Google representatives surprise LAMS 8th grader Ona Gartz recently with the news that she is the state winner of the 2016 Google Doodle contest. She stands with her family, teachers and members of the Google team in a group photo in LAMS Gymnasium. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com
LAMS 8th grader Ona Gartz with her state winning 2016 Google Doodle. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com
A talented student in Los Alamos could soon have her art on the Google homepage for hundreds of millions to see. Google is announcing the 53 state and territory winners in its eighth annual Doodle 4 Google competition, a contest open to K-12 students across the United States to redesign the Google logo inspired by the theme “What makes me…me”
Ona Gartz, an 8th grader from Los Alamos Middle School, is one of the 53 winners with her doodle, “Colors of my Island.” Ona’s doodle was selected from around 100,000 received this year. This was the first year that the use of non-traditional media was strongly encouraged, and about a quarter of submissions used materials like clay, paper mache, leaves and picnic tables!
To help their favorites succeed, everyone across the USA can vote for their favorite doodle from the 53 state winners. Voting runs through today, Feb. 22 on this site: http://www.google.com/doodle4google/vote.html, and the public vote will determine the five national finalists (one in each grade group).
Google will announce these five national finalists and one of them as the national winner March 21 — and the winner’s doodle will go live on Google.com that day.
The winning student and national finalists will travel to Mountain View, Calif., to meet and workshop with Google’s team of professional doodlers and see what it takes to launch a Doodle on the Google homepage. This year, the National Finalist can also nominate a teacher who has inspired them to come along on the trip. The National Winner will take home a $30,000 college scholarship and his or her school will receive a $50,000 Google for Education grant towards the establishment and improvement of a computer lab or technology program.
To see a full list of state winners and to vote online, visit: http://www.google.com/doodle4google/vote.html.
Ona Gartz, left, stands with her Google Doodle and representatives Nick and Toby from Google. They discussed a bit about Google’s history, the different and new projects that Google offers, such as google glasses and self-driving cars as well as the concept of Google Doodle and showed previous winners and their Doodles during a gathering at LAMS. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com
Los Alamos Middle School students flood the LAMS Gymnasium for Google’s surprise announcement that 8th grader Ona Gartz won the State Google Doodle contest for 2016. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com
LAMS Gymnasium is the site of a special Google event announcing the state winner is 8th grader Ona Gartz. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com