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Published May 02, 2012, 06:46 PM

Grand Forks Student is 1 of 50 Finalists in 'Doodle 4 Google' Contest

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - A Red River High School student's artwork is getting national recognition. The teen entered a national Google competition and is one of 50 artists picked to compete in New York City.

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - A Red River High School student's artwork is getting national recognition. The teen entered a national Google competition and is one of 50 artists picked to compete in New York City.

9th grader Kathryn Peterson entered her drawing into the "Doodle 4 Google" competition along with other students from Red River.

She was surprised to hear her design was picked from more than 114,000.

"Completely. I am so excited," Peterson said.

The 15-year-old has enjoyed drawing and dancing since she was a small child. She the two together to enter Doodle 4 Google.

"The first thing I drew was the dancer who has her leg up in passe, but after that I didn't know what to do for the o's and then I just had an epiphany moment. I came up with the point shoes," Peterson said.

Kathryn, along with other students at Red River High School, entered the Google competition, not knowing what to expect.

"When I got ready to mail the packet to send it off to the contest, my thoughts were, 'hmmmm, they're gone, now what?'" Visual Arts teacher Betsy Thaden said.

Out of more than 114,000 submissions, Kathryn's design is one of 50 in the nation moving on. On Wednesday, the artist's work was unveiled by Google representatives for all to see.

"This year's theme was,'If I Could Travel Back In Time,' and we thought this really captured that in a creative way. She wanted to visit ballets in the early 1900s," Google Consumer Operations Strategist Jeff Laflam said.

Now, it's on to the Big Apple, where Kathryn will compete against the other 49 winners for a number of prizes, including having her doodle featured on the Google.com homepage,

"I decided I would do this and send it in and I guess I got lucky," Peterson said.

Doodle 4 Google invites students to submit a redesigned Google homepage logo. One student will see their artwork on the Google homepage for millions to see and will win a $30,000 college scholarship, a trip to New York, a Google Chromebook computer and prizes. The national winner's school will also receive a $50,000 technology grant.

Each of the other four national finalists will win a $5,000 college scholarship to be used at the school of their choice, a trip to New York for the final event on May 17, 2012, a Wacom digital design tablet, and a t-shirt printed with their doodle on it.

Each of the other 50 state winners will win a trip to New York for the final event on May 17, 2012 and a t-shirt printed with their doodles on it. All 50 Regional Finalists will also have their doodle displayed in a special exhibit at the New York Public Library.

Each of the other state finalists will receive an official winner's certificate and be featured on the Doodle 4 Google contest web site.

You can vote for Peterson's drawing to make the top five here.

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