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Doodle 4 Google

June 5, 2019

Biddeford Middle School’s John Gatchalian

Art teacher Liz Ames is very excited but I’m sure that John Gatchalian and his family are more thrilled! At an assembly at John’s school, Biddeford Middle, the 7th grade artist was recognized for his art work by Google and named the winner for Maine in the Doodle 4 Google contest. Liz said: “He is a fantastic art student that has shown through his actions that perseverance & creativity pays off”.

The next step is the online voting. You can participate but only until Friday, June 7, by going online at If John is one of the top 5, he will win a $5000 scholarship and will be flown to Google Headquarters. Liz is certain if John wins that the scholarship will be used for art school.
You can learn more about it at THIS LINK from the coverage on newscentermaine.
You can vote at THIS LINK until this Friday, June 7.

Doodle 4 Google

January 21, 2019

Opportunity for learners, K-12

Use your imagination to create a Google Doodle based on what inspires you. The 2019 Doodle for Google contest is open and this year’s theme is

When I grow up, I hope…  

Students in the U.S. in grades K-12 are eligible to create a design, using any materials, and submit it to the Doodle for Google Competition. For eligibility, requirements, and rules CLICK HERE

DEADLINE: MARCH 18, 2019, 8:00 p.m. Pacific Time 

Each design must be accompanied by an ENTRY FORM


  1. Artistic merit:
    Based on artistic skill
  2. Creativity:
    Representation of the contest theme, use of the letters in the Google logo, and the unique approach to the doodle
  3. Theme communication:
    How well the contest theme is expressed in both the artwork and the written statement

Submissions will be divided into 5 grade level clusters for judging:

  1. Grades K-3
  2. Grades 4-5
  3. Grades 6-7
  4. Grades 8-9
  5. Grades 10-12

Jimmy Fallon and Kermit the Frog announcing the Doodle 4 Google on the Tonight Show!


Doodle 4 Google

February 27, 2018

Let the doodling begin

What inspires me?Does art inspire you? Clouds that look like faces? Sugar? Discovering new galaxies? Artists have looked to the world around them for centuries to gain inspiration. This year’s 10th anniversary of Doodle 4 Google asks students to do the same. The winner’s artwork will be made into an interactive doodle on as well as loads of scholarships and prize

Students in grades K-12 are invited to take part in the 2018 Doodle 4 Google contest, and create an uplifting doodle that tells the world “What inspires me.” From crayons to clay, graphic design, or even food, young artists can utilize any materials to bring their creation to life. Like all Google Doodles, each doodle must incorporate the letters G-o-o-g-l-e. One national winner will receive a $30,000 college scholarship, a $50,000 technology package for their school/non-profit organization, and a behind-the-scenes experience with the Doodle team to transform their Doodle into an interactive experience on DEADLINE: March 2nd, 2018



Doodle 4 Google – Maine Winner

February 24, 2017

Medomak Valley Middle School, Waldoboro

A student at Medomak Middle School in Waldoboro has been chosen as the winner of the state’s Doodle 4 Google competition. Ruth Havener, a seventh-grader, is one of 53 state and territory winners whose doodles now have a chance to appear on Google’s homepage in March.


Medomak Middle School seventh-grader Ruth Havener won the Doodle 4 Google statewide competition with “The Same Ocean in the Future.”

Medomak Middle School seventh-grader Ruth Havener won the Doodle 4 Google statewide competition with “The Same Ocean in the Future.”

The Doodle 4 Google competition is an annual nationwide contest open to students in grades K-12. Students create their own doodle, which must spell the word Google, from any materials they want. The theme of this year’s competition was “What I see for the future.”

According to a press release Havener’s doodle, titled “The Same Ocean in the Future,” depicts a colorful array of  sea creatures. It was selected out of thousands of entries received this year.

An assembly to announce Havener as the state winner will take place at Medomak Middle School on Monday, Feb. 27.
U.S. Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, will offer his congratulations to the winning student via video during the assembly.

From Thursday, Feb. 23 through Monday, March 6, anyone can vote for their favorite doodle from the 53 state and territory winners at

The public voting will determine the five national finalists, who will be announced March 31. The finalists will be named from each of the competition’s age groups: grades K-3, grades four and five, grades six and seven, grades eight and nine, and grades 10-12. The national winner will be announced the same day and the winner’s doodle will go live on Google.

The winner will take home a $30,000 college scholarship and his or her school will receive a $50,000 Google for Education grant toward the establishment and improvement of a computer lab or technology program.

Google started the contest in 2008. Last year’s winner was Akilah Johnson, a 10th-grader from Washington, D.C.

This article was written by Alexander Violo and reprinted from the Lincoln County News, February 23rd edition.


