Missouri third-grader wins Google's 'doodle' contest

Thursday, May 27, 2010 | 4:47 p.m. CDT; updated 9:04 p.m. CDT, Thursday, May 27, 2010

EL DORADO SPRINGS — A Missouri third-grader got the chance to illustrate Google's website for the day.

Makenzie Melton, who is 9 and from El Dorado Springs in southwest Missouri, won Google's nationwide competition for a "doodle" that incorporates Google's colorful logo. The competition was for K-12 students.

Makenzie's drawing "Rainforest Habitat" was chosen out of 33,000 entries from across the United States. Online voting during the past week narrowed it down to four finalists. Google executives chose the winner.

Makenzie wins $15,000 scholarship for college and a laptop computer. Her school receives a $25,000 technology grant for a new computer lab.

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