Waterville fifth-grader Inga Zimba, winner of the state Doodle4Google contest, met with Gov. Paul LePage on Tuesday at the State House to discuss her winning entry.
Inga, who attends Albert Hall School in Waterville, is one of 10 finalists nationally in the fourth- and fifth-grade group in the contest that originally attracted more than 100,000 contestents and now is down to 50.
“I love to draw,” Inga told LePage, according to a news release from his office. “I sketch things all the time.”
Her doodle, which focuses on bees, is called “Save a Google Bees.” She drew it because “over 124 foods would be gone if we didn’t have bees!” Hence the title of her drawing: “Save a Google Bees.”
“Google is inspiring children to do amazing things,” Inga said. “In the future, I think I’d like to study bees.”
“I admire Inga’s inspiration, her dedication to something she loves and believes in,” LePage said, according to the release. “She certainly has an exciting and successful future ahead.”
Inga’s family; her art teacher, Hollie Hilton; and her school principal, Barbara Jordan, accompanied her to Augusta.
She will travel to an awards ceremony at Google headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., in June.
The national winner’s animated doodle will be featured on the Google homepage for a day on June 9. To view and vote for her doodle, go to www.Google4Doodle.com.