Mitchell student honored by Google as finalist in art contestThirteen-year-old Angela Schleich was all smiles Wednesday. And as one of 50 national finalists in “Doodle 4 Google,” she had good reason.
By: Chris Huber, The Daily Republic
Thirteen-year-old Angela Schleich was all smiles Wednesday. And as one of 50 national finalists in “Doodle 4 Google,” she had good reason.
Schleich’s drawing featuring Jazz Age musicians was finally unveiled Wednesday to the entire Mitchell Middle School during an assembly. If Schleich wins the national contest, she will have her art featured on the Google homepage and will receive a $30,000 college scholarship, a Google Chromebook computer and a Wacom digital design tablet.
The winner’s school will receive a $50,000 technology grant, giving Schleich’s fellow students good reason to cheer. This is the fifth year Google has put on the doodle contest, and the theme this year is, “If I could travel in time, I’d visit ” … Schleich chose to draw about the Jazz Age in the 1920s because she “loves jazz music.” Google employees Kathryn Devlin and Jen Lu were at the assembly Wednesday to introduce the drawing.
“This year we got over 114,000 submissions, and Angela was one of the top 50,” Devlin said. “It’s just a huge, huge accomplishment.”
The crowd of mostly middle school students wore green, red and yellow “Doodle 4 Google” shirts that the company provided.
Once Schleich got to the stage, she had a smile from ear to ear and wore a T-shirt emblazoned with her winning drawing.
The 50 finalists will travel to New York City for a Google event May 17, where the national winner and four other national finalists will be named. Winners will be decided by a nationwide online vote.
She noted this will be her first time traveling to New York and that she is excited to see the city.
When the large curtain was finally drawn back Wednesday, a 5-footwide replica of Schleich’s doodle was revealed to cheers from the student body.
To vote for Angela Schleich’s doodle, go to the contest’s website at www.google.com/doodle4google/index.html. Voting ends May 10.