Governor LePage Meets Finalist In “Doodle 4 Google” Contest

May 6, 2014

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, May 6
Contact: Peter A. Steele, Communications Director, (207) 287-5086

AUGUSTA – Governor Paul R. LePage met today with Inga Zimba, Maine’s state winner in the nationwide “Doodle 4 Google” contest and a fifth-grade student at Albert S. Hall School in Waterville.

The contest began with over 100,000 contestants, but judges have since narrowed the submissions to 50, one finalist from each state.

Inga is one of 10 other finalists in her fourth- and fifth-grade group. “I love to draw; I sketch things all the time,” she told the Governor. When asked what inspired the object of her doodle, Inga replied, “Over 124 foods would be gone if we didn’t have bees!” Hence, the title of her drawing: “Save A Google Bees.”

To view Inga’s artwork and vote for her to become a national finalist, go to

“I admire Inga’s inspiration, her dedication to something she loves and believes in,” said Governor LePage. “She certainly has an exciting and successful future ahead.”

Inga’s family, her art teacher, Hollie Hilton, and her school principal, Barbara Jordan, also accompanied Inga to meet the Governor. Hilton and Jordan said Inga’s determination, sweet spirit and leadership have made her a natural role model for her fellow students, who have cheered her on all along the way.

Google will be sending Inga to an awards ceremony at Google Headquarters in Mountain View, California. The national winner’s animated doodle will be featured on the Google homepage for the day of June 9.

“Google is inspiring children to do amazing things,” said Inga. “In the future, I think I’d like to study bees.”

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