History has never been a subject I took much interest in, that is until this past year when I had the honor of having Mr. Louis Riggs as my teacher. He made it exciting to learn about history because he related it to today’s way of living, and he took us back to different time periods making it feel as if we were sitting right next to people such as George Washington and Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Mr. Riggs teaches in a way that is unforgettable. One lesson I will never forget is the concept of the four components that are needed to make a society run successfully: individual liberty, self-government, economic opportunity, and religious tolerance. These four principles play such a major role with each other, and you cannot have one without the other. These four key factors to a successful society were written on the board each class session as well as referred to during class discussion.

Mr. Riggs has given me the tools to be a productive and successful member of society, and has empowered me to face my future without hesitation. I have learned more from Mr. Riggs than I ever thought was possible, and his enthusiasm for his job and love for history has rubbed off on me. Through Mr. Riggs, I have a new found passion for the history of how we came to be as a country. He is a great inspiration to not only me, but to so many people in the community in and out of the classroom. I am honored to say that I believe Mr. Louis Riggs would make a great representative for the 5th District.

— Meredith Curtis, Hannibal