CHARLES TOWN - 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 colored 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 Friday.
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.
She and her family will be in New York City for the May 22 announcement of this year's national winner. The winning design will appear on the Google home page May 23, said corporate spokesman Clive de Freitas, who visited Siles-Loayza recently at Washington High.
"Since we are partnering this year with the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, all of the 50 state winners will be featured in a showcase there," he said.