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04/30/2014 – Alabama Student Needs Votes in National Google Contest

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Ansley Grider vies for a scholarship and $50,000 tech grant for her school in the Doodle 4 Google competition; National finalists to be chosen from 50 state winners through public voting April 29 – May 9.

Fort Payne, Ala. – With a drawing depicting a cure for cancer, an eighth grader at Fort Payne Middle School is Alabama’s winner in the Doodle 4 Google contest. Ansley Grider will compete against 49 other state winners to see her artwork displayed on the Google homepage and receive a $30,000 college scholarship and a $50,000 technology grant for her school. Five national finalists will be determined by public voting at google.com/doodle4google from April 29 until May 9 at 8 p.m.

More than 100,000 children in grades K-12 entered the annual contest, which is aimed at inspiring young artists. This year’s theme was “If I Could Invent One Thing to Make the World a Better Place…” Kids created drawings illustrating the theme and incorporating the Google logo.
“I would invent a cure for cancer because it would save so many lives,” Grider wrote in a statement explaining her doodle. “It would give millions of people the chance to live, to love and to make countless contributions to society that would make the world a better place.”

Grider’s selection of a cancer cure as the subject of her illustration was inspired by her father’s diagnosis with bladder cancer in 2012. To watch a video of Grider being told her entry was the state winner in the contest, visit www.vimeo.com/voteforansley. To learn more, see www.facebook.com/Vote4Ansley.

Google doodlers and guest judges chose a winning doodle from each state by considering: Artistic Merit; Creativity (based on representation of the theme and use of the logo); and Theme Communication (how clearly the theme is expressed in the artwork and the written statement).

To cast a vote, go to www.google.com/doodle4google. To find Ansley’s doodle, select grades “8-9” and click on the “Ansley Grider, AL” doodle. The public can vote using all Internet-enabled devices (computers, smart phones, tablets including iPads, etc.) and every Web browser on each device.

“We’re encouraging everyone across Alabama to cast a vote for Ansley’s doodle so schoolchildren in our state can enjoy the opportunities that would come with this technology grant,” said Shane Byrd, principal of Fort Payne Middle School. “Our school would use the grant money to purchase air printers, 3-D printers and iMac computers.”

About the Doodle 4 Google Competition
Most days, the classic multicolored Google logo sits above the search bar amidst white space on the homepage of Google, the world’s most popular Internet search engine (the page gets more clicks than any other site on the Web). But at times, the logo is altered, usually for public holidays, to mark important historical occasions and to bring attention to people and topics that might otherwise be overlooked. Clicking on a doodle brings up search results for that topic.

See every past doodle from around the world at www.google.com/doodles.

Google launched the Doodle 4 Google contest in the United States in 2008. “At Google, we believe the most ambitious ideas and untethered creativity of young people can help make the world a better place. Doodle 4 Google is meant to inspire students to think and dream big,” reads a statement from the tech giant on why it chose this year’s theme.

From across the country, 250 doodles were chosen as finalists by a panel of Google employees. Guest judges and Google doodlers selected the best doodle from each of the 50 states. The U.S. public will vote for their favorite doodle from the 50 state winners. The highest-ranking doodlers will be named national finalists and will receive a $5,000 scholarship. National finalists and a teacher at each of their schools will receive a Chromebook.

Google executives will choose one national winner, who will be announced at an awards ceremony to be held May 21 at the company’s headquarters in California. The national winner’s doodle will be animated by the Doodle team and featured on the U.S. Google homepage on June 9, 2014. He or she also will receive a $30,000 scholarship and a $50,000 technology grant for his or her school.

Written by 49 County News.Net

April 30, 2014 at 6:49 PM

Posted in Announcements, News

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