An artwork by a student from Our Lady's Bower in Athlone has reached the final of the sixth annual 'Doodle 4 Google' competition.
Aoife Collins from the Bower is one of 75 young entrants who have reached the final of the nationwide art contest.
The overall winner will have his or her doodle displayed on the Google Ireland homepage for millions of people to see, and will also earn a €5,000 third-level scholarship.
Aoife and Magdalena Kiryakova from Presentation Senior School, Mullingar are Westmeath's two finalists. All of the finalists will now go head to head in a public vote to be crowned this year’s Doodle 4 Google champion.
People in the county are being urged to visit: www.google.ie/doodle4google to vote for Aoife and Magdalena.
The finalists were shortlisted by a panel of judges including Ciara O’Shea, Marketing Manager of Dublin Children’s Museum, Imaginosity, Irish artist Christine Crotty of The Swan Academy of Art, Design and Digital, famed for her Illustrated Pictorial Maps of Irish Walled Towns, and Jim Fitzpatrick, legendary Irish artist and creator of the iconic red and black 1968 Che Guevara poster.
Voting will close at midnight on the 10th of March. The five most popular doodles, one from each age category, will go forward to the final and one of Google’s professional doodlers will select the overall winner.
John Herlihy, Head of Google Ireland, said, “We were very impressed by the quality of entries that we received this year and each entrant should be enormously proud of their work. The level of creativity and imagination shown was fantastic and left our judging panel with a tough task of shortening the list to 75.
"Now it’s the public’s turn to get involved and help choose our five class group winners. So get online and get voting for your favourite doodle!”
Winners in each of the five categories, and their teachers, will receive a Chromebook each. The overall winner will have their doodle shown on the Google.ie homepage for a full day in March as well as receiving a scholarship of €5,000 for their third-level studies.
In addition, the winner’s school will also receive a €10,000 technology grant as well as a Chromebook for both the overall winner and their teacher.