Hawaii student needs your help in national ‘Doodle for Google’ contest

A Dole Middle School student is in the running to have her artwork featured on Google's...
A Dole Middle School student is in the running to have her artwork featured on Google's homepage through the national "Doodle for Google" contest.(Google)
Updated: May. 13, 2021 at 6:10 PM HST
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HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - A Hawaii student’s artwork is in the running to be featured on Google’s homepage.

Dole Middle School eighth grader Janelle Quinto created the doodle as part of an extra credit assignment.

”I just wanted more points, but it was a really interesting competition, so I just decided to join,” she said.

The contest theme was What Makes Me Strong. Quinto says what makes her strong is her family and their Filipino culture and identity.

Her piece will represent Hawaii in the “Doodle for Google” contest.

”At first, I was surprised of course,” Quinto said. “But then, after a while, pretty excited because I didn’t think I would get this far to be the state winner for Hawaii.”

Her piece is entitled Resilient Roots.

The description of her work says, “My strength and resilience come from my family and Filipino identity. Filipino culture is rooted in hard work, resilience, and an optimistic outlook in life.”

”I’ve incorporated the sampaguita and bamboo which are prevalent symbols in my culture; and drawings of my family because I’m grateful for how they’ve raised me.

”Paige Dzialo is Quinto’s digital art teacher. She says Quinto’s artwork is one example of Hawaii’s talented keiki.

”I just hope that it would inspire other students within our school or within Kalihi and show them that they have the ability and they can compete on a national level with other students,” Dzialo said.

Google is asking for the public’s help in selecting five state and territory winners who will go on to become a national finalist.

If Quinto wins, she also gets a $30,000 college scholarship and a $50,000 technology award for her school. The deadline to vote is May 14 at 8:59 p.m. HST

Click here to vote for her work.

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