For Immediate Release
Contact: Dale Wetzel, Public Information Specialist
Medora 3rd-Grader ‘Google Doodles’ His Way to Prize
MEDORA, N.D., May 3, 2018 – State School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler announced Thursday that Connor Honeyman, a third-grader at DeMores Elementary School in Medora, is the North Dakota winner of this year’s national Doodle 4 Google design competition.
Google Doodles are the designs placed above the search box on the Google internet search engine’s home page, http://www.google.com. The doodles change often. Google, which is based in Mountain View, Calif., holds an annual U.S. contest to allow American students in grades kindergarten through 12 to submit doodle designs.
This year’s contestants were asked to fashion a doodle based on the question, “What inspires me?” For the North Dakota winner, judges chose an image crafted by the 9-year-old Honeyman, who is the son of Dustin and Erika Honeyman of Dickinson.
Honeyman’s artwork was announced as North Dakota’s best during a celebration Thursday at the Medora Community Center. The 53 U.S. state and territorial winners were chosen by a group of Google doodle artists and a panel of guest judges that included Sydney Chaffee, a Boston teacher and the 2017 national Teacher of the Year; actor Neil Patrick Harris; and retired professional baseball player Carlos Beltran.
The winning state and territorial doodles will be displayed in an online gallery to allow Americans to view them and vote on their favorites. The voting opens at 11 a.m. Central time Monday, May 7, and closes at 2 a.m. Central time on Saturday, May 19.
The public vote will help to determine which designs are chosen as the five national finalists. A panel of Google executives will pick the national winner from the group of five finalists. The winning design will be announced during the first week of June.
Baesler urged North Dakotans to visit the doodle gallery once voting opens on Monday and support Honeyman’s design. She said she would provide details later about how to do that, once the contest designs are posted.
The national winner will receive a $30,000 college scholarship, a $50,000 technology package for his or her school or nonprofit organization, and other prizes. The other four finalists will receive $5,000 scholarships. Honeyman and other state and territorial winners will receive Android tablet computers.
DeMores Elementary is part of the Billings County School District in southwestern North Dakota. The district has two schools that teach prekindergarten through 8th grade – DeMores and Prairie Elementary, which is located about 15 miles north of Belfield. Both schools have about 35 students.