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Helmut Schmidt, Published May 01 2013

Maple Valley eighth-grader a North Dakota doodle dandy

TOWER CITY, N.D. – Doodling is Megan Tichy’s cup of tea.

It’s also a talent that could help her rule the Internet for a day.

Tichy’s doodle of a cup of tea with lemon, her headphones, a dress design and some drawing supplies won best in North Dakota in this year’s Doodle 4 Google contest.

The contest theme was “My Best Day Ever.” Tichy, an aspiring fashion illustrator, said she decided a day at the drawing board fit the bill.

“I like drawing people a lot, scenes out of books and movies,” Tichy said.

The eighth-grader at Maple Valley School now goes to New York with her mother for the finals of the contest May 21-23.

Tichy’s illustration, which can be voted for at www.doodle4google.com, was done in pencil, ink, colored pencil and water color, she said.

Doodle 4 Google annually invites kindergarten through 12th-graders from across the nation to try their hand at reimagining the Google logo.

The contest’s grand prize winner will receive a $30,000 college scholarship, and their doodle will be featured on the Google homepage.

The top prize-winner’s school will also receive a $50,000 technology grant.

Maple Valley Principal Gary Milbrandt said the full student body gathered at an assembly Wednesday when Tichy’s doodle was unveiled in a 5-foot by 8-foot format.

Google representatives also gave T-shirts to all the students.

“She’s a very talented young lady. She does a lot of drawing and painting on her own,” Milbrandt said. “The amount of time it took her to do this is amazingly small.”

Tichy said she’d jump at the chance to join Google as one of the web giant’s full-time “doodlers.”

“That would be really crazy. That would be awesome,” Tichy said. “I’m keeping my horizons open.”

Readers can reach Forum reporter Helmut Schmidt at (701) 241-5583