Tuesday, 11 Dec 2018
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Meet the nine-year-old girl who will help Paul Ryan light the Capitol Christmas tree

Workers move the 2018 Christmas tree from the United States Capitol to its arrival on the west lawn of the United States Capitol. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP) She played violin in front of an audience at the National Press Club. She met with members of Congress, cabinet members and rock stars. On Thursday, she will stand alongside House Speaker Paul D. Ryan and turn the switch on to turn on the Capitol Christmas tree. But Brigette Harrington is neither a dignitary nor a head of state. She is a 9 year old girl from Oregon.
Brigette Harrington in Washington this week. (Senator Ron Wyden's Office) Harrington, who would tell you that she's actually "9 and a half years old," comes from Hillsboro, near Portland. This is his first time in the district. "It's almost a bit overwhelming," she said Wednesday, sporting a broad smile on her festive green and red straps. Brigette had the chance to travel to Washington and light the fire.
Capitol tree – a noble fir gathered in the Willamette National Forest, Oregon – as part of a state-wide competition that asked elementary school students to write about the reasons for their love for the outdoor activities of this state. At Capitol Hill, it has become a tradition to invite a child of the same state as the tree to help illuminate the symbol of the holiday. The writing contest of recent years has served as a means of choosing the child. Brigette's poem, written in the style of "A Visit From St. Nicholas", recalls the changing colors of Oregon's autumn, snow, spring rains and adventurous summer days. "I've tried to think of some good things to insert into the poem, some details and topics, and I've talked about the four seasons and how lucky Oregon has to have them." because everyone does not do it, "she said. "Everything my family has done in the four seasons: berry picking, hiking, kayaking. We do so much. We love the outdoors. In the morning of October, she learned that she had won. Brigette was sitting in class at Jackson Elementary School when the governor came in, surrounded by a series of cameras, followed by Kim and Scott Harrington, his parents. I would like to be able to start every Monday like this! Today, I surprised the Grade 4 students at the Jackson Elementary School to announce the winner of our @USCapitolTree contest. Congratulations Brigette, and thank you to all the young Oregonians who submitted trials. I am impressed by you all! pic.twitter.com/ZFPEVteKv1– Governor Kate Brown (@OregonGovBrown) October 15, 2018 "I was a little suspicious because it's not every day that the governor enters your class," Brigette said. "At first I said to myself," Someone may have won here, but it's probably not me "because there were a few other entries in my class and it could have been n & rsquo; Any of us. "Governor Kate Brown (D) announced that Brigette's poem has triumphed over 1,200 other fourth-grade entries throughout the state. "I cried for joy," said Brigette, mimicking the tears that ran down her face. [The ‘People’s Tree’ arrives at the U.S. Capitol for Christmas] Even then, the Harrington said they had no idea what they were meant for. Over the next two months, Brigette visited Oregon, reciting his poem in different cities during a 23-stop tour. She followed the tree, a noble fir tree from the northwestern United States, as it paraded through the state before starting the 3,000-kilometer journey to Washington. The tree arrived on the west lawn on November 26, after which it was decorated with thousands of ornaments handcrafted by Oregon residents. "None of us originally understood that it was not really a tree, it's a lot more," said 43-year-old Kim Harrington. "The most amazing thing for us is to see how it has brought such joy and connection to all the people it touches. The week has been long. Accompanied by her parents and three grandparents, Brigette has been invited to galas, lunches and receptions since arriving in the district on Saturday. Every sign, program and invitation was addressed to "Brigette Harrington and his guests," chuckled his father. "We are just rolling over his hair," said Scott Harrington, 43. Brigette met Chuck Leavell, the Rolling Stones keyboardist who embarked on environmental activism; The two US Senators of Oregon, Jeff Merkley (D) and Ron Wyden (D), the US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and the representative Suzanne Bonamici (D-Ore.). Brigette Heather Harrington of Hillsboro won a statewide essay contest for her poem explaining what it means for her to share this part of Oregon with the rest of the country. I was fortunate to hear Brigette present his poem at this morning's event. pic.twitter.com/ql5dF1jmdY– Ron Wyden (@RonWyden) December 4, 2018 She went to the Capitol Rotunda to pay tribute to the late George H. W. Bush, who served as President 20 years before his birth. On Sunday, she lost a tooth at the National Museum of American History. "I was just eating a crispy rice – and then I swallowed it with this crispy rice," she said. "The Tooth Fairy said," That's good, you swallowed your tooth. Most children do it anyway. & # 39; & # 39; The tradition of the Capitol Christmas tree, also called "the tree of the people," began when the House Speaker, John W. McCormack (D-Mass.) Placed a Christmas tree Six years later, the Capitol Architect's office asked the US Forest Service to find a Christmas tree on Capitol Hill. Every year since, the Forest Service has been looking for a tree from a national park. The Willamette National Forest, the source of this year's tree, is a coniferous forest in the Cascade Mountains, which covers more than 1.6 million acres. This is the first time a tree from this park is presented on Capitol Hill. "We are very proud of this," said Harrington. "We produce a lot of Christmas trees in Oregon." Brigette will read an abridged version of his poem, which lasts about three minutes, before helping Ryan (R-Wis.) To light up the tree on Thursday. "It was the month before Christmas, and all my mind / The swirling thoughts of my Oregon, all entangled / The four seasons are extraordinary, each of them," she wrote. She said she found inspiration all around her: the stream in her yard, the trees in the nearby woods, the mountains, the ocean, the snow and the rain. What does she think of the District of Columbia? "It's amazing," she said. "But everyone wants to know if I met the president. I do not have it. " .

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