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State of Alaska

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Alaska adopted the flag for official state use in 1959. The blue field represents the sky, the sea, and mountain lakes, as well as Alaska's wildflowers. Emblazoned on the flag are eight gold stars: seven from the constellation Ursa Major, or the Big Dipper. The eighth being the North Star, representing the northern most state. Alaska's flag was designed in 1926 by a 13-year-old Native American boy, Bennie Benson, from the village of Chignik. Bennie received a 1,000-dollar scholarship and a watch for his winning entry in the flag design contest.

State Seal:

The official seal of the State of Alaska is an elaborate representation of the state's natural resources and economic assets. The seal is 2 and 1/8 inches in diameter, and consists of two concentric circles surrounding intricate detailed images. The outer circle contains the words "The Seal of the State of Alaska" and two images, a seal and a fish, which is representative of all of Alaska's abundant marine wildlife.

State Nickname:

Alaska is called "The Last Frontier", because of its opportunities and many lightly settled regions, and the "Land of the Midnight Sun", because the sun shines nearly around the clock during Alaskan summers.

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