Five make Google's doodle final
FIVE ARTISTIC County Wexford students are among the 75 finalists in the annual Doodle 4 Google competition, and are in with a chance of winning a €5,000 scholarship for their third level studies, as well as a €10,000 technology grant for their school.
The students are now looking for public votes to progress further in the competition to be named Ireland's Top Doodler. The winning design will feature on the Google search engine homepage for a day in March.
The Wexford finalists include: Emma Doyle from Ballyduff NS in Group 3; Holly Meehan from Kilnamanagh NS in Group 3; Maeve O'Callaghan from Gorey Community School in Group 5; Kayleigh Byrne from Gorey Community School in Group 5; and Chafia Flynn from Our Lady of Lourdes NS, Bunclody, in Group 2.
They were shortlisted by a panel of judges including Ciara O'Shea, Marketing Manager of Dublin Children's Museum, Imaginosity; Irish artist Christine Crotty of The Swan Academy of Art, Design and Digital, famed for her Illustrated Pictorial Maps of Irish Walled Towns; and Jim Fitzpatrick, legendary Irish artist and creator of the iconic red and black 1968 Che Guevara poster.
Members of the public can vote for their favourite Doodle on www.google.ie/doodle4google.
Voting will close at midnight on March 10. The five most popular doodles, one from each age category, will go forward to the final and one of Google's professional doodlers will select the overall winner.
The five class group winners and their teachers will receive a Chromebook each. The overall winner will have their doodle shown on the Google.ie homepage for a full day in March, as well as receiving a scholarship of €5,000 for their third-level studies.
In addition, the winner's school will also receive a €10,000 technology grant as well as a Chromebook for both the overall winner and their teacher.