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ND winner of national Doodle 4 Google contest named

MEDORA, N.D. -- A third-grader has been named North Dakota’s winner in this year’s national Doodle 4 Google design competition.

Google doodles appear on the popular search engine’s home page and change frequently. Google’s annual contest provides a prompt for students in grades kindergarten through 12 that they use to create their own doodles. This year’s question was “What inspires me?”

State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler announced Conner Honeyman, of Medora, was one of 53 winners from U.S. states and territories on Thursday, May 3. One of those designs will be named the winner and appear on the home page later this year.

The image created by 9-year-old Honeyman will be displayed with other winners in an online gallery where people can vote for their favorites. Voting runs from 11 a.m. on May 7 until 2 a.m. on May 19.

Google executives will select the national winner from five finalists following the public vote. The winner will receive a $30,000 college scholarship, a $50,000 technology package for their school, a tour of Google’s facilities in Mountain View, Calif., and the opportunity to work with Google’s doodle department to add interactive features in preparation for adding it to the website.

The other finalists will be awarded $5,000 scholarships and non-finalist winners will receive Android tablets.

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