DAILY DOT COM - A future Google Doodle may come from a Baldwin county student.
Google asked students from around the nation to come up with a doodle for its "Doodle 4 Google " contest. Students were tasked with creating a doodle based on the theme, "My Best Day Ever!" Ridley Varden, a 3rd grade student from Spanish Fort Elementary school, was named as a finalist in the high-tech competition.
"My teacher asked us if we wanted to enter the competition, and half the class raised their hands," said Varden of how she learned of the competition.
Varden is definitely an artist. She has dreams of either becoming a dancer or singer some day. The third grader is quite the competitor too. She was the only winner from Alabama. Her winning piece of art depicts her ballet recital because; it involved "dancing, friends, and flowers"!
All doodles were judged based on artistic skill, creativity and uniqueness, and relevance to the theme. Varden will now advance to New York City, to compete with nine other division winners from different states.
Becky Comer, Spanish Fort Elementary School Principal, says her school couldn't be more proud. "We are thrilled, just absolutely thrilled that one of our students is so talented."
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but for Varden it could be worth much more. The winner takes home a $30,000 scholarship and $50,000 in technology money for their school. "We could really put that to good use here," Comer said.
This is the 6th year for the Doodle 4 Google contest. It was open to students in grades K-12.
Varden's drawing is one of 50 competing for your vote. Voting for the national winner is now underway, and ends May 10th! The national winner's Google Doodle will be featured on the Google web site on May 23.
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