Google doodle could pay off for Pelham elementary school artist

Union Leader Correspondent
May 09. 2018 9:40PM
Pelham Elementary School student Molly Baker is trying to get the votes she needs to advance in the “Doodle 4 Google” national contest. (Jason Schreiber/Union Leader Correspondent)
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To vote for Molly Baker's "What Inspires Me?" Doodle 4 Google, visit

Molly Baker’s doodle was chosen as the state winner for New Hampshire in the “Doodle 4 Google” contest. (Jason Schreiber/Correspondent)

PELHAM — Pelham Elementary School first-grader Molly Baker has big plans for the future.

The 7-year-old budding artist hopes to become an astronaut and is already making plans with her friend.

“We’re going to go to Mars together,” she said.

She’s got a lot of time to prepare for her out-of-this-world adventure, but in the meantime she’s focusing her efforts on getting the votes she needs to take the top prize in a national doodling contest hosted by Google.

Molly recently learned that she was New Hampshire’s 2018 “Doodle 4 Google” state winner.

“I knew I could do it,” she said with excitement.

Google invited young artists from across the country to create doodles of things that inspire them and enter their artwork in its annual contest.

State and territory finalists were selected and public online voting is now underway until May 18 to pick the Top 5 national finalists.

The winner will see their doodle transformed into an interactive experience on and earn a $30,000 college scholarship, $50,000 technology package for their school or a nonprofit organization, a trip to Google headquarters in California, and other gifts.

The doodles were judged in five different age group categories from kindergarten to grade 12.

Molly, who is entered in the K-3 group, was the only winner from New Hampshire.

Her doodle reflected her passion for outer space by using stars, planets, an astronaut and a space shuttle to spell out the name Google.

“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. I hope some day that I become an astronaut and explore space!” she wrote in her message to Google.

She said it took about a day to make the doodle, which was one of about 180,000 entries nationwide.

“I like to draw a variety of things,” said Molly, who is also a Girl Scout Daisy of Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains and looks forward to earning a Space Science badge through a program called “Reaching for the Stars: NASA Science for Girl Scouts.”

Molly’s mother, Jeanie, said she was speechless when she got the call from Google last month notifying her that she was New Hampshire’s winner and had a chance to advance.

“My Dad looked to see if it was a prank call,” Molly said.

She used some of her new Sharpies to create the doodle.

“She loves drawing. She’s constantly drawing, constantly coloring and loves to invent new things,” her mom said.

For winning at the state level, Google gave Molly a Chromebook, a T-shirt and bag with her doodle, and a certificate.

A large print of her doodle is also now on display in the school’s library along with signs urging people to cast their votes daily at

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