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Johns Creek student wins Georgia's Doodle 4 Google contest

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Christine Jeong, Wilson Creek Elementary School, Johns Creek Christine Jeong, Wilson Creek Elementary School, Johns Creek

An elementary school student in Johns Creek received a surprise honor Wednesday. The mega search engine Google announced that she is the Georgia winner of its Doodle for Google contest.

At a 9 a.m. assembly at Wilson Creek Elementary School, Christine Jeong, 11, a fifth-grade student, learned that she is one step closer to having her art put on the Google homepage for hundreds of millions to see.

Google announced 50 state winners Wednesday in its sixth annual competition, a contest open to K-12 students across the United States. Students were asked to redesign the Google logo inspired by the theme "My Best Day Ever..."

Christine's drawing features herself conducting an orchestra made up of animals.

"I actually play cello, and I used to be in the orchestra," said Christine. "Also, I really love animals, and I want to have my own zoo."

More than 130,000 students nationwide submitted entries this year.

All 50 state winners will have their doodle displayed in a special exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.

This year's guest judges or the top 50 doodles include television personality Katie Couric; Brian Henson, puppeteer and chairman of the Jim Henson Co.; and animation director Chris Sanders.

Starting May 1, the public will be able to vote for their favorite doodle from the 50 state winners and help select five national finalists (one per grade group). Voting will be open from May 1-10 on this site: The public vote will determine the five national finalists, one in each grade group.

Google will then announce the five national finalists and one of them as the national winner on May 22 at an awards ceremony at its New York City office, to which all 50 state winners will be invited. The winning student's doodle will be displayed on the Google homepage on May 23 and will receive a $30,000 college scholarship and a $50,000 technology grant for his/her school.

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