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'Becoming a Veterinarian'

Third-grader Natasha DiBiase is Idaho finalist in Google contest

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Posted: Thursday, May 2, 2013 12:00 am

COEUR d'ALENE - A 9-year-old Hayden girl's vision of a "best day ever" could win her a $30,000 scholarship and a $50,000 technology grant for her school.

Natasha DiBiase, a third-grade student at Lake City Junior Academy, is the Idaho finalist in the Doodle 4 Google youth competition held annually by the search engine giant.

Natasha's design, an illustration of the Google logo, was unveiled Wednesday during an assembly at the school, with representatives from Google on hand.

"My best day ever is when I become a veterinarian," she said.

Natasha formed the capital "G" by drawing a large, orange-striped cat.

"He's big, but he's not a tiger," Natasha explained during the assembly.

A hamster running in a wheel beside a paw print serve as the double "O"s.

The lowercase "g" is formed by a fish jumping out of a fish bowl.

The "l," by a tall, thin woman in a veterinarian's uniform, with scrubs and a white coat. The veterinarian, with long, dark hair, is an older, taller version of Natasha herself.

A round, colorful parrot's head, with an open beak and an eye, create the final letter, the "e" at the end of "Google."

Google Doodles grace the company's search pages every day of the year. They often reflect holidays or historic events.

The national winning design in the Doodle 4 Google competition, open to children in kindergarten to 12th-grade, will be the company's U.S. Doodle of the day on May 23.

Natasha's design is on display, among the other 49 state winners, in an online gallery, where voters can select their favorite designs.

The national winner will be the one that receives the most votes by 5 p.m. May 10.

That winner will be announced May 22 in New York City, where Natasha and the other state winners will be.

As a state finalist, Natasha's prize includes a trip to the Big Apple, a Wacom digital design tablet, and a T-Shirt printed with her Doodle. She will also have her design displayed in a special exhibition at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.

Anita Roberts, Natasha's teacher at the 160-student school founded more than a century ago in Coeur d'Alene, had her students design the Doodles as a class assignment.

Natasha's parents, Sue and Mark-Erik, were at the school with the family dog, Satchmo.

"That was really her inspiration," said Sue. "He got hit by a car. He almost died, a month after we adopted him."

The veterinarian's role in saving her new pet affected Natasha, and she has wanted to medically minister to animals ever since.

"I'm so proud of her," Sue said.

Votes can be cast by visiting: www.google.com/doodle4google/vote.html

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