The Mythology Banquet was first held three years ago by Rebecca Ramsey as a strictly in-class event. However, for the past two years Ramsey has operated the event outside of school, and this year is her first year collaborating with fellow teacher Jessica Lewis.
“I see the banquet as a great way to have fun with mythology. The relationships people established with their gods were quite amusing,” said Ramsey.
The students were required to pick a Greek god of their choosing to portray at the banquet. Ramsey wanted an “inexpensive outfit creation” by the students. The students were also required to come up with a “roast or toast” to another god portrayed by a fellow student to create a comical effect of either roasting (making fun of) or toasting (praising) the god. One huge aspect of the banquet was welcoming the students’ parents with open arms as they enjoyed the knowledgeable, yet amusing, display of mythology that their kids have learned.
“The roasts and toasts are very entertaining, but I love seeing the costumes and how the kids come up with it,” said Ramsey.
“I just liked listening to everyone’s roasts and toasts. A lot of them were really funny!” said Madyson Whitfield.
“I appreciate all of the support. I love the fact that the parents come out. The parent and guardian turn-out has been great!” said Ramsey.
In order to make the character of the students’ chosen god or goddess, the kids have to connect with and understand these mythological icons’ personalities and attitudes.
“My favorite god would have to be Dionysus. It’s nice to have a comical god amongst the serious ones,” said James Nix.
“My favorite goddess is Demeter because she is the goddess of harvest and plenty,” said Whitfield.
Although making the costumes as well as speaking in front of parents and peers can be nerve racking, the students and enjoyed the banquet tremendously.
“I liked it. I thought it was interesting. I was kind of nervous about standing up and talking in front of people, but because everyone was relaxed it made me feel more comfortable,” said Whitfield.
“It was fun and interesting. It brought a new light to learning Mythology,” said Nix.
According to Ramsey, this event is one which she would like to hold annually for all of her future classes and also hopes Scholars Academy will continue it for its sophomore Honors English classes well into the future.
“Hopefully it will be a big tradition!” said Ramsey.