Her high school students have been studying the Titanic, since 2012 will be the 100th anniversary of the catastrophe, and proceeded to build a haunting Titanic of their own. Two of Odell’s students escorted the board and community members through the eerily lit ship. On the tour Jesse Rodriguez and Ashley DePonceau provided fascinating facts about the Titanic, while Kelsey Luczkowiak modeled a replica life vest and Alex Smith collected boarding passes.
The ship was built out of oversized boxes and fills a third of Odell’s classroom. The students worked for over a month to create the ship. The Titanic contains several areas, from the steering house complete with the ghost of Captain John Edward Smith at the wheel, to the furnace room with an Irish immigrant stoking the boiler. There was even an iceberg cracking through the starboard side of the ship.
The students read books and articles from the internet provided an abundance of information about the people who were on the ill-fated ship, parts of the ship, reasons the ship went down and the discovery of the ship in 1985. Besides researching the disaster and making the model, the students had to do a creative writing component.
All of Odell’s students were thrilled to be able to share their Titanic with several of the elementary classes for Halloween.
The recreators of the Titanic in Ann Odell’s classroom at Westfield Academy and Central School are, from left to right: Stephen Howes; Mike Paternosh; Alex Smith; Jason Lancaster; Ashley DePonceau; Jesse Rodriguez; Matt Jones; Erica Reardon and Doug Farnham. Topside: Dakota Bearce; and Kelsey Luczkowiak. Bottom: Nick Bausum.