LINGLE — Lingle-Fort Laramie art students represented the state of Wyoming this year for the ornament designs on the National Christmas Tree in Washington, D.C.
Amanda Cornelius, the K-12 LFL art teacher, said the school was invited by the National Park Service to create the decorations.
“I think we were very lucky to get the opportunity,” she said. “I’m flattered that we were chosen.”
Cornelius brainstormed ideas for the decorations with her students for how best to represent the state, eventually settling on using the University of Wyoming Cowboy logo as a unifying theme.
“We talked about the university, which is not far from here and a lot of our kids end up there,” she said. “There’s a lot of pride in the Cowboy logo and the university there.”
The NPS sent the school 24 clear plastic globes to decorate.
“Twenty-two of them made it back,” Cornelius said. “We had a bit of an incident with the other two, but most of them made it.”
The rest of the globes were filled with acrylic paint on the inside and, with the help of industrial arts students and their laser cutter, attached golden duct tape cut in the shape of the UW Cowboy to the exterior. Most of the work was done by middle and high school students.
“It was kind of an assembly line and we all pitched in different areas of it,” Cornelius said.