‘Doodle 4 Google’ competition electrifies Aurora elementary school

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams talks to students at Black Forest Hills Elementary School in Aurora today as part of a Doodle 4 Google event. (SOS photo)
Fourth-grader Madison Lee after Secretary of State Wayne Williams announced she is the Colorado winner of the Doodle 4 Google competition. (Google)

By Julia Sunny and Lynn Bartels

The happiest place in Colorado today might just have been an Aurora elementary school where fourth-grader Madison Lee learned that the artwork she submitted to run on Google’s home page was picked as the winning entry from the Centennial State.

Her parents, her principal, her art teacher and an auditorium full of students wearing colorful Google T-shirts could barely contain themselves when Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams announced Madison as the winner.

She never stopped smiling after that.

“It hurts your mouth a lot to be a celebrity,” she said, as the celebration at Black Forest Hills Elementary School wound down.

Fourth grader Madison Lee with her winning Google design, her art teacher, Erica Knowlton and Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams. (SOS)

Each year, Google holds a nationwide contest that allows students K-12 to submit their doodle for Google.com. This year’s theme was, “What I see for the future.”

“I thought it might be cool to have robotic people who clean your house and people who go to Mars … and aliens floating around,” she said.

Madison is one of 53 finalists nationwide for the ninth annual “Doodle 4 Google” competition. Starting today, everyone across the country can vote online (the link is here) for their favorite doodle. Voting ends March 6.

“Please vote for me!” said Madison, whose drawing is in the “Grades 4-5” category.

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