February 23, 2017
A talented student in Bettendorf, IA could soon have her art on the Google homepage for hundreds of millions to see. Google is announcing the 53 state and territory winners in its ninth annual Doodle 4 Google competition, a contest open to K-12 students across the United States to redesign the Google logo inspired by the theme “What I see for the future...”
Shalini Chandupatala, a 3rd grader from Hopewell Elementary in Bettendorf, is one of the 53 winners with her doodle, “Happy Healthy and Safe Future”, depicting different natural habitats. This is Chandupatala’s second time as a finalist in the Doodle 4 Google competition. Representative Dave Loebsack was on-hand at Hopewell Elementary to help Chandupatala celebrate during a surprise assembly.
“I am pleased to help honor Shalini Chandupatala for her winning artwork in the Doodle 4 Google competition. Shalini’s artwork, Happy Healthy and Safe Future, perfectly captures this year’s theme ‘What I see for the future….’,” said Rep. Loebsack. “I also want to thank all of this year’s participants for their work as well as Google for sponsoring the annual competition. By using technology, students are able to explore the world from their desk and help make it a better place.”
To help their favorites succeed, everyone across the USA can vote for their favorite doodle from the 53 state winners. Voting will be open from February 23rd to March 6th on this site: http://www.google.com/doodle4google/vote.html, and the public vote will determine the five national finalists (one in each grade group). Google will announce these five national finalists and one of them as the national winner on March 31 — and the winner’s doodle will go live on Google.com that day.
The National Winner will take home a $30,000 college scholarship and his or her school will receive a $50,000 Google for Education grant towards the establishment and improvement of a computer lab or technology program.
To see a full list of state winners and to vote online, visit: http://www.google.com/doodle4google/vote.html.