Audrey Zhang is an 11-year-old fifth-grader, and on Monday, she'll be hanging out on Google's home page. Or at least, her doodle will.
The Levittown, New York, student won this year's Doodle 4 Google contest, an annual event in which K-12 students vie to have their artwork picked as one of the doodles adorning the home page of the search giant. Google says it picked Audrey's design from more than 100,000 entries.
As we mentioned back in February, the theme of this year's contest was "If I could invent one thing to make the world a better place..." That inspired Audrey to draw "Back to Mother Nature," which shows a water purifier cleaning up the muck and turning it into clean drinking water. The design will pop up on Google's home page on Monday, June 9.
And when it does appear online , the drawing will offer a little something extra — animation. Audrey spent a day at Google's Mountain View, Calif., headquarters working with the Doodle team to animate her design — the first time that's happened in the contest's history.
Audrey wins a $30,000 college scholarship, while her school, Island Trees Middle School, will get a $50,000 Google for Education technology grant. Google is also donating $20,000 in Audrey's name to a charity that provides clean water and latrines to schools in Bangladesh.
And if your kid happened to enter this year's Doodle 4 Google contest and didn't win, there's always next year — after all, Audrey Zhang was a national finalist in the 2013 contest.
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