|Roadtrip to Paradise by Alan Perreira|
Good luck to Alan Perreira, a 4th grader at Haaheo Elementary School in Hilo, in the national Doodle 4 Google competition for his drawing titled “Roadtrip in Paradise.”
The company asked for drawings from students across the country that depicted each artist's best day ever. More than 130,000 students submitted entries, and Google narrowed it down to one finalist from each state to compete for a scholarship and their drawing displayed on the front page of Google.com.
The national winner will be announced today in New York City, and the artwork will take over Google's homepage on May 23. The grand prize winner will also receive a $30,000 college scholarship and a $50,000 technology grant for his or her school.
Perreira's redesigned Google logo was inspired by the Big Island. "My best day ever would be a roadtrip around the Big Island to visit the many tourist attractions, especially Mauna Kea," Perreira wrote. "My mom sometimes takes my sister and I to Kona. We get to eat Hawaiian food and listen to local music on the way."
Artwork from the national finalists can be viewed online at http://www.google.com/doodle4google/vote.html.
The other state finalists for each age bracket are listed below:Grades K-3, Charles S. http://www.google.com/doodle4google/finalists.html#d=d1-18
Grades 6-7, Carolos R. http://www.google.com/doodle4google/finalists.html#d=d3-21
Grades 8-9, Mailani W. http://www.google.com/doodle4google/finalists.html#g=g4
Grades 10-12, Aiko M. http://www.google.com/doodle4google/finalists.html#d=d5-2