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Md. Middle School Student Could Be ‘Google Doodle’ Contest Winner

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LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — A Howard County middle school student’s “Google Doodle” could be the national winner of the web company’s annual contest.

The Baltimore Sun identifies the budding artist as Lauren Shen, of Ellicott City, a seventh-grader at Burleigh Manor Middle School. If she does win the competition, she will also receive a $30,000 college scholarship and a $50,000 technology grant for her school.

This year’s Doodle 4 Google theme was “My Best Day Ever…,” which prompted Lauren to illustrate a scene of her trip to Taiwan.

“My doodle expresses the theme because the day I arrived in Taiwan was my best day ever, she writes. “I saw many sites and was able to see my family for the first time.”

A bowl of noodles, a Taiwanese skyscraper and an airplane, among other things, were incorporated into the iconic letters for her drawing.

Online voting will take place through 5 p.m. Pacific Time, May 10. The highest ranking doodler from each of five grade groups will be named a National Finalist. Google will announce the finalists in an awards ceremony held in New York City on May 22. At that event, one of the five will be named the overall winner, and their doodle will be featured on the U.S. Google homepage on May 23. Each person can vote 5 times, once per grade group.

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