Third grade artist’s doodle catches Google’s attention

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BETTENDORF, Iowa -- A third grade student's artwork has caught the attention of Google for the second time.

On Thursday, February 23, 2017, representatives from Google announced that Shalini Chandupatala was a finalist in the Doodle 4 Google competition.

Chandupatala is one of 53 state winners. A panel of judges chose the third grader at Hopewell Elementary to represent Iowa for the second year in a row.

"We have hundreds of thousands of entries each year," said Jordan Basile, a Google representative. "I'm really impressed with Shalini's work. She's won two years in a row, and I haven't seen that yet."

Chandupatala redesigned the Google logo to fit this year's theme: "What I see for the future..."

"What I see for the future is safe, healthy, happy lives for all people," said Chandupatala.

Each letter represents a solution to a current problem, including cleaning up the ocean, preventing wild fires, helping endangered animals, curing illness, and making sure everyone gets a good night's sleep.

"My favorite is the E, because when you get a good night's sleep, you can wake up with a fresh mind, and then you can invent more," she said.

Five national Doodle 4 Google finalists will be chosen in two weeks, and ultimately, the national winner's doodle will go live on

To vote for Shalini's doodle, go to

Voting opens Thursday night, and it will be open until March 6th.

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