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Wanted: Idaho schoolkid to help light U.S. Capitol Christmas tree

The 2015 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree is a 74-foot Lutz spruce tree from Chugach National Forest in Alaska.
The 2015 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree is a 74-foot Lutz spruce tree from Chugach National Forest in Alaska.

This year’s U.S. Capitol Christmas tree is coming from Idaho, and that means an Idaho elementary school student will help light it in December.

To win the coveted assignment, Idaho students in grades 1 through 6 are invited to enter a contest, “An Idaho Mountain Gem,” running now through Sept. 30. Entries will be judged by Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo and should capture the theme of this year’s celebration and highlight the importance of national forests.

Entries may take the form of an essay or poem of up to 100 words, a two-minute song or video, an original drawing, painting, photograph, ornament, sculpture, or other 3-D object. Specific rules and entry forms are available at the Capitol Christmas Tree website.

The winner will be flown to Washington, D.C., to join the lighting ceremony on the Capitol’s west lawn.

This year’s tree is coming from the Payette National Forest. It will be lighted the week of December 5.

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