Severs named a Google finalist

NEW CUMBERLAND – Emily Severs, an Oak Glen Middle School student, was one of 250 state finalists across the nation in the Doodle 4 Google contest.

The theme of the contest was “My Best Day Ever.”

Emily’s “best day ever would be a day in paradise on the beach listening to the calm ocean waves and smelling the sea salt. I would ride a unicorn while drinking lemonade and play with a beach ball.”

Emily received a certificate and a T-shirt with her design, and a large-scale poster of her design is hanging in the school office.

Melanie Donofe, gifted education and advanced reading teacher, said Emily was surprised to see her design was one of the finalists.

“She said ‘Is that mine? I can’t believe it!'” stated Donofe.

Emily’s design was the state representative in the sixth- and seventh-grade group after being judged by a group of Google artists.

Doodle 4 Google is an annual program that invites kindergarten through 12th-grade students in the United States to redesign the Google homepage logo. The national winner received a $30,000 college scholarship and their school received a $50,000 technology grant.

Doodles are judged in age categories including kindergarten through third, fourth and fifth, sixth and seventh, eighth and ninth and 10th through 12th. They are judged based on artistic merit, representation of the theme and use of the Google logo.