Abby wins Google Doodle prize

A LOCAL student at Johnswell National School in Kilkenny has won the first and second class category of Google’s fourth annual ‘Doodle 4 Google’ competition.

A LOCAL student at Johnswell National School in Kilkenny has won the first and second class category of Google’s fourth annual ‘Doodle 4 Google’ competition.

Abby Ware, in second class, was up against the competition’s 75 finalists, and she won the most public votes of any entry in her age category.

Google doodler Sophia Foster-Dimino, who is part of the official Google doodle team based in Google Headquarters in California, presented Abby with her award at a special ceremony in Dublin.

The theme of this year’s competition was ‘I wish...’ Describing her doodle, Abby said:

“The first ‘G’ represents lettuce. The first ‘O’ is an ice-cream. The second ‘O’ is a sweet and the second ‘G’ is a chocolate bar. The ‘L’ is a tree and the ‘E’ is a beautiful flower. All of these are part of my idea of a fantastic food garden.”

The overall winner was Limerick student Patrick Horan, from St Munchin’s College. Patrick’s doodle will be seen by millions of people when it appears on the Google Ireland homepage on March 16. Patrick’s school will be awarded a €10,000 technology grant while group winners and their teachers receive a personal laptop computer each.

“This is my first visit to Ireland and with over 2,300 entrants it is obvious that Ireland’s reputation as a cultural and artistic leader in Europe is well deserved,” Sophia Foster-Dimino said.

“The creativity exhibited by all of the five finalists was fantastic. I really struggled to pick a winne

John Herlihy, Head of Google Ireland said that the competition had shown the power of imagination.

“Everyone involved should be extremely proud of their achievements,” he said.

“Google is committed to encouraging creativity and innovation amongst the next generation and the standards shown by this year’s entrants confirm that Ireland’s future is in safe hands.”

An expert panel of judges chose the 75 finalists, who went forward to the online public vote in February. Over 125,000 votes were registered by the public and the five doodles with the highest number of votes made it through to the finals.

All 75 finalists Doodle 4 Google winners were invited to a special fun day and prize-giving in Google’s Headquarters in Dublin to celebrate their achievements. At the event the children were treated to a special doodle workshop with Sophia Foster-Dimino.

The Doodle 4 Google competition was launched in October 2011, and was open to all primary and secondary schools in the Republic of Ireland.

From time to time Google changes its logo for special occasions or to mark events and these are known as doodles.

The entries were judged on both artistic merit and how well students explained what the theme ‘I wish’ means to them.