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Meridian student named Idaho winner in Doodle 4 Google Competition

Melanie Ann Korsgaard

A ninth grader from Mountain View High School will soon have her art on the Google homepage for hundreds of millions to see, and Idahoans can vote for her work online.

Melanie Ann Korsgaard is among 53 state and territory winners in the eighth annual Doodle 4 Google competition, which drew about 100,000 entries from K-12 students across the United States, Google announced Friday. Each was asked to redesign the Google logo inspired by the theme “What makes me ... me.”

Korsgaard's doodle, “Dreams of Wolves,” depicts her fascination with how wolves protect and love their pack, according to a Google news release.

Voting opened Friday and continues through Feb. 22. Check out the full slate of state winners, then cast your vote. Five national finalists, including the overall winner, will be announced March 21. On that day, the winning doodle will go live on Google.com.

The winning student and other finalists will travel to Mountain View, Calif., to meet and workshop with Google’s team of professional doodlers. This year, the finalists can also nominate a teacher who has inspired them to come along on the trip. The winner will 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.

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