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MLA student Alisa Pugacheva wins Doodle 4 Google WV!

Morgantown Learning Academy (MLA) student Alisa Pugacheva was one of 50 finalists in the 8th/9th grade division out of more than 114,000 submissions in this year’s contest.

Doodle 4 Google is a competition where K-12 students were invited to re-design Google’s home page logo. This year kids were asked to exercise their imagination around the theme, “If I could travel in time, I’d visit…” Alisa drew the gathering of scientists and artists at the 1851 World Expo in London. Today, Googlers traveled to 50 states to celebrate each state winner.

Googlers Sam Peretore and Leslie Hernandez traveled from Mountain View, California to be with Alisa at the MLA assembly today. The gym was packed with excited children, colorful Google balloons and T-shirts, and a large blow-up of Alisa’s artwork. Sam and Leslie took the MLA students on a GoogleEarth trip to see the T-Rex in front of their office in California, the building in New York where Alisa will travel, the Mariana Trench, and finally to the moon!

When Alisa was announced as the winner, the gym erupted with applause from her classmates. Alisa received a great deal of support from other MLA students. Her classmates said: “I’m really glad that Alisa got this opportunity…she is a great artist with lots of potential.” Another friend stated, “We are really proud of her!”

After the presentation to Alisa, Leslie and Sam took questions about Google from the PK-8 MLA students. Sam stated, “The students are so sharp and on top of things here. Alisa is a very impressive girl. We are honored to get to know her in person and bring the magic of Google to MLA.”

MLA is an incorporated, private, non-profit school. The purpose of MLA is to provide an alternative education of the highest quality for children of all racial, cultural, religious and economic backgrounds. “Alisa is a creative and academic leader in our community and it is gratifying to have her talent recognized on a national level,” said Director Eve Ward.

Alisa will be representing West Virginia at the national level in New York City, where her Google Doodle will be on public display at the New York Public Library.