Gov. Sarah Palin, left, awards Karen West, second from right, "Big Sister of the Year" during a ceremony Tuesday at the Governor's Mansion. Big Brothers Big Sisters Executive Director Marc Wheeler, second from left, and West's little sister, Taylor Baker, 12, watch as West receives her award. The awards were part of the annual celebration for community and school mentors involved with the Big Brothers Big Sisters program in Southeast Alaska. Winners of the agency's regional essay contest also were announced.
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