Public Voting Now Open to Select National FinalistsBy Lisa Cilli

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A South Florida high school student has been named a finalist in the fifth annual “Doodle 4 Google” contest and he’s one step closer to having his art put on display for hundreds of millions of people to see.

Walker Paulsen, a 12th grader from Coral Reef Senior High, is one of fifty state winners in the competition.  That’s a nice job considering more than 114,000 students in grades K-12 submitted entries this year.

The annual competition challenged students to design a Google logo inspired by the theme “If I could travel in time, I’d visit…”

Walker’s entry, titled ‘The Spiritual People’ reads, “If I could travel in time, I would visit the time period before manifest destiny when the Native Americans thrived. My doodle represents the time period when Native American culture was prevalent in the west in the 1800s. ”

The artwork of Florida’s finalists will be exhibited at the Bass Museum of Art during the summer. All 50 state winners will have their doodle displayed in a special exhibit at the New York Public Library.

From the 50 state winners, public voting will choose five national finalists and one ultimate winner.

Click here to vote for Walker’s entry or choose another creative doodle to vote for from the 50 state winners. Your vote will help select five national finalists, one per grade group.

Voting is open May 2, 2012 to May 10, 2012.

Once the public selects five national finalists, Google will choose one national winner.

The winning Google logo will appear on a box of Crayola crayons and on the Google home page on May 18th.

Additionally, the champion “doodler” will take home a $30,000 college scholarship and a $50,000 technology grant for his/her school.

To view a full list of winners and vote online, see:

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