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Md. Elementary Student Competing in Google Doodle Contest

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Illustration by Shashi Arnold, East Silver Spring Elementary.

Illustration by Shashi Arnold, East Silver Spring Elementary.

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LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — A drawing by a Montgomery County elementary school student is in the running to become a Google Doodle.

Shashi Arnold, from East Silver Spring Elementary, is one of 50 U.S. students (one from each state) who could win a $30,000 scholarship and a $50,000 Google for Education technology grant for his or her school, in addition to their artwork being featured on Google’s homepage for a day.

Google’s theme for the contest this year was “If I Could Invent One Thing to Make the World a Better Place.”

Shashi Arnold’s invention? Flying cardboard boxes fueled by imagination.

“So many times I sit down in a cardboard box and fly,” Arnold captioned her drawing. “You must admit, it would be pretty cool if our transportation was fueled by imagination because pollution wouldn’t be so bad. Plus, everyone could use a little imagination in their lives.”

Online voting will take place through 5 p.m. Pacific Time May 9.

The highest ranking doodler from each grade group (Kindergarten through 3rd grade, 4th and 5th grade, 6th and 7th grade, 8th and 9th grade, 10th through 12th grade) will be named a national finalist, and win a $5,000 college scholarship to be used at the school of their choice, a trip to the Google Headquarters in California for the final awards ceremony, an Android tablet, and a t-shirt printed with his or her doodle on it.

One of those five finalists will be declared the overall winner and will take home the grand prizes.

Vote for Shashi Arnold’s entry here.

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