On May 18, Google announced the 40 regional finalists in its annual Doodle 4 Google competition, which challenges school children to create their own version of the Google logo, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. The winning logo will run on Google’s home page for a day. More than 33,000 students in grades K-12 submitted entries, competing for a $15,000 college scholarship, a $25,000 technology grant for their schools, and other prizes. For this year’s contest, students were asked to design their logos around finishing the sentence “If I could do anything, I would…” This is a smart way for Google to market itself as a friendly brand. It also doesn’t hurt to have 33,000 kids walking around with Google’s logo effectively tattooed to the insides of their eyelids…

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