FORT PAYNE, Ala. (WHNT) – With a drawing depicting a cure for cancer, an eighth grader at Fort Payne Middle School is Alabama’s winner in the Doodle 4 Google contest.
Ansley Grider will compete against 49 other state winners to see her artwork displayed on the Google homepage and receive a $30,000 college scholarship and a $50,000 technology grant for her school.
Five national finalists will be determined by public voting. To vote for Ansley click this link. from April 29 at noon until May 9 at 7 p.m.
More than 100,000 children in grades K-12 entered the annual contest, which is aimed at inspiring young artists. This year’s theme was “If I Could Invent One Thing to Make the World a Better Place…” Kids created drawings illustrating the theme and incorporating the Google logo.
Ansley says she loves to draw. “I heard it on the announcements and I thought it would be cool to do.”
As the final hours count down to the end of the voting, Ansley says just getting to this point is an accomplishment. “When I entered the contest I really didn’t think I had a chance of actually winning, which is really exciting.”
Principal Shane Byrd says the staff is proud of what Ansley has accomplished.
He says the school spends a lot of focus on technology, so the grant would help provide the students with more opportunities. “Certainly goes right along with our focus of technology and technology in our classrooms,” Byrd says.
As for the design, Ansley took from a personal experience that means a lot to her and her family. “My dad had bladder cancer two years ago, and that’s what inspired me to do that,” Ansley says.
It makes representing our state even more special, and a win all the more memorable.