Sarah Haney (pictured) is the winner of the 2013 Capitol Christmas Tree art contest. The 16-year-old Panorama Alternative School student won the grand prize and the $1,000 that goes with it. She also collected $200 as the Youth category winner. The contest was co-sponsored by The U.S. Forest Service and the non-profit Choose Outdoors from Colorado. The art contest was open to all residents of the home state where this yearâ€™s Capitol Christmas Tree was provided (the 88-foot Engelmann Spruce came from the Colville National Forest in Pend Oreille County). Haneyâ€™s work, titled â€śTurquoise Snowfall,â€ť will join previous yearâ€™s paintings in a permanent collection of Christmas tree art in Washington D.C. According to a spokesman for the contest, Haneyâ€™s work â€śbest exemplified the majestic evergreen, natural wonder and offered a fresh perspective of the wintery outdoors.â€ť A photo submitted for the contest by Haneyâ€™s classmate, Panorama senior Megan Friedrichsmeyer, was part of the inspiration for the painting. Haney, at least initially, said she didnâ€™t care much for her winning painting and set it aside for over a week and began a new painting. But she returned to her original work and completed it in watercolor. Haney said she was also inspired by Colville retiree, Ann Nelson, who volunteered her time as a guest artist, sharing her knowledge of watercolor painting at Panorama Alternative School.