BREWER, Maine — White messenger doves — a universal symbol of peace and love — pull a shawl covered with religious symbols from all over the globe through rainbow-colored letters that form the word Google.
That is the Google doodle which Brewer High School freshman Morgan Forrest, 15, designed for the Doodle 4 Google design contest. Her entry, one of 107,000 submitted under the theme “What I’d like to do someday,” has been selected as one of 40 regional finalists.
Her untitled work represents “my thoughts of living in a world with peace,” she said at a school assembly held Wednesday with Google representatives to announce her finalist status.
“It represents peace between religions.”
Google doodles are artsy renditions of the word Google seen by people using the international search engine when they log onto the homepage. Over the years, the doodles have shown up for the first day of spring, Albert Einstein’s birthday, the 50th anniversary of the discovery of DNA, and others, the Doodle 4 Google website states.
Google representatives Elisabeth Goossen and Wendy Gonzalez, who traveled to Maine from California, told the Brewer High students and staff that the winner of this year’s nationwide contest will be determined by online votes. People can vote anytime until 3 a.m. May 14, and Forrest’s design falls in the grades seven through nine group. The national winner will be announced May 19 at an awards ceremony in New York City. The national winner will receive a $15,000 college scholarship and his or her high school school will be awarded a $25,000 grant.
“If we all win, we get a lot of money for technology at the school,” Forrest said. “We’ll get new computers.”
This is the fourth year Google has held the contest. Company representatives traveled to 40 locations Wednesday to make the contest announcements at the same time. While in town, Goossen and Gonzales took a few minutes to showcase a few of Google’s projects, including Google Maps with street view; the Google Art Project, which gives visual tours of famous museums; Google Earth; Google Translate; and new programs that make searching easier.
The Doodle 4 Google winning design will appear on google.com on May 20.
All of the 40 regional finalists also will have their work publicly displayed at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York and at the the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Google website states.
Brewer High art teacher Lori Spruce said the entire school department is very proud of Forrest’s accomplishments.
“The design is really a great message,” she said.
“She has done an amazing design,” Principal Becky Bubar said. “The message behind it is: It’s all faiths and beliefs. This is one world; we should be able to figure out a way to all live together.”
Posted with Forrest’s art is a short statement from her about the themed design project.
“What I’d like to do someday … is work to bring peace to all religions, so no one will fight. No one deserves to die because of their beliefs. If everyone got along, more problems could be solved.”
The Maine art students who ranked in the top 400 for the Doodle 4 Google contest this year are: Mckenna Picard and Victoria Curro, St. James School in Biddeford (K-3); Emily Jones, Shapleigh Middle School in Kittery and Rose Warren, Hall Dale Middle School in Farmingdale (grades 4-6); Samantha Nadeau, Orono High School, and Forrest, Brewer High (grades 7-9); and Jessica Richards, Orono High School, and Courtney Pratt, Sanford Regional Technical Center.
To vote for Forrest or to see the other Doodle 4 Google entries, go to google.com/doodle4google.