5/22/14

Audrey Zhang wins National "Doodle 4 Google" Competition

Google announced this week that talented Levittown 5th grader Audrey Zhang, an Island Trees Memorial Middle School student who was a national finalist in 2013 and this year's New York State winner, is the national winner of the 7th annual "Doodle 4 Google" competition.

After the 50 state winners were announced at the end of April, millions of votes were cast nationwide to select the national winner. Audrey's doodle "Back to Mother Nature", was selected from over 100,000 entries this year.

Google hosted all 50 state winners at its Mountain View, California headquarters this week for a day of art and technology workshops, activities, announcement of the finalists (one in each age group), and announcement of the national winner.

The Doodle 4 Google competition, open to all U.S. students from K-12, invites contestants to redesign the Google logo. This year's theme was “If I could invent one thing to make the world a better place...” Audrey's doodle, “Back to Mother Nature”, depicts a transformative water purifier.

Audrey, who began drawing at age 2, has already decided that she will pursue a career in art, saying that drawing allows you to show your ideas to other people.

The Google team of professional doodlers will now work with Audrey to animate her complex doodle — which you can see on the Google homepage on June 9.

Audrey has won a $30,000 college scholarship and her school will receive a $50,000 Google for Education grant to help establish/improve a computer lab or technology program. Google will also make a $20K gift in Audrey's name to a charity that will bring clean water and indoor toilet facilities to 10 Bangladeshi schools.

Water purification was the most persistent theme among this year’s Doodle 4 Google entries, indicating that clean water is on the minds of a lot of young Americans. 

For more information, email Melissa McNamara mmcnamara@globalstrategygroup.com

Local California TV coverage of the announcement.

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