ND students selected to create ornaments for National Christmas Tree Celebration

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BISMARCK, N.D. - Students were chosen to decorate ornaments for the National Christmas Tree celebration in Washington, D.C. They will represent North Dakota in President's Park.

These eighth-graders are painting a picture to share a piece of North Dakota with anyone who visits the White House.

"I chose to paint a cow, because there's a cow in Salem there's a cow statue for the Salem Sue, so I thought it'd be neat to paint a cow," said Lauren Beck.

Twenty-four students at Simle Middle School painted ornaments that will be sent to D.C. along with 55 other schools in the country.

"Like a lot of people will see all of them there, and the President, he could maybe see all of them which is really cool to think," said Julia Aadnes.

Art Teacher, Mrs. Culver says she's proud of her students.

"It's hard to paint in the round, but they nailed it, they really nailed it, and I'm really happy with them and their attitude, and their work ethic," said art teacher Susan Culver.

The students are proud to be chosen for this project.

"There's a lot of history from North Dakota, and I think they'll learn a little bit more, when they see our tree," said Beck.

The ornaments will be on display in America's Capital from Dec. 9 through Jan. 1.

Students won't be getting their ornaments back, but Culver says its their Christmas gift, to the National Park Service.