Johns Creek 4th grade doodles her way to possible Google fame

This artwork by a Georgia 4th grader could end up on the Google homepage

This artwork by a Georgia 4th grader from Johns Creek could end up on the Google homepage

A  9-year-old Johns Creek student artist learned today that she is one of Google’s regional finalists in “Doodle 4 Google” Competition.

Jennifer Ahn, a 4th-grader from Shakerag Elementary School, was named one of the 40 regional finalists. Open to k-12 students, the art competition asked students to design a Google logo inspired by the theme “If I Could Do Anything, I Would…”

Jennifer titled her whimsical work “The Milky Way Playground,” saying, “I always dreamed of going to space. Well I wondered, wouldn’t be great if there was a playground out there? Riding a shooting star, having a hula-hoop contest with Saturn, and having a race to Pluto. If I could do anything… I would make a playground in space.”

Readers can vote online for their favorite doodle from the 40 finalists and help select four national finalists (one per grade group) through May 25.  Google will choose a national winner from the four top finalists. To see Jennifer’s specific contest age group, go here. (There is some incredible artwork in this contest.)

The regional finalists will attend an awards ceremony at Google’s New York office where the national winner will be announced. The students will also go to  the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York, where their art will be showcased from May 27 to July 8.  The winning student’s artwork will be displayed on Google on May 27.  The champion “doodler” will win a $15,000 college scholarship and a $25,000 technology grant for her/his school.

Good luck to Jennifer, who needs online votes to make it into the top four.

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V for Vendetta

May 18th, 2010
3:09 pm

Wow! That’s fantastic! (I’m referring to the award AND the artwork–well done!)

This just in: Georgia schools will be cutting art. And Google.


May 18th, 2010
3:34 pm

And I know for a fact that she’s in a 4th grade orchestra class that has also been cut. She plays cello.


May 18th, 2010
3:49 pm

She is very talented! Way to go.

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Amber W.

May 18th, 2010
4:17 pm

There is also a finalist from Sweetwater Middle School (in Lawrenceville)! Check out the Grade 7-9 entries to see hers!

A for Arts

May 18th, 2010
4:22 pm

And why should we cut arts from school. This 4th grader is talented


May 18th, 2010
4:28 pm

my doodle 4 google was really good, but i didn’t get to be a finalist
sigh guess mine wasn’t good enough

Maureen Downey

May 18th, 2010
4:35 pm

@Amber, There is no other Georgia student in the top national 40. Are you sure this student wasn’t a state finalist? The finalist in grade 7-9 from our region is not from Georgia. Georgia only has one winner in the Top 40 and it’s this 4th grader.

Amber W.

May 18th, 2010
5:10 pm

Thanks for the clarification, Maureen! She was one of the two state finalists for grade 7-9.

Gibs Girl

May 18th, 2010
6:32 pm

WOW!!! Way to go 4th grader……I am a South Fulton County school parent and I applaud the North Fulton County Schools for always landing on top in just about every area of academics……..looks like we have a lot of work to do down here in the South!!!!

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North Parent

May 18th, 2010
7:28 pm

Good job to Jennifer on a fantastic drawing – best of luck on the national stage!

Sadly, the irony is that the district is pulling the ladder from out under us with respect to fine arts funding. At some point, the state and the school boards need to realize all the damage they’re doing to children that have so much potential…


May 18th, 2010
8:37 pm

@Gibs Girl there are WONDERFUL things going on in South Fulton. My neighbor’s niece was just accepted into Harvard as a graduate student. She is a Westlake High graduate. Atlanta’s mayor, Kasim Reed is also a graduate of Westlake HS. The arts program at Tri-Cities is superior and often beats out North Fulton schools in competitions. My daughter’s best friend has been accepted into the science summer program at UGA. It was quite competitive, yet she will be PAID while LEARNING. She plans on becoming an anesthesiologist. Please spend some time in the schools volunteering or check out the Fulton website regularly. You will be quite surprised at how well we’re doing in South Fulton. OUR kids are already working hard!

I applaud this student for her work. It is an awesome picture.


May 18th, 2010
8:59 pm

Wow, this student has talent!! I wish I had her talent at her age.. CONGRATS and stick to your dreams!

say what?

May 18th, 2010
10:34 pm

Fantastic and congratulations to GA’s finest student. Keep up the good work. Also, students if you read the ajc, overlook the negativity although they claim to be doing these negative stories for your benefit and future.

AJC more fantastical news PLEASE.

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Patricia de

May 19th, 2010
8:44 am

Enter your comments here
Say What She is a talented girl. Best of Luck Jenn.

But My daughters are some of the finest students in GA..
One has Superintendent Honors every year.. She was a finalist in another sate Art competition. She is a mini 4th grade rocket scientist..

Proud MOM.. just saying

say what?

May 19th, 2010
4:01 pm

@Patricia de- Wouldn’t it be great that the ajc blog was open to parents to give shout out to the kids and teachers who have done a fantastical job this year!!! Congratulations to your daughters.

Let’s see how many of the regular bloggers would be on here that day with nothing negative overshadowing the blog.


May 20th, 2010
12:55 am

Wow, Nice to see that someone in our area is top 40. Make sure we go out to google and vote for her !…on another note..I feel like GOOGLE could cough up more than $15,000 in college scholarship money.

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May 22nd, 2010
12:41 pm

Wow, I’m in 5th grade and I got chosen to be in the google doodle contest and i can see why I didn’t win Because they went beyond what I was thinking of… even though a girl at amy school had the space idea and it was better i think:(((( sorry 4 who ever made that but it is true!!!!