Charlotte student named ‘Doodle 4 Google' finalist


CHARLOTTE - A talented student in Charlotte could soon have her art on the Google homepage for hundreds of millions to see.

On Tuesday, Google announced the 50 state winners in its seventh annual Doodle 4 Google competition, a contest open to K-12 students across the U.S. to redesign the Google logo inspired by the theme “If I could invent one thing to make the world a better place …”

Hailey Kim, a third grader from Providence Spring Elementary School in Charlotte, is one of the state winners with her doodle, “Space Traveling Tunnel,” depicting a tunnel that would allow people to travel around the world at super high speeds and foster more face to face connectivity.

Hailey’s doodle was selected from tens of thousands of entries received this year. Students’ ideas ranged from water purification to advanced robotics and nutrition solutions.

To help their favorites succeed, everyone across the U.S. can vote for their favorite doodle from the 50 state winners. Voting will be open from April 29 to May 9. The public vote will determine the five national finalists, one from each age group.

Google will announce the five national finalists and national winner on May 21 at an awards ceremony at the company’s Mountain View, Calif., headquarters.

Hailey, along with the 49 other state winners, have been invited to attend.

To vote for Hailey’s doodle, click here.