Doodlin' dude hits Google gold
Want to see the artwork of first-grader Christopher Zhong-Yao?
With a little luck, Christopher's doodle could appear on the search engine of a couple billion computers and phones in the not-too-distant future.
Christopher, who attends Beaverton's Findley Elementary School, found out the good news on Wednesday when his school held an assembly to make the surprise announcement.
Christopher had entered his drawing, "Happy Tooth," to Google's "Doodle 4 Google" competition to get his creation to appear on Google's homepage. This year's theme was "What inspires me?" and Christopher's doodle was chosen from over hundreds of other Oregon entries received this year.
State Sen. Elizabeth Steiner Hayward was on hand to celebrate. "I'm so happy to congratulate Christopher today on his drawing," she said. "We're so proud to have him represent Oregon and wish him the best of luck!"
The Doodle 4 Google competition is open to K-12 students across the nation and U.S. territories. Christopher will represent Oregon. The 53 state and territory finalists will be narrowed down to a group of five by a fan vote, which will last two weeks starting Monday, May 7. One of the five will be named the national winner in June, and will take home a $30,000 college scholarship, while his or her school will receive a $50,000 Google for Education grant.
That person's doodle will appear on Google's homepage.