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NH High School Makes Ornaments For National Tree

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Frigate Ornament. (Mascoma Valley Regional High School)

Frigate Ornament. (Mascoma Valley Regional High School)

CANAAN, N.H. (AP) — High school students in Canaan have created ornaments for the New Hampshire tree that will be part of the “Pathway of Peace” National Christmas Tree display in Washington, D.C.

Photos: NH students’ ornaments

The students at Mascoma Valley Regional High School used ceramics, metal, wood, fiber, natural materials, digital imagery and acrylic painting to create ornaments reflecting New Hampshire.

The ornaments depict beaver dams, log cabins and historical buildings, outdoor activities, wildlife, lilacs and others. The students worked with artist and educator Christopher Moore in September and October.

The students traveled to the State House in Concord to display their ornaments at the Nov. 6 Governor and Council meeting.

“By mixing several artistic disciplines, your creative work captures the wondrous beauty and the charming essence of New Hampshire for visitors from across our nation to enjoy,” Hassan told the students. “On behalf of the citizens of New Hampshire, I commend you for your artistic vision and your valued contribution to this beloved national tradition and wish you all the best in the future.”

The National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony takes place on Friday beginning at 4:30 p.m.

In 1856, New Hampshire’s Franklin Pierce, 14th president of the United States, became the first president to place a Christmas tree in the White House.

The National Christmas Tree Lighting began on Christmas Eve in 1923 with President Calvin Coolidge.

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