Hannah Quinn, a senior at Red River High School, has been named North Dakota’s Doodle 4 Google winner.
This is the second time she’s been selected as the winner of this contest -- she also was selected in 2016 in the spring of her freshman year at Red River High School.
Quinn’s entry, created with a micron pen, was chosen from more than 222,000 entries submitted by students in kindergarten through 12th grade across the United States and its territories.
Fifty-three doodles were selected as winners in the 11th annual competition.
Members of the public may vote for their favorites next week, from Monday to Friday. All doodles are displayed in an online gallery at http://www.google.com/doodle4google/vote.html.
The five top winners, or those with the highest ranking from each grade group, will be announced as national finalists in June.
Of the five national finalists, one will be named the national winner and will receive a $30,000 college scholarship and have his or her doodle featured on the Google homepage for one day.
In addition, the national winner’s school will receive a $50,000 technology package to be used to establish or improve a computer lab or technology program.
‘Very creative students’
Quinn, 18, received her award from two visiting Google employees on Wednesday, surrounded by students along with her teacher, Betsy Thaden, in the art classroom at Red River High School.
“It’s very unusual for a student to win twice," Maggie Wong, operations manager at Google in Mountain View, Calif., said.
“We were surprised to learn Red River High School has multiple winners," Ben Margolin, a Google software engineer, said. "So it must be the art program is fantastic here, or they have very creative students.”
For the contest, students were free to use any medium to create their Google image, including “pen, clay, string, fabric -- the sky’s the limit," Margolin said.
Entries were judged on artistic quality, originality, creativity, interpretation of the theme and explanation of their inspiration.
The contest entries were judged by many volunteers and three notable judges, Jimmy Fallon, host of “The Tonight Show,” Mandy Manning, the 2018 National Teacher of the Year, Spokane, Wash., and Kermit the Frog, Margolin said.
Quinn’s mother, Rebecca Quinn, who attended the award presentation, said her daughter prefers to use acrylic paint in her artwork, and that she has shown a penchant for art since she was a child.
Rebecca and Andrew Quinn, Grand Forks, are Hannah Quinn’s parents.
Earlier this year, Thaden asked her students to create a design of the Google logo for the Doodle 4 Google contest as a class assignment. The contest theme was “When I grow up, I hope … ”
Quinn said the project prompted her to think about “what you want for the environment and for your school and your town -- what needs to be changed to make the world a better place.”
“I really got into this. I spent forever researching,” she said, noting that she studied “the art of the world, and what art originated in different areas of the world and different time periods.
“I enjoyed how much I learned about art from each area,” Quinn said.
Her submission, “Ancient Art of the World,” is a two-dimensional map of the world; each continent contains a collage of images representing art of that region.
It reflects her hope that, in the future, the nations of the world will come together and find ways to peacefully coexist.
Other RRHS winners
In the past, three other RRHS students have been named as North Dakota’s Doodle 4 Google winners. They are Alexandra Richards in 2017, Camryn Schall in 2014 and Kathryn Peterson in 2012. All the winners were Thaden’s students.
One of the Quinn’s strengths as an artist is “her attention to detail,” said Thaden, who also praised Quinn for doing “a lot of research on ancient civilizations.”
The contest “is a real-world application” for students, Thaden said.
“I tell students, ‘Your art need to communicate something. It’s not just an assignment,’ ” said Thaden, who has taught at Red River High School for the past 14 years. “You need to tell a story.”
Though she considered art as a career, Quinn is planning to enroll in the nursing program this fall at Northland Community and Technical College in East Grand Forks.
Nursing is her “true passion," she said.