Friday 19 December 2014

It's a jungle out there – but Kelly's Google Doodle outshines all the rest

Published 25/03/2014 | 02:30

Kelly McCabe (8) from Scoil Carmel Junior National School, Firhouse, Co Dublin, with her winning Google doodle.
Eight-year-old Kelly McCabe Google Ireland boss John Herlihy, professional Google Doodler Katy Wu and renowned artist Jim Fitzpatrick, who was one of the judges. Picture: Marc O'Sullivan

Schoolgirl Kelly McCabe (8) was "extra super excited" to be named the overall winner of the sixth annual 'Doodle 4 Google' art competition in Dublin yesterday.

The theme of this year's competition was 'My Adventure'. with close to 2,400 students from around the country submitting an adventure-inspired 'doodle'. There were pictures of sea monsters, rocket ships, steam engines and killer aliens but Kelly's doodle of a wild jungle scene complete with an elephant, cheeky monkey, lion and giraffe took home the top prize.

"The giraffe is my favourite," said Kelly of Scoil Carmel Junior National School.

"I like him because he has spots and is very tall. I feel extra super excited to have won and can't wait to go to school tomorrow and tell all my friends about it."

Kelly's doodle will appear on Google Ireland's homepage tomorrow, and the aspiring artist will also receive a €5,000 scholarship fund for her future studies, as well as a Chromebook.

"The money is going towards the Art College fund," mother Natalie McCabe said. "And the picture is going above the fireplace."

Kelly's school will receive a €10,000 technology grant as part of the prize. "The school has never won anything like this before," schoolteacher Teresa Lea said.

Irish Independent

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