Google has officially announced the winner of the 2010 Doodle 4 Google competition. The winner is Makenzie Melton, a third grader at El Dorado Springs R-2 Schools in El Dorado Springs, Missouri. Her color penciled winning design titled “Rainforest Habitat” was selected from the entries of 33,000 students all over US. She won $15,000 college scholarship, a netbook computer and a $25,000 technology grant for a new computer lab at her school. Her doodle will also be featured on the Google.com homepage on May 27, will decorate the Google home page of millions of users across the glob. What an achievement- Big hands to Makenzie.
20000 schools were participated in this year’s competition, and received over 33,000 entries.The doodles were judged by a Jury of Google employees , famous cartoonists, illustrators and animators. They selected top 40 Regional Finalists across different grade group. The selected entries were published in Doodle website for public voting. Online voting was from 18 May to 25 May. Finally the name of National Winner is announced at an event held in the Google New York office today.
The three national finalists are:-
Raymundo Marquez, Grade 6, of Nellie Mae Glass Elementary, Eagle Pass, Texas for his doodle entitled “Save Our Rainforest.”
Vance Viggiano, Grade 7, Heritage Home School Academy, Long Valley, New Jersey for his doodle entitled “The Love of Art.”
Bevan Schiffli, Grade 9, Highlands School, Highlands, North Carolina, for her doodle entitled “Branch Out.”
Each of the other three national finalists won a trip to New York City for an event on 26th May 2010, a portable computer, a Wacom digital tablet and design a T-shirt printed with their doodle on it.