Torrington 8th Grader Wins Connecticut ‘Doodle 4 Google' Competition

An eighth-grade student from Torrington has won this year’s Connecticut Doodle 4 Google competition and her work will move on to the national competition.

Savannah Helm is the only home-schooled student to win a statewide competition this year, according to a news release on the honor.  

Her artwork, called “Music,” will be considered with 52 other local winners.

In her Doodle statement, Helm said: “I drew about music because it brings people together in so many ways. Me and my little brother dance to our favorite artists, my friends and I sing along to the radio, but most importantly I use music to worship God."

In addition to a chance the win the national honor, Helm will also receive Google hardware for her winning work.

“The annual Doodle 4 Google competition is always inspiring, but this year’s submissions were particularly interesting, and gave us great insight into what inspires the next generation of students,” William Floyd, head of external affairs for Google, said in a statement. “Savannah’s work specifically stood out, and her mix of abstract colors with vivid imagery to celebrate music was extremely impressive.”

Local winners were selected by a group of guest judges, including Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad, actor Neil Patrick Harris, and retired baseball player Carlos Beltran.

The public will be able to vote on the artwork from May 7 to May 18 here. 

The winner’s work will appear on Google’s homepage and she or he will receive a $30,000 college scholarship, a $50,000 technology grant for their school or a nonprofit of choice, earn a trip to Google’s headquarters and more.

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