Local Student Wins Google Competition

The decorative logo or “doodle” that changes daily is seen by people using Google all over the world. A student from Hancock High School is one step closer to winning the search engine’s national competition to design it. The contest is called “Doodle for Google” and out of the entire state of Mississippi, Google picked Marie Konopacki.
It’s the chance of a lifetime for 17-year-old Marie Konopacki from Hancock High School. She was selected to represent Mississippi in a national contest called “Doodle for Google.” Now, her work could be seen around the world. Google-YouTube Kids program manager Joelle Murphy said, “We thought her drawing was incredibly creative. It was very artistic and really represented the theme of ‘what makes me me.’”
To honor her art and love for running, Google donated $2,500 to her school’s track team.
United State Senator Roger Wicker, also on hand today, called the competition inspiring. “It’s a good opportunity for young Americans to think ‘there are special aspects that make me unique’.”
Marie entered the state contest once before in the second grade but this time, she won. “I was just completely excited. I was with my dad and they called him. They said ‘congratulations’ and it was an amazing moment.”
Google Doodles has celebrated some of the most passionate, intelligent and talented people throughout history. “The design is absolutely the same quality you can see every day when you click on Google. It’s something that I think if it wins, they’ll be proud to have,” said Wicker.
Out of more than 50 state winners, Google will choose one for the grand prize, a scholarship and their work to be displayed on the Google home page on March 12th. “I feel like having someone represent our state and our community to the national level and bring so much attention is very worthwhile,” said Konopacki.
Marie’s design is now open for the public to vote on. Just log onto Google and search Doodle for Google.

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