Nov 4, 2012 8:27 PM by Monica Gouty

Local teen wins contest to light U.S. Capitol Christmas tree

A Colorado Springs teen will be traveling to Washington, D.C. this winter to light the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree after winning a contest.  Ryan Shuster's name was randomly selected out of 1,381 entries from across the state. Each student in the contest had submitted ornaments to become eligible for the drawing.

Shuster is a 17-year-old senior at Discovery Canyon Campus in the Springs, he's also an Eagle Scout and accomplished student and musician. 

Ryan said, "It is an honor to be selected as the student lighting the 2012 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree in Washington, D.C. On behalf of all of the students who participated in the ornament submission program, I want to thank the White River National Forest and Choose Outdoors for this exciting opportunity."

Ryan will travel to Washington, D.C. with his parents in early December to help flip the switch to officially light the 2012 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree. 



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