More than 75 William Floyd High School students from Paul Vassallo’s Drawing and Design classes along with students from Carmella Currao’s special education class, entered the 8th annual “Doodle 4 Google” competition for a chance to have their Google doodle featured on the search engine’s home page for one day, as well as the opportunity to win a $30,000 college scholarship, a $50,000 Google for Education grant for their school and a trip to Google headquarters in Mountain View, California.
The theme of this year’s competition, “What makes me…me,” afforded students the opportunity to be as creative as possible while drawing upon their own inspiration to illustrate what makes him or her unique. Student entries will be judged by a panel of six guest judges based on artistic skill, creativity and how well the contest theme is expressed in the artwork and accompanying written statement.
[quote_colored name=”” icon_quote=”no”]“We helped our students to be as creative as possible during this competition,” said Paul Vassallo, technology education teacher, William Floyd High School.[/quote_colored]
“Students were able to interject ideas within their own inspiration and had a lot of fun in the process.”
From the tens of thousands of entries received, the panel of judges will select 53 state and territory winners (territories include Washington D.C., Puerto Rico and Guam), who will then have their work displayed in an online gallery on the Doodle 4 Google website. Out of those 53 entries, the public will vote for their favorite doodle between February 5 and February 22, 2016, to determine the five national finalists. Then in late March, a group of Google employees will select one of those five as the national winner.