West Middle School rocks continuation program

Sarah Loyd painted her handmade guitar pink and added a silver heart to represent the 8th grade.

The advanced technology and engineering students at West Middle School grabbed their handmade guitars or basses and rocked the eighth grade continuation program Wednesday with the first few chords of “Smoke on the Water.”

More than half of the students couldn’t actually play a guitar before they began building electric guitar kits as part of their physics assignment given by teacher Monte Riggle.

Riggle thought the kits would be a good motivator for his students plus it would combine lessons in physics, circuitry, art and music into one end-of-the-year project.

“They really worked hard to gain all the knowledge they needed to complete the project,” Riggle said.

It took Sarah Loyd about eight weeks to finish her instrument which she painted her favorite color—pink, and added a silver heart to remind herself of the eighth grade. “I think it’s just amazing to have this as a reminder, I mean, how many people can say they made a guitar in the eighth grade,” she said.

Jordan Qauckenbush said painting the guitar was the most fun. He designed a cross for the back and added his initials in symbols on the front.

“Talk about relevance,” said Jeff Kirtland, spokesperson for District 51, “I think this is the coolest school project I’ve seen all year.”





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