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Published: January 10, 2013

Six Oklahomans have been named finalists in Backwoods' 2013 Ultimate Outsider contest. The outdoor gear and apparel retailer chose 10 finalists and gave each a package of prizes with over $1,000 worth of merchandise. The finalists are asked to try out their gear and apparel, submit photos of them using the items and review each item to be eligible to win the grand prize, an all-expense paid international adventure trip. According to Backwoods, the finalists chosen from Oklahoma are Becky Baker Busch, of Bristow; Brooke Friedl, of Norman; Jenny Ladd, of Stillwater; Frank Lawrence, of Norman; Jordan Nelson, of Ardmore; and Brian Rasch, of Edmond. The grand prize winner will be announced March 20.

Scholarship offered to workers

Ten retail employees can win full tuition at any University of Phoenix campus in a program announced Wednesday by the National Retail Federation. The two organizations will consider the first 1,000 qualified applications. The deadline to apply is April 9. For more information and how to apply, visit