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May 2, 2013

Southern Middle student finalist in national contest


Somerset —

Lyle got help from the Google visitors unveiling a large portrait of her art for the student body at Southern Middle during the assembly, amid cheers and clapping from her proud peers.
Lyle’s father, Grady, said she learned of the honor a few days ago, and the reaction was “pleasantly surprised” — although it was no shock that Lyle had artistic talent.
“We’re very proud of her,” he said. “Of course, she does a lot of doodling at the house, drawing and coloring Of course, we always think it’s good, but most parents think their kids’ stuff is good. It’s nice for it to get recognized in this way.
“She’s had to keep (the news) under wraps for the last week, which is kind of difficult for a 13-year-old,” he added.
Lyle’s entry was one of a whopping 130,000 from all around the country. Those were whittled down to a field of 250 state finalists. As a state winner, Lyle will get a trip to New York City for the final awards ceremony on May 22, a t-shirt emblazoned with her own doodle artwork, and be featured in a special exhibit at New York’s American Museum of Natural History.
According to, the doodle drawn by the national winner will be featured on the U.S. Google homepage for 24 hours on May 2, 2013. The overall winner will also get a $30,000 college scholarship, a Google Chromebook, a Wacom digital design tablet, and a t-shirt printed with his or her doodle on it. 
Plus, the winner’s school a $50,000 grant towards the establishment of a computer lab or technology programming.
“I’m very proud of Savannah; she’s a great student and role model for everybody,” said Troy Dotson, principal at Southern Middle. “(The money for the school) would be an added bonus for us, but we’re just so proud of her and hope she wins this scholarship. That would be awesome for her.”

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