Chloe Chan, a student at PS 188 Kingsbury in Hollis Hills, was recognized by Google ambassadors as the statewide winner during a ceremony at her school last Friday.
Chan's winning artwork, titled “A Doctor and Her Tools,” was based on this year's prompt: “What inspires me.”
“I am inspired by the work of caring doctors because they help people and children who are sick. When I grow up I want to be a doctor so I can help people,” Chan said in her Doodle statement. “In my Doodle, I drew a doctor and her tools.”
Hin Chan, her father, found out about the contest through the school and encouraged his daughter to participate in the competition. He said he was very happy for her.
“We started talking about ideas and what she would like to do and that’s how she started her sketch,” he said.
Chan said his daughter enjoys drawing in her art class and outside of school.
“Since kindergarten she’s been a phenomenal artist,” said art teacher Tracy Dykeman. “She’s always willing to learn and grow as an artist. Even though being a doctor is her thing, to see her do this is amazing.”
The Doodle 4 Google competition is open nationwide to K-12 students to have their artwork featured on Google’s homepage. This year’s submissions were selected by a group of guest judges that included Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad, actor Neil Patrick Harris and retired baseball player Carlos Beltran.
Chan’s artwork will now advance to the nationwide contest along with 52 other winners, and will be placed online for public voting from May 7-18 to select five national finalists.
The final winner will be chosen by Google on June 8. The winner will have their work appear on Google’s homepage, receive a $30,000 college scholarship, win a $50,000 technology grant for their school or a nonprofit of choice, earn a trip to Google’s headquarters and more.