Sioux Falls student chosen as winner for South Dakota in Doodle 4 Google competition

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - A Sioux Falls student could soon have her art on the Google homepage for hundreds of millions to see.

Photo: Washington Pavilion

Google has announced the 53 state and territory winners in its ninth annual Doodle 4 Google competition, a contest open to K-12 students across the United States to redesign the Google logo inspired by the theme “What I see for the future...”.

Bria Shay Neff, a 4th grader from Sioux Falls is one of the 53 winners with her doodle, Wild and Free, depicting “What I see for the future is that all animals live in peace. They are not endangered because they are all wild and free.”

Her doodle was selected from thousands of entries received this year.

Community members helped Bria Shay Neff celebrate during a surprise assembly at the Washington Pavilion Thursday evening.

To help their favorites succeed, everyone across the USA can vote for their favorite doodle from the 53 state winners.

Voting will be open from February 23rd to March 5th.

Google will announce these five national finalists and one of them as the national winner on March 31 — and the winner’s doodle will go live on that day.

The National Winner will take home a $30,000 college scholarship and his or her school will receive a $50,000 Google for Education grant towards the establishment and improvement of a computer lab or technology program.

To see a full list of state winners and to vote online, visit the link attached to this story.