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Phoenix-area third-grader wins state finalist for Doodle 4 Google contest

Madison's doodle, titled" Daydream Believer." (Photo: Google/Doodle4Google)

PHOENIX — A third-grader from Chandler, Arizona, will now get the opportunity to represent all of Arizona in the national Doodle 4 Google competition.

Madison Gonsalves’ doodle “Daydream Believer” is one of the 53 state and territory winners nationwide. The Santan Elementary School student said her doodle shows her daydreaming on a bright, sunny day.

Madison and her parents. (KTAR Photo/Corbin Carson)

Madison and her parents. (KTAR Photo/Corbin Carson)

“(Drawing was) really fun, but then it was hard to think what I really liked,” Madison said. “What makes me is a lot of things, but I thought of one thing that makes me, me.”

Madison said she felt “really excited” when she learned that her drawing won out of all the entries in the entire state. Judges selected her doodle from approximately 100,000 entries received this year.

“Daydreaming in my bedroom on a bright, sunny day inspires me,” Madison wrote in the doodle, which can be viewed here. “I love to draw and create. When I’m not drawing, I’m writing programs on my computer to make pictures. This is what makes me, me.”

If Madison’s doodle makes it past this round, she will be one of the five National Finalists competing for the top prize.

Voting is open to the public until Feb. 22.

The Doodle 4 Google winner will be featured on Google’s homepage as the doodle for a day and will receive $30,000 to put toward college. The school of the winner will also be awarded a $50,000 education grant.

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