The Elkins Mountain School was selected recently to create West Virginia ornaments for the 2013 National Christmas Tree Display.
Elkins Mountain School may be several hours away from Washington D.C., but it still made its presence known in that city in a special way.
"The Department of Education and Arts in the capitol of Charleston, West Virginia contacted me as an artist and educator to have my students work on it," said Nannette Seligman, educator and artist.
That work was to design and create the ornaments for the tree which is at President's Park in Washington, D.C. The inspiration for this year's ornaments was winter sports, such as skiing and tourism in West Virginia.
"Snowmen, snow flakes, and Christmas trees to fit the Christmas theme, one third of the ornaments represent the ski areas in West Virginia. Each ornament has a silver snowflake, and a nice scroll that's in front of them that has the name of one of our ski areas and its locations," Seligman said.
The National Christmas Tree Lighting began on Christmas Eve in 1923 when President Calvin Coolidge lit a tree in front of 3,000 spectators. Since then every president has carried on the tradition. Seligman the National Christmas Event is a big to do event.
"Your at the nation's capitol for a celebration of Christmas. That our nation's at peace, and your sitting several rows behind the president watching and afternoon and evening of performances its rather awe inspiring."
Seligman said the bulbs are shipped to the National Park Service, and it then photographs them, secures them to each state's trees with a sign beside it. "So our tree says West Virginia, and Elkins Mountain School, and only has our ornaments on it.
Seligman said it was an honor for her students to represent the state.
"They could work on their regular assignments or on their bulbs, and most of them walked into the class and each day and asked what we are making, what are we added to it, and not one student made a bulb everyone made part of bulb," Seligman said.