DCS 3rd Grader Aidan McRorie, Statewide Winner in “Doodle 4 Google” Competition
Dayton City School students, faculty, and administrators along with local and state dignitaries came together for an assembly at Dayton City School. The purpose, to hear an announcement from Google about the statewide “Doodle 4 Google” contest winner.
Dayton City School’s third-grader Aidan McRorie won the “Doodle 4 Google” competition with her Google Pet Rescue entry.
According to both DCS Principal Linda Abel and DCS Art Teacher Nela Swiney, 21 participant’s designs from DCS were submitted in the statewide competition. Google and it’s representatives made the final decision in choosing the state winner. Now that winner, Aiden McRorie, will continue on to compete at the national level. She will not only represent DCS but the entire State of Tennessee.
“Doodle 4 Google” is an annual contest open to students in grades K-12. Students are invited to create their own Google doodle for the 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. Past doodles have celebrated some of the most brilliant, talented, and passionate people throughout history.
According to Mrs. Swiney, Google began this contest in 2008. She has been working with students after school to set high goals for the “Doodle 4 Google” artworks and it has paid off. “We have had a state finalist, seven out of eight years, and now three state winners. I know this is possible due to the quality of teaching at Dayton City School and student’s willingness to create new ideas.”
The theme for this year’s “Doodle 4 Google” is “What makes me…me.” There are a million and one facts, interest, and quirks that make everyone unique. We are asking kids to do the same by creating a doodle that shows the world what they’re passionate about, what gets them excited, or what they dream about. In other words, we’re asking that this year’s doodles explain “What makes me…me .”
Google representatives Inci Atrek and Elena Czubiak were on hand and explained that the national winner will have his or her doodle featured on the US Google.com homepage for one day. He or she will receive a $30,000 college scholarship, a $50,000 Google for education grant for his or her school, a trip to Google’s headquarters in California to meet the Google Doodlers, an opportunity to nominate a teacher to come on the trip. They also receive a Chromebook and an Android Tablet, as well as a T-shirt printed with his or her doodle on it.
The four national finalist who do not become the national winner will have their doodles featured in the “Doodle 4 Google” gallery. Each National Finalist will also receive a $5000 college scholarship, a trip to the Google headquarters in California to meet the Google Doodlers, an Android Tablet and a T-shirt printed with his or her doodle on it.
The 48 state and territory winners, who do not become national finalist, will have their doodles included in the “Doodle 4 Google” gallery. Each state and territory winner will receive an Android Tablet and a T-shirt printed with his or her doodle on it.
On March 21, the national winner will be announced and their doodle goes live on Google.com. The winner and the four national finalist will be visiting Mountain View, California, to meet the Google doodle team. You will be able to view the winning doodle live on Google.com homepage on March 21, 2016.
Aidan McRorie, who was surrounded by her parents and grandparents, was read letters of congratulations from representatives of US Sen. Bob Corker and Congressman Scott DesJarlais.of
DCS Principal Linda Abel stated that on behalf of the Dayton City School board, school administration, and faculty that they are proud of all the students who participated in the competition. Principal Abel stressed that they are very proud of each and every student and teacher at DCS. “We have the best school in the entire state in my opinion.”
If you would like to view all 21 participant’s artwork submissions, you can view them at this link below.
If you would like to support Aidan McRorie in her bid to be the National “Doodle 4 Google” Winner, you can vote at the link below between Feb. 5-22, 2016.