2012 Top Stories: #9: ‘Doodler’ rewarded for effortsPublished 9:56am Wednesday, January 2, 2013
AHOSKIE — Lauren Jackson loves to doodle.
Her mother, Marlo Jackson, decided it was time to put that talent to good use.
“She doodles and doodles all the time and wastes notebook paper,” said Marlo Jackson. “I said let’s enter this contest and see what happens.”
Lauren Jackson decided to enter the Doodle 4 Google contest and of 144,000 entrants, she is one of the 50 state finalists. She is a third grader at Bearfield Primary School in Ahoskie.
As published in the News-Herald’s May 5 edition, representatives of Google were among a room full of people at Bearfield on May 2 who celebrated Jackson being chosen as the elementary school level winner for North Carolina, which earned her the right to compete for the top prize nationally.
In addition to those from Google, Jackson’s success was celebrated by U.S. Representative G.K. Butterfield, Hertford County Commissioners Howard J. Hunter III and Ronald Gatling, Ahoskie Mayor Brien Lassiter and Hertford County Board of Education members David Shields and Sheila Porter.
That group of dignitaries was joined by the second and third grade classes of Bearfield as Jackson received recognition for her excellent work.
Evelyn Lee and Joelle Murphy of Google announced to the students that one of their own had been chosen as a finalist for the national competition.
This year’s theme is “If I could travel in time, I’d visit…” Jackson chosen the old west and drew a wagon scene that included a person with a rope and a desert setting complete with a cactus.
Lee then introduced Jackson as the winner to thunderous applause from her classmates.
Jackson, a student in the class of Gretchen Zoch, said she changed her mind several times before choosing her final design.
Her work will be displayed in New York where the finals are held and at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art in Charlotte.
Lee and Murphy told the students how they could support their classmate. They said people could go to the Google home page and search for Doodle 4 Google. The state winners should be the top result and a vote can be cast only once from each computer.
If chosen, Jackson could receive a $50,000 technology grant for Bearfield as well as a $30,000 college scholarship.
“I’m so very proud of her,” Bearfield Principal Julie Shields said. “She is a smart person and deserves this recognition. She’s a great child.”
Doodle 4 Google is one of several efforts by Google to encourage and celebrate the creativity of young people asking students across the country to create their own Google doodle. They received thousands of submissions from all across the US.