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Stamford student Jason Rosado named CT state winner in Doodle 4 Google contest

By Stamford Public Schools

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Stamford, CT - Stamford Public Schools announced on Tuesday that Jason Rosado, Hart Magnet Elementary School third grader was chosen by Google from among all Connecticut entries as the state’s Doodle 4 Google 2014 Winner. Doodle 4 Google is a national art competition open to all students K-12 in the United States to create their own Google doodle. The theme of this year’s contest is, “If I Could Invent One Thing to Make This World a Better Place.”

At a school assembly this morning, Google officials unveiled a life-size copy of Jason’s doodle and named him the Connecticut state winner. In addition to winning an Android tablet and a t-shirt printed with his doodle’s artwork, Jason also earned a trip to the Google headquarters in California to celebrate with the other state winners in May, and the chance to compete for the National title.

Jason described his doodle, “If I could invent one thing to make the world a better place, I would invent a machine to slow down time so we can have longer days. It would float in space and put a force field around Earth to slow down Earth's rotation."

According to the Doodle 4 Google website, 250 doodles from across the country were chosen by a panel of Google employees, based on which doodles they felt best represented the theme. Then in each state, one doodle was selected in each grade group (Grades K-3; Grades 4-5; Grades 6-7; Grades 8-9; Grades 10-12) for a total of 250 state finalists. Guest judges, including authors, directors, and designers, as well as Google doodlers, selected the one best doodle from each of the 250 state finalists as the state winner. The National finalists and winner will be chosen from among the 50 state winners, based on public opinion.

Beginning Tuesday, the public can cast its votes for their favorite doodles, by grade group, by visiting Voting will be open from April 29 to May 9.

At the Google celebration in May, five grade-level winners will be chosen, each receiving a $5,000 college scholarships. From among the finalists, one national winner, whose doodle will be featured on Google's homepage on June 9 for 24 hours, will receive a $30,000 college scholarship. A $50,000 Google for Education technology grant will also be awarded to the student's school.

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