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114,000 submissions and millions of public votes later comes the announcement for the winner of ‘Doodle for Google 2012’. Dylan Hoffman, a second grader hailing from Caledonia, Wisconsin has been declared this year’s U.S. Doodle for Google National winner.

According to the announcement via Google’s blog, the young doodler, a student of Prairie School in Racine, Wisconsin doodled a beautiful pirate scene featuring a vibrant parrot, a swashbuckler and a treasure chest filled with jewels and gems adding the letter ‘e’ to Google’s logo.

Talking of the “If I could travel in time I’d visit…” theme, Dylan said that he’d love to sail a pirate ship searching for treasure, have a colourful pet parrot and enjoy beautiful sunsets from deserted islands.

For his creation, Dylan has been awarded with a $30,000 college scholarship and a Chromebook computer, while his school received a $50,000 technology grant. That’s not all. Apart from the doodle being featured on the U.S. Google homepage today, it will also appear on the front of a special edition of the Crayola-64 crayon box come this fall.

Dylan was chosen from amongst a huge number of doodle submissions this year and public votes from millions across the country. There are four other National finalists from different U.S. schools, who will receive a scholarship of $5,000. They are: Talia Mastalski, Grade 5 Herman Wang, Grade 6, Susan Olvera, Grade 8 Cynthia Cheng, Grade11.

The creations of all 50 state winners will be unveiled at the New York Public Library and their doodles will be displayed between May 18-May19 in their home states over the summer….posted 19-05-2012

TREND Since 1998, Google has been marking important days with signature doodles that have attracted a legion
of fans

Google, our mantra, in blue, red, yellow and green. Google is home page to a staggering number of people. And a lot of them look forward to the innovative ways search giant Google celebrates international birthdays, anniversaries, innovations and events — with its signature doodles.

Google doodles were started in 1998 by founders Larry and Sergey. Amrita Parekh, a graduate from the National Institute of Fashion Technology, Chennai, is a great fan. “I love them because they are interactive and creative. My favourite so far has been the one on the First Day of Fall 2012. 1 felt like I was looking at a painting by post-impressionist painter Georges Suer-at,” she says. The doodle shows falling leaves making up the letters of the logo. “What I loved about this piece was that the designers didn’t have to try too hard. You just knew it read ‘Google’.” On April 24, there was another birthday doodle that caught one’s attention. It was George Sundback’s 132nd birthday. He was the man who invented the zip. A click on a zippered up doodle, and the logo unzipped itself to provide information on the inventor.
Back to physics

Just a wave notified Googlers on February 12,2012, that it was the 155th birthday of Heinrich Rudolf Hertz who discovered that electricity travelled in waves. The doodle moved 22-year-old journalist Indu Nandakumar to declare, “I never bothered to read up much on him. This doodle actually reminded me of school and I ended up reading a bit on physics.”
“January 16 was like any other work day for me,” says Anna Tharakan, an audit analyst. Till she opened her homepage. “I was pleasantly surprised to learn it was Martin Luther King’s birthday. This particular doodle had some lines from his speech, ‘I have a dream’. It was quite inspiring for me,” she says.
For music lovers
For music lover Varun Sinha, Freddie Mercury’s
doodle, which led to a three-minute video of the star singing ‘Don’t stop it now”, playing in the background, was a special treat. Another doodle on Les Paul Guitar earned the appreciation of another music lover, Chandni Doulatramani. Every time she moved her mouse over the doodle, it allowed her to play his music. Sowjanya Venugppal was over the moon with delight when along with her morning coffee she head­ed to her desktop. The second ‘0’ in the all-black Google was the moon! To mark the second longest solar eclipse, the search giant had showcased the eclipse in real time for its browsers!
Google archives all its doodles at
doodles. Just search for the one that makes you smile.

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