Google is asking students across the United States to draw a Google “doodle” imagining their “best day ever.”

Google Doodles are drawings and animations that frequently replace the Google logo on holidays, special events, and sometimes obscure milestones and anniversaries. This is the sixth year that the search engine has conducted the student contest.

Students have until March 22 to submit their entry. Google employees will narrow down the initial submissions to 250, with 50 entries (one from each state) in 5 different age groups. That 250 will be narrowed to a list of 50 state finalists by a panel of guest judges that includes former CBS news anchor Katie Couric. A public vote will then determine 5 national finalists, with one image coming from each age group. A winner will be named from the remaining five.

Each of the 50 finalists will receive a trip to New York city as well as a Wacom digital drawing tablet. The grand prize winner will also receive a $30,000 scholarship and their school will get a $50,000 grant to enhance technology.

Connecticut’s finalist last year was Coginchaug Regional High School student Cory Hassmann.  His was one of 114,000 submissions last year.

Students can download submission forms and templates at Google’s Doodle for Google contest page.

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Lon Seidman is the host and producer of “Lon.TV,” a consumer technology video show that is on a number of platforms including YouTube and Amazon. He creates in-depth, consumer-friendly product reviews and commentary. His YouTube channel has over 300,000 subscribers and more than 100 million views.

In addition to being a full-time content creator, Lon is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Hartford (his alma mater) where he teaches a course in entrepreneurial content creation.

Prior to becoming a full-time creator, Lon was a partner at The Safety Zone, his family’s business that manufactures gloves and safety equipment. The company has locations around the globe and employs over 200 people worldwide. The Safety Zone was acquired by the Genuine Parts Corporation in 2016.

Lon is also active in public service, serving as the Chairman of the Essex Board of Education, a member of the Region 4 Board of Education, and as the Secretary / Treasurer of the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education. He was endorsed by both Democrats and Republicans for his re-election in 2021.

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