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Local student helps governor trim tree

December 16, 1997

Local student helps governor trim tree

By DAVE McMILLION

Staff Writer

A Washington County student was one of 24 from across the state who helped Gov. Parris N. Glendening decorate a "Maryland History" Christmas tree in the State House Sunday.

Hancock Middle-Senior High student Amy Smith represented five students from her school who made ornaments for the tree and others in the Government House, said her art teacher Jeanne Norris.

Smith and the other 23 students in Sunday's ceremony took turns joining Glendening and his wife Frances Hughes Glendening in placing the hand-made ornaments on the tree, which depicts state history.

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"Arts of all kind are important to Frances Anne and I. The artistic talent of the students here today is a gift to those who are endowed with it, and those of us who are touched by it," said Glendening.

Smith, a senior, traveled to Annapolis with her parents Sunday for the ceremony, Norris said.

The other Hancock Middle-Senior High students who made ornaments for the state trees were 10th-grader Jamie Demory, 11th-grader Kate Barton, 10th-grader Keith Morris, 10th-grader Tiffany Lafferty and 10th-grader Jena Boheim.

Smith made a papier mache owl ornament to match a flora theme in the state dining room, Norris said.

The local students made the ornaments just before Thanksgiving and were personally delivered to state officials about two weeks ago by Lee Weaver, supervisor of fine arts for Washington County schools, Norris said.

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