Milford High freshman wins state Google doodle contest

MILFORD – The third time was the charm for Bryan Whittier, the New Hampshire winner of the Doodle4Google contest.

For the past three years Bryan, a freshman at Milford High School, has entered the annual contest to pick a drawing that will appear on Google’s home page. This year, he won the state contest in his age category.

At a surprise school assembly Tuesday morning, he was honored in front of the school’s ninth and 10 grades.

“Your classmate did something very remarkable,” said Salone Kapur, a Google product marketing manager who wore a T-shirt with Bryan’s design on it, on April 29.

Now, Bryan’s design will compete against doodles from all over the country.

The winner of the national contest will get a $30,000 college scholarship and his or her school will get a $50,000 tech grant.

Bryan’s design, called “The Real 3D Printer,” shows a pencil that can bring whatever is drawn to life. It was selected from tens of thousands of entries on the theme, “If I could make the world a better place.”

Bryan told the audience – which included his middle school art teacher, Diane Varney Parker, his parents and two sisters – the pencil in his design could make anything, “food, medical supplies in the field of battle, Band-Aids.”

He also apologized to his geometry teacher, saying he did the drawing during three geometry classes.

Bryan went up to the auditorium stage after a PowerPoint presentation about several Google features like Google Street Views and the Google Art Project and the history of Google doodles.

People can vote via the Internet until Friday, May 9, and Principal Brad Craven asked everyone “to use social media for good and send this around to create a groundswell of support for Bryan’s doodle.”

Anyone in the United States can vote for their favorite doodle from the 50 state winners. Voting will be open from April 29 to May 9 on this site,
, and the public vote will determine the five national finalists (one in each grade group).

Google will announce these five national finalists, and one of them as the national winner, on May 21 at an awards ceremony in Mountain View, Calif., which all 50 state winners will be invited to.

The winning student will work with a team of professional doodlers to animate their doodle, which will be displayed on the Google home page on June 9.