MIDLOTHIAN — Three students from J.R. Irvin Elementary School were selected to have their handcrafted Christmas ornament hung on the Christmas tree in the Texas State Capitol building.
State Representative John Wray and his wife, Michele, visited J.R. Irvin to pick up the ornament on Friday, Oct. 27. Michele will hang the decoration as the official ornament for House District 10. This is the ninth year for the district ornament project and the third year for Wray and his wife to deck the tree.
The three students who created the ornament are third-graders Noah Beechy and Ryleigh Morgan and second-grader Jade Carlos.
J. R. Irvin’s art teacher Sherise Webster, who supervised the project, said the three students were chosen because of their exquisite artistic taste and a sharp eye for detail. She also reflected on their excellent student character throughout the campus.
The students went through weeks of planning before producing the finished product. With the three working together, they all agreed there were times when they didn’t agree, but were able to work through their obstacles to compromise.
“It was very hard working together, but we found a way to work,” Jade said.
It was each of the three students who collaborated to plan this masterpiece. They designed the ornament to make the campus the focal point.
“By using permanent marker and paint, they depicted what our campus can look like with winter snow. The reindeer and Christmas tree create the Christmas spirit. The lights that trim the top of the ornament have the letters for J.R. Irvin written inside each bulb,” Webster said.
Inside the ornament, they added gifts representing each school campus in Midlothian Independent School District (MISD). Also, the Christmas trees are topped with a star with the letter “M,” to represent MISD.
“This is an excellent opportunity to show off the great artistic talent of our students in the district,” Rep. Wray said. “It is always exciting for me to see what creative ideas they come up with and to share this special ornament from home with all those visiting the Texas Capitol during Christmas time.”
Ryleigh added, “It makes me feel really excited. I’ve never done anything really like this before for the school.”
To which Noah followed by saying, “It makes me feel good because everybody can see our art.”
“For me, I don’t know how to express my feelings. I feel really explosive inside. I honestly wouldn’t think my painting skills or drawing skills would get this far,” Jade said.
After all 150 ornaments are received, photos of the ornaments will be taken and documented in an online album that will be publically available on the House’s website.