Meridian student state winner in Google Doodle contest

May 7, 2014 

Justin Whitehead, 16, of Meridian created this doodle for Google's national contest. "If I had to make one invention that made the world a better place, I would invent a spray that changes the flavor of any food to your favorite dessert without changing nutrition. This would not only help to reduce obesity around the world, but would be enjoyed by many people (especially kids that don't like to eat their veggies)!" Justin wrote.

JUSTIN WHITEHEAD — courtesy drawing

Justin Whitehead, 16, a junior at Meridian Technical Charter High School, is one of 50 students nationwide competing to have an original drawing placed on Google's homepage.

Ten finalists in each of five age categories were picked, from kindergarten through 12th grade. More than 100,000 entries were submitted.

Voting takes place through Friday.

Whitehead will represent Idaho during a presentation of the winning entry at Google's headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., on May 21.

Go here to view Whitehead's entry and to vote.

The national winner receives a $50,000 college scholarship and an Android tablet, along with a matching gift for the student's current school to support technology in the classroom.

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