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Cherokee Student Wins State Google Contest, in Running for $30,000 Scholarship

Cherokee student Jenna Hooper has won the Doodle 4 Google competition in Oklahoma and is now vying for the $30,000 national prize.
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Fourth-grader Jenna Hooper never thought being inspired by her friends’ tie-dye collection would get her recognized by Google, but that’s exactly what it did.

Jenna, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, was chosen as the Oklahoma state winner in the Doodle 4 Google contest. She’s now eligible for a chance to win $30,000 in the national competition. Not only that, but she and her dad, Kevin Hooper, will be flown to New York City for an awards banquet on May 22.

“I’m excited to be the Doodle 4 Google winner in Oklahoma,” Jenna said. “It really means a lot after putting two weeks into drawing my poster.”

The contest theme of “My Best Day Ever,” inspired her to draw a girl painting the world tie-dye.

“I am thrilled to have a Cherokee student being recognized for her artistic work in a national competition,” said Deputy Chief Joe Crittenden in a press release. “The Cherokee creative spirit is alive and well in our youth. I wish Jenna the best of luck and encourage our citizens to go online and vote for her artwork.”

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To help Jenna win the $30,000 prize, vote for her here.

More than 130,000 students from kindergarten through high school seniors entered the sixth annual Doodle 4 Google contest. State winners will have their art on display at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City through July 14.

The national winner in the 4-5 grade category will win a $5,000 scholarship and the overall competition winner will get a $30,000 scholarship and their doodle will be featured on Google’s homepage May 23. The overall winner’s school will also receive a $50,000 technology grant.

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Cherokee Nation Deputy Chief Joe Crittenden right) presents the 2013 Doodle 4 Google Oklahoma state winner Jenna Hooper, left, with a framed copy of her artwork entry.