“Travel to Taiwan.” (courtesy of GOOGLE /.)

.AFTER RECEIVING more than 130,000 entries, Google today announced the 50 state-by-state finalists in its annual Doodle 4 Google contest for young students.

In the Washington region, the Maryland winner is seventh-grader Lauren Schen of Ellicott City, a Burleigh Manor Middle School seventh-grader whose entry is titled “Travel to Taiwan”; and the Virginia winner is Kellie Nicely of Lexington, a Rockbridge County High School junior whose work is titled “The Magic of Reading.”

Now, the voting begins. Through May 10, the public can vote on their favorite Doodles in five grade groups. That voting will determine the five national finalists, and the winner will be announced at an awards ceremony May 22 in New York.

The winning student will see her or his work displayed the next day on Google’s high-profile homepage.

The Doodles of all 50 state finalists will then go exhibit (till July 14) at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.

To vote, you can click HERE.

“The Magic of Reading.” (courtesy of GOOGLE /.)