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Voting Ends Today for Fernley Student Entered in Doodle 4 Google Contest

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A local high school student is one of the finalists in a nationwide contest for Google. It's called Doodle 4 Google and the winning drawing would be seen on the Google home page.

Mackenzie Schneider, 16, is representing the state of Nevada in this year's doodle contest. The winner gets a $30,000 scholarship, plus $50,000 for their school.

Art is something Mackenzie has always been passionate about. She's been drawing since she was two years old. Now she's a sophomore at Fernley High School and says she can hardly believe she's just one of 10 finalists in her age category of 10th to 12th graders. Her entry is called 'Smart Fishing Net.' It is inspired by the ocean and spells out Google.

Deanna Peters is the art teacher who encouraged Mackenzie and her classmates to enter the contest. "I looked at all the past winners and I thought, our kids are this talented. I'll just see what they do," said Peters.

The theme of this year's Google contest was 'Inventions to Make the World a Better Place.' "Sea turtles are pretty awesome and I want to help them get off the endangered species list. I thought of a fishing net that would kind of help protect them from getting caught," said Schneider.

The winner will be decided by a public vote, that means YOU at home can help Mackenzie win. The voting ends this Friday, May 9th.

You can vote by going here:  http://www.google.com/doodle4google/vote.html#d=d5-7

The winner for the Doodle 4 Google competition will be announced May 21st at Google headquarters in California.

Written by Chloe Beardsley

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