2 local students finalists in 'Doodle 4 Google' contest

2 local students finalists in 'Doodle 4 Google' contest


by BORA KIM / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on May 1, 2013 at 5:44 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 1 at 7:00 PM

FORT MILL, S.C. -- Two local students have been chosen as state finalists in this year's "Doodle for Google" contest.

K-12 students from the U.S. were invited to redesign Google's homepage logo around the theme, "My best day ever".

Araman J. Jana from Granite Quarry Elementary School in Rowan County will represent North Carolina.
He impressed judges with his creative interpretation of the day his little sister was born.

Wednesday afternoon, award assemblies were held at their respective schools, announcing the winning entries.

Thirteen-year-old Noel Heil’s entire seventh grade class at Fort Mill Middle School was present when her name was announced. Her parents were also there to share her special day. Noel says her drawing started out as an art class project. It is titled, “By a Lake in Spring,” and is her idea of the perfect day.

"I love my family and I love nature, so being out there, just having a fun time. I love strawberries so that was the "O,” she said.

Gina Weakley Johnson was at Fort Mill Middle School representing Google.

“We look at a lot of things when we are looking at the doodles: artist skill and level then break it down by age. We also look at how creative they are incorporating the Google logo. You can see with Noel's drawing, the volleyball gets shadowed in the lake (to make the g), so it is just kind of a really unique way to show the logo,” said Johnson.

According to the Doodle 4 Google official rules, judging will be based on the following criteria: Artistic merit, creativity and originality, and communication of the contest theme, which includes the artwork and supporting statement in 50 words or less.

The panel of guest judges this year include, TV journalist, Katie Couric to Olympic Gold Medalist Aly Raisman.

The student artist chosen will receive a $30,000 scholarship, and a $50,000 technology grant for their school.
The winner will also receive a Chromebook, a tablet, and a t-shirt bearing their design.

All state finalists will head to New York City for the awards ceremony on May 22. Their design may also be exhibited at the American Museum of Natural History.

You can support our local finalists.  Online voting runs from May 1 through 10. Click here to be directed to the link.