NEWS RELEASE: Governor Matt Mead's Office
First Lady Carol Mead Announces Farson-Eden School Selected to Create Wyoming's Ornaments for the 2012 National Christmas Tree Display
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – First Lady Carol Mead, along with the National Park Foundation, announced today that ornaments designed and created by Farson-Eden secondary students have been chosen to be displayed on Wyoming's tree. This will be part of the 2012 National Christmas Tree display in President's Park in Washington, D.C. Farson-Eden teachers Karen Anderson, Mike Scott, and 18 of their students join artists and youth from each U.S. state, territory, and the District of Columbia in sending 24 ornaments for their respective state or territory tree.
"I am delighted to congratulate the Farson-Eden students and happy that their creativity will be celebrated in our nation's capital," said Mrs. Mead.
"We are pleased to represent Wyoming in showcasing our state's beauty and natural resources in the National Christmas Tree display," said Karen Anderson, Farson-Eden English and Academic Options teacher.
The artists designed bulbs using as many natural resources as possible. Students depicted some of the well-known landscapes such as Grand Teton National Park, Devil's Tower Monument, Killpecker Sand Dunes, and the high deserts and rivers in our state. Also showcased in the ornaments are the seasons; trees, such as pines and aspen; and our state's energy-related natural resources such as coal, natural gas, and trona.
"We are very pleased that Farson-Eden Academic Options Artists will represent Wyoming in this year's National Christmas Tree display," said Neil Mulholland, President and CEO of the National Park Foundation. "This time honored tradition is the perfect way to kick off the holiday season."
As one of America's oldest holiday traditions, the National Christmas Tree Lighting began on Christmas Eve in 1923, when President Calvin Coolidge lit a Christmas tree in front of 3,000 spectators on the Ellipse in President's Park. Since 1923, each succeeding President has carried on the tradition of what now has become a month-long event presented by the National Park Foundation and National Park Service. In addition to the National Christmas Tree display, President's Park hosts a variety of family-oriented holiday attractions, such as the Santa's Workshop, nightly holiday performances, a Yule log, nativity scene, and model train display.
Farson-Eden School is a small, rural K-12 school in southwestern Wyoming with approximately 145 students.