Alaska Air enlists Hawaii students to help paint new plane

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Alaska Air is enlisting the help of Hawaii's students and residents to help pick a new design for a Boeing 737 aircraft that will fly to the islands.

According to the airline, three designs from students across the state have been selected that viewers can vote on at the company's website until December 18. The entries were submitted by Sophia Cleek, a sixth grader at Kapolei Middle School, Izabela Hamilton, a 12th grader at Seabury Hall, and Aaron Nee, an 11th grader at Kaiser High School.

Sophia's design depicts a voyaging canoe sailing around the Islands; Izabela's, a male and female hula dancer against a backdrop of ocean waves; and Aaron's, which has a voyaging canoe, hibiscus and the Hawaiian Island chain.

"Evaluating so many stunning designs proved to be a very difficult challenge for our judging panel," said Mark Bocchi, Alaska Airlines' managing director of sales and community marketing. "Ultimately, our panel of judges determined that these three designs best represent the 'Spirit of the Islands.' We're eager to get the public's input as we decide on the final design that will be painted on a 737 jet."

The winner is scheduled to be announced next month, and will receive a trip for four to any of Alaska Air's destinations, plus a $5,000 dollar scholarship.

To vote, visit

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