Vote for your Doodle 4 Google artists by May 18, 2009

by Louellen Coker on May 17, 2009

Google, the favored search engine of many, brought back its Doodle for Google competition this year, opening up a unique opportunity for aspiring graphic artists.

When they announced their contest back in February, Google explained,

Google doodles are the special “dressed-up” logos we run on our homepage for holidays and other events, and Doodle 4 Google is an opportunity for one child to have his/her artwork displayed on our homepage as a doodle for hundreds of millions of people to see. This year’s theme is “What I Wish for the World,” as we really want to tap into not only children’s creativity but also what they want their future to look like.

By the end of March, schools across the United States submitted artwork created by children in 4 age brackets (grades K-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12). From the entries, 400 state finalists and 40 regional winners were chosen. You can help determine the winner by going to the official Doodle 4 Google website and casting your vote. You’ll find some great doodles to choose from.

What’s in it for the Doodlers 4 Google?

If you’re sitting there thinking, so what? Consider what your vote could do for an artist and his or her school:

The National Winner will win a $15,000 college scholarship to be used at the school of their choice, a trip to the Google New York Office, a laptop computer, and a t-shirt printed with their doodle. We’ll also award the winner’s school a $25,000 technology grant towards the establishment/improvement of a computer lab.

  • Each of the other 3 National Finalists will win a trip to the Google New York Office, a laptop computer, and a t-shirt printed with their doodle.
  • Each of the other 36 Regional Winners will win a trip to the Google New York Office and a t-shirt printed with their doodle.
  • Each of the other 360 State Finalists will receive a “Doodle 4 Google” official winner’s certificate.

This year we’ve added a new District Quality Participation Prize in the amount of $10,000 to the school district that most encourages high-quality participation from its schools. The District Quality Participation Prize will also be a grant that goes towards the establishment/improvement of a computer lab.

Which Doodler 4 Google should you vote for?

There are some pretty amazing doodles in the finals and I’ll admit it’s hard to choose. Of course, with most of us at Content Solutions being native Texans, we’re mighty proud that we are represented in the finals in 3 out of the 4 divisions! No matter who you vote for, be sure to vote. You’ll be making a big difference in opportunities available to many. Here’s who we voted for:

Grade K-3 Doodle 4 Google finalist

A New Beginning

Gliding Over Our Great Loving Earth

Gliding Over our Great Loving Earth

By Iysis Ruiz, age 9, from Lamar Elementary in Del Rio, TX

I wish peace for the world. The wars must stop and all the people of the world must be friends and take care of one another. The doves represent peace and they are carrying the world to a better place, a place where everyone can be friends and love each other. My wish, I hope, will take place as soon as possible.

Grade 4-6 Doodle 4 Google finalist

A New Beginning

A New Beginning

A New Beginning

By Christin Engelberth, age 12, from Bernard A. Harris Jr. High School in San Antonio, TX

My doodle, “A new beginning,” expresses my wish that in the current crisis discoveries will be made. That in these discoveries solutions will be found to help the Earth prosper once more. That those solutions will help the world get back on its feet, and create a better place for everyone.

Grade 7-9 Doodle 4 Google finalist

Be Seen Being Green

Be Seen Being Green

Be Seen Being Green

By Jadon Mann, age 12, Tippit Middle School, Georgetown, TX

I believe that we all should chose a cleaner energy and keep the planet green for years to come.

Grade 10-12 Doodle 4 Google finalist

Spreading the Spark

Spreading the Spark

Spreading the Spark

Hayden Glyeske, age 16, Central Catholic Junior Senior High School, Lafayette, IN

My wish for the world is that all people would have access to electricity. Electricity is something that so many people take for granted in the world today, but something not everyone has access to. If everyone had access to electricity there would be great advances in medicine and technology.

While we’d love to have a winner from the Lone Star State, we just want you to go vote and help shape a better future for some deserving kiddos. The contest closes May 18, 2008 at midnight PST, so don’t delay! Which Doodles 4 Google are your favorites? Let us know in the comments.

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