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Dunbar junior is Kentucky’s representative in national Doodle 4 Google art contest


Maggie Cook-Allen, an MSTC junior at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, is Kentucky’s winner in the eighth annual Doodle 4 Google art contest and advances to the national competition.

The eventual winner will receive a $30,000 academic scholarship, a $50,000 technology grant to their current school, a trip to Google headquarters in California with a teacher of their choice, a Chromebook, and an Android tablet.

“I never expected to make it this far,” said Dunbar junior Maggie Cook-Allen, the state winner in the  Doodle 4 Google contest. “It’s incredible my little design could be such a big deal.” (Photo Provided)

“I never expected to make it this far,” said Dunbar junior Maggie Cook-Allen, the state winner in the
Doodle 4 Google contest. “It’s incredible my little design could be such a big deal.” (Photo Provided)

In redesigning Google’s homepage logo, K-12 students worked off the 2016 theme “What makes me … me?” – illustrating what they are passionate about, what gets them excited, or what they dream about.

“This year I really enjoyed calculus and also enjoy art a lot, so I decided to portray math as an amusement park,” said Maggie, who takes Advanced Honors Art and participates in Dunbar’s Math, Science and Technology Center, a gifted-and-talented program. “It took me a couple of weeks, and I did three or four drafts before the final piece. It turned out really great,” she said of her logo. “This fits the theme because I see math as a very fun thing. I am also an avid artist. This design shows both sides of me. It’s cool to show the world that math and art can work together.”

The Dunbar announcement coincided with the kickoff of nationwide online voting, which runs through Feb. 22. Google, which initially received more than 100,000 entries, will name the winner on March 21 as their artwork goes live on google.com for a day.

From Fayette County Public Schools Communications


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