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Hobbs teen a finalist in national Doodle 4 Google contest

Casey Torres
May 11, 2018 07:05 PM

HOBBS, N.M. – Google is searching for their next doodle, and students from across the country have submitted their drawings for a chance to win a $30,000 scholarship.

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There are different categories depending on grade levels. Celebrity judges, including New Mexico native Neil Patrick Harris, chose the state winners.

The New Mexico winner for the 10th, 11th, 12th-grade group, is a senior from Hobbs High School.

Abigail "Abby" Milligan entered her drawing called "More Than Just Tamales" for consideration.

Milligan said the task was to draw something personally inspirational. She said it's the strong women in her family who motivate her every day.

She used markers and a dotting technique to recreate a memory from Christmas – women and children sitting at a table and making a traditional delicacy.

"We all sit around the table and make tamales," Milligan said. "It's just one of my favorite pastimes because everyone tells stories and you just learn all of these different things about these people that you've already known for years."

Milligan said she plans to attend New Mexico State, where she hopes to receive a doctorate in psychology with a focus on childhood development.

But she needs help getting closer to winning the scholarship. The next step is to be voted as one of the five national finalists by the public.

Once the national finalists are picked, Google executives will select the national winner for the "Doodle 4 Google" contest. The victor will also have a chance to visit the Google headquarters in California.

Milligan said the winner's school also gets a prize – a $50,000 technology package.

"I've lived in Hobbs my whole life and my parents before me have too," she said. "If I got the opportunity to help improve our school and provide new technology or new resources, that would just be a huge honor."

The last day to vote is May. 18.

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