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Kamala Harris Surprises Young Artist by Putting His Painting on the Second Family’s Holiday Card

Alex Berko, 15-year-old who designed Vice President Kamala Harris's holiday card

Alex Berko, 15-year-old who designed Vice President Kamala Harris's holiday card

道格·恩霍夫, Kamala Harris and Alex Berko meet at the official VP residence.
照片: Courtesy of the White House

副总统 卡马拉哈里斯 and second gentleman 道格·恩霍夫 rang in the winter holiday season with a new friend, 15-year-old artist Alex Berko.

Berko is a tenth grader at Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, 直流电, just down the road from the Naval Observatory where Harris and Emhoff live. 今年早些时候, Berko’s visual arts teacher provided him photos of the vice president’s official residence and asked him to reimagine it in a wintry setting, leaving out important context about the purpose of the assignment.

Unaware at the time, Berko was entering a secret design contest — his painting would be judged against other D.C. 学生’ submissions, and the winner would have their design printed on the second family’s 2022 节日贺卡.

十一月, Harris and Emhoff hopped on Zoom with Berko and his family to share the good news: Berko’s art was selected for their holiday card and would soon be shared with the world.

The Office of the Vice President holiday card on display, 周三, 十二月 7, 2022, in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building at the White House.

The Office of the Vice President holiday card on display, 周三, 十二月 7, 2022, in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building at the White House.

Official White House Photo by Cameron Smith

With the 2022 holiday cards now printed and complementary ornaments created, Harris and Emhoff decided it was time to invite Berko to their home — the same one he painted — and celebrate his achievement.

When Berko arrived, Harris shouted “亚历山大!” and shook his hand before offering a hug.

She excitedly read the back of the holiday card, where a brief biography on Berko shares the story behind the painting, aloud to him. “我的天啊, that’s so crazy,” 他说, looking at the text for himself. “不, it’s magnificent, that’s what it is,” Harris replied.

Alex Berko, 15-year-old who designed Vice President Kamala Harris and second gentleman Doug Emhoff's holiday card

Alex Berko, 15-year-old who designed Vice President Kamala Harris and second gentleman Doug Emhoff's holiday card

Alex Berko shows off the holiday card he designed inside One Observatory Circle.
Courtesy of the White House

Harris and Emhoff took some photos with Berko and gifted him with his own copy of the card that was signed by the second family and one of the ornaments inspired by his design.

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Berko’s visual arts teacher, Mike Easton, told the vice president’s office that the teen is adynamic artistand student leader on his campus.

他的妈妈, Julia Berko, explained that he’s always been artistic — even drawing on the walls of his home as a child — and she’s excited to see his talent flourish through his art education.

Berko’s art depicts One Observatory Circle inside a snow globe, resting on a wooden table with decorative pine cones, fir leaves and red berries. The vice president’s office added embossed gold letters to the design that readHappy Holidays.