Fort Lee middle schooler is a finalist in Doodle for Google design and style competitors

FORT LEE — A middle college student’s drawing is one particular of 5 finalists in a nationwide competitors to be featured on Google’s homepage — and win a $30,000 scholarship.

Yewon Lee, a seventh grader at Fort Lee middle college, stated it was “unbelievable” to discover out she was one particular of the finalists and had currently won a $five,000 scholarship.

“I did function really hard for the piece, but I did not know I would attain this point,” Yewon stated.

This year’s Doodle for Google contest began in January with the theme “I show kindness by …”

“When I very first heard of the theme, my neighbors came to thoughts very first, simply because they are so good to me and gave me fond memories,” she stated. “I wanted to incorporate that and the memories from neighbors into my art piece.”

Yewon’s original artwork shows scenes of a young girl and an older man consuming ice cream with each other on a bench, a young boy assisting a pregnant lady tie her footwear and children assisting every other plant trees, sharing an umbrella and assisting carry the letter “e.” Every person image is roughly the shape of a letter with each other they spell out “Google.”

Tens of thousands of submissions have been came in from students in all 50 states plus Washington D.C., Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

“Now, it really is so essential to show kindness and compassion, and this year’s contestants shared the multitude of strategies they demonstrate empathy in their communities,” stated Jane Woodall, brand manager from Brand Studio, in announcing the finalists.

With Google items like Chromebooks and Google Classroom embedded in schools everywhere — much more so in the age of the coronavirus — the tech giant counts students amongst its most essential prospects.

In January, it became the fourth tech firm to attain $1 trillion in industry worth, a figure that has given that improved to $1.1 trillion. Google says it has committed $250 million in spending given that 2005 to address gaps in education.

Google Doodles, which occupy the search engine’s household web page for 24 hours, are viewed by hundreds of millions of guests ahead of they vanish and are replaced by the subsequent day’s logo.

The competitors for a spot on the household web page starts after students’ submissions are reviewed and 54 state winners are selected. Subsequent, the public votes on whose doodle will advance.

This year, right after seeking at the votes, the judges chosen 5 finalists, which includes Yewon. The other 4 finalists are from Hawaii, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas.

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“Our neighborhood genuinely rallied and voted for [Yewon] to get to this point and now it really is up to the judges,” Fort Lee’s town-sponsored Facebook web page, Fort Lee Now, wrote. “There is nothing at all much more for us to do, so let’s just send Yewon lots of luck, good thoughts and excellent juju.”

Yewon stated she is thankful the town and her church neighborhood also all voted for her to make it this far.

The finalists have been selected primarily based on a mixture of criteria that integrated artistic merit, creativity and how nicely participants communicated the theme in their artwork and written statement, as nicely as the benefits of public voting.

For becoming a major-5 finalists, Yewon will obtain a $five,000 college scholarship, Google hardware for the new college year and some Google swag.

If she wins the national competitors, she will get a $30,000 college scholarship and a $50,000 technologies investment grant for her college and will have her artwork featured on Google’s homepage for 24 hours.

Google’s judge panel will choose the winner in the coming weeks.

Kristie Cattafi is a regional reporter for For limitless access to the most essential news from your regional neighborhood, please subscribe or activate your digital account currently.

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