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Doodle 4 Google finalist is an elementary school student in Silver Spring

(Illustration by Shashi Arnold/From Google)

A Silver Spring student is among the 50 state finalists in the national Doodle 4 Google art contest, the company said Monday.

Shashi Arnold, a fifth-grader from East Silver Spring Elementary, was selected for her Doodle “Imagination Transportation,” in which kids soar through the skies in cardboard boxes.

Shashi, a habitual doodler who comes from an artistic family, said she was “super excited and amazed” when she heard the news.

“I don’t take art classes — I just practice, practice, practice,” she said. “There’s probably not a single page of my math notebook that isn’t doodled on. I’m always showing my art to friends for advice and feedback.”

Shashi came up with several concepts before settling on her flying boxes. The contest received more than 100,000 entries from students in kindergarten through grade 12.

The public can vote for their favorite Doodle at Voting closes May 9, and the winner will be announced June 9.

— Michael Cavna

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