Dylan Hoffman, a Wisconsin second-grader, has clinched the national Doodle 4 Google contest for kids, earning his "Pirate Times" artwork -- which incorporates the Google logo -- 24 hours of fame Friday on the search engine giant's home page.
At a ceremony Thursday at Google's New York offices, Hoffman was crowned winner of the annual doodle contest, now in its fifth year, and was handed some sweet prizes. He'll receive a $30,000 college scholarship and a Chromebook computer, and his elementary school in Caledonia, Wis., will get a $50,000 technology grant.
Southern California's Herman Wang was a finalist with his intricate, futuristic "Retro City" doodle.
Wang was named California state winner earlier this month. As Google opened the contest to a national public vote, the West Covina sixth-grader and fellow students celebrated his win at an assembly at Suzanne Middle School in Walnut. After an oversized version of his artwork was unveiled, the soft-spoken Wang did a quick imitation of a politician: "Vote for me."
Wang lost the big prize to Hoffman, but he and three others -- doodling on the time-travel theme -- gathered enough votes to be national finalists. They will each receive a $5,000 college scholarship.