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Southington elementary student finalist in Google contest


An elementary student from Southington is a finalist for the national Doodle4Google contest.

The purpose of the sixth annual competition, which is open to students in grades kindergarten to 12, to redesign the Google logo with the theme "My Best Day Ever..."

Hope Scalise, who is a second-grader at Derynoski Elementary School, was chosen for Connecticut. 

"When I got the news, I was just really excited," Hope said.

Hope's entry, which was chosen from 130,000, show how her best day would be to sky dive.

"My best day ever would be if I could go skydiving. It would be such fun! Feeling a rush of excitement while you jump through the sky and having a great view down below. I would see cool planes and strange birds that fly so high and even kites," Hope said in the caption.

Hope's entry is against doodles of a dance recital; learning about nature; becoming a veterinarian and going fishing with a family in Alaska.

"As soon as I saw it I thought, 'kid, you have a shot at this,'" said Hope's mother Dagmara Scalise. "It was fabulous and it is fabulous."

The national winners will be announced on May 22 in a ceremony at the Google offices in New York.

The winner will receive a $30,000 college scholarship. The winner's school will get a $50,000 technology grant from Google.

"She just told me in the office. She did this because she wanted to do something nice for her school," said Jan Verderame, who is the principal at Derynoski Elementary School. "So she is so pure-hearted, this girl. So creative and a wonderful kid so I can't be more pleased."

Her doodle was unveiled Thursday afternoon and it got a big round of applause from the 687 students, who have already started voting once a day till next Friday.

Hope seemed somewhat overwhelmed by all this, but she said she was happy and nervous at the same time.

"We're sending the message out, vote for hope," Dagmara Scalise said.

To vote for Hope and see the winners from the other 49 states, click the following link.

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