By Jenni Vincent
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- Andrea Siles-Loayza has always loved the ocean, but especially now that the artwork she submitted to the sixth annual Doodle for Google competition was chosen to represent West Virginia and may ultimately be selected as the event's national winner.
Based on the theme, "My Best Day Ever," Siles-Loayza used color pencils to create her interpretation of time spent observing undersea life -- colorful images that spell Google and will be used on the search engine's website if she wins nationally.
It was up to the public to decide by voting online at www.doodle4google.com. Voting ended May 10. (See state winners there now.)
Siles-Loayza, a senior at Washington High, entitled her work "Diving in the Coral Reef" after having gone scuba diving.
"I'd have to say that marine biology is one of my most prominent interests. I just love it so much. and that's what inspired me to do this," she said, smiling as others stopped by the school cafeteria for a look at her winning entry.
"This is just like a dream come true," Siles-Loayza said.