In Today’s News

February 5, 2016

Doodle winner sister of Doodle winner

Albert Hall 5th grader continues school, family Doodle 4 Google streak. Karin Zimba is the Maine winner of the Internet search engine’s annual doodle contest; her sister, at the same school, won in 2014.

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Read the entire article by clicking here


Vote by May 9th!

May 7, 2014

Exciting news from the Albert S. Hall School, Waterville, Maine

Three representatives from Google made a surprise visit to the Albert S. Hall School recently to award 5th grader, Inga Zimba, as a State Winner in the 2014 Doodle 4 Google Competition!! The design (and statement) were created as part of an assignment introduced in Art Class by art teacher Hollie Hilton. Congratulations to Inga who created a design to Save the Bees.

You can go to and cast your vote (click Vote/4-5/and find Inga’s Save a Google Bee) for her to be a national finalist! You may vote on your own multiple devices and please share with family and friends! Voting ends May 9th. Inga will travel to California to learn if her idea was selected.


This is what Inga’s art teacher, Hollie Hilton, said about her

I have had the privilege of teaching art to Inga for two years. Inga possesses a quest for knowledge in the arts with exceptional curiosity. She persists in completing activities beyond the time frame of the art class, always asking if she can take it home to pursue it further. Not only does she bring back the finished art, she explains what she did by expressing herself with competence, confidence and a smile. Inga has the instinctive nature to be completely relaxed and confident when learning something new. After she understands the concept of a lesson, she then takes it a step further with her distinctive nuances and intellectual playfulness. She is humble, poised and well spoken.

A perfect example of her exceptional skill is a result of a lesson I recently taught for the Doodle 4 Google contest. Inga not only created a masterpiece for a “doodle”; she created a piece that incorporated what she was learning in science at school and what she was researching at home with her father. From the subtle nuances, such as; the play of the Google letters to exhibit a bee’s eyesight or the seriousness of her message, Inga took her art lesson to an exceptional level. This is evidence of initiating higher problem solving skills at an advanced level.  She took past techniques that she has learned in art, such as gradation, to help create a 3-D illusion. Her dedication of taking every art lesson to its fullest potential is proof of her passion and commitment.  A distinguished panel of judges in the Doodle 4 Google contest awarded Ingaís art and message and she is this years state winner.

You can go to the links below to read an article and hear Inga and Hollie on the topic.

Please support Maine and vote for Inga’s artwork!



Google Art Contest

May 25, 2013

Falmouth Middle School 8th grader one of top 5 in country

Joseph Han, 14, was already among the 50 state winners in the “Doodle 4 Google” contest for his colorful drawing, “Late-Afternoon Bliss” answering the call for artwork under the theme of “Coming Home”. He learned recently that his work was selected as one of 5 from 130,000 submitted.

“Han’s doodle was a colorful painting of a boy sitting on the bank of a river with the Google name subtly spelled out by trees and a footbridge. Han receives a $5,000 scholarship for his selected artwork.”

Read the entire article from the Portland Press Herald written by Jason Singer where the information above and image below came from by clicking here.

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Learning at all Levels

June 6, 2011

Life-long learning

Alice's students perform

I am so fortunate to be able to meet passionate educators throughout the state who provide arts education opportunities for students in and out of school. And quite often I get to meet students who share their learning with me and their excitement for the arts. Two weeks ago while on the listening tour with Commissioner Bowen I met music teacher Alice St. Clair at the Beatrice Rafferty School in Pleasant Point. Alice has been there since January where the studeBnts at the reservation school have gone without music for 5 years. It was amazing to see and hear her students perform after only 5 short months. Alice also voluntarily serves as the Artistic Director of the Eastport Strings. You can read about an upcoming event they are having that you can attend for contact hours by clicking here.

Lori in her classroom

While traveling from the listening tour in Calais to the MLTI conference in Orono I had a few extra minutes so I stopped at Brewer High School to congratulate art teacher Lori Spruce in person whose 9th grader, Morgan Forrest was a finalist for the Doodle 4 Google contest. Lori shared more good Fnews. School Arts had a contest for Trading Cards which some of her students entered and one, Morgan Littlefield received Honorable Mention. There was a teacher category as well which Lori won first place. Congratulations Lori and to your student!

Lunch after the docent session

Last week I was pleased to visit the Farnsworth Art Museum for a session with the docents. This was my fourth visit with the docents in about 32 years. I was invited by docent Shirley Stenberg and enjoy meeting with the group who are interested in learning more about working with students who visit the museum on field trips. I look forward to seeing the docent handbook that is being created for their use. I understand the summer Lincoln Center Institute International Educator Workshop for teachers will be held for the second year at the museum.

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