Local student’s artwork could net Google spot, scholarship

  • Posted: Wednesday, May 1, 2013 10:30 a.m.
    UPDATED: Wednesday, May 1, 2013 10:31 a.m.

GRANITE QUARRY — A Granite Quarry Elementary student is in the running to have a picture he drew put on the Google homepage for millions of people to see, and to winning a big scholarship for himself and technology money for his school.

He’ll need votes to make that happen.


Aryaman Jana, a second-grader, had his drawing selected as the North Carolina state winner from more than 130,000 submitted for the contest nationwide, a press release said. Using the theme “My Best Day Ever …” for inspiration, students were asked to redesign the Google logo into one of the “doodles” that frequently grace the search engine home page.

Aryaman, who will be recognized at a school assembly today, drew a colorful picture of the day his little sister was born. You can see Aryaman’s picture and vote for it here.

The contest was open to students in grades kindergarten through 12.

Starting today, the public will be able to vote for their favorite doodle from the 50 state winners and help select five national finalists (one per grade group).  Voting will be open through May 10 at http://www.google.com/doodle4google/vote.html.

Google will then announce the five national finalists and one of them as the national winner May 22 at an awards ceremony at its New York City office, to which all 50 state winners will be invited. The winning student’s doodle will be displayed on the Google homepage on May 23. The winner will also receive a $30,000 college scholarship and a $50,000 technology grant for his or her school.

All 50 state winners will have their doodles displayed in a special exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History in New York from May 22 to July 14.

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