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Pelham girl wins state 'Doodle 4 Google' contest

May 12. 2018 11:58PM
Molly Baker's doodle for Google. (google)

Pelham girl wins state 'Doodle 4 Google' contest

PELHAM - Molly Baker, a first-grader at Pelham Elementary School, has been selected as one of 53 finalists in the 2018 Doodle 4 Google contest. 

Baker and her family learned during a phone call from Google representatives that she is the state winner and will compete to become one of the five national finalists, according to Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains.

Baker, who is a Girl Scout Daisy, was motivated by her love of outer space when she created her drawing to answer this year's contest theme "What Inspires Me." 

"Outer Space inspires me because of all the cool things about outer space. From a constellation, to a shooting star, an astronaut, a space shuttle, and the planets in outer space," Baker wrote. "I hope that someday I become an astronaut and explore space!"

Baker needs help to advance to the next round. Her drawing is featured in a gallery at https://doodles.google.com/d4g, She's in the K-3 category, labeled as "New Hampshire." The public can vote there for their favorite doodle, once a day through Friday. Winners will advance to the next contest round for a chance to be featured on Google.com, along with other prize incentives. 

Girl Scouts in the council who share Baker's love of space can earn Space Science badges in the coming year through Reaching for the Stars: NASA Science for Girl Scouts. The program enables girls to participate in activities using STEM, from creating telescopes out of household objects to night sky scavenger hunts. To learn more, visit www.girlscoutsgwm.org.

Salem High the victor in Granite State Challenge

DURHAM - What figure of speech gives human qualities to nonhuman things? The answer - personification - closed out the championship game of this season's Granite State Challenge and helped Salem High School defeat Plymouth Area Regional High School, 460-400.

Plymouth maintained a lead throughout the game, an academic quiz show that airs on NH PBS, but Salem pulled ahead in the final two minutes, dominating the last questions and preventing a comeback from Plymouth.

The Salem Blue Devils were represented by captain Tony Consentino, Aidan Gallo, Jonathan Tarness and Ricky Jeffreys, with alternates Alexis Ahern and Oba Oseghali. They were coached by Bernie Campbell.

Playing for the Plymouth Bobcats were captain Richard Lyons, Rhys Harris, Konner Bird and Martin Runquist and alternates Austin Sanders and Clayton Titus. Jay Fogarty and Troy Harris were the coaches.

The win was emotional for Campbell, who won the Granite State Challenge championship as a Salem student in 2002.

"I've got three seniors on this team who brought Salem Quiz Bowl back from the dead," he said. "I'm really proud of them."

The seniors, Consentino, Gallo and Tarness, are friends who decided their freshman year that participating in the Granite State Challenge qualifying round would be fun. They arrived without a coach, took the 100-question test and qualified on their own. Upon hearing that their students qualified, Salem High enlisted Campbell as coach.

Salem will advance to the High School Quiz Show Invitational at WGBH in Boston against the Maine winners. The winner of that match will face the winner of the semifinals between Massachusetts and Rhode Island teams in a battle to decide the High School Quiz Show's Invitational champion.

Pelham girl wins state 'Doodle 4 Google' contest

PELHAM - Molly Baker, a first-grader at Pelham Elementary School, has been selected as one of 53 finalists in the 2018 Doodle 4 Google contest. 

Baker and her family learned during a phone call from Google representatives that she is the state winner and will compete to become one of the five national finalists, according to Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains.

Baker, who is a Girl Scout Daisy, was motivated by her love of outer space when she created her drawing to answer this year's contest theme "What Inspires Me." 

"Outer Space inspires me because of all the cool things about outer space. From a constellation, to a shooting star, an astronaut, a space shuttle, and the planets in outer space," Baker wrote. "I hope that someday I become an astronaut and explore space!"

Baker needs help to advance to the next round. Her drawing is featured in a gallery at https://doodles.google.com/d4g, She's in the K-3 category, labeled as "New Hampshire." The public can vote there for their favorite doodle, once a day through Friday. Winners will advance to the next contest round for a chance to be featured on Google.com, along with other prize incentives. 

Girl Scouts in the council who share Baker's love of space can earn Space Science badges in the coming year through Reaching for the Stars: NASA Science for Girl Scouts. The program enables girls to participate in activities using STEM, from creating telescopes out of household objects to night sky scavenger hunts. To learn more, visit www.girlscoutsgwm.org.


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