May 23, 2013

Falmouth teen named finalist in Google art contest

Out of more than 130,000 entries submitted nationwide, 14-year-old Joey Han finished in the top five.

By Jason Singer jsinger@pressherald.com
Assistant City Editor / Online

An eighth-grader at Falmouth Middle School has won a $5,000 college scholarship after finishing in the top five of a nationwide Google art contest.

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14-year-old Joey Han, an eighth-grade student at Falmouth Middle School, was honored as a finalist in a national contest to create the best "Doodle for Google" in Maine. Photographed on Wednesday, May 1, 2013.

John Patriquin / Staff Photographer

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A photo of Joseph Han's winning "doodle," titled "Late-Afternoon Bliss."

John Patriquin / Staff Photographer

Joseph Han, 14, was already among the 50 state winners in the "Doodle 4 Google" contest for his colorful drawing, "Late-Afternoon Bliss."

But on Wednesday, Sabrina Brady, a Wisconsin high schooler, was named the winner at a ceremony at Google's headquarters in New York. Han was one of the four runner-ups.

Brady won a $30,000 college scholarship, a Chromebook computer and a $50,000 techonology grant for her school.

Han won a $5,000 college scholarship.

Earlier this year, more than 130,000 students submitted entries to have their artwork displayed on Google's popular search website. Google then picked a winner from each state.

The 50 winning doodles were displayed in the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.

Online voting conducted by Google whittled down the 50 state finalists to the top five.

Han's doodle was a colorful painting of a boy sitting on the bank of a river with the Google name subtly spelled out by trees and a footbridge.

Brady's doodle, titled "Coming Home," showed a young black-and-white girl running toward her soldier father, ending in a colorful hug. Her doodle will be on Google's homepage Thursday.

The other three runners-up were from New York, Arizona and New Jersey.

To view the doodles of the five finalists and all 50 state winners, click here.

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