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Google announces 2009 Doodle 4 Google winners

Google has announced the winner of its 2009 Doodle 4 Google competition - the theme of which this year was "What I Wish for the World".

Nearly six million online votes helped the internet giant pick the winners of this year's Doodle 4 Google competition from what it called "a very creative pool of doodles".

The winner was Christin Engelberth, a sixth grader at Bernard Harris Middle School in San Antonio, Texas. She titled her doodle "A New Beginning" to express her wish that "out of the current crisis, discoveries will be found to help the Earth prosper once more."

Google Doodle winner 2009

She will receive a US$15,000 college scholarship, a laptop, and a $25,000 technology grant for her school. Her doodle will be featured on the Google.com homepage tomorrow for millions of people around the world to see.

That means there will be two Google Doodles in a row, following Google today honouring the discovery of what could be the missing link between apes and humans with a new Google Doodle of fossil Ida.

The winners were announced at a special event today at the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, where Google also unveiled an exhibit of the top doodles that will be on view until July 5, 2009.

The finalists were treated to a day in New York City that included activities that promote peace, sustainability and wellness - all inspired by this year's theme.


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