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Cypress Creek High School junior Sierah Haines holds the ornament she designed and created that was chosen to represent Texas District 126 and Rep. Kevin Roberts on the 2018 Christmas tree at the State Capitol. It will be on display from Nov. 29 to Jan. 2.
By Kai Fortner Newby, Cypress Creek HS
CYPRESS — Sitting on a 23-foot Christmas tree in the House Chamber of the Texas Capitol during the holiday season will be a holiday ornament created by Cypress Creek High School junior Sierah Haines. Her artwork will represent Texas District 126 and Rep. Kevin Roberts.
Each year, one ornament from each of the 150 Texas House districts is chosen to help decorate the eye-opening, Texas-grown Christmas tree. Going into the tenth year, the project highlights advanced artistic skills from district constituents across the state.
In addition to the ornaments themselves on display, a picture and description of each will also be published in the House of Representatives’ 2018 ornament book.
Haines’ work presents a unique spin on the devastating effects of last year’s Hurricane Harvey, which is written alongside the ornament’s base. One side shows several outstretched hands reaching from the storm toward the sun’s rays. The other shows flowers in full bloom.
Sierah Haines’ ornament design features several outstretched hands reaching from the storm toward the sun’ rays, representing the Houston area and its recovery following Hurricane Harvey. The other side displays flowers in full bloom through the rain. The ornament will represent Texas District 126 on the 2018 Christmas tree on display at the State Capitol from Nov. 29 to Jan. 2.
“It’s symbolizing hope,” Haines said. “Numerous colorful flowers grow despite the heavy rain.”
Haines, like many others in the Houston area – and District 126 specifically – saw the effects of the hurricane and record flooding that followed the storm. Moore Elementary School suffered significant damage, with the entire staff and student body being displaced for the 2017-2018 school year.
Her ornament also ties the area together through adversity, displayed through the hands and flowers.
“It represents the compassion and perseverance of the citizens of the 126th District during and after Hurricane Harvey,” Haines said.
All 150 ornaments will be on display during the holiday season, which runs from Nov. 29 to Jan. 2, in Austin. For those who have already viewed Haines’ artwork, including Cypress Creek Principal Vicki Snokhous, the reception has been nothing short of positive. Snokhous also gave praise to Angela Guy, Cypress Creek art teacher who helped guide Haines in producing the winning piece.
“It is absolutely beautiful,” Snokhous said.
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