Third Grader Wins Third Doodle 4 Google Competition
Article by George Norman
On 28 May 2010
Back in February, Mountain View-based search engine giant Google announced that the third Doodle 4 Google competition kicked off. Now Google announced that the competition drew to a close and that one lucky child won a great prize.

The theme of this year’s competition was “If I could do anything, I would…”. Any K-12 student in the US of A could take part in the competition – and many of them did just that. As Google’s Marissa Mayer explained, some 33,000 students took part in this year’s Doodle 4 Google competition. Out of them all, only one was the big winner.


The third Doodle 4 Google competition was won by a third grader called Makenzie Melton from El Dorado Springs, Missouri. Melton’s doodle was featured on the site all day yesterday, the 27th of May. If you missed her doodle, check out the image at the bottom.

The doodle expresses Melton’s concert for the environment – for the rainforest to be more precise. For her doodle, Makenzie Melton received a $15,000 college scholarship, a netbook computer and a $25,000 technology grant for a new computer lab at her school.

“Congratulations to Makenzie Melton, a third grader at El Dorado Springs R-2 Schools in El Dorado Springs, Missouri. Her winning design, entitled "Rainforest Habitat,” expressed her concern that "the rainforest is in danger and it is not fair to the plants and animals.” Makenzie’s design triumphed over more than 33,000 student submissions from all over the country. Makenzie’s colored-pencil creation beautifully embodied this year’s theme,” said Marissa Mayer, VP, Search Products and User Experience.

If you took part in this year’s competition and did not win, perhaps you will have a better chance next year. Marissa Mayer said there will definitely be another competition in 2011. Presumably it will kick off in February, since that’s when the competition kicked off until now.

Here’s Makenzie Melton’s winning doodle

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