Artwork from Valley Pathways students will be a part of the nation’s Christmas celebration.

The Palmer alternative high school school was one of 56 selected for the America Celebrates display in Washington D.C. The ornaments will go on 56 smaller trees that surround the National Christmas Tree in the President’s Park.

Students in Robin Lockwood’s earth science and geometry classes designed ornaments with painted fireweed and spruce trees.

Another teacher 3-D printed a Denali stencil they used to make the mountain out of clay.

“I think this project more than anything brings recognition to our school and shows that we have awesome students and they get to accomplish great things each day and will go on to be great citizens,” Lockwood said.

(Courtesy: Robin Lockwood)

The school doesn’t have an art class, so the project gave students a chance to express their creativity in a new way.

“We all had a really good time and it was cool to see how everything turned out because we all have different styles,” said junior Myra Dullum.

Senior Vance Henry said the students are honored to be selected to represent Alaska.

“It's pretty cool since we're an alternative school especially and we're a pretty small school too and I think it's cool we're able to participate in such a big thing,” Henry said.

Lockwood said she’s shipping the 24 ornaments off on Friday.

The ornaments will be up on the trees from Dec. 9 to Jan. 1.

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