Carlynton School District Wins Municipali-Tree Contest

Students to Decorate Courthouse Tree and Perform on Light Up Night at Courthouse 

PITTSBURGH – County Executive Rich Fitzgerald announced today that Carlynton School District is the winner of this year’s Municipali-Tree Contest.  Students from the school will decorate the Courthouse tree tomorrow and the district’s instrumental ensemble will perform at the County Courthouse on Light Up Night.

For the first time this year, public, private and parochial schools within the county were invited to participate in the creation of Allegheny County’s first Municipali-Tree. In the past, the county Christmas tree located in the Courtyard has been adorned with colored ornaments, but students were invited to make the tree representative of the 130 unique municipalities and many, many schools that make Allegheny County special. Each school was asked to create an ornament that represents their school, as well as one ornament for each of the municipalities represented in their school.  

Nearly 100 ornaments were submitted, representing 74 municipalities and 22 different schools.  The submissions were voted on by executive staff to select finalists before a final vote and selection was made.

Carlynton School District submitted four ornaments created using recycled green plastic pop bottles and brass sheet metal reflecting the school colors of green and gold. The project was a collaborative effort of a Senior High Crafts course as an extension of a metal tooling project done in class. A paw shape was created for the main ornament, incorporating the name of the three communities that comprise Carlynton (Carnegie, Rosslyn Farms and Crafton). A landmark was chosen for each of the communities and the cougar mascot to represent the school as a whole. Students drew the designs by hand on paper and transferred them onto the brass with embossing tools. India ink was used for an antique effect to enhance the texture and designs. The four ornament designs were created by Luke Ankrom (grade 11), Pamela Meighan (grade 11), Christina Santillo (grade 12) and Priya Sobti (grade 12). The class is taught by Mrs. Marlynn Vayanos.

On Tuesday, November 19, at noon, students from the Crafts course, including some of the students who created the design, will visit the County Courthouse to have pictures taken with their winning ornaments and county officials. They will also be directing the placement of all 100 ornaments that were submitted on the county’s Christmas tree in the courtyard. In addition to seeing the ornaments in person, photographs of all ornaments will be posted on the County’s Facebook page this week.

The 22 schools which participated in the Municipali-Tree contest are Baldwin-Whitehall, Brentwood, Carlynton, Clairton, East Allegheny, Elizabeth Forward, Fox Chapel, Keystone Oaks, McKeesport, Montour, Northgate, North Hills, Penn Hills, Quaker Valley, Riverview, South Allegheny, South Fayette, South Park, St. Bonaventure, Upper St. Clair, West Jefferson Hills and Woodland Hills.

Carlynton students will also be featured on Light Up Night on Friday, November 22 when members of the Instrumental Ensemble, led by Mr. Todd Obidowski, band director, will perform at the Courthouse from 5:30-6:00 p.m. immediately following the lighting of the Courthouse and courtyard tree by County Executive Fitzgerald. Visitors to the courtyard on Light Up Night will also be offered hot chocolate and water while they enjoy the lights and sounds of the holidays at the Courthouse.

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