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Brier Dudley offers a critical look at technology and business issues affecting the Northwest.

May 2, 2012 at 6:00 AM

Kenmore teen finalist in Google doodle contest

Samantha Carey, a ninth-grader at Northshore Junior High, today was named one of 50 state winners in the annual Doodle 4 Google contest in which students across the country compete to have their doodle grace the search giant’s home page.

Carey, 14, was among 114,000 K-12 students who participated in this year’s contest with the theme “If I could travel in time, I’d visit …” She submitted a chiaroscuro image of a sort of time machine (below) with the title “Tick Tock Oil the Clock.”

Her doodle will be displayed at the Pacific Science Center in Seattle this summer and in a special exhibit at the New York Public Library. She also wins a trip to Google’s New York office where the final winner will be announced May 17.

Celebrities helped Google select the state winners. Starting today a public, online vote will choose five national finalists and then Google will choose the final winner, whose art will be shown on Google’s home page May 18.

Voting is done here at a special site displaying all the finalists.

The national winner will also have their art appear on a special edition box of Crayola crayons and receive a $30,000 college scholarship and $50,000 technology grant for their school.

Judges in the fifth Doodle 4 Google contest included singers Katy Perry and Jordin Sparks and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh, creator and executive producer of the show “Phineas and Ferb.”

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UPDATE: Google also announced the recipients of its 2012 Anita Borg Memorial Scholarships. Among the 25 U.S. winners are three in the Northwest: Jenny Abrahamson and Nicola Dell at the University of Washington and Hannah Adams at Oregon State University.

Here are Washington doodle entries that were finalists at the state level; the Eastside had a particularly strong showing:

Redmond’s Kaden D., age 7, “Our Family Vacation in Hawaii”:

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Bellevue’s Jahnvi B., age 10, “Yankee Doodle”:

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Sammamish’s Clara T., age 12, “Ancient China”:

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Silverlake’s Heidi R., age 18, “America: as it once was”:

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