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Cache Valley Native Did White House Christmas Decorations

Herald Journal Friday, Dec. 01, 2017

The handiwork of a Cache Valley native has been in the international spotlight recently, since the son of a former Logan mayor helped decorate the White House for Christmas. Nicholas Watts is currently an event planner with HMR Designs in Chicago, but he graduated from Utah State University in 2006. He was tasked with decorating the inside and outside of the White House according to First Lady Melania Trump’s wishes. ... This year’s holiday theme for the White House is ”Time-Honored Traditions,” paying homage to 200 years of White House holiday customs, according to information provided on the White House’s website. ... USU’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences congratulated Watts on Twitter, mentioning he graduated 11 years ago with a degree in American studies and a minor in Russian. Evelyn Funda, an associate professor of English, knew Watts as a student at USU. She remembers him interning for then-Sen. Ted Kennedy and developing an interest in politics, as well as an interest in event planning by helping organize the annual Small Satellite Conference. ... HGTV will air a special on the White House holiday decorations on Dec.10 at 4 p.m.

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