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Levittown Student Named State Winner In ‘Doodle 4 Google’ Competition

Audrey Zhang wearing T-shirt with her winning doodle (credit: Mona Rivera/1010 WINS)

Audrey Zhang wearing T-shirt with her winning doodle (credit: Mona Rivera/1010 WINS)

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LEVITTOWN, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – A Long Island girl is one step closer to having her art on the Google homepage.

Audrey Zhang, a fifth grader from Island Trees Memorial Middle School in Levittown, has been chosen as the winner for New York in the 7th Annual Doodle 4 Google competition. Her doodle was selected from over 100,000 entries.

Students across the country were asked to redesign the Google logo using the theme, “If I could invent one thing to make the world a better place.”

Audrey's doodle on display at Island Trees Memorial Middle School (credit: Mona Rivera/1010 WINS)

Audrey’s doodle on display at Island Trees Memorial Middle School (credit: Mona Rivera/1010 WINS)

Zhang’s piece, “Back to Mother Nature,” depicts a “transformative water purifier” that converts dirty and polluted water from rivers, lakes and oceans, and turns it into clean and safe drinking water.

“I was thinking that if we didn’t have water we couldn’t live,” Zhang told 1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera.

The public is being asked to vote for their favorite doodle to choose the five national finalists — one in each grade group.

Click here to see a full list of state winners and to vote.

The finalists and a national winner will be announced during a May 21 awards ceremony at Google’s California headquarters.

The winning doodle will be displayed on the Google homepage on June 9.

The winner will also receive a $30,000 college scholarship and the student’s school will receive a $50,000 Google for Education grant towards the establishment and improvement of a computer lab or technology program.

Zhang was also the state winner and a national finalist in the 2013 Doodle 4 Google competition.

“Audrey’s done some incredible work and we’re confident that this year she’s going to have the national winner,” said Principal Roger Bloom.

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