Google's Doodle contest for kids reveals top 5 finalists
The national competition for US students in grades K-12 sees references to climate change, health care and magic kites.
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The National Doodle for Google contest started in 2008, and the theme of this year's competition is "When I grow up, I hope...." Students in grades K-12 from all over the US submitted reworked Google logos representing their dreams.
Natalia Pepe of Connecticut, the finalist in the K-3 group, said she hopes to see more farms for growing our own food and helping save the planet. Puerto Rico's Amadys López Velásquez, the finalist in the 4-5 grade group, delivered a doodle that shows a magic kite. The kite turns adults into children so they can use their imagination without limits and their hearts "without problems of adults."
Christelle Matildo of Texas, the finalist for grades 6-7, addresses climate change, mutual understanding among people and better medicine through tech. New Jersey's Jeremy Henskens, grade 8-9 finalist, wants to be a cartoonist and turned in a suitably panel-filled and action-packed doodle.
And the doodle from grade 10-12 finalist Arantza Peña Popo of Georgia features a soulful painting that shows, in her words, "a framed picture of my mother carrying me as a baby (a real picture in my house) and below the picture is me, caring for her when she's older in the future."