the open division.
•Woodlan High School’s FFA chapter placed second in in the State Horticulture CDE, with
placing second individually.
•Carroll High School student
Kayla St. Clair
was named to the inaugural U.S. Army All-American Marching Band.
•Purdue University freshman
, from Hoagland, received the 4-H college scholarship.
•A luminaria lighting and prayer vigil will be at 8 p.m. Wednesday on the central mall in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
•The Warriors women’s volleyball team will host “Survivor Night” at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Schaefer Center gym. Cancer survivors will have free admission to the game againstAquinas College and will be honored and recognized by the volleyball team and the American Cancer Society during the match.
•The campus community will discuss identity theft from 1 to 1:45 p.m. Thursday in the L3 Outdoor Amphitheater.
•The Native American family Fast Horse will present two educational performances on the Manchester College campus. At 8 p.m. Thursday, Fast Horse will perform and discuss Lakota ceremonies, spirituality and mythology, dressed in costume and incorporating the audience, dance and fire. A performance class will be at 10 a.m. Friday on the mall.
•A Write-A-Will event will be from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday at the Douglas K. Runyan Law Office, 1220 Lincoln Highway E., New Haven, with attorney