Dylan Hoffman’s Pirate Times Doodle 4 Google Wins Pirate Booty

Google announced the winner of the Doodle 4 Google competition and today that winner’s logo is on Google home pages around the world. The Winner is Dylan Hoffman of Caledonia, Wisconsin for his Doodle named “Pirate Times.”

The Doodle won him a $30,000 college scholarship, a Chromebook computer and a $50,000 technology grant for his school. Plus, the Doodle is on the Google home page and will be on a special edition of Crayola 64-crayon box.

There are also four National Finalists winning $5,000 college scholarship each and they include:

  • Grades 4-5: Talia Mastalski, Grade 5, East Pike Elementary School, Indiana, Penn., for her doodle “Traveling to me.” Talia says, “When I think of Google, I think of a wormhole leading me to knowledge. If I could travel in time, I would visit a similar wormhole into the future to find out about ME.”
  • Grades 6-7: Herman Wang, Grade 6, Suzanne Middle School, West Covina, Calif., for his doodle “Retro City.” Herman says, “If I could travel in time, I’d visit Retro City. A future city made of robots and humans.”
  • Grades 8-9: Susan Olvera, Grade 8, SOAR Alternative School, Lafayette, In., for her doodle “Traveling Back to the Future.” Susan says, “If I could travel in time, I’d travel back to the future. If there is life on other planets, I believe we’d visit the natives as well as invent different ships and rockets for quicker transportation. With what we have accomplished currently, I believe the ‘future’ isn’t so far away.”
  • Grades 10-12: Cynthia Cheng, Grade 11, Edison High School, Edison, NJ, for her doodle “A World of Adventure.” Cynthia says, “If I could travel in time, I’d visit the age of the Vikings. Though their tales of monsters may not have been entirely true, they were some of the greatest explorers in history. It would be a remarkable experience to share adventures and discover new lands with them.”

For more details see google.com/doodle4google.

Update: Here is an interview of the winner and Marissa Mayer from Google on Today in NY:

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  • http://twitter.com/SairaChaudhry93 Saira Chaudhry

    Amazing! These kids are so talented. I remember being in art club from 3rd-7th grade :D

    THIS is what kids today are lacking: CREATIVITY!!! 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=665932504 Saira Chaudhry

    Amazing! These kids are so talented. I remember being in art club from 3rd-7th grade :D
    THIS is what kids today are lacking: CREATIVITY!!! 

  • http://www.KillerGameRants.com/ Warren

    Awesome kid artist Google Doodled and WON. Look at his winning piece. Just frigg’in awesome.
    Note: To those of you who pick at my intricate Drawsome art… This is
    what ART is all about, THINKING and BEING creative. Sure I can draw a
    green line representing a snake, but it is not a snake to you until you give ti fangs and a tongue.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_V6CJKTPZHRD2FKU2LXXY4IQN4Q Shipoopi

     It’s definitely a very creative doodle, and Dylan is clearly a very talented budding artist. For a 7 year-old his artwork is very advanced. He obviously has a bright future ahead of him. It’s also a great boon for his school to receive that $50k award to create or expand a computer lab. Too few schools in America have them, and those that do rarely have the latest technology like the computer labs in schools in Europe and even China. Tablets and other mobile devices are the future, so it will help the Prairie School to teach their students how to use and utilize them, and perhaps even learn some programming. This is what school should be about – giving children opportunities to explore their talents, but that requires the proper tools. That being said, I must disagree with your rather strongly worded view on art. Art isn’t merely pretty pictures or fancy photographs; art is a form of human expression. Taking your thoughts, feelings, ideas, and forming them into something tangible whether abstract or straightforward is the definition of art. To use your example, if someone drew a green line and called it a snake then it is a snake. The person who created it has the sole right to define it, not those who view it because art is a form of emotional and personal expression. Let’s use another form of expression as an example. What would you think if you were sad about something and began to cry and another person said to you “that’s not a legitimate reason to be sad – stop crying!”?  You would probably tell them in no uncertain terms that their opinion didn’t matter because your feelings are your own and it is not for another person to dictate or define what you feel or think or how you choose to legally express it. So my point comes down to this: art is a form of emotional expression and nobody has the right to denigrate or define another person’s expression.

  • http://www.KillerGameRants.com/ Warren

     It is VERY creative with THOUGHT put into it.  The wings of the Owl and the treasure chest REALLY stick out as being the most difficult to do.

  • http://www.facebook.com/melissa.bruce.9 Melissa Bruce Fuller

    Im really disappointed that they did not give out a $5,000 college scholarship for the K-3rd grade group.  Some the pictures that group submitted were truely amazing!!! 

  • artperson

    This is kinda funny. Because, I was thinking abot participating in the contest and we had the exact same ideas! I completed mine, but never turned it in.

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