Elias Doodles 4 Google again

Pictured: Elias and his fantastic entry.
Photos by Jessica Ellis.

Elias Faustina Lawlor, from Shellybanks Educate Together School in Ballsbridge, has become a Doodle 4 Google finalist for the second time in a row. Elias is seven years old and is in first class in the newly established Educate Together school.

Principal Johanne O’Sullivan commends Elias on his achievement: “We are all very proud of Elias for getting to the stage he has in the competition. He is a very talented artist and we encourage our children to enter any competitions that allow them to develop their creativity.”

In this year’s Google competition, 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.

Elias got through three stages of judging this year to become one of 75 finalists from all over the country and is one of eighteen children from Dublin who are still in with the chance of becoming this year’s overall Doodle 4 Google champion.

Elias’s entry is titled ‘If I could create anything it would be a rainforest in Dublin where I could go and see treefrogs and other animals with my binoculars.’ He likes rainforests “because they have a lot of animals in them.”

Pictured: Elias’ entry for the Doodle 4 Google competition.

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.”

The overall winner will receive a €5,000 scholarship towards their third-level studies, a Chromebook, and a €10,000 technology grant for their school.

By Jessica Ellis