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Toronto High-Schooler Wins Google Doodle Competition

Scarborough teen doodles all over your search engine, but you won't mind.

Cindy Tang’s “Sea Telescope” won the inaugural Google Canada Doodle competition.

Unless you’re a time traveller from 1998 and use Dogpile as your search engine, there’s a good chance you’ll visit Google today. There, you’ll see a Google Doodle by 17-year-old Norman Bethune Collegiate Institute student Cindy Tang, the winner of Google Canada’s inaugural Doodle 4 Google Canada contest. The contest asked students across Canada from kindergarten through grade 12 to draw a response to “If I could invent anything, I would invent…” Tang’s illustration, “Sea Telescope,” features a girl at the end of a dock peering into water through a telescope—an idea she came up with after discovering that 95 per cent of the world’s oceans remain unexplored.

Initially, Tang was hesitant to pursue the idea, which she thought might be difficult to pull off well. But she took the plunge: “With the deadline coming closer, I thought I would challenge myself,” she told Torontoist. “I treated it like a doodle, and just played around with it to see where it ended up.” Tang takes art at her high school, and intends to go to university to become a teacher, but hasn’t yet chosen which school she wants to attend. For winning the competition, she earned a $10,000 scholarship, an additional $10,000 for her high school, a new computer, and really cool bragging rights.

While she’s thrilled to have had her work chosen, Tang also admitted she was nervous about the prospect of so many people seeing her art. “I’m not used to the attention,” she said. “A part of me is kind of dreading the moment [when it's on the homepage]…But then the other part of me feels better about myself, because it’s something I did, and it gets to be shown to the world.”

For what it’s worth, we think the illustration is awesome and would like our own sea telescopes, thank you very much.

Of the 75 finalists, 73 will be featured at a special ROM exhibit until April 27.

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