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DOODLING HER WAY TO THE TOP

It didn't take long for Providence Spring Elementary student Hailey Kim to decide how she would change the world. The third-grader recently entered the Doodle 4 Google competition, which challenges K-12 students in U.S. schools to create their own Google doodle. This year's theme is "If I could invent one thing to make the world a better place …" Hailey chose to doodle a Space Traveling Tunnel that could take her from one country to another in minutes. She is the state winner for the Google competition.

"I want to see many things and family on the other side of the Earth," said Hailey. "By inventing a space tunnel to travel quickly, many people can meet, talk, love and touch face to face." Providence Spring Elementary third-grader Hailey Kim with Googlers Alanna Mobley (left) and Chastity Wells.

On April 29, Google representatives (known as Googlers) visited Providence Spring to announce Hailey as North Carolina's winner. According to the Googlers, Hailey bested thousands of doodle hopefuls. Only 50 students from the U.S. are chosen for the honor. From now through May 9, viewers can cast a vote on the Doodle 4 Google page. The student with the most votes will win the national contest. Winners receive a $30,000 college scholarship and a $50,000 education technology grant for his or her school. The winning animated doodle will also be displayed on the Google homepage.

Early images of Google Doodles"Once a year, we hand over a paintbrush to give students a chance to be Doodlers for Google," said Googler Alanna Mobley. "We ask that students think big, think crazy and think about an idea that will help change the world."

Hailey said her travels to Korea led to her inspiration. She said it usually takes about 14 to 15 hours to get there and she wanted to get there faster than air travel.

"I want to be able to connect to the world," said Hailey.

During Tuesday's celebration, Principal Diane Adams encouraged her students to excel in whatever they choose in life.

"If you do the bare minimum, you will get the bare minimum," said Adams. "You have to use your talents to make the world a better place. It starts with an idea."

On May 21, the 50 state winners will travel to Google's headquarters in Mountain View, California, for the final awards celebration and the announcement of the national winner.

Hailey Kim with her friends at Providence Spring Elementary."I faced challenges when drawing the details of my doodle, especially the tunnel," said Hailey. "But I am determined to win."

Vote for Hailey Kim at www.Doodle4Google.com.Her work is displayed in the K-3 category.