Children invited to submit designs in honor of state's 50th anniversary
August 24, 2008
Students in grades kindergarten through 12 from public, private and home schools in the state of Alaska can submit designs that best capture the theme of "The Spirit of Alaska." A final selection panel comprised of artists and other dignitaries from throughout Alaska will select the winning design, which will be revealed Jan. 3, 2009, the date commemorating Alaska's statehood.
The student with the winning design, as well as a finalist from each grade level, will receive a trip to Disneyland Resort. In all, 13 trips for four to Disneyland Resort - including round-trip airfare, hotel accommodations and tickets to the park - will be awarded.
"We are thrilled to celebrate the state's anniversary in such a dramatic way," said Bill MacKay, Alaska Airlines' senior vice president for the state of Alaska. "We are incredibly proud that our aircraft bear the state's name, and this plane will no doubt have a very special place in our hearts."
"What better way to celebrate our great state's past than to join Alaska Airlines to create a flying mural inspired by our state's future - our children," Governor Palin said. "With more than 150,000 school-aged children who can participate, we hope to receive many varied and wonderful designs to commemorate our state's history."
Governor Palin is supporting the contest along with representatives from the Alaska Statehood Celebration Commission and the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development.
A dedicated web site, www.PaintThePlane.com provides contest rules, instructions and entry forms required to participate.
Entry forms also will be available in community newspapers throughout the state, at schools and at community libraries starting on Sunday, Aug. 24.
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