Google announces finalists for 'Doodle 4 Google' contest

Created: 04/29/2014 6:49 PM
By: Nikki Ibarra, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Anticipation filled the auditorium Tuesday morning at Albuquerque Academy. The school got a special visit from Google, who were on hand to announce the school’s finalist for the nationwide “Doodle 4 Google” contest.

You’ve seen the Google logo – the bright colors, pictures – people love them. Thousands of kids from all over the country submitted their ideas.

But there could only be one finalist per state, and representing New Mexico – 7th grader Megan Holzrichter.

“I felt like it was not real,” said Megan.

Still a bit shocked about the big announcement, Megan told KOB Eyewitness News 4 how she came up with the picture.

This year’s theme, If I could imagine one thing to make the world a better place, got Megan’s creativity in action. She calls her logo “Sea Cleanup 3000.” “A bunch of the oceans and lakes and rivers had all this trash in it and you know, the fish were being affected by it and so I thought that it would be helpful to clean all that up,” said Megan.

“A lot of the great ideas that, you know, that are made in this world, a lot of them, kids have these ideas,” said Amy Matsuda with Google.

Megan said the toughest thing was to somehow incorporate Google into the design.

Next month, Megan will go to the Google headquarters in California, where the national winner will be announced.

If you want to vote for Megan and see the other designs, visit

You have until May 9 to vote.

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