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South Kitsap High School Student’s Art Noticed by Google

5/27 Update: National winner announced. See update at bottom of this post.

After posting this blog entry, I learned that there are two other local finalists in the Doodle 4 Google Contest, Michelle Ortiz of Poulsbo Middle School in North Kitsap and Bryan Wei of Kopachuck Middle School in Gig Harbor. Bryan’s doodle, titled “Build and Earthquake Proof City” was among 40 regional finalists. Four national finalists, chosen by public vote from among the 40, will be announced Thursday. The winner’s doodle will appear on Google.com.

If you pay attention to the day-to-day changes in the Google Image on the search engine’s home page, and if you’re from South Kitsap, you’ll want to pay extra close attention and look for for a contribution from our little corner of the world.

Karlie Goss, a South Kitsap High School junior and advanced graphics student, recently was selected as a state finalist in her age group (10th through 12th grade) for the Doodle for Google Contest. Students across the country were asked to create a Google design, mentally completing the sentence, “If I could do anything, I would … ”

Goss’ design shows hands of people of different races playing with a river of rainbow colors. The title of the piece is “To Give the World Color.”

The contest drew participants from 20,000 schools, and Google received more than 33,000 entries. Goss’ art is among four hundred state finalists’ doodles selected by judges.

Goss’ art teacher at South is Cathy Duttry.

Google hosted the competition because, “We are delighted to encourage and celebrate the creativity of young people, and are excited to see the range of creative doodles that are submitted.”

As for the theme, according to Google FAQ’s on the contest, “At Google we believe in thinking big and dreaming big, and we can’t think of anything more important than encouraging students to do the same. We are looking forward to what kind of creative visions kids will submit for what they would do in the world, if they could do anything.”

By the way, if you see one of those fancy Google logos and you wonder what it refers to, you can click on the image and the good folks at Google will give you an explanation. I felt so enlightened the day I figured that out.

5/27: The national winner of the Doodle for Google contest is a third grader from Missouri. You can see her artwork today on Google.com. Gig Harbor student, Bryan Wei, was not among the four national finalists announced today on the Doodle for Google blog. But hey, good on ya, Bryan, and Karlie and Michelle. Keep on doodling and dreaming.