Today, Google has announced the winner of their annual Doodle 4 Google contest, which sees kids aged K-12 give their best artistic spins on the famous Google logo. This year's contest saw 114,000 submissions, which were narrowed down to 50 state winners earlier this month.
Now, after an online voting period, the winner emerges in the form of a second grader from Racine, Wisconsin.
Dylan Hoffman's Doodle "Pirate Times" was his response to this years prompt, "If I could travel in time I'd visit..." His pirate-themed Doodle incorporates a pirate ship, the sun, a parrot, a coconut tree, and some cleverly placed booty to form the final "e" in the Google logo.
For his efforts, Dylan will receive a $30,000 college scholarship, a Chromebook, and his school will get a $50,000 technology grant. His artwork, as well as that by our 50 state finalists, will be featured in an upcoming exhibit at the New York Public Library. Dylan's Doodle will be the official Google Doodle on their homepage tomorrow, May 18th.
Google also announced that alongside the national winner, four other Doodles (separated by grade level) have been named "National Finalists." The artists behind these Doodle will each receive a $5,000 college scholarship.
For grades 4-5, Talia Mastalski's "Traveling to me":
For grades 6-7, Herman Wang's "Retro City":
For grades 8-9, Susan Olivera's "Traveling Back to the Future":
For grades 10-12, Cynthia Cheng's "A World of Adventure":
You can check out all the state finalists and winners here.