WOOD RIVER JCT. — When participants arrive at the White House on Monday for the annual Easter Egg Roll, one of the eggs on display will be the creation of Chariho student Mae Felkner. 

Felkner’s egg was chosen to represent Rhode Island at the event, which will feature a display of decorated eggs from all 50 states. 

“The Easter Egg Roll dates back to 1878 under the administration of President Rutherford B. Hayes, and President Donald J. Trump and the first lady are honored to continue this timeless tradition,” the White House said. “The decorated eggs will be displayed as guests enter the event to illustrate the vast footprint of the Easter Egg Roll, as families from each state will receive tickets.”

Felkner, 17, of Ashaway, designed an egg featuring the Castle Hill Lighthouse at the entrance to the East Passage of Narragansett Bay in Newport. “I sent a digital picture to my teacher and she sent it to Washington, D.C.,” Felkner said. The design was applied to the egg at the White House.


Chariho Humanities Specialist Dana Hall made sure that Felkner’s design got to Washington by the April 10 deadline.

“In my current role as humanities specialist, I’ve been able to stay connected to talented students like Mae through special projects, contests and/or initiatives like the State Egg Design,” she said. “Mae is a highly skilled artist who can accept and follow through on any task. Last year, Mae facilitated a Unified STEM program with the guidance of STEM specialist Susie Scanapieco, so she was often in our office prepping for her workshops. She works well independently and always produces something that is absolutely amazing.”

Felkner said, “We wanted to think of something that represented Rhode Island, and what I thought of was the beaches, the water, and I thought  a lighthouse would represent that nicely as well, and I thought of the Castle Hill Lighthouse.”

Superintendent of Schools Barry Ricci it was exciting to have a Chariho student’s design representing Rhode Island.

"We are incredibly proud of Mae who has just made her mark in the art world, and in a big way,” he said. “ What an honor to not only represent Chariho High School, but also Rhode Island, at this historic White House event.”

Felkner said, “I thought it was a good opportunity to display the kind of skill that I have and I figured it’s a great way to represent my school,” she said. “It’s exciting. It’s something good that I could do to represent Rhode Island.”


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