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Student Art Adorns Courthouse Tree
Student Art Adorns Courthouse Tree
El Dorado Education Foundation
Thursday, December 05, 2019

In celebration of the city, county, and season, El Dorado School District art students have designed special El Dorado-based ornaments for the Union County Courthouse’s new, 12-foot Christmas tree. 

On Thursday, December 5, from 1:30-2:30, these one-of-a-kind ornaments will be presented to the courthouse by students and teachers. According to school district project coordinator Katie Harwell, the theme for the art lesson was “Experience El Dorado”. Main Street El Dorado Executive Director Beth Brumley will interview students about creation of their unique artwork. In addition, on this day, the Union County Courthouse will be open until 7:00 pm for the First Thursday event, so that members of the public can see these one-of-a-kind decorations as they shop. 

The presentation is a joint project of Main Street El Dorado, the El Dorado Public School District, the El Dorado Education Foundation, the Union County Judge’s Office, and Diversified Services Lawn and Garden. Schools, teachers, and students participating in the art project include: 

 El Dorado High – teachers Katie Harwell and Pat Johnson, presenting students scheduled to attend: Emmaline Landes, Connor Black, Eduardo Olmos Trejo, Alyssa Thomas, Micaela Martinez, Vicky Zhu, Amber Rettig, Melissa Carvantes, Macy Moree, Mackenzie Wilson, Trey Murphy, John Rhodes Stipp-Bethune, and Ryland Jackson.

 All of the EHS Visual Art I and Art Appreciation students participated in this project. Other EHS students not present, with ornaments featured on the tree: Arianna Hardeman, Lamia Harris, Addison Lange, Sydney Marx, Rakel Williams, Veronica Zartuche, Quintin Andrews, Bella Hubbard, Tyler Johnson, Scott Ratchford, Mallory Whitten, Karlee Otwell, Michelle Ayala, Katie Benson, Marleigh Bonsall, Cyniah Clark, Calvionia Nelson, Aiyana Smith, Kalen Commander, Kaylan Hunter, Jarmel Love, Hayden Owen, Jordan Vines, Donnae Washington, Jadance Barker, Iyouna Lindsey, Faith Lites, Kirra Lockard, Autumn Parker, Kenadi Savannah, Madison Lasater, De’ Antonio Harvey, Jacobi Montgomery, and Victoria Moody. 

 Additionally, Northwest Elementary teacher Jordan Tribble and Hugh Goodwin Elementary teacher Karen Cooper also were scheduled to bring students to present. 

Also thanked with ornaments on the tree but not able to be in attendance, were: Barton Junior High – teachers Danielle Scott and Nancy Reynolds, Studio Art students. Washington Middle School – teacher Brinkley Aycock and Studio Art students. Yocum Elementary – teacher Matthew Ronk and third-grade students. Retta Brown Elementary also took part in this project. 

See more photos of the ornaments on our Facebook page at