Half Day student honored for Google art contest entry

A fourth-grader at Half Day School in Lincolnshire was honored Thursday for being Illinois' finalist in an art contest run by Google.

Insha Kittur's entry in the annual Doodle 4 Google competition now will be judged among more than 50 entries. The winning entry will appear on Google's homepage.

Half Day School held an assembly Thursday to recognize Insha's accomplishment. Students and staffers were joined by U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider of Deerfield during the gathering.

The contest's theme this year was "What inspires me?" Insha's drawing, "Paradise of Knowledge," depicts piles of books, a backpack, the Earth, a light bulb and other elements, all illuminated by a desk lamp.

Half Day Principal Jill Mau said the drawing reflects Insha's creativity and personality.

"I am so excited for Insha, and not surprised about her wonderful accomplishment," Mau said.

The contest was open to students in the U.S. and its territories.

Fifty-three finalists will be narrowed down to a group of five by a fan vote, which will start Monday and last two weeks. The national winner will be named in June.

The winner will receive a $30,000 college scholarship, and the winner's school will receive a $50,000 grant from Google.

To see a full list of state winners and to vote online, visit:

  U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider talks with Half Day School fourth-grader Insha Kittur after she was announced as a finalist in Google's "Doodle for Google" competition Thursday in Lincolnshire. Steve Lundy/
  Google representatives Kris Hom, left, and Shun Ikeda at Half Day School in Lincolnshire on Thursday to announce fourth-grader Insha Kittur is a finalist in Google's "Doodle for Google" competition. Steve Lundy/
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