Doodle 4 Google Winner

A Naperville student’s work could soon grace Google’s homepage.

Yina Wang, a third grader at Peterson Elementary was crowned the Illinois winner of the Doodle 4 Google competition.

Yina was surprised at an assembly; her peers wore t-shirts with her doodle on it. The doodle titled “The Tree Planter,” was prompted by the theme “If I could invent one thing to make the world a better place.”

“I knew that trees were good for environment and trees are getting cut down and I thought we should replace them,” said Wang.

Yina is in the Arrow program at Peterson that is taught by Heather Howiler. She encouraged her students to submit their doodles.

“It’s pretty cool, I’m not going to lie,” said Howiler. “Google is a national company and they came here to recognize a student who is extremely talented and it makes me pretty proud. It makes her pretty proud and the school pretty proud.”

Students, kindergarten through 12th grade, submitted doodles in 5 categories. A national finalist in each category will be named and one national winner will be crowned May 21, when all the 50 state finalists visit the Google campus in California.

“We’re going to have one national winner and then the national winner will get a $30,000 scholarship and their school will win a $50,000 technology grant,” said Jackie Lau, Marketing Manager for Google. “And their winning doodle will be animated and put on the homepage for 24 hours.”

“You need to vote, vote, vote for her,” said Howiler. “Voting is open until May 9. Please vote for her so we can take her to national.”

You can vote for Yina’s doodle at If she wins, her doodle will appear on the Google homepage on June 9.


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