Southington Girl in National Doodle 4 Google Contest

By Tosin Fakile
|  Thursday, May 2, 2013  |  Updated 1:37 PM EDT
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Southington Girl in National Doodle 4 Google Contest

Doodle 4 Google

Hope Scalise, of Southington, is one of the 50 finalists.

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A Southington third grader is representing Connecticut in the national Doodle 4 Google competition.

One student from each state was chosen and Hope Scalise, of Derynoski Elementary School, was among the 50 state winners selected from more than 130,000 students who submitted entries this year.

Scalise will be honored in the school’s auditorium at 2 p.m. today at 240 Main St. Southington, Connecticut.

Students, grades K through 12, were invited to redesign the Google logo inspired by the theme “My Best Day Ever.”

Hope's doodle is "Drifting in the Sky."

"My best day ever would be if I could go skydiving. It would be such fun! Feeling a rush of excitement while you jump through the sky and having a great view down below. I would see cool planes and strange birds that fly so high and even kites!," she wrote.

The 50 state winners’ doodles will be displayed in a special exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.

The public can vote for their favorite doodle and help select the five national finalists among the 50 state winners.

Voting is open from May 1 to May 10 on the Doodle 4 Google site.

The five national finalists and the national winner will be announced on May 22 at an awards ceremony in Google’s New York City office.

All 50 state winners will be invited to the ceremony.

The national winner’s doodle will be displayed on Google’s homepage on May 23 and she or he receive a $30,000 college scholarship and a $50,000 technology grant for his/her school.

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