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Local girl seeks votes to become national Google doodle winner


Dan and Michelle Chartrand with their daughter Abbie and her Google doodle.

Seventh-grader Abbie Chartrand is hoping that voters will help propel her to national fame.

Chartrand, who attends DuBray Middle in the Francis Howell School District, is the Missouri winner of the 10th annual Google Doodle contest. Her entry is one of 53 state and territory winners selected from 200,000 submissions to compete for the five finalists’ spots.

The contest asked artists “What inspires you?” Abbie, an aspiring marine biologist, responded with a depiction of a fanciful underwater world. Art teacher Tiffany Scraper incorporates the doodle contest into her lesson plans each year, either as a classroom or art club activity.

“Abbie finished her drawing at home and completed the additional requirements [a brief written statement and parent permission] to formally submit it to the competition,” Scraper said.

On May 3, Google representatives were at DuBray Middle to surprise Abbie with the announcement of her state selection, which her parents found out about ahead of time.

“It was so hard to keep it from her,” Abbie’s mom, Michelle, said.

Google presented Abbie with a new ChromeBook and a tote and T-shirt featuring her doodle.

“She knew there would be an email and, for a few days, she kept asking me if I had checked it. Then, when she stopped asking, I wondered if she just figured she hadn’t won.”

Now, Abbie needs everyone’s help to earn a spot at the top of the Google homepage. Voting is open online at doodle4google.com and anyone who wants to support Abbie can vote once per day until 10 p.m. on Friday, May 18.

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