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This doodle just won a 5th-grader $80,000

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  • 11-year-old wins annual Google Doodle contest
  • Drew fantastic machine that purifies polluted or salt water
  • Scholarship is nice. But having your doodle appear on Google's home page? Priceless
This doodle just won a 5th-grader $80,000

Google turned over their Doodle to an 11-year-old this week. But Audrey Zhang wasn't just handed the keys to the Internet's most famous canvas.

The New York fifth-grader's Doodle was selected from more than 100,000 entries as the winner of Google's annual "Doodle 4 Google" contest for K-12 students, and it appeared Monday on Google's home page.

The competition's theme this year was an invention that would make the world a better place. Zhang's Doodle imagined a fantastic water purification system.

"It takes in dirty and polluted water from rivers, lakes, and even oceans, then massively transforms the water into clean, safe and sanitary water, when humans and animals drink this water, they will live a healthier life," the artist explained in a description shared by Google.

As the contest winner, Google says that Zhang also received "a $30,000 college scholarship and $50,000 Google for Education technology grant for her school." And, of course, the lifetime bragging rights for having her artwork shared across the world.

Google's doodle team also took the extra steps of animating her winning submission for its big day on the home page. "As an animator and director for a day, she made sure we twinkled each light and cleaned the water just right and took extra care for the illustration's dragons—about whom she is also writing a novel."

You can watch the final product spring to life right here:

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