Kirkland student is national finalist in Doodle 4 Google competition

Renaise Kim, a freshman at Lake Washington High School, during a ceremony at the Kirkland Google campus in May. - Reporter file photo
Renaise Kim, a freshman at Lake Washington High School, during a ceremony at the Kirkland Google campus in May.
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A Lake Washington High School student was voted one of the five national finalists of Google’s seventh 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 “If I could invent one thing to make the world a better place...”

Renaise Kim, 15, became Washington state winner in the competition and her doodle, “Brighter World through Binoculars” was voted by the public to become the national finalist for the entire grade 8-9 age group in the 2014 Doodle 4 Google competition.

Renaise’s doodle was chosen as one of the top five from more than 100,000 entries received this year. After the announcement of 50 state winners at the end of April, millions of people across the US voted for their favorites.

Google hosted all 50 state winners at its headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. on May 21 for a day of art and technology workshops, fun activities — and the announcement of the finalists and the national winner.

For her achievement, Renaise will take home a $5,000 scholarship she’ll be able to use for college, as well as an Android tablet.

This year’s winner is Audrey Zhang from Levittown, NY. She takes home a $30,000 college scholarship and her school will receive a $50,000 Google for Education grant towards the establishment and improvement of a computer lab or technology program.

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