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Branching into Christmas season

Local resident spreads holiday joy by decorating trees
Tara Connick
Flower Mound residents used tinsel and ornaments to decorate trees on Morris Road for the holiday season. Students are able to find some of these trees outside of the front of the school.

Flower Mound resident Kim Berg passed one lonely tree every time he commuted to work at the airport during the holiday season. It was off to the side of Highway 121 and had a single garland wrapped around it.

“It would just put a smile on my face,” Berg said. “Just imagine how many other people got satisfaction having seen that one little tree.”

He wanted even more people to feel this same holiday cheer. Thus, he created the Facebook group Help a Sad Tree Along the Road. It started with three to four members but grew to 900 over the course of nine years.

Many local residents decided to participate in this community tradition to bring some holiday joy. For Flower Mound mother Tracy Huber, the tradition meant more than that. 

Huber lost her father two years ago in October. She wanted to memorialize him, so she bought a tree in his memory. It was planted in March of 2017.

As the holiday season came near, Huber continued to hear about Help a S.T.A.R. from the Flower Mound Cares page. She wanted to join this tradition and decorate her father’s tree.

Huber’s father was a die hard Cowboy’s fan, so Huber embodied that in her decorated tree. It was covered in sparkly blue and silver spheres, showcasing the team colors. Little bronze footballs dangled off the branches.

“I thought it was just a great way to just put a bit of festive cheer in the community,” Huber said.

However, Help a S.T.A.R. has begun to expand beyond Flower Mound. Berg decided to decorate a tree while on a recent trip in London. 

“I just found one that was just a little small tree off by itself and just made it stand out,” Berg said. 

He is hopeful the tradition will continue to grow and is excited to see all the trees for this Christmas. 

“It’s going to be a fun season,” Berg said.

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Ayra Charania
Ayra Charania, Copy Editor
As a traveler of nearly every continent (sorry Antarctica) and speaker of four languages, Ayra Charania is a senior and joined staff this year, although she has had a love of writing for many years. Outside of newspaper, Ayra loves to play the violin, shop for heels so she can pretend she isn’t tiny at 5’2, and read. Her current Netflix addiction is Lucifer.  Check out her playlist here:
Madi Olivier
Madi Olivier, Editor in Chief
Madi Olivier is a senior and third-year staffer, although most people know her as the short girl who talks too much. The newsroom is her favorite place to be and she spent most of her time last year convincing Hale to let her stay after school for “just five more minutes.” However, if the door to C108 is locked, you can normally find her at gymnastics practice or in the kitchen trying to bake. Her speciality is anything burnt or overflowing from the pan. She’s so excited to be the editor in chief of The Marquee and to see what amazing, impactful stories her staff will publish this year. 
Tara Connick
Tara Connick, Managing Editor
Tara Connick is a senior and this is her third year on staff. She’s a designer but also has a soft-spot for photography. She spends most of her time in front of her computer stressing over fonts and layouts in the back newsroom while drinking way too many energy drinks or iced coffees, but when Hale finally kicks her out you can find her going on hikes or changing up her hair... again. Tara is so excited to be this year’s managing editor and see staff create amazing content in unprecedented ways.

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