Photo Caption: On Wednesday, Google doodlers Jennifer Hom (left) and Ryan Germick (right) announced Emi Olin of Albany, Ohio, as a Top 5 Finalist in the national 2014 Doodle 4 Google competition.
Alexander Junior High seventh-grader Emi Olin was named one of the five national finalists of Google's seventh annual Doodle 4 Google competition in an awards ceremony Wednesday at the Google headquarters in California, a news release from Google announced.
The contest asks K-12 students across the United States to redesign the Google logo. This year, student Doodles were inspired by the theme "If I could invent one thing to make the world a better place..."
Olin of Albany became Ohio's state winner in the competition, and later her doodle, "Nature's Cure," was voted by the public to become the national finalist for the entire sixth-seventh-grade group in the competition, the release said. Olin's artistic take on the Google logo depicted an invention that would allow plants and animals to thrive and boost the environment.
Olin's Doodle was chosen as one of the top five from more than 100,000 entries received this year. After millions of Americans voted for their favorites Doodles, on May 21, Google hosted all 50 state winners at its headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., for a day of art and technology workshops, fun activities - and the announcement of the finalists and the national winner.
For her achievement, according to the news release, Olin will take home a $5,000 scholarship she can use for college, as well as an Android tablet, the release said.
This year's overall winner is a Levittown, N.Y., student, Audrey Zhang. She will now work with Google's team of professional doodlers to animate her complex doodle - "Back to Mother Nature," which will be displayed on the Google homepage on June 9. She will also take home a $30,000 college scholarship, and her school will receive a $50,000 Google for Education grant toward the establishment and improvement of a computer lab or technology program.