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May 2, 2013

Southern Middle student finalist in national contest

Somerset —

Usually, people in Somerset go to Google.com when they want a little help. This time, Google came to Somerset.
Savannah Lyle, a seventh-grade student at Southern Middle School, has a chance to see her own hand-created artwork on Google’s home page for a full day — along with a bunch of other nifty prizes, both for her and her school.
Lyle entered the “Doodle4Google” contest, open to students K-12 throughout the U.S. Those entering drew their own “Google Doodle,” similar to the creative, quirky manipulations of the web browsing giant’s logo frequently seen on their homepage. The company has their own artists who do the “doodles” normally, but the contest (now in its sixth year) allows America’s youth to get into the mix.
Best of all? The public will get to vote on which drawing they like best — meaning Pulaski County can turn out full force in Lyles’ favor.
Lyle, 13, is Kentucky’s representative in the field, and her school found this out Wednesday at a special ceremony at Southern Middle. Representatives from Google’s offices in New York showed up for the occasion, fielded questions from students, and presented Lyle’s exquisitely detailed depiction of her “Best Day Ever,” the theme of this year’s contest.
Lyle’s entry was called “Ticket to Ride on a Sunny Day,” illustrating a fun-filled outing at an amusement park. Lyle said she had numerous ideas on how to meet the theme — bringing to life the best day of her life in art form — but was ultimately inspired by her family’s trip to Disney World about a year ago.
“I was looking at the letters (in “Google”) and all of them seemed to fit this theme,” said Lyle. “I thought I could make them into something.”

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