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Milford teen wins state Doodle 4 Google competition


MILFORD — A Milford High School freshman is representing the Granite State in the seventh annual nationwide Doodle 4 Google competition.

At a surprise assembly at the school Tuesday morning, Google representatives announced that Bryan Whittier, 15, is the New Hampshire state winner. The national winner will work with Google's artists to animate the winning drawing for the company's home page.

"It feels amazing," Whittier said. "It's a wonderful experience."

The competition invites students in kindergarten through 12th grade to redesign the Google logo inspired by a new theme each year.

Whittier's drawing, entitled "The Real 3D Printer" depicts a pencil that can bring whatever is drawn to life. A piano keyboard, flames, and a light bulb jump from the pencil tip.

The artwork is in keeping with this year's theme: "If I could invent one thing to make the world a better place."

Using the pencil, people could provide for any need from food at home to medical supplies in a combat zone, Whittier said. "You could just draw that on a piece of paper and, poof, you have Band-Aids," Whittier said.

The drawing itself was inspired by his love of music, space and innovation, Whittier said. It first took shape during geometry class. The entire work took approximately three geometry classes, or about one and a half hours, to complete, he said. The final piece was done with colored pencils.

His work was chosen from tens of thousands of entries received this year, according to Google. Guest judges on the panel selecting the 50 state winners included author Rick Riordan, app developer and model Lyndsey Scott, and artist/designer Christoph Niemann.

Whittier's family was on hand to witness the announcement.

"It's always good to have your child excel and do wonderful things," Carole Whittier said. "I'm full of pride. I'm very happy for him."

The public can now go online and vote for their favorite state winner until May 9.

Google will announce five national finalists and the national winner, as determined by the voting, on May 21 during an awards ceremony at its headquarters in Mountain View, Calif.

The national winner's animated doodle will be displayed on Google's home page June 9. The winning student also receives a $30,000 college scholarship. The school that the chosen winner attends will receive a $50,000 Google for Education grant toward the establishment and improvement of a computer lab or technology program.

To cast a vote, visit http://www.google.com/doodle4google/vote.html

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