By Lt. j.g. Eric Galassi, Navy Region Hawaii Public Affairs
A student at Mokulele Elementary School at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam was selected as the finalist from Hawaii for the annual nationwide Doodle 4 Google contest.
Second grader Charles Seagle was chosen by Google from more than 100,000 submissions for his entry in this year’s theme, “If I could invent one thing to make the world a better place…”
A ceremony was held at the school on April 29 to announce the winner and unveil the winning drawing. Members of Google delivered a presentation to staff and students, describing the various services Google provides and projects for the future.
These services include Google Voice, Google Maps and Google Art Project, which will allow people to view high resolution images of art in museums from their computers. To conclude the presentation, the Google team uncovered a large drawing and announced Seagle as the winner for Hawaii in the Google 4 Doodle contest. Seagle’s entry was a drawing of a time machine with parts of the machine spelling the word “Google.”
“The past memory is him with his grandmother. He drew the time machine because he wishes he could change the past,” said his father, Dwayne Seagle.
Dwayne mentioned that his son loves drawing in addition to many other forms of visual art. “Eventually I’m going to need a second shed to store all of his drawings,” he said.
The annual Doodle 4 Google contest selects finalists from submissions of drawings by kindergarten through 12th grade students from all over the United States. The team at Google chooses five finalists from each state and announces the state winner at the winner’s school.
The winners’ drawings are displayed online for a public vote from April 29 to May 9. The public determines the finalist for each of five grade groups. The national winner is selected by Google executives and will be named on May 21 during a ceremony at Google headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. The winning drawing will be displayed at www.google.com on June 9.
For winning the contest on the state level, Charles receives prizes including an Android tablet and a trip to Google headquarters for him and his father. At Google, he will participate in workshops to meet the Google Doodle team and learn more about Doodles and engineering. The national winner of the contest will receive a $30,000 college scholarship, and the school of the winner will receive $50,000 toward the establishment of a computer lab.
Charles has submitted drawings that have won or placed in numerous contests held by businesses and organizations including Lands’ End, Hallmark and City and County of Honolulu Board of Water Supply.
His father is a technical sergeant in the Air Force stationed at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.
Dwayne has served as part of the team to maintain the C-17 Globemaster aircraft at Hickam since 2009.
For more information or to vote on the national finalists for the Doodle 4 Google contest, visit the website at www.google.com/doodle4google/.
Charles Seagle, second grader at Mokulele Elementary School, shows his drawing which earned him first place in Hawaii for Doodle 4 Google contest.