Missouri 3rd-Grader Wins 2010 Doodle 4 Google Challenge

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Mackenzie Melton, a 3rd grader from El Dorado Springs, Missouri was declared the overall winner of this year's Doodle 4 Google contest on May 26th, 2010. The nine-year old edged 33,000 students ranging from Kindergarten to 12th-Grade, with her Rainforest Habitat Doodle.

Mackenzie's pencil colored art beautifully depicted this year's theme - 'If I could do anything I would. . . .' She picked the rainforest because it is in imminent danger and believes it is unfair for the plants and animals that live there. The Missouri girl said that she likes most animals except for snakes and spiders, but she would try and save them too!

For her efforts, Mackenzie was flown to New York for a special award ceremony, where she received a $15,000USD scholarship, a netbook computer, a Wacom digital design tablet, a T-shirt with her doodle printed on it, and, the icing on the cake - Her Doodle was featured on Google's homepage for an entire day! That was not all - Her school also received a $25,000USD technology grant for a computer lab!

Three other finalists, also went to the Google Headquarters in New York and received a computer, a Wacom digital design tablet, and a T-shirt with their Doodle printed on it.

They included Raymundo Marquez from Texas,who got the judges nod for his 'Save the Rainforest' Doodle, where he showed the effects deforestation can have not only humans, but also, the rare and beautiful plants and animals who reside there.

7th grader, New Jersey resident, Vance Viggiano's Doodle was entititled 'The Love of Art'. If Vance could do anything, it would be to enrich the world with art and the everlasting joy it provides.

Bevan Schiffli, an 11th-grader, took a very different stance with his 'Branch Out' Doodle. If possible, the North Carolina resident would like to understand the different cultures and views and share the experiences with people through art and design.

The Doodles of all forty regional finalists will be on display at Smithsonian's Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum for a month, and are also available on Google's website at www.google.com/doodle4google.

While the video for this year's winners is not available, below is the 2009 winning celebrations at Google's New York headquarters.

source: google.com/doodle4goodle.com

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73 Comments
  • bibliophile
    bibliophileWednesday, December 3, 2014 at 3:38 pm
    CONGRATULATIONS!!! Wow, all the drawing are really good!!!
    • nikukyu
      nikukyuWednesday, December 3, 2014 at 1:35 am
      They are crazy AWESOME! I'm good at drawing, so maybe I should enter! Sounds fun!
      • puddingmiku
        puddingmikuTuesday, May 27, 2014 at 8:47 am
        Lol
        • awesome3000
          awesome3000Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 1:17 pm
          Wow! I would love to win that.
          • rainbowunicorn
            rainbowunicornSaturday, March 29, 2014 at 11:38 am
            are they having one this year? I probably wouldn't win because I'm not the best at art, but its still worth a try?
            • shock12
              shock12Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 8:49 pm
              wow!
              • borntoplay
                borntoplaySaturday, June 8, 2013 at 9:32 am
                That's really cool! Good for her!
                • thumsup
                  thumsupSaturday, March 23, 2013 at 4:49 pm
                  I did the Eiffel Tower for last year's competition.
                  • maddyrocks13
                    maddyrocks13Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 4:04 pm
                    wowwow i love them all my fav is the one with the artist
                    • tomboy4eve
                      tomboy4eveFriday, April 27, 2012 at 4:09 pm
                      i can draw that good really you can ask all my friends and i cant believe i did this i made this picture so realalistic you dont even know it