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2011 U.S. Doodle 4 Google Winner Is Matteo Lopez of South San Francisco, Calif.

2011 Doodle 4 Google competition is finally over–“seven-year-old Matteo Lopez of South San Francisco, Calif. is the national winner with his imaginative doodle, entitled “Space Life,” announced Marissa Mayer.

Matteo’s use of markers and colored pencils has won him a $15,000 college scholarship, a netbook computer and a $25,000 technology grant for his school. Matteo’s doodle will also be featured on the U.S. Google.com homepage tomorrow, May 20, for millions of people to enjoy.

“Matteo, who attends Monte Verde Elementary School, submitted his design around his dream to “… become an astronaut and explore space life.” Matteo’s doodle of the Google logo artfully depicts a trip to space, walking on the moon, and even making friends with aliens. Matteo has already soared to great heights, rising to the top of the more than 107,000 submissions sent, and with more than 5 million votes cast in from all over the country,” Marissa stated.

In addition to selecting Matteo, the three national finalists, each of which will receive a $5,000 college scholarship:

  1. Grades 4-6: Joseph Eugene Miller, Grade 4, Andersen Elementary School, Wilmington, N.C., for his doodle entitled “My galaxy.”
  2. Grades 7-9: Justas Varpucanskis, Grade 7, Mokena Junior High School, Mokena, Ill., for his doodle entitled “The Majestic Sea.”
  3. Grades 10-12: Hannah Newsom, Grade 11, Glenwood Homeschool, Fayetteville, Ark., for her doodle entitled “Illustration.”

[Source: Google Blog]

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