(Hillsboro, OR) — In a surprise announcement, Governor Kate Brown today named Brigette Harrington the winner of the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree contest. Governor Brown surprised Brigette and her fourth grade class at Jackson Elementary School on Monday morning.
More than 1,200 fourth graders from across the state submitted essays about why they love Oregon’s outdoors in hopes of winning a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C. and light Oregon’s tree this December.
“It was exciting to have so many young Oregonians submit essays about our beautiful state. Oregonians have a strong tradition of exploring our outdoor spaces and I’m excited to see this continue in the next generation of Oregon explorers,” said Governor Brown. “I particularly loved Brigette’s reflections on Oregon’s four seasons, and I am thrilled that she will be representing all Oregonians at the U.S. Capitol.”
Each year, a different national forest is chosen to provide “The People’s Tree” for the holiday season. As the nation’s largest producer of Christmas trees, it is a great honor to have a tree from Oregon’s Willamette National Forest displayed on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol Building.
The contest was organized in coordination with the U.S. Forest Service, and sponsored by the non-profit organization, Choose Outdoors. For additional information: www.capitolchristmastree.com
Read Brigette’s winning entry here.