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Local student going national in ‘Doodle 4 Google’ contest

Updated: Wednesday, April 30 2014, 05:39 PM EDT

wtov9.com
WEIRTON, W.Va. -- Rylie Cottrill couldn't stop smiling when she got a visit from Google representatives and the Mayor of Weirton at her school Wednesday.
Cottrill, an 8-year-old, third-grader at St. Joseph the Worker in Weirton, learned she had beaten out 250 other finalists in West Virginia for her drawing, ‘Create a Cure for Cancer,’ and is entered in the national ‘Doodle 4 Google,’ contest.
“I feel really, really honored,” she said.
If she wins it all, her doodle will appear on Google's homepage one day, and she will receive a $30,000 scholarship and bring about a $50,000 Google for Education technology grant for her school.
“So much of how we work at Google is about creativity and innovation, celebrating really crazy ideas and a lot of the craziest ideas come from kids,” said Dan Vallejo, a Google marketing manager who was on hand. “I think it's important for us to both nurture those ideas from children and make sure we sort of take some of that craziness and build into our work."
“They’re not looking for Picasso, they’re looking for a great idea and her idea is fantastic,” Hancock County Gifted Education teacher Melanie Donofe said.
Cottrill’s idea was an invention she would like to see that would make the world a better place -- a cure for cancer
“My grandma and my uncle died from cancer and it was really sad so I wanted to do this because of them,” she said.
When Donofe encouraged Cottrill to enter her drawing into the contest, she never imagined Cottrill would be heading to California to go against other state finalists, but she also says Cottrill’s artistic abilities have always amazed her.
"Very bright, very talented child; our future right there,” Donofe said. “She's excellent.”
Vote for Rylie at: http://www.google.com/doodle4google/vote.html#d=d1-10

Local student going national in ‘Doodle 4 Google’ contest


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