Central Florida student could win Doodle 4 Google contest

Port Orange 4th-grader wins Florida prize

Published On: May 01 2013 02:02:59 PM EDT
PORT ORANGE, Fla. -

A Port Orange fourth-grade student is a finalist in the Doodle 4 Google contest, up against only 49 others for top prize.

This is Meryl Liu's drawing for the contest based on the theme "My Best Day."

"My best day ever would be that I could spend a day in the forest with all the endangered birds," Liu writes. "I want to study them in order to save them so that they would flourish throughout the planet, and others can enjoy their best days with these beautiful creatures."

The Cypress Creek Elementary School student is poised to win a $30,000 scholarship, a $50,000 technology grant for her school, as well as being able to see her design featured on Google's homepage if chosen as the national winner.

So far, she's beat out about 130,000 entries from grades K-12, and is up against 49 others as the Florida state winner.

Liu will travel with her family to New York City for the final awards ceremony on May 22, where the national winner will be announced. All 50 state winners will receive a T-shirt printed with their doodles on it and will also have their doodle displayed in a special exhibition at the American Museum of National History in New York City.

Voting runs through May 10, and you can vote for Liu on Google's homepage.