Dayton City School wins 4th Statewide “Doodle 4 Google”

DCS 3rd grader Sophia Hicks and her family with her winning entry. (Photo Submitted)

DCS Sophia Hicks wins statewide “Doodle 4 Google” Contest; Mayor proclaims Nela Swinney Day in Dayton!

Once again, a Dayton City School student has captured the attention of the search engine giant Google. The company which is based out of Mountain View, California holds an annual contest called “Doodle 4 Goggle”.

The Doodle 4 Google contest is open to grades K-12. Students are invited to create their own Doodle for a chance to have their own artwork featured on the Google homepage. Doodles are meant to surprise and delight people when they visit the Google homepage.

Dayton City School 3rd grader, Sophia Hicks has been selected as the state wide winner in this year’s “Doodle for Google” contest. This is the second year in a row that a student from DCS has been named the state wide winner.

According to Mrs. Nela Swiney, the Art teacher at DCS, this year’s participants designs were submitted for the state wide competition. Google and it’s representatives made the final decision in choosing the state winner.

Sophia’s winning entry, “Building Homes, Building Communities, Building Friendships!”, was selected from thousands of entries received this year. Her winning entry is now one of 53 that will go on and compete on the national level.

Sophia Hicks winning entry in the 2017 "Doodle 4 Google" contest. (Photo Submitted)

The National Winner will take home a $30,000 college scholarship and his or her school will receive a $50,000 Google for Education computer lab grant.

An assembly of students, teachers, and dignitaries was held on Thursday to witness the unveiling of the winning entry by Google Representatives. During the assembly, Dayton Mayor and City School Board Chairman Gary Louallen presented a proclamation to Mrs.   Swiney proclaiming Thursday,  February 23, 2017, as Nela Swinney day in the City of Dayton. Under the direction of  Mrs.Swinney, a student from DCS has been the state winner four times since the contest began by Google in 2008.

This year’s winner Sophia Hicks is the daughter of Mike & Nadia Hicks of Graysville. She has a sister Lindsay Hicks of Dayton and a brother Nick VanOrnum of California.

If you would like to support Sophia in her bid to be the National “Doodle 4 Google” Winner, you can vote at the link below between  February 23, 2017 and March 6, 2017.

Vote Here For Dayton’s Sophia Hicks In The National Competition


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