Arlington students represent Tennessee in White House holiday tradition

Published: Dec. 19, 2022 at 8:22 AM CST|Updated: Dec. 19, 2022 at 5:30 PM CST
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Students from Arlington High School sent a piece of the Mid-South to the White House for its annual holiday tradition.

The 2022 National Christmas Tree display received hand-crafted Christmas ornaments from students across the country and in U.S. territories in a program called ‘America Celebrates.’

Fifteen art students from AHS were a part of this year’s event.

“It felt like, wow this is the first time that I’ve actually been recognized for my art,” said 11th-grade student Abby Hill. “Because I know this is what I’m going to do with my life. I’m going to be an artist. I’m going to go forward with this.”

The national tree lighting ceremony took place on Nov. 30, where President Joe Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden helped light the large Christmas tree that stands tall on the northeast corner of the White House lawn.

58 smaller trees surround the tree with ornaments from students across the nation.

“My piece that I submitted was an acrylic painting. It was a painting of Dolly Parton as a box turtle because that seemed right to represent all of Tennessee,” said Conner Hall, 12th grade Arlington student.

The students’ ornaments will remain on public display until January 2023.

Their artwork will also become a part of the archives section of the National Park Service website.

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