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Hilltop hosts Famous Americans

June 6, 2013
By J.T. Whitehouse , Town Crier

Hilltop Elementary School in Canfield, became a gathering place for Famous Americans on Thursday, May 30.

The Famous Americans Day at Hilltop has third-graders dressing as a famous American person, then telling the story of that person during an assembly.

"We chose our character on May 1," said third-grader Teegan Mitchell. "Then we did the research."

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Abe Lincoln, a.k.a. Eddie Russo, and New York Yankees pitcher Jim Abbott, played by Teegan Mitchell, head to Hilltop Elementary on May 30 to take part in Famous Americans Day.

Mitchell portrayed New York Yankees pitcher Jim Abbott, who was born without a right hand.

Lexa Dintino portrayed Madam C.J. Walker, who is attributed with being the first female self-made millionaire in America.

"She invented hair products for people who were losing their hair," Dintino said.

Among the famous were retiring staff members, who were portrayed by the students as well. Allie Shrock took on the dual role of Ginger Rogers and of Hilltop's retiring Principal Cathy Mowry.

"I guess I became a famous American," Mowry said.

The program at Hilltop has been an annual event for many years. Third-grade teacher Alexis Novotny said she took part in the program when she was in the third grade there.



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