Kellie McClafferty from Raphoe has been selected out of 4,200 submissions to reach the final of Doodle 4 Google!

This year, students were asked to design a Doodle based on the theme of ‘If I could create anything it would be…’ with the winning Doodle appearing on the Google homepage in April.

Kellie, who attends The Royal and Prior Comprehensive school focused on global warning and social issues when penning her doodle; “I would create a perfect world that resolves global warning, provides fair trade for anyone, promotes peace and LGBT support, develops a cure for cancer, embodies racial equality and religion tolerance- I pray for a perfect world of tolerance.”

A panel of judges had the difficult task of selecting the 75 finalists from the thousands of entries that were received, the panel included John McDaid, Creative Director of Dog Ears, a children’s media company based in Derry who make TV, apps, books and events for kids, Aoife Doyle Director and Co-founder of Pink Kong studios which is an award winning Dublin based animation studio that creates branded animated entertainment for TV, games, film and Advertising Houses and Dr. Andreas Bandelli, CEO of Science Gallery International.

To vote for Kellie’s doodle, click here.

Voting will close at midnight on the 21st of February.

The five most popular doodles, one from each age category, will go forward to the grand final on April 3rd where the overall winner will be announced.

Fionnuala Meehan, VP and head of Google in Ireland said, “The level of entries this year has given our judging panel a tough job to do. I really enjoyed seeing what the entrants did with this year’s theme as it gave them the opportunity to create anything they wanted and looking at the entries they show a lot of fantastic innovative ideas. Now it’s up to the public to get involved and help choose this year’s winner by visiting the Doodle 4 Google website and voting for their favourite doodle”.

The winner will also receive a €5,000 scholarship towards their third-level studies, a Chromebook, and a €10,000 technology grant for their school. Each of the five class group winners and their teachers will also win a Chromebook each.