STILWELL, Okla. —Cherokee citizen and fourth-grader Jenna Hooper liked her friend’s tie-dye shirt collection so much it inspired an art masterpiece that brought Google representatives to her school Wednesday to name her the Oklahoma state winner in the national Doodle 4 Google contest.
Google is flying Jenna and her dad, Kevin Hooper, of Stilwell, to New York City for an awards banquet May 22. The Maryetta student still has a shot of becoming a national winner in the 4-5 grade category and a chance at $30,000 through an online vote.
“I’m excited to be the Doodle 4 Google winner in Oklahoma,” Hooper said. “It really means a lot after putting two weeks into drawing my poster.”
Google’s contest theme, “My Best Day Ever,” inspired Hooper to use bold colors and draw a girl holding a paintbrush to paint the world in tie-dye.
“I am thrilled to have a Cherokee student being recognized for her artistic work in a national competition,” said Deputy Chief Joe Crittenden. “The Cherokee creative spirit is alive and well in our youth. I wish Jenna the best of luck and encourage our citizens to go online and vote for her artwork.”
Vote for Jenna here: http://www.google.com/doodle4google/vote.html#d=d2-8.
More than 130,000 kindergarteners through seniors entered the sixth annual national Doodle 4 Google competition. State winners will have their art on display at the American Museum of Natural History through July 14. The national winner in the 4-5 grade category wins a $5,000 scholarship and the overall competition winner a $30,000 scholarship and his or her doodle featured May 23 on Google’s homepage. The child’s school will also receive a $50,000 technology grant.
Maryetta Schools’ art program produced the past two Oklahoma state winners, Katie Stephenson and Janessa Chastain, in the Doodle 4 Google contest.