By Brad Johnson, executive editor, The Inter-Mountain
BEVERLY, W.Va. — A Beverly Elementary School student has won the 2023 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree essay contest.
The essay of Ethan Reese, a Beverly fourth-grader, was chosen the winner out of more than 400 entries from across the state, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin. D-W.Va., announced.
“Ethan will join us in D.C. this holiday season to officially light the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree, which will be from West Virginia’s beautiful Monongahela National Forest,” Manchin said.
“The celebration will showcase not only our remarkable forestry, but also our strong community spirit. Thank you to everyone who entered the contest and shared with me what our Wild and Wonderful home means to you. I can’t wait to celebrate with Ethan, our fellow West Virginians and our fellow Americans.”