BHS Ornaments Selected for White House Trees

Several BHS Art Students Will Have Their Work Displayed at the White House
Posted on 12/07/2020

Berlin High School Students Create Ornaments for the National Christmas Tree Display in Washington, D.C.

From the National Park Service Press Release:

Congratulations to the Berlin High School art department for their participation in the America Celebrates ornament display! Ornaments designed by students Eryn Riggott, Karla Oyola, Jack Salerno, and Emily Kobus are on display on the Connecticut tree on the Ellipse in President’s Park as well as on a Christmas tree inside the White House. Ms. Kobus had the opportunity to attend the ceremony honoring students’ artwork; due to inclement weather, instead of

meeting the First Lady at the garden of 56 trees outside she took students on a personal tour of the White House.

“Students from 56 schools across the country have designed one-of-a-kind ornaments for the 2020 National Christmas Tree display on the Ellipse in President’s Park. These unique ornaments will adorn 56 smaller trees that surround the National Christmas Tree. The trees represent each U.S. state, territory and the District of Columbia as part of the America Celebrates ornament display. This year, several ornaments from each school will also be displayed inside the White House.

The America Celebrates ornament program is a collaboration of the National Park Service (NPS), the U.S. Department of Education and the National Park Foundation (NPF). The U.S. Department of Education worked through state art and education offices, which identified elementary, middle and high schools to participate in the America Celebrates program. The project is funded by the NPF.”

“The America Celebrates display is one of the highlights of the National Christmas Tree experience. The virtual National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Thursday, December 3 is available for viewing at This year’s show will feature the recorded lighting of the National Christmas Tree, holiday performances and more. The show will be available to stream on-demand throughout the holiday season.

The National Christmas Tree Lighting has strong ties to education. In 1923, a letter arrived at the White House from the District of Columbia Public Schools proposing that a decorated Christmas tree be placed on the South Lawn of the White House. On Christmas Eve that year, President Calvin Coolidge walked from the Oval Office to the Ellipse and pushed a button that lit the first National Christmas Tree. It was a 48-foot balsam fir donated by Middlebury College in Vermont.

Since 1973, the National Christmas Tree has been a living tree which can be viewed year-round in President’s Park – one of America’s 422 national parks! A 30-foot Colorado blue spruce currently serves as the National Christmas Tree.”