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Verdunville Creates Ornaments for State Contest

Verdunville Elementary recently submitted ornaments for the First Lady of West Virginia’s statewide ornament competition. First Lady Joanne Tomblin requested all submissions to have a candy theme, and the winning ornaments will be displayed on the rotunda Christmas tree in the Capitol.

Verdunville’s pre-kindergarten class designed an ornament based on the famous line “visions of sugarplums danced in their heads” from ‘Twas the Night before Christmas. Mrs. Beth Holstein’s students used pink and purple tissue paper with purple ribbon for the ornament, and students used their painted thumbprints to add embellishment.

Mrs. Bailey’s kindergarten class glued red, green, and white peppermint candies to a large foam ball to make a smiling face. Mrs. Butcher attached a tag saying, “Sweet Smiles for a Merry Christmas.”

The first grade class of Mrs. Debra Secrist was inspired to construct a gingerbread man as their class ornament. The students created lollipops for the gingerbread man to hold using popsicle sticks and felt cloth. Students then added green ribbon, white yarn, and white snowflakes to complete the ornament.

Mrs. Sheri Starr’s second grade class ornament was inspired by gumballs. It was created using clear plastic cups, paint, and colorful pompoms. The attached tag reads, “Treat Yourself to a Sweet Christmas.”

The third grade class of Ms. Tiffany Sargent fashioned their ornament with the idea of star mint candy. Clear plastic plates, read and white paper, and snowflake wrap were used to form the shape of the famous peppermint candy.

Fourth grade classes throughout the state study West Virginia History. Therefore, Mr. Eugene Adkins’s class create an ornament using pictures of West Virginia. The pictures were cut and folded to create a candy drop.

Each ornament submission will be individually judged, and four winners for each grade division will be chosen. In addition to being displayed in the Capitol, the winning classes will receive a $150.00 gift certificate to be used for the purchase of art supplies.

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