Santa selects teen to light Capitol Christmas Tree

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  • Santa and Mrs. Claus randomly draw the winning name to light the 2012 Capitol Christmas Tree.
  • 17-year-old Ryan Shuster will travel to Washington, D.C. to light the Capitol Christmas Tree.

Ryan Shuster, 17,  has been selected from more than 1,300 youth to travel to Washington, D.C. and light the Capitol's 2012 Christmas Tree.

This year's tree is from Meeker, Colorado, and began its journey across the country on Nov. 2.

Ryan was randomly selected from 1,381 ornament entries from kids ages 5 to 19.

Anyone who submitted an ornament was eligible for the prize: a trip to the Capitol to light our nation's tree with Speaker of the House of Representatives, John Boehner.

Santa and Mrs. Claus made the selection during a visit to the Blanco Ranger District Office in October.

"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 said.

Ryan is a senior at Discovery Canyon Campus in Colorado Springs. An Eagle Scout with a love for the outdoors, Ryan has also earned numerous awards in piano and music theory. He hopes to study theater, music, or nature at college next year.

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

To track the 2012 Capitol Christmas Tree, visit You can also follow the tree on Facebook:, Twitter: and Pinterest:

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