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Dunbar student in Google logo contest

Maggie Cook-Allen, left, a junior at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, and U.S. Rep. Andy Barr with Cook-Allen's winning Google “doodle” Friday morning. She was chosen at the Kentucky winner in the Doddle 4 Google national competition. The doodle is entitled “Calculus Amusement Park,” depicting her love for both mathematics and art.
Maggie Cook-Allen, left, a junior at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, and U.S. Rep. Andy Barr with Cook-Allen's winning Google “doodle” Friday morning. She was chosen at the Kentucky winner in the Doddle 4 Google national competition. The doodle is entitled “Calculus Amusement Park,” depicting her love for both mathematics and art. Photo provided

A doodle called “Calculus Amusement Park” is putting Maggie Cook-Allen, a Paul Laurence Dunbar High School junior, in the running for a spot on the Google homepage.

Maggie, 17, is one of 53 state and territory winners in the eighth annual Doodle 4 Google competition, a contest open to K-12 students across the United States to redesign the Google logo.

Maggie’s doodle, inspired by the theme “What makes me … me,” reflected her love for both mathematics and art.

“I didn’t think I’d make it this far in the competition,” Maggie said. “I wanted to make something that was really fun. I know a lot of people don’t think of math as fun, but I do. The best way I could think of doing that was to do an amusement park … to show a different aspect of math.”

Maggie takes Advanced Honors Art and is enrolled in Dunbar’s Math, Science and Technology Center, a gifted-and-talented program.

She said her piece took a couple of weeks to complete and she did three or four drafts before the final version..

People can vote for their favorite doodle from among the state winners. Voting will be open until Feb. 22 at Google.com/doodle4google/vote.html, and the public vote will determine the five national finalists. One will be chosen from each grade group.

Google will announce the winner on March 21, and the winner’s doodle will go live on Google.com that day.

The winning student and national finalists will travel to Mountain View, Calif., and meet Google’s team of professional doodlers. The national winner will take home a $30,000 college scholarship and the school will receive a $50,000 Google for Education grant toward a computer lab or technology program.

On Friday, at a ceremony in the school library attended by U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, a Google team set up a 5-foot-by-8-foot version of Maggie’s drawing and distributed 200 T-shirts. Google also gave Dunbar $2,500 worth of art supplies, Fayette County Public Schools officials said.

Valarie Honeycutt Spears: 859-231-3409, @vhspears

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