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Governor lights Capitol Christmas tree; Northland Pines Choir sings at ceremonySubmitted: 12/02/2016
Story By Katie Thoresen

Governor lights Capitol Christmas tree; Northland Pines Choir sings at ceremony
EAGLE RIVER - Every year, a Christmas tree from Wisconsin helps brighten the Capitol rotunda in Madison. 

The governor officially lit this year's tree, which came from Eagle River, Friday.

While the tree's decorations provided the light, the Northland Pines High School choir provided the sound.

"It's in the Capitol and it's, I mean, people from the state come to see it," said Northlands Pines sophomore Malcolm McCanles.


From "Silent Night" to "Carol of the Bells," the choir has been rehearsing for weeks for this moment.

"I'm really excited for them to have an opportunity that they normally wouldn't get and something that may be once in a lifetime for them," said choir teacher Kate Janssen.

"I've never been able to go down to see the Christmas tree, but I'm also really excited to perform in the Capitol, just the whole thing," said McCanles.

Whether they're singing for the governor or in the classroom, these students just enjoy doing what they love.
"It's really just fun for me to entertain. Music's really fun for me. It's just a blast doing it," said McCanles.

"Being able to sing and be yourself, be a nerd, do whatever you want," said Northland Pines senior Gail Vander Bloomen. "I feel like choir is the place where you can be closer to music and be yourself." 

The choir will be performing the songs they sang Friday along with others at their winter concert on December 12 at Northland Pines High School.


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