Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Roma Students Design Ornament Displayed at State Capitol

AUSTIN — Last week, State Representative Ryan Guillen, D-Starr County, presented the House District 31 ornament designed by members of the Roma High School Art Club to be displayed on the Lone Star Celebration Christmas Tree in the House Chamber at the Texas State Capitol.

Back in November, art teacher Monica Gillette and Roma High School Art Club members Hector Ochoa, Jessica Moreno, Michelle Garcia, Alexia Barrera, Vivian Cortez, were asked to decorate the District 31 ornament in a way that showcases the unique character of the district.

"Mrs. Gillette and her students truly went above and beyond in designing this year's ornament," said Rep. Guillen. "It's a very impressive display of art that effectively captures the spirit of our region's growing birding industry."

The ornament represents Falcon Lake on the Rio Grande River, which stretches and connects the border counties of District 31, Starr, Zapata, and Webb. Roma is home to one of South Texas's many birding centers, where visitors can view the diverse migratory birds of the area. The ornament features an ebony tree and a collection of the district’s most popular birds, including the Green Jay, Scarlet Tanager, Great Egret, Cardinal and the Audubon's Oriole.

Since 2009, members of the Texas House have had the opportunity to create a tangible symbol of the invincible character and charm of their district with the House Ornament Project. The ornaments will hang proudly on a Texas-sized tree through January 6, 2012, and the story of each ornament will be displayed in an album so that visitors to the Chamber may learn each ornament's story. Last year, nearly 100 members contributed ornaments.

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