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:
For grades 4-5:
For grades 6-7:
For grades 8-9: