"The 'Spirit of the Islands' contest is an opportunity for students to unleash their creativity and innovation," said Kathryn Matayoshi, superintendent of the Hawai'i State Department of Education. "In a global economy driven by ideas and experimenting beyond boundaries, the arts make invaluable and unique contributions to learning and preparing our graduates for college and careers."
"Spirit of the Islands" contest schedule:
- Sept. 24 – Contest begins for Hawai'i students
- Nov. 30 – Entry forms must be postmarked and mailed to a designated Alaska Airlines P.O. box in Honolulu
- Dec.11-18 – Hawai'i residents vote online for their favorite design
- January 2013 – Results of online voting revealed and winner announced
- Spring 2013 – Painted plane is unveiled
Complete contest details are available at www.alaskaair.com/hawaii, including contest rules, instructions and entry forms required to participate. Entry forms will also be available at the Alaska Airlines booth during several community events throughout the Islands, including the Maui Fair, Hawai'i's Children and Youth Day, Hawai'i Fishing and Seafood Festival, and the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival.
The "Spirit of the Islands" contest is the third time Alaska Airlines has turned to the public to paint a plane. The Spirit of Alaska Statehood aircraft paint scheme was created by a 16-year-old Sitka student in a similar statewide contest celebrating Alaska's 50-year anniversary. Last year, two soccer fans designed the MLS Portland " Timbers Jet" to celebrate the airline's jersey sponsorship of the Portland, Ore., soccer team.Alaska Airlines is hosting the contest in celebration of five years of serving Hawai'i, which today includes daily nonstop flights from seven West Coast cities and Anchorage, Alaska, to four major islands. On average, Alaska Airlines offers more departures in more nonstop markets between Hawai'i and the West Coast than any other carrier (22 daily roundtrips, or 308 weekly flights, in 21 nonstop markets). Note to media: Photos from today's kick-off event at Prince Jonah Kuhio Elementary School are posted on Alaska Airlines' online image gallery at www.alaskaair.com/newsroom. Alaska Airlines, a subsidiary of Alaska Air Group (NYSE: ALK), together with its partner regional airlines, serves 95 cities through an expansive network in Alaska, the Lower 48, Hawai'i, Canada and Mexico. Alaska Airlines has ranked "Highest in Customer Satisfaction Among Traditional Network Carriers" in the J.D. Power and Associates North America Airline Satisfaction Study SM for five consecutive years from 2008 to 2012. For reservations, visit www.alaskaair.com. For more news and information, visit the Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air Newsroom at www.alaskaair.com/newsroom. SOURCE Alaska Airlines