HACKENSACK, NJ – An Easter egg design created by a senior at Hackensack High School will represent New Jersey at the White House Easter Egg Roll Monday in Washington, D.C., the New Jersey Department of Education announced Thursday.
Each year, every state is asked by the U.S. Department of Education to submit an Easter egg design to represent that state and be displayed during the event.
Ahmed El Gazzar’s design, which includes a background of New Jersey’s state bird, the American goldfinch, was selected by the state Education Department for display at the White House.
State Education Commissioner Lamont O. Repollet congratulated the teen, saying El Gazzar “is certainly making his hometown proud.”
“We are always proud of the students who submit imaginative entries each year,” Repollet said.
One of longest running White House traditions, the Easter Egg Roll was made permanent by President Rutherford B. Hayes in 1878. He legally permitted the local children to roll their prized Easter eggs the day after Easter, a tradition that actually had begun almost 50 years earlier under President James Madison and his wife Dolly.
The celebration typically draws more than 35,000 parents and children to the South Lawn of the White House, as well as the official White House Easter bunny, live music and celebrity appearances.