January 19, 2018
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Waterville student chosen Maine winner in Doodle 4 Google

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AUGUSTA, Maine —  A talented Maine student soon could have her art on the Google homepage for hundreds of millions of people to see. Google on Tuesday announced the 50 state winners in its seventh annual Doodle 4 Google competition, a contest open to K-12 students across the United States to redesign the Google logo inspired by the theme “If I could invent one thing to make the world a better place…”
Inga Zimba, a fifth-grader from Albert S. Hall School in Waterville,  is one of the state winners for her doodle “Save A Google Bees,” depicting robotic bees that gather data on bee hives and help scientists prevent Colony Collapse Disorder.
Inga’s doodle was selected from the tens of thousands of entries received this year and the students’ amazing ideas ranged from water purification to advanced robotics and nutrition solutions.
To help their favorites succeed, everyone across the USA can vote for their favorite doodle from the 50 state winners. Voting will be open from April 29 to May 9 on this site: http://www.google.com/doodle4google/vote.html, and the public vote will determine the five national finalists (one in each grade group).
Google will announce these five national finalists and one of them as the national winner on May 21 at an awards ceremony at its headquarters in Mountain View, California, which all 50 state winners will be invited to.
The winning student will work with Google’s team of professional doodlers to animate their doodle — for the first time ever! The animated doodle will be displayed on the Google homepage on June 9. The winner will also take home a $30,000 college scholarship and his or her school will receive a $50,000 Google for Education grant towards the establishment and improvement of a computer lab or technology program.
We’d like to thank our guest judges, who helped select the 50 state winners — this year’s guest judges include Rick Riordan, Lyndsey Scott and Christoph Niemann.
To see a full list of state winners and to vote online, visit:http://www.google.com/doodle4google/vote.html
If you would like a Hi-Res version of the Doodle, have any questions or would like to speak with a Google representative, please email John Reid Sidebotham at johnreid@vennsq.com.