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South Bend girl wins Indiana Doodle for Google competition

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A South Bend kid is a finalist in a nationwide competition.  The local 12-year-old submitted her artwork in the "Doodle for Google" competition and won for the state of Indiana. 

Madelyn Kanczuzewski's artwork is going to be on display in New York City.  Wednesday she was celebrating the accomplishment.  Google sent her balloons and t-shirts with her doodle on the front. 

You've probably seen the days when Google gets creative with its homepage.  Different designs show up on special days like holidays.  Now 130,000 students from across the country submitted their own drawings in hopes of them landing on the Google site.  Madelyn's doodle was chosen as the overall winner in Indiana.  "There's a lot of people in Indiana, it's very exciting one out of like a couple thousand is amazing," said Madelyn.

The story behind her doodle is pretty amazing too.  The theme for the Doodle for Google competition was "best day ever" so the kids had to depict their ideal day.  Madelyn's is going back in history.  "Where I am is the library of Alexandria and that burnt down, so basically my favorite day, my favorite time would be going back in time to teach them how to use a fire extinguisher to stop the fire."  Because, Madelyn said, she wishes all that history had never been destroyed.  "I absolutely love history."

And although she loves history, her focus now is on the future.  "I'm thinking New York, I'm excited for New York."  She'll be traveling there at the end of May to see her doodle on display at the American Museum of Natural History.  The doodles from all the other state winners will also be on display in New York City starting May 22nd.  That's  the day when Google will announce the five national finalists and the big first place winner out of all of them.

The five finalists are decided by you, the public votes for them.  All the state finalists are online right now.  You can view them and vote for your favorite at the doodle for google website.  Madelyn's doodle is the 6-7 grade group.

 

 

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