Doodle 4 Google Winning Doodle Hits Google’s Homepage

    May 18, 2012
    Chris Crum
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Google 4 Doodle, Google’s doodle contest aimed at students grades K-12, has received a winner: 2nd grader Dylan Hoffman from Racine, Wisconsin.

The doodle, entitled, “Pirate Times,” was Hoffman’s response to Google’s concept of: “If I could travel in time I’d visit…”.

Hoffman gets a $30,000 college scholarship and a Chromebook. His school gets a $50,000 technology grant. His doodle, along with those from 50 state finalists, will be featured in an exhibit at the New York Public Library.

4 other doodles from different grade levels have been named National finalists, and the kids who created those will each get a $5,000 college scholarship. You can get a closer look at the national finalists here.

Google explains, “From North Pole, Alaska to Miami, Florida to Cape Elizabeth, Maine, to Kapa’a, Hawai’i, our State Winners and State Finalists hail from literally every corner of the country. Chosen from a total of over 114,000 entries, these masterpieces represent the top doodles from this year’s contest. The State Finalists are the highest ranked doodle from each grade group from each state and the State Winners are the highest ranked doodle per state regardless of grade group. The 50 State Winners were chosen by Google employees and our amazing Guest Judges from the 250 State Finalists. Entries from the District of Columbia were judged along with entries from Maryland.”

Guest judges included supertsar Katy Perry, Phineas and Ferb creator Jeff “Swampy” Marsh, American Idol winner Jordin Sparks, children’s book artist Mo Willems, bestselling co-authors of the Spiderwick Chronicles, Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi, Crayola Digital Design Creative Director Brian Nemeckay and Jack Martin, Assistant Director for Public Programs and Lifelong Learning for Children, Teens and Families at The New York Public Library.

Here are the state winners and finalists for grades K-3:

Google 4 Doodle State Winners and Finalists K-3

For grades 4-5:

Google 4 Doodle state winners grades 4-5

For grades 6-7:


State winners and finalists for Google 4 Doodle - grades 6-7

For grades 8-9:

Google 4 Doodle State winners and finalists - grades 8-9

For grades 10-12:

Google 4 Doodle State Winners and Finalists - grades 10-12

  • vicki

    Congratulations to Dylan for his great doodle. And, congratulations and blessings to all the Google staff for this wonderful program and the scholarships and grants to the school. It is something very positive in a world that seems bent on only negative things.

    Kudos to Google and to young Dylan!!


    wow Dylan congratulations on a job well done. You were my first pick and you won. I hope to see more of your work in the futuure.

  • Sondra Cooper

    Congrats to Dylan for his winning doodle for Google. Saw the story on the news and was so impressed that a 7 year old drew this picture. It’s awesome!!!

  • Roberta

    I enjoyed looking at the Google drawings. What a wonderful opportunity for these kids. Their artwork was impressive. Very cool Google….very cool!

  • Dcoppert

    Congratulations to little Dylan’s mom or dad, you draw as well as a talented 12 year old! Yep, I don’t believe for a second the little guy did even most of this. Have you seen his live TV interviews? I don’t think he even knows that the pirate is a “g”.  
    Google is sending the wrong messge to truly talented artists (as well as the cheater parents who are now $30,000 richer and the poor kid being paraded around as a genius–how embarassing!) by unverifying the winning childrens artistic capabilities. A proctored ability test for all the finalists would prevent such absurd awards from being given.  

    • John Taylor

      Your kid must had lost; don’t be green you bitter bag!

    • Christine

      I was IN the room when Dylan won (my daughter was the Vermont state winner), and there were 49 kids in that room more gracious than you. Additionally, I DID see Dylan drawing some during the day – and have little doubt that he is perfectly capable of such a drawing.

      The kids were ALL wonderful – grateful, talented, and amazing!
      Congratulations, Dylan!

    • S Lee

      My thoughts exactly! Shame on parents that are “holding the hands” of their children for false gain.