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Local Student’s Design Project Headed to the White House

Christian Wade's winning design. Images courtesy of the family of Christian Wade.
Main Street Middle School fifth grader Christian Wade’s Easter egg design has been selected to represent Vermont as part of the national Easter weekend celebration at the White House. 

Christian’s design, rendered by a professional artist, will be among 54 eggs presented to First Lady Jill Biden prior to the Easter Egg Roll on the White House Lawn on Monday, April 1, the day after Easter. The egg designs have been created by children who have family members serving in the military, and come from all 50 states, three territories and Washington D.C.

The Egg Roll is an event that has happened almost every spring since 1878 when it was founded during the administration of President Rutherford B. Hayes.

Christian’s design was inspired when his mother’s boyfriend, Joshua Mcura, who serves in Vermont’s Air National Guard, brought home an entry form for the Easter egg design contest, knowing of Christian’s interest and talent for drawing and painting.

“He got right on it,” Christian’s mother, Gabi Godin said.  

Christian Wade. Courtesy image.

Christian’s Perspective

“It took me about an hour and a half that evening,” Christian said, because the deadline for submission was getting close.

His interest in art has been nurtured by his family, beginning with his Mimi, Cindy Wade, who cared for her grandson half-days before he began going to preschool. “What got me into art was Mimi,” Christian explained.

He’s also had support from many other family members.

“Christian has always been interested in arts and crafts, since a young age, and that influence comes from multiple relatives on both sides of the family,” his mother added. That includes another grandmother, Mary Spicer, who also lives in Montpelier and has hosted Christian for after-school activities.

During a visit to Tennessee, Christian’s step-grandmother Sylvia, an artist herself, introduced Christian to the television programs by late painting instructor Bob Ross, whose popular public television series from the 1980s has continued to be a resource for aspiring artists. “Sylvia gave him some private lessons and taught him how to basket-weave,” Gabi Godin added.

Christian said his favorite painting media are watercolors and acrylics. He has learned enough that he has given art lessons to his grandmother Mary and her wife, Amy Gamble. After attending the after-school program at the T.W. Wood Gallery, Christian was invited to be a counselor-in-training and happily took on that role during the summer of 2023.