Kinley VanHoorn is 11 years old, but she has a chance to show her art to the world. To do it, she needs your... Vote Online to Help Kinley VanHoorn Win National Doodle for Google Contest

Kinley VanHoorn is 11 years old, but she has a chance to show her art to the world. To do it, she needs your help! 

Kinley, the daughter of Phil and Jessica VanHoorn of Milbank, was selected as the South Dakota winner in the 14th Annual Doodle for Google contest. Her art now enters the national phase of the contest which is conducted, in part, online by popular vote.

Google’s annual student art contest initially chooses one winner from each state and four of the U.S. territories. Then, people across the nation vote online to pick the five finalists in five age groups. Google announces the five finalists, and celebrity judges decide the grand prize winner. This year, judges include singer Selena Gomez, director Elyse Fox, and 2021 National Teacher of the Year Juliana Urtubey.

The national winner’s doodle will be featured on the Google homepage for 24 hours for hundreds of millions of people to see. The winner also receives a $30,000 college scholarship and the school they attend receives a $50,000 tech package. Kinley will be a sixth-grader at Milbank Elementary this fall. Her art teacher is Jessica Hanson.

If you are familiar with the Google logo, you know how doodles are often used to spell Google. In this contest, each student artist was asked to put their twist on the logo inspired by the prompt “I care for myself by…”. Kinley entitled her piece “Laundry Break” and it depicts a girl doing laundry in a calm space with books and her cat for company. 

Want to give Kinley a thumbs up? Get ready to vote!Voting opens in the Central Time Zone at noon on July 7 and continues until 2 a.m. on July 13.

Go to the Doodle for Google website:  to see all the state winners and to cast your vote.

You can only vote once, but you can vote for one doodle per grade group ● K-3 ● 4-5 ● 6-7 ● 8-9 ● 10-12.  

Google will announce the winner sometime in July.  Keep up with The Valley Express to see the results. 

Submitted Photos: Top- Kinley and her art piece. Second photo-Kinley’s mom, Kinley and Jessica Hanson


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