Dublin student Kelly McCabe from Scoil Carmel Junior National School is the overall winner of the sixth annual Doodle 4 Google competition. Beating off tough competition from 74 regional finalists, Kelly’s winning doodle will now be seen by millions of users when it appears on the Google Ireland homepage this Wednesday March 26th.
Eight year old Kelly was presented with her award at a special prize-giving ceremony in Google’s EMEA headquarters in Dublin by professional Google doodler, Katy Wu. Katy traveled from Google’s offices in Mountain View to present Kelly with her prizes including a Chromebook and a €5,000 scholarship towards her further studies. Kelly’s school, in Firhouse, Dublin, will also receive a €10,000 technology grant from Google with her teacher, Ms. Teresa Lea, also winning a Chromebook.
The theme of this year’s event was ‘My Adventure’. Kelly’s winning doodle, entitled ‘My Adventure in the Jungle’, was inspired by the jungle and used animals such as elephants, lions and snakes to give the iconic Google logo a creative twist. Describing her doodle, Kelly said, “The jungle is where you can find lots of exciting things, just like Google.”
Speaking at the ceremony, professional Google doodler Katy Wu said “This is my first year to judge the Doodle 4 Google competition and I was blown away by the talent and creativity shown by the entries; it was a tough job trying to choose an overall winner. Kelly’s doodle stood out to me with its fun design and bright colours.”
John Herlihy, head of Google in Ireland said, “This is the sixth year of the competition and I continue to be overwhelmed each year by the level of public interest shown. This year we recorded over 120,000 public votes from people voting for their favourite doodle. I would like to express a big thank you to those that voted, the teachers and parents involved, and most especially the 2,390 students who entered.”