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Girls are finalists in Google doodle contest

Johanna Robinson’s theme is needlework. She is the finalist from Maryland. (Torah School of Greater Washington)

Two local girls are gaga over Google.

Eileen Powell, 11, from Alexandria, and Johanna Robinson, 11, from Brookeville, are finalists in the annual Doodle for Google contest.

More than 114,000 kids from kindergarten through grade 12 drew pictures using the search engine’s logo. The theme for this year’s contest was: “If I could travel in time, I’d visit . . .

This week, finalists from each state were chosen. The drawing of the national winner will appear on the Google site and on Crayola’s box of 64 crayons.

Eileen’s doodle showing all the groovy elements of the 1970s was chosen from Virginia. Eileen knew immediately she wanted to make a doodle about the 1970s. “It was a decade when there was a lot of protesting for peace and people trying to be green. I feel like that’s something that we lack today,” She used the peace symbol as one of the o’s.

Eileen Powell’s theme is the 1970s. She is the finalist from Virginia. (Google)

Johanna’s drawing is Maryland’s representative in the contest. It celebrates crafts including crocheting and sewing of the kind that her ancestors in Hungary did. Johanna is now very talented at needlework, although she admits that the first scarf she crocheted “wasn’t very good.” She would like to get a needlework lesson from people “whose livelihoods centered on this unique talent.” The G in her drawing is a basket holding yarn.

The national winner will be chosen May 17 and the winning doodle will be on the Google home page May 18. Through Thursday, you can vote for your favorite doodle. Ask a parent or guardian if you can go online to vote. Then go to www. To see Eileen’s and Johanna’s doodles, click on the tab marked “4-5” — for fourth and fifth grades.

— Tracy Grant

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