Essay contest held to pick Oregon 4th grader for U.S. tree lighting ceremony

FILE - The 2016 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree arrives to the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, Monday, Nov. 28, 2016, from the Payette National Forest in Idaho. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

SALEM, Ore. – One lucky 4th grader will be heading to Washington D.C. to help light up the U.S. Capitol’s Christmas tree this December, and Governor Kate Brown is holding an essay contest to select the student.

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Any 4th grade student in Oregon can apply by writing an essay on why they love Oregon's outdoors.

The essays must be 500 words or less, and they must be submitted through the governor's website by September 28.

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