Business briefs – Feb. 13

Book winners

Homer High School Battle of the Books winners were Iustina Kuznetsov, Genevieve Tymrak, Christopher Bice and Tayler Franklin.

Looking for excellent teachers

The BP Teachers of Excellence program is taking nominations of outstanding teachers who are making a difference for Alaska’s young people. The program is open to teachers statewide, and nominations will be accepted on-line at  until February 15.
Each year, BP recognizes Teachers of Excellence with a $500 gift card for the teacher and a matching $500 to the teacher’s school. Last year, after expanding the program to school districts across Alaska, BP received more than 1,400 nominations.
For additional information about the program, please call: 1-888-530-8962 or 907-564-4001.

Rasmuson seeks artist nominations

Do you have a favorite Alaska artist who deserves recognition. Are you one yourself? Now is the time to submit nominations for Rasmuson Foundation’s 2013 Distinguished Artist Award.

The foundation offers one distinguished artist award annually to recognize the superior artistic accomplishments of an Alaskan. This year, the foundation will award $40,000 to the winning artist — the largest amount provided since the award program’s inception in 2004. 

“The Distinguished Artist Award is an opportunity to recognize the talents and contributions of extraordinary Alaska artists,” said Jayson Smart, program officer for Rasmuson Foundation. “The award not only validates the excellence of creative work, but also supports their future creative endeavors.”

Past winners of the Distinguished Artist Award include Alaska artists Kes Woodward of Fairbanks; Rie Munoz of Juneau; John Luther Adams and John Haines of Fairbanks; Ron Senungetuk of Homer; and Delores Elizabeth Churchill, Ray Troll and Nathan Jackson of Ketchikan.

Eligible artists include those who have dedicated themselves for at least 15 years to a significant professional arts career of any artistic discipline. Nominations can be submitted online or by mail, and forms are available at 

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