Doodle 4 Google Contest
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Congratulations Abbie Chartrand!

DuBray Middle seventh-grader Abbie Chartrand is the Missouri winner of the 10th annual Google Doodle contest! From 200,000 submissions, Abbie is one of 53 state and territory winners selected to compete for the five finalists’ spots. The contest asked artists “What inspires you?” and this aspiring marine biologist showed the judges her underwater world in her amazing doodle.

Art teacher Tiffany Scraper incorporates the doodle contest with her students each year, either as a classroom or art club activity. “Abbie finished her drawing at home, and completed the additional requirements (a brief written statement and parent permission) to formally submit it to the competition,” Scraper says.

Thursday, Google representatives were at DuBray Middle to surprise Abbie with the announcement, which her parents found out about ahead of time.

“It was so hard to keep it from her,” mom Michelle Chartrand said as she and her husband Dan left the assembly. Michelle was carrying her new tote featuring Abbie’s doodle while Dan held onto Abbie’s new ChromeBook. Abbie was sporting the cool T-shirt she won featuring her award-winning doodle. “She knew there would be an e-mail and for a few days she kept asking me if I had checked it. Then, when she stopped asking, I wondered if she just figured she hadn’t won.”

Now Abbie’s doodle has a chance to become one of five finalists and earn a spot for the world to see at the top of the Google homepage.

Voting opens at 7 a.m. Monday, May 7 and closes at 10 p.m., Friday, May 18.

One vote per day per device.