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Missouri third-grader wins Google 'doodle' contest

May 27, 2010
  • Alexandra "Alex" Engelman, 17, talks about what each of the symbols mean in her Doodle 4 Google entry Tuesday after the Hedgesville High School junior was recognized for being one of 40 finalists in the technology company's art competition. Over 33,000 entries were submitted by students from Kindergarten through 12th grade across the nation.
Matthew Umstead, Staff Writer

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A Missouri third-grader was announced as the winner of a nationwide "doodle" art contest sponsored by Google, an Internet technology company best known for its online search engine.

The winning design of the Google logo by Makenzie Melton, a third-grader at El Dorado Springs R-2 Schools in El Dorado Springs, Mo., was called "Rainforest Habitat," according to the company.

Makenzie's colored pencil design triumphed over more than 33,000 student submissions from across the country.

Hedgesville (W.Va.) High School junior Alexandra "Alex" Engelman was one of 40 "doodle" finalists in the contest.

Engelman's watercolor painting of the "Google" logo titled "Let's Go To Japan," was selected as one of 10 regional finalists for grades 10-12, besting other state finalist entries from Delaware, Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia.

In the grade 7-9 category, a breast cancer awareness entry titled "Help Save Women Everywhere" by Washington High School ninth-grader Laurel Shuff of Charles Town, W.Va., also was named a state finalist.

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Students entering the contest were invited to create their own Google doodle inspired by the theme, "If I Could Do Anything, I Would ..."

Makenzie Melton will receive a $15,000 college scholarship, a laptop computer, a digital design tablet and a T-shirt with her doodle on it, according to the company. Makenzie's school also will receive a $25,000 grant for computer lab enhancements.

-- Matthew Umstead

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