Want to find a student who does great art work? Google it.

    Google honors a 4th grader from the John R. Downes elemetary school in Newark. His doodle could be made into art work for the internet search engine giant.

    A Newark fourth grader is trying to google his way to fame.  Michael Hemphill was named one of 40 finalists in the doodle of google contest.

    Google representatives came to Newark to showcase Hemphill’s artwork. There were over 33,000 entries in the annual contest.  The 40 regional finalists will now be judged in New York between now and May 25th.  People can vote for the google art and the winner will featured on the web site’s home page.

    If Michael’s artwork wins he will get a $15,000 college scholarship.  The Downes school would get a $25,000 technology grant.   The Downes school called all of the students into the school auditorium to show off Michael’s work.  He describes his entry as “making clean water available to all”.  He says it took him awhile to come up with his concept.  He was inspired by the need for clean drinking water around the world.  He says his water goes through pipes (which are formed through the word google).   He says it goes in one end and comes out clean in the other.

    Michael and the 39 other finalists are now headed to New York City next week. All of their work will be on display at Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum.  Michael says he’s very excited to go to New York City.  He says he’s been there once before with his sister.

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