Freshman wins “Doodle for Google” competition

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Lauren Sarantopulos won the state competition for “Doodle for Google.” She will travel to New York at the end of May for the final round.

Sheridan High school had a top ten finalist in the Doodle for Google competition. The stakes are high as the winner receives a $50,000 technology grant for his or her high school and a $30,000 dollar scholarship.

Lauren Sarantopulos’s doodle was the winner of the school and was submitted to the state competition where she took first place. Her doodle was then submitted as a national finalist. The title for the doodle is “Living in a Fairytale.” At the high school, Google representatives came to the school and gave out T-shirts while presenting her Doodle along with information about google and it’s products. Sarantopulos came up with the idea to do a fairytale setting because, “Everything always works out in a fairytale and it made for a good theme” according to the national finalist.

This isn’t the first time Sarantopulos has been to nationals. Every year that she has been able to compete, Sarantopulos has submitted a drawing in the contest. As an elementary student she also made it to the national competition, making winning a second time very surprising to her. “ I was really shocked that I’m going to nationals again because usually if you have won before you don’t go again… I am really excited to go!” said Sarantopulos.

Sarantopulos will be flying to New York towards the end of May to see if she will be chosen as the winner for the 8-9th grade division. Over 130,000 entries were submitted in the competition so it is a major achievement to be a national finalist, let alone do it twice.