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ABC's Nightline interviews Blue Ridge Elementary first graders

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Excited, and more than a little nervous, first graders from Blue Ridge Elementary Chase Miller,
Carrigan Kearly, Katelyn French, and Alicia Deardorff being interviewed by ABC's Janice
McDonald on Dec. 13.

Originally published: Dec. 13, 2012
Last modified: Dec. 28, 2012

Adam Orr

Excited, and more than a little nervous, first graders from Blue Ridge Elementary took the chance to be interviewed by ABC's Nightline reporter Janice McDonald on Dec. 13. 

The late night news program was in Warrensville Thursday morning filming a segment featuring BRES students asking President Barack Obama and family questions about Christmas. 

The episode is scheduled to air tomorrow night, Dec. 14, at 11:35 p.m. 

Under the glare of multiple lights, cameras and a boom-microphone, first graders Chase Miller, Carrigan Kearley, Katelyn French, and Alicia Deardorff asked the President why the carpet in the Oval Officer is blue, what the President does for his job, and how the First Family celebrates Christmas in the White House, among other questions. 

The idea for the light-hearted interview came during the delivery ceremony for the White House Christmas tree, when BRES first grade teacher Amanda Estes helped her husband Beau, and father-in-law Rusty, deliver the official Blue Room Christmas tree to the White House on Nov. 23.

Each fall, Blue Ridge first graders attach tags to area Christmas trees as part of a mapping project. The tags ask the tree's new owner to respond and include the name of the town that becomes each tree's final destination. This year, students attached tags to trees at Peak Farms during a visit on Nov. 8, as the farm was preparing its Trees for Troops donation. 

"A reporter happened to see a tag on the White House tree, and that's what sparked the interest," said Ashe County Schools Public Information Officer JoAllen Lowder. "From there, the entire interview idea came together really fast." 

Estes said her students use the tags to write special messages and decorate before being attached to trees and sent to troops and their families for the Christmas season. 

"It's always a lot of fun and the kids enjoy it," said Estes on Nov. 17. "This year, we included the White House Christmas tree and we're hoping to get a response from the President." 

With any luck, her students will learn the President's answers tomorrow night. 

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