Nearly 100 Riverton Parke High School juniors and seniors watched director Steven Spielberg’s already award-winning film, “Lincoln,” Jan. 18 at the Ritz Theater in Rockville. The Parke County Community Foundation paid for tickets for not only students, but groups from other area high schools as well.
Based on student reviews, the day at the movies was a big hit. “I thought it followed history really well,” said Molly Noorlag, a junior in the college challenge United States history class. “I liked how they had Lincoln speaking to us through his stories.”
Senior P.J. Tartaglia said of “Lincoln,” “It was a great movie that brought history to life for me,” while junior Hannah Carty said, “I liked how the movie made Lincoln so human. History like this seems more interesting to me.”
Classmate Wyatt Lawson enjoyed the film too. “I think Daniel Day-Lewis (who portrayed Lincoln) really captured my vision of who Lincoln was. He was great,” he said.
“I want to thank the PCCF, Clint Oldham [the Ritz’s manager], Jim Meece [Ritz Board member and County Commissioner] and Mr. Moody [Riverton Parke’s principal] for making it possible for us to watch this very important film,” American history and film literature teacher Mike Lunsford said. “I normally tell my kids to avoid getting their history from movies, but ‘Lincoln’ is different. The film is as historically accurate as any I have ever seen come out of Hollywood.”
Sande Bemis, who teaches English, added, “The feedback from our students was very positive; they loved the film and felt that they learned more details about Lincoln’s personal life that they did not know. We all are very grateful to the Community Foundation for offering our students this opportunity. The Ritz Theatre is beautiful, and the new digital projector was state-of-the-art.”