Gisborne doodle age-group winner on Google
A DOODLE of a blue anglerfish, yellow seaweed, green eel and rusty lighthouse has won 13-year-old Gisborne girl Maddie Ferkin first place in a nationwide “Doodle for Google” competition.

The Gisborne Girls’ High School student’s win in her age group has landed 10 Nexus 7 tablets for her school and one for herself.

Maddie says she is excited to have won. Google will fly her and mum Gina Ferkins to Auckland for a day of activities.

“My doodle will also be printed on tops for us to wear.”

Maddie says she enjoys fantasy-reality artwork influenced by face-painting styles in the Mexican festival, the day of the dead.

“I’m studying Spanish at school. We talked about different festivals like the day of the dead. I like brightly-coloured skull things.”

The young artist’s mum says she and Maddie are thankful for all the support from the community.

“Special thanks to Te Hapara school and Gisborne Intermediate. Both schools sent out newsletters and encouraged students to vote.”

In the second stage of the competition, a “Google doodler” will pick an overall national winner out of the four national year-group winners.

The national winner’s doodle will be displayed on the Google New Zealand homepage for 24 hours.

The winner will take home a laptop, win $10,000 for his or her school and a return trip for a teacher to the Antarctic on the Australasian Antarctic Expedition.

The national winner will be announced on November 15.

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