Arizona Student Drawn To Light Capitol
Christmas Tree 2009

December 3, 2009 2:15 pm

Kaitlyn-Fornecik-2American families across the nation hold fond memories of decorating their own trees over the years.  The Capitol Christmas Tree 2009 is no different.  Schoolchildren throughout Arizona made nearly 6,000 ornaments to be placed on the iconic symbol often called “The People’s Tree.”  Another 4,000 handcrafted ornaments were made to accompany the 80 companion trees places throughout the United States Capitol Complex.  Students were encouraged to craft their ornaments from recycled materials and to consider the environmental impact of their finished designs.

Kaitlyn-Fornecik-1It is tradition that one child from the tree’s state light the Capitol Christmas Tree with the Speaker of the House.  Students who submitted ornaments for the outside tree were invited to submit a drawing form along with their ornament.  The Capitol Christmas Tree 2009 student winner is Kaitlyn Ferencik from Surprise, Arizona.  A seventh grade student at Canyon Ridge School, Kaitlyn will travel to Washington, D.C. with her parents Erika and Troy Ferencik and her teacher Natalie Moore.



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