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Five Questions for Vermont's Doodle 4 Google Winner Penny Ly 

Published May 29, 2014 at 8:40 a.m.

click to enlarge Penny Ly with a blown-up version of the Google logo she designed.
  • Penny Ly with a blown-up version of the Google logo she designed.
In April, Winooski fifth grader Penny Ly, received an exciting phone call. It was a representative from internet-search giant Google, informing her that she was the Vermont winner in the company's seventh annual Doodle 4 Google competition. "I didn't cry or jump or scream," Ly says, "but I was very excited in my head."

The contest asked students in grades K-12 to redesign the Google logo. This year's theme was, "If I could invent one thing to make the world a better place..."  For her doodle, Ly transformed the letters of the logo into bright green artificial plants that could convert carbon dioxide into oxygen. "I guess I was thinking really selfishly," Ly says, by way of explaining how she got her idea. "What do humans need? Oxygen!" 

Last week, Ly got to cash in on her prize. She and her dad were flown out to the Google Headquarters in Mountain View, California, to attend the Doodle 4 Google awards ceremony on May 21st, where a national winner was announced: 11-year old Long Islander Audrey Zhang. Her design will appear on the Google homepage on June 9. Ly also got to participate in a bunch of fun, technology-focused activities. The whirlwind trip — Ly was in California just over 24 hours — left quite an impression. Ly sat down with Kids VT to talk about the experience.

This article was originally published in Seven Days' monthly parenting magazine, Kids VT.

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Alison Novak

Alison Novak

Alison is the former managing editor at Kids VT, Seven Days' parenting publication and writes about education for Seven Days.


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