Governor Kate Brown Announces Winner of the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Contest
(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
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.
Tuesday, October 16, 2018