WAINAKU, Hawaii – A fourth grader from Ha’aheo Elementary School near Hilo is one of the 50 state winners in the 6th annual Doodle 4 Google competition.
Google recently staged a nationwide student contest for a logo design on the search engine’s homepage.
They reportedly recieved over 130,000 entries… and young Alan Perreira was one of the few finalists.
The school’s website posted this on the front opage:
Alan Perreira (grade 4) entered the Doodle 4 Google contest and drew a Google Doodle for this year’s theme, “My Best Day Ever.” On May 1, 2013 representatives from Google surprised him at our school with the news that he won a trip to New York with his mother to participate in the national competition. Alan was proud and excited as the entire school congratulated with high fives, handshakes, and even requests for his autograph. Google presented every student with a “Doodle 4 Google” t-shirt and sticker. All of the students and faculty members were absolutely thrilled for Alan’s outstanding achievement and cannot wait to see if Alan’s drawing will make him the National Winner. Either way, Alan says that “THIS was the best day ever!”
Here’s his picture, entitled “Roadtrip in Paradise”
He spoke on the phone to KITV news yesterday to explain the artwork.
The contest winner gets their design on the Google homepage, and a $30,000 scholarship. The school of the winning child gets a $50,000 technology grant.
The victor is determined by a public vote.