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SF Kindergartner's Doodle Is Google's Pick For SD

April 29, 2014, 6:08 PM by Brady Mallory

SF Kindergartner's Doodle Is Google's Pick For SD

The biggest ideas often start off as little doodles.  Google seems to know this fact, which is why the ubiquitous search engine is searching for young artists in America.  It found a top result at Sioux Falls Christian.

"The winner for South Dakota is Carver Bleyenburg," a Google representative announced on Tuesday.

The six-year-old kindergartner will represent South Dakota in this year's Doodle4Google competition.  Carver is just one of the thousands of kids asked to use their imaginations and submit sketches.  This year's theme: If I Could Invent One Thing to Make the World a Better Place.

Carver's winning drawing has a chance at being featured on Google's homepage.  He explained his work of art to his peers, as a large rendition of it stood in the school's gymnasium.

"Well, it is a submarine car and it can go under the water and on land," Carver said.

To Carver, it is a no-brainer as to why we need this gizmo.

"So, you can get home easily, and so you can go under the water," Carver said.

K-12 students all over the country put their best pages forward in this, the seventh year of the contest.  There's a winner in each state, and finalists, including Carver, will go to Google Headquarters in California for a chance at the grand prize.  Not only could Carver see his submarine-car on Google's homepage, he could win a $30,000 college scholarship and a $50,000 Google for Education technology grant for his school.

"Just being able to see his imagination spelled out on paper is kind of neat," Cory Bleyenburg, Carver's dad, said.

"I let him draw as much as he wants, and I also encourage him to try things like this.  Because I gave him no direction.  He came up with this all by himself," Kim Bleyenburg, Carver's mom, said.

He now needs your votes.  You can vote for him at the Doodle4Google website up until May 9.  The winner is announced on May 21. 

Carver's success is proof that you do not have to search far for the best ideas.  More often than not, the biggest imagination is right under your nose.

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