CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Ten-year-old Devin Elliott of Charleston anxiously stared at Google's home page throughout last week, constantly reloading the site awaiting the results of the 2012 Doodle 4 Google contest winners.
To her surprise, her own entry was featured along with four other West Virginia finalists chosen from more than 114,000 entries nationwide who redesigned the Google website logo with the theme "If I could travel in time, I'd visit ..."
Devin, a home-schooled fifth-grader who chose the theme ancient Egypt, said she knew the contest was for her as soon as she heard about it.
"I read about the competition, and I knew that moment that I wanted to do it," she said. "I'm really into all types of art -- drawing, acting, singing, dancing. It's always been a really positive atmosphere for me whenever I do it, and my family supports it. It's a lot of fun."
Alisa P., 13, of Morgantown, was named the state winner with her redesign inspired by Charles Dickens' "Great Expectations." She won a trip to New York, and her work is displayed at the New York Public Library with other state winners. (Google did not release the last names of the winners.)
Besides Devin, other West Virginia finalists include Blake L., 9, of Huntington with a "Googlestoric" piece; Gaetano F., 13, of Weirton with a World War II-inspired piece and Andrea S., 17, of Charles Town with a medieval theme.
Dylan Hoffman, a second-grader from Wisconsin, was named the national winner, receiving $80,000 in scholarships and computer grants.
The contestants were divided by age group, ranging from kindergarten students to high school seniors, and were judged on artistic merit, creativity and theme communication by a panel of Google employees, according to the site